Pub Member / Supporter
- Jul 4, 2004
How does that compare to the other att services?It is just a matter of time. I think DNow is a better service overall (than Sling), but even if it were not, there are so many promotions and bundle for it, it should far outpace all of the others in raw sub numbers.
Locals matter to me. That said, only YTTV has all of the big four in my market, so my options are limited. Once I get YTTV and Philo to get all the "channels" I want, it'll cost me $56/month. Dish Welcome Pack with equipment fees only costs $4 more, and it has more locals (CW, PBS), and includes the few cable channels I actually want. Really the only benefit I see is streaming services provide a better out-of-house viewing experience, unless you run into geofencing problems with locals while traveling. I still see an IP-based solution in our future, but the streaming services are not there yet IMHO.
The honeymoon is over and I say shame on those that insisted that OTT would necessarily be everything we ever wanted at a big savings. OTT is just the same old song and dance delivered in a potentially more expensive way.Therein is the problem, keep adding more and more crap to the packages and its no longer a savings or worth the effort to cord shave/cut, especially with the proliferation of data caps.
Except it wont beThe honeymoon is over and I say shame on those that insisted that OTT would necessarily be everything we ever wanted at a big savings. OTT is just the same old song and dance delivered in a potentially more expensive way.
Other than your locals, including CW, PBS (both of which offer all their programming freely via apps), how does the Dish Welcome Pack even begin to compare to the channels you could get from YTTV and Philo? I mean that's great if the Dish Welcome Pack satisfies your needs, but you can't compare a service that only offers a half-dozen of the top cable channels to one that offers dozens.
You are right of course that there is potentially a lot more value for money with YTTV and Philo vs. Dish Welcome Pack, but that depends a lot on personal circumstances.
It might not be an obvious or even fair comparison in the broad sense, but it really doesn't matter that YTTV and Philo offer many more channels, if those two are the cheapest way for me to get the big four locals, plus the small handful of cable channels I actually watch. I am only going to watch what I watch. Therefore, for a set of 1 (me), it is a realistic comparison.
As for PBS and CW free streaming, yes, those are available, and PBS is ok, but some content is only available for a fairly limited time. CW on the other hand has commercials that cannot be skipped. Those do in a pinch, but aren't my preferred method for watching.
More to the point to which I was responding, if Sling had locals, it might actually be the obvious choice for me, especially with what I've read about how the Sling cloud DVR works (i.e trick play).
I don't think it is reasonable to assert that OTT services are fostering piracy. For their part, all of the above-board OTT services offer established copy protection schemes. Pirates are doing the destruction and they've been around since the first digitizers.The same it that destroyed the music industry currently destroying movies.