How can I get rid of cable TV and still get live programming?

Episode 1440 (1:43:53)

Doctor Bird from Laguna Nigel, CA
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Doctor Bird is interested in virtual reality, but he thinks he'd get sick. Leo says it's pretty common and he'll end up disoriented. In fact, the Air Force found that about 11% of users suffer from VR sim sickness and shouldn't drive up to 24 hours after VR use.

Doctor Bird has a bundled service with Cox and it's getting really expensive, so he's thinking of cutting the cable. What are his alternatives? Leo says he probably won't save any money cutting the cable since he will pay more for bandwidth, and then end up having to pay for live TV, Netflix, Hulu, etc. Leo prefers YouTube TV right now. It's $35 a month (plus internet access) if it's in his area. He can also get a free month to try it out. It will give him local stations. It will also use his internet and he'll need a streaming box like a Roku or PlayStation 4 game console to stream.

There is something called "over the top" on cord cutting, that solely relies on internet access for TV. HBO Now is one such over the top company, but it's also a subscription, as is Netflix and Hulu. With all of those costs factored in, Doctor Bird won't really end up saving money from cutting the cable. He may feel better by sticking it to the cable companies, though.

What about live and local TV? Leo says that he can use an antenna if he's within line of sight, but YouTube will give him access for $35 a month. He can also add shows to his library like a DVR, and up to five people can share his account. The Roku, NVidia Shield, and Google Chromecast all support it. Apple TV will support this soon.

Other options include SlingTV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and a new one called Philo. All of them are around the same price, and all will give him a free week to determine if it's good for him.