This TechHive article (below) is a useful roundup of OTT services.
One thing that’s predictable is price increases (not discussed in article). The typical monthly cost stands near $70, which reminds me of my cable bill years ago (and paying for so many channels that I’m not interested in or dropping channels that I do want).
One of the challenges for these services is providing features across multiple streaming platforms and devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, AT&T TV streaming box, Google TV (Chromecast); smartphone apps such as Google TV (formerly YouTube TV); and even via Web browsers.
• TechHive > “The live TV streaming issue no one’s talking about” by Jared Newman, Cord-Cutter Confidential (Apr 28, 2021) – Some streaming services make a chore out of ad skipping by omitting a visual preview.
(quote) One thing I’ve learned from writing about cord-cutting is that people are particular about their DVRs. If a streaming service’s DVR doesn’t provide the same creature comforts as cable set-top box, it can be a dealbreaker.
Visual preview is the perfect example. With cable, you can typically see a thumbnail preview while fast forwarding or rewinding through recorded programs, so you know exactly where you’ll be after hitting play. Over the years, I’ve gotten a bunch of messages from readers who won’t tolerate any live TV streaming service that lacks this feature.
[My 5-star ratings based on feature discussed in article]
• Philo *****
• Sling TV ****
• YouTube TV ****
• Hulu ***
• AT&T TV **
• Fubo TV *