Update: For the last few months, I’ve been loving and over-using PS Vue’s basic “access plan” which has the benefits of cable without cable. In the months leading up to the election, I found myself watching more and more live TV, mainly election coverage, and DVR’ing the debates and commentary shows. I caught up on every season of TV Land’s “Younger” (highly recommend) and discovered my new favorite network TV show, “This is Us.” However, although I used the Kindle Fire stick on all of my televisions, my main TV, the one in the family room, started to annoy me with its lag-time and audio-sync problems. Amazon suggested that the stick may be incompatible with my Sony Aquos TV so I switched the stick out for the Roku Premiere and voila, problems solved. The Fire Stick continues to work fine on my three other televisions.
*A further update: On November 11, 2016, PS Vue dropped all Viacom channels including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and TV Land (waaahhh, no more “Younger”). I’ve thought about switching to Sling but I really would miss the ability to DVR shows. To be continued . . .
A little background . . .
Six liberating months ago, I made the decision to cut the cord. I waited for my kids to notice. They happily continued watching their favorite shows mainly on Netflix, occasionally on Amazon Prime and YouTube, and sometimes through apps on Apple TV, the latter of which allows access to limited preselected full episodes on channels like Disney and PBS Kids. Life was good without cable. I watched the local news using my free digital antenna provided by my internet company, viewed “featured stories” on CNN through the Apple TV app, and added an HBO Now subscription to my lineup.