Remember how you felt when Netflix first popped up on the scene? Totally unnecessary (and confusing). But then Hulu Plus came along. Then HBO Go. And now you own an Apple TV and haven’t watched live television in over a year. You cord-cutting convert, you.
Well, it seems even the cable companies are getting in on the action. In one of the biggest announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show this month, Dish Network revealed its first-ever in-home streaming service: Sling TV.
What does this mean exactly? For $20 a month, you can sign up for Sling (no cable agreement required) and receive 30 networks that no other services can yet offer. Think HGTV, Food Network, CNN, Disney Channel and ESPN. All of these can be watched through any computer, Amazon Fire TV and a slew of other options (Roku, Apple TV, etc.).
This is major news because up until now all those channels, especially ESPN and ESPN2, were off limits without paying for a full cable bundle. But is it worth it? Let’s break it down: Suppose you pay $20 a month for Sling, $8 a month for Netflix and $8 a month for Hulu. Maybe you also pay $15 a month for HBO Go. That adds up to $51 a month.
How much do you pay for cable? Yeah, you do the math.