In an attempt to further reduce my cable bill (my cable cord wasn’t thoroughly cut), I’ve been toying with switching from PlayStation Vue to YouTube TV. Some time ago I wrote about cutting the cord using PlayStation Vue. Unfortunately, if you have a sports fan in your house, cutting the cord isn’t so simple. It’s even more complicated if you live in the same state as your favorite team (blackouts).
The Cable Story
The local cable company keeps raising its rates (no surprise there). In an attempt to lower the monthly outlay, we all but dropped cable and signed up with Playstation Vue. Unfortunately, we had to keep cable access in order for my hubby to watch his favorite teams when they played local games. Because of whatever programming stipulations or licensing, the cable company has the right to air some home games while PlayStation Vue has to black them out. As such, if we had dropped the cable company totally, my hubby wouldn’t be able to watch his favorite teams play when they played at home (cue the violins).
Trying to come up with an alternative, I looked into the cost to purchase the NFL, NBA and MLB packages. Actually, purchasing the packages and keeping PlaystationVue worked out to be cheaper than our current setup. The problem again…those darned blackouts. Even by purchasing the package we were still subject to local game blackouts. I truly don’t understand this whole sports thing. If we were to another state where his favorite teams were no longer local, we would be able to watch all of the games through the various sports packages. The problem is living in the same state as his favorite team (go figure).
Enter YouTube TV
Since it appeared that our local cable company is probably the best way to go for a sports fan, we were stuck. However, we could swap YouTube TV for Playstation Vue. The channel lineup is comparable and YouTube TV is cheaper by about $10 a month (gotta save where you can).
We signed up for the 5-day free trial to give it a shot. I enjoyed YouTube TV. As a general practice, I probably watch more YouTube videos than I do “regular” TV, but I’m not the sole resident of the house. The local sports fan is not quite as technologically adventurous as I am and navigating around YouTube TV was a little bit of a challenge for him. Nothing that he couldn’t overcome in time, but there were other factors we had to consider.
The True Cost of the Switch to YouTube TV
The problem with the YouTube TV setup is that we needed to either have a YouTube TV or a Roku device to watch on the TV screen (no device needed to watch on a Smartphone, computer, laptop or tablet). Fortunately, we had an old Roku device that we were able to update and use, but that was just one device for one TV. Since we have three TVs I’d have to purchase two more Roku devices or purchase two Roku TVs. I did not want to purchase two new Roku TVs. Where’s the savings in doing that?
The cost of Roku streaming devices ranges between $30 and $100 depending on which features you choose. Having purchased one of the cheaper Roku stick s in the past, I found that the higher-end streaming device worked better than the less expensive stick. As such, I’d opt for the more stable (in my opinion) higher-priced device.
Taking into consideration the cost to purchase two devices coupled with my hubby’s less than enthusiastic response to having to learn a new user interface, we opted to stay with PlaystationVue and our local cable company.
My YouTube TV Foray is Not Over Yet
I’m willing to bide my time and revisit YouTube TV. Why? Because I like YouTube TV a little better than PlayStation Vue. I find PlayStation Vue’s frequent freezes and sluggish startup to be a bit frustrating. At first, I attributed the sluggishness to the fact that we were viewing PSVue through the Amazon Fire Stick (it’s a bit better if I view using the Roku), but it’s still sluggish on my tablet and phone.
As Marie Forleo says, Everything is Figureoutable. The solution, as I see it, is to move to another state so that our local teams won’t be so local. Or, he can give up watching sports (not gonna happen). I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same. Oh well. At least I tried.