Nowadays, cutting the cord doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your favorite cable channels.
A variety of streaming-TV services have popped up in Wichita over the past year or so – most recently, YouTube TV became available in Wichita last month.
Streaming services like YouTube TV are essentially cable without the cable box — they allow you watch live TV exclusively with an internet connection.
There’s no contract, and they’re generally a fraction of the cost of either cable or satellite.
In YouTube TV’s case, you pay $40 a month to have access to more than 50 live TV networks – including ESPN, AMC, Freeform and others.
Just download the YouTube TV app on a phone or tablet, sign into your account and you can start watching TV. Or for those wanting to watch on a regular TV, there are YouTube TV apps for Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast and other devices.
One of the biggest perks of YouTube TV: You can record television shows and movies, just like a DVR, and there is no storage limit. All recordings are deleted after nine months, however.
In addition to live TV, many networks also offer on-demand content.
Programs look just like they would on a cable subscription – though streams have a broadcast delay of about 15 seconds behind hard-wired cable. There are commercials just like watching on cable TV.
But what about local networks? Can you watch local news on YouTube TV?
Yes, in most cases.
In Wichita, KAKE (ABC), KWCH (CBS), KSN (NBC) and KSAS (Fox) are all available on YouTube TV.
You can share your YouTube TV login with six people, but only three devices can be streaming simultaneously.
YouTube TV Is the latest streaming-TV service to be offered in Wichita, though there also are other, cheaper options.
DirecTV Now offers a similar streaming service, starting at more than 60 channels for $35/month. Sling TV, the cheapest streaming-TV service, offers 30 channels for $20/month (it's owned by Dish Network).
For more information on YouTube TV, visit tv.youtube.com.