Originally Posted by Christcorp
Obviously, AT&T has the most money. They have the best contracts. That’s why they can offer hbo for $5 compared to everyone else at $15. If they get their channel guide, dvr, and customer service straightened out, they can be the total package for cutting the cord. But for now, there is still a niche market for sling, vue, Hulu, YouTube, Philo, and fubo.
, within the U.S., the Comcast/XFinity/Universal/Hulu/NBC/etc. consortium has the most money, and that company owns a huge part of the TV content provider, broadcast & Internet worlds. But for the moment, although Hulu is good for some things, they apparently feel it isn't in their best interest to offer a full featured on demand service like Sling, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, or Hulu+Live TV, or Youtube TV to the general public. Unfortunately, if you don't subscribe to XFinity Internet service, Xfinity Instant TV isn't available, and is in any event quite limited. They are still trying to drive people to pay the cost of XFinity TV and Internet service, whereas AT&T is willing to sell reasonably full featured packages to people who don't subscribe to AT&T Internet or phone service.
OTOH, most of my programs are on Sling Blue, which is cheaper. I looked at some of the even cheaper offerings, like Philo, but they don't have a lot of what I watch. I also considered just buying series individually, through whichever service sells the program cheapest (which varies, series to series), and concluded that was too much work, and may not always be worth it.
BTW, from an economic perspective, it clearly makes the most sense to switch subscriptions continually between services, and binge watch on demand each program you like that the service you are currently subscribed to offers, with a few weeks in between, during which you only watch freely available content. E.g., I will mostly use Sling Blue, but will occasionally switch to DirecTV Now and very occasionally to CBS All Access, as well as watching free on demand services from various networks and such, and maybe occasionally switch to Hulu or Netflix. (Of course, at first, it also makes sense to try all the major provider free trials, and/or to obtain one or more streaming boxes at introductory rates.) Plus, if you can put up an antenna where you live (I can't), record and watch OTA programs.
To me, it simply doesn't make sense to stay long-term with any one provider at this time. Switching is a pain, but is currently best. However, if I could put up a satellite antenna, I would pick Dish or DirecTV, with a hardware DVR that can skip ads.