I mentioned earlier this year that we were attempting to cut the cord and get rid of cable and satellite TV. I tried several different apps including Sling, Hulu, and DirectTV Now, but none seemed to have the perfect blend of local channels, sports, and movies. Then I discovered Youtube TV. Sorry cable. Game Over.

Youtube TV is an app that can be downloaded on newer smart TVs, Roku devices, Apple TV, Xbox One consoles, and smartphones, computers, tablets, and laptops. As of right now, it is NOT available on the Amazon Fire stick. We watch Youtube TV on Roku devices in our bedroom and living room. Yes, having high-speed internet is a must. One of the things lacking in some of the other streaming TV services I tried was the lack of local channels. Yes, you can get these channels for free with a decent antenna mounted on your roof. But I'd rather not mess with that for reasons I'm sure you understand. Youtube TV solves that issues.

All of the local TV stations are streaming live on Youtube TV. KGAN, KCRG, KWWL, and KFXA are all there. Yes, PBS is absent but Roku has a great free PBS app that covers that. Along with the locals, Youtube TV features over 50 other major networks that you'd get via cable. TNT, TBS, AMC, Big Ten Network, ESPN, Disney,  USA, CNN, Fox News, and many more. The most glaring omissions include Nickelodeon for the kids and HGTV. Sorry, fixer-uppers. As of right now, there is also no NFL Network.  But for the low price of $40 a month, I thought the channel selection was more than enough.

Have I mentioned the DVR yet? Youtube TV provides you UNLIMITED DVR space via the cloud. Record as much as you want. The only stipulation is you have nine months to watch it before the programming expires. Youtube TV was the game changer for me. I canceled my $130 a month cable service. I get all my local channels, all the sports channels I need, and the kids can still watch Disney and Cartoon Network. What's not to love? You can check out Youtube TV for yourself as they offer a one-week free trial.

 

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