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March 14, 2017 4:24 PM   Subscribe

My mom, who watches a ton of tv, wants to cut her cable and explore streaming. She's enlisted my help to figure out what service(s) she should go with. She is going to send me a list of her must-have channels, which is likely going to include things like Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Channel, Hallmark, Hallmark Movie Channel, QVC, History, etc. Is there a site which lists cable channels and what streaming service they are available through?

She's already set up with Rokus, and currently uses Netflix, HBOGo, and Amazon Prime to watch movies and older shows. I also plan to get her an antenna for local channels. I've looked at Sling, which would cover some of her wishes, but not all. Ideally I'd like to take her list and easily be able to find the combination of services which would cover all of her channel wishes. Other than making a spreadsheet and researching each service/channel individually, is there any tool or resource which could help me with this?

Bonus points for recommendations of other streaming services like Sling, where you can just turn on a channel and watch (rather than having to select a show/episode of something).
posted by tryniti to Technology (4 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
Yes, the "channel flipping" experience is missing from the streaming world. I'm setting up an OTA antenna and HDHomeRun just to get that back.
posted by bigtex at 4:35 PM on March 14 [1 favorite]


This? Seems pretty comprehensive. Apparently QVC is available for free online so I guess that's what I'm doing tonight.

(tbh though it sort of seems like your mom should just keep her cable; she seems like a person cable is designed for.)
posted by goodbyewaffles at 5:15 PM on March 14 [3 favorites]


We wanted to cut the cord, but my wife and older daughter just loooooooooove HGTV too much (and Hallmark, etc.). In the end we went from cable to a cheaper FiOS package, and I am biding my time until we can buy channels a la carte.
posted by wenestvedt at 3:09 AM on March 15


must-have channels, which is likely going to include things like Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Channel, Hallmark, Hallmark Movie Channel, QVC, History, etc.

If she has "must-have" channels, just keep cable.
posted by LoveHam at 7:02 AM on March 15 [2 favorites]


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