I am currently a Comcast subscriber and I was Mad. You know the story. Opening day and I cant watch my team. Yeah, I was pissed…The Yes Network and Comcast are in a war over what else...Money. Comcast dropped YES Network over an increase in YES fees. (which they agreed to and were paying last season). Comcast continued to charge same regional sports fee, less YES since last November. What’s wrong with that picture? It’s like going to supermarket, paying and then cashier reaches in and takes something out of bag on your way out. It's bad enough to pay old price and not receive YES all these months, but to now raise ( in January) sports package price and still Not receive YES is a slap in the face to Comcast's customers! Comcast continues to show their lack of respect for it’s customers. Both sides are in the business of making money, so you would think they'll come to their senses, Ummm, I don’t think so. Comcast has nothing to lose as they are still getting their regional sports fee, YES on the other hand, is losing around $4.95 per month. Multiply that by 800,000-9,000,000 homes and well you get the picture. While YES is not without fault here, Comcast is the poster child for corporate greed and is most certainly a monopoly that has either paid big bucks to avoid anti-trust lawsuits or is powerful enough (it owns NBC/Universal) to continue to screw it’s customers without penalty. Unfortunately, they are the only cable provider in my area. So what are my options? Direct TV or Sling TV. Yes, Sling TV (owned by DISH), lets you stream live TV over the Internet offering CNN, TBS, the Food Network, YES, ESPN and other networks. For $20.00 per month you can choose from 2 basic packages. You can add other channels too, for a additional fee. Oh, by the way you need wifi. I choose the package that gives you the local FOX regional network which in the northeast is the YES network
While Im not ready to swith to Direct TV, I chose Sling which is different then Netflix or Hulu, as it’s programming is live. Sling TV doesn’t require a contract, and you can use the service on various gadgets including set-top boxes like Roku ,Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox. It will work on your PC or phone as well. Presently Sling allows me access to the Yes Network, which is the only reason I’m telling you this.
Picture and video quality is sharp and smooth, not quite as sharp as cable HD but very watchable. That said, there were a few times where the stream paused to buffer, though the interruption only lasted a about 10 seconds. Ok, with All this said, IMO, Sling will not replace your cable at this point. Once they offer more networks including local CBS,FOX, NBC and ABC, I think it’s worth a try, and you can cut the cord. As for the cost, well for a real Yankee junkie like me who pays the $20.00, It’s an added monthly expense (on top of cable) because most of my package I already have, via Comcast, so it’s expensive. If you break it down over the season, your paying under 80 cents per game. So, if you need your fix of the Yankees on TV, heres the answer…Beggars can’t be choosers.
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