Angry Old Fat Man here.
The Crazy Morkie and Duck Lady and I have cut the cord.
Of course, I'm not talking about anything related to biology or birth or anything like that.
I'm talking about television. Ol' cable TV.
We had Spectrum / Time-Warner as our provider.
We had a "bundle" deal, which gave us internet and digital phone as well as cable TV for a slightly discounted rate.
After Crazy Duck Lady started having trouble with the bills, I started doing research and found out the most important part of our "bundle" - that these are designed mainly for old people who don't know anything and really don't want to know anything about how we can get TV right through the internet and skip all of the set-top boxes and other junk they like you to pay hidden rent charges on.
Because BACK IN MAH DAY YA JUS' TURNED ON THE TV AND THERE YAH WAS, YAH HAD YER 57 CHANNELS WITH NOTHIN' ON!
But we're not getting any younger or richer and we didn't watch half of the TV cable tier, so we decided to, in the parlance of the day, "cut the cord".
Save money, tailor your viewing choices closer to what you want... what's to lose, right?
Well, the "streaming services", which are the substitutes for the expensive cable TV bundling, have to provide stuff you want to see, or else Crazy Morkie Lady will get crazier and destroy your will to live, right up to the point you simply put all of the cable TV stuff back and wind up in the poorhouse in a few more months.
My research gave us a very small number of streaming services that would work. We already had some Roku devices being used on TVs other than the living room set, so we had a limited experience with streaming. All we needed to do at that point was to find a major streaming service that would let us watch network TV and a decent number of basic cable networks.
Most of these mega services had free trials but no local channels available. For local TV they wanted you to use a digital antenna - something that was pretty much out of the question for our location.
So that was what made me finally look at Youtube TV.
The boys and I used Youtube extensively, so were not intimidated at all by the interface. We just set up the Roku app and there we were.
The free trial showed us that all we needed to do was create a Google account, in which we entered our street address that linked us straight to local channels without problems at all.
The most difficult thing we had to do was to ensure that our internet and Wi-fi were topnotch. I'm a computer guy, so we got the necessary equipment from Wal-Mart and installed it, giving us all of the wireless streaming power we needed.
And WHACK goes the cable TV and WHACK goes at least $100 off of our bills each month.