Today we talked a lot about so-called “cable replacement services”. Not your Netflixes or Amazon Prime Videos, but legal Internet-based services that stream live television to you. Subscribing to one of these services would allow you to get your Food Network or Discovery Channel without needing a cable TV subscription.
The four main services available to us in Hawaii right now are Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, Playstation Vue, and Hulu Live TV. Each service has its own pricing, channels, and extras, so make sure you do your research to find the service that really fits your household budget and viewing habits. And for the sports fan, make sure to check out fubo.
Live broadcast television is pretty much non-existent at the moment with these services, but that is changing as more networks sign agreements with the cable replacement services. Right now, only Playstation Vue and Hulu Live TV offer local broadcast television, and they only offer the local CBS affiliate, KGMB. Agreements were signed with the company that owns the local Fox affiliate, KHON, back in June, so it should start showing up on these services later this year. No word yet about the local NBC and ABC affiliates, so peep an eye out on the various cable replacement services’ websites for changes to the local channel lineups.
You will need some sort of device in order to receive these services on your television, as no Smart TV yet has these services built in. Players from Roku, Apple, and Amazon are the best suited for this role, and some of the services have deals that include players with a new subscription. Here is a link to a compatibility matrix from Cord-Cutters News, which shows what devices you need for which services. YouTube TV is not currently available in Hawaii.
Cord-Cutters News is a great website for keeping up on news from the cable-replacement world. I read it daily.
And if you’re in the market for a new player, here’s some quick links to Amazon for the main devices out there. Amazon does not sell Apple TVs, you’d have to go direct to Apple for one of those.