The increase was met with angry tweets from customers and led to some questioning why YouTube TV is even necessary considering there are more affordable options, like Sling, FuboTV and Hulu with live options that all come in for less than YouTube TV now does.
I’m planning on sticking with
When browsing a network, for example, it shows a very relevant thumbnail on Roku that is specific to not only that show, but to the individual episode. On browser and mobile, those thumbnails animate with a live feed of the channel which helps you decide if it’s worth playing before you have to take any action. And unlike Netflix, these previews are blissfully silent.
The best part about
YouTube TV’s Home screen is also highly useful. It analyzes over time what shows you enjoy watching and provides you a mix of your favorite shows that might be live, shows you might want to watch that you may have missed and are available as part of its cloud DVR/on-demand service, and new shows you may not have even realized you wanted to see. The system is unobtrusive as well, and I find it to be highly accurate and tailored to my watching habits. I enjoy browsing for content almost as much as I like watching shows.
When someone asks me why I bother paying for
Sometimes, I just want some pleasant background noise provided by HGTV or Food Network. Throwing one of them on is so much easier than selecting a specific episode of The Office or futilely browsing Netflix’s library for anything new.
I find myself filled with joy when I see there is a huge Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives marathon because that means it’s Friday. I have become accustomed to the network’s show schedule, and I like having it.
I don’t even dislike commercials. They give me a chance to use the bathroom, make a snack, or find out about new products. Sure, some are very annoying, but others actually do provide value to my everyday life (the new Arby’s commercials have been particularly entertaining).
I want the option to have television playing in the background without having to find something to watch or having to pay attention to. When someone asks me if I’ve seen Ozark or Chernobyl, I have to honestly answer “no,” because that requires that I find a time to sit and specifically watch those shows. Having to do that stresses me out.
After a long day at work, what I really want to do is unwind, and having to make decisions and focus my attention is the opposite of that.
Services like Sling have DVR features, but they are limited. I don’t like the idea of having to manage yet another piece of technology storage, and as such
Maybe I just miss cable
Up until about 2017, I was a happy Comcast Xfinity cable customer, despite its awful customer service and jack-in-the-box-style billing. I never had a particular problem with the actual product. It was only after my X1 cable box started releasing a high-pitched squeal that multiple replacement boxes wouldn’t fix and that aforementioned “excellent” customer service gave up on helping me rectify that I searched for a valid replacement. At the time, PlayStation Vue was the most cable-like experience and so I went with that. After it shut down,
Given what I am looking for in a viewing experience, I guess I just miss cable.
I’m not excited about the
That is, until someone does it better.
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