I am getting YouTubeTV next month. I've done a lot of research in the past two days trying to figure out what devices I need and how to cut the cord. I will share what I learned: First, there are just a few ways to watch TCM and becareful not to confuse TCM with WATCH TCM. Clark Howard, a TV guy who talks about saving money, has some great help online at https://clark.com/technology/tvsatellite-cable/streaming-tv-comparison-best-channel-lineup/
In the link above, he compares cable alternatives by the criteria of channel line-up. I watched the video at the end of which he explains why he chose YouTubeTV. But there are many pages on his site and lots of help.
You also have to consider HOW to view your choice of streaming service, You have to maintain an Internet connection so that means you can't "cut the cord" completely. You can use your computer/ipad, your phone (bleh for a movie?) or a smart TV. You can also use a "dumb" TV with extra help from another device, a Roku stick, as long as your TV has a place to plug it- an hdmi port- one of those little rectagular holes like you have on a computer to plug in a thumb drive. My friend uses an inexpensive Roku stick whcih you plug into your TV, and he told me it gets TCM as one of the channels that are bundled with the stick iteself. However, when I explored further I saw that it gets WATCH TCM which is a TCM app that still requires you to have a cable provider. (You can read that yourself on the tcm website.) So I would only use a Roku stick if I had a dumb TV and I needed to make it smart, i.e., connect to my Internet in order to pick up my streaming service.
Also consider how many people in your house need to view screens at the same time. We are only 2 in my place, so that isn't an issue. YouTube TV allows for 3 different screens at a time. Other providers are different.
After you find the service you are interested in because of channel availability, go to that provider and read the details about the kind of device you need. they will list all your choices. Here's the page from YouTubeTV, for example: https://support.google.com/youtubetv/answer/7129767?hl=en&ref_topic=7071745
I have a Samsung Smart TV, but it's old. I'm going to get a new one next weekend I decided, for $129, so then I won't have to add any Roku or other devide to pick up my YouTubeTV. The app for it will be downloadable from my Samsung TV. If it isn't preloaded already. YouTubeTV is my choice because I will be able to get network channels (my husband wants them) and more importantly for me, they are soon to be adding PBS according to a press release this past July.
Keeping my Internet and phone with Xfinity will cost me $106. YouTubeTV is $50 a month. I am still saving around $65 a month over what I need to pay Xfinity to watch TCM on 2 sets. More than the money though, it's the principle of being jacked around all the time. I am not a techie person, but I'm no Luddite either. I don't care how things work- I just follow the instructions step by step to make them work. And if I don't get it right, I find someone who will come over and help. Good luck!
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I've been paying $200/month for voice, internet and cable and have been with Comcast/Xfinity since 1998! They are the only cable company in my area so they can extort whatever they want. The only TV I watch with any regularity is TCM and if it was available another way, I would ditch the Xfinity thieves in a moment. Yesterday I caved and added the Sports Package for $10 MORE per month. Found out today that I can only watch TCM on main set, not on bedroom tv because my "cable box is too old" and Xfinity will be happy to upgrade it for me for an additional $10 a month. Yeah, right. Not happening. Xfinity, I am researching streaming options and when I get it set up- we are FINISHED with you and your extortion. https://flixed.io/watch-tcm-without-cable/
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