More TV streaming services arise as consumers ‘cut the cord’ - KCTV5

More TV streaming services arise as consumers ‘cut the cord’

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Verizon is launching an internet streaming service.

It’s a growing trend as consumers “cut the cord,” ditching cable for cheaper options.

Bloomberg says Verizon’s internet streaming package for TV shows should launch sometime this summer.

It’s is a first for the company and sources say the price should be $50 or less.

It will include dozens of channels, but competition will be stiff.

Another company hopping on the streaming train is YouTube, which has come a long way from cats and viral videos.

YouTube TV will launch soon in major cities for $35 a month, offering 40 streaming cable channels such as Disney, ESPN, FOX News and even some regional sports networks.

"That's a great price, but remember there are channel tradeoffs with these slimmer streaming services,” cautioned Jim Willcox with Consumer Reports. So, if you can't live without a certain channel, make sure it's offered before you sign up.”

For example, right now YouTube TV doesn't offer Comedy Central, CNN, HBO, HGTV and a few others, but you can pay extra to get Showtime.

Sling TV starts at $20 a month, but its $40 "All Channels" package includes 50 channels. Add-ons for local broadcast, sports, movies and premium channels range from $5 to $15 a month.

DIRECTV now has a promotional price of $35 a month for 60 channels or $60 a month for over 100 channels.

"One thing to remember,” said Willcox, “all these streaming services require a smart TV or streaming media player, and a decent broadband connection. If your Internet service isn't fast enough, they might not be the best choice."

Also, if you have a lot of TVs, you might have to limit how many people are watching at the same time since each service limits the number of simultaneous streams. 

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