wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
If you don't care about sports and have good internet, then you actually have a lot of options.
I haven't used it and haven't talked to anyone that has but you might be best served using a combination. Philo offers very cheap access to cable channels. It doesn't offer locals though. For that a TiVo with a good OTA antenna would give you DVR for the local networks. Definitely would be far cheaper per month (Philo is something like $20 a month) and you'd have the "luxury" of still being able to watch the local news if internet goes down in inclement weather.
I do know that you can use Philo as a TV provider, so if you downloaded the apps to the cable channels you watch, then you could probably use the TiVo as your primary box. Again, I have never tried this combination and it would require an initial outlay for the cost of the TiVo box and the antenna, but it should work. The Philo and TiVo monthly subscriptions would certainly be less than the DirecTV bill.
Thanks for the tips. I’m trying to avoid any kind of “box,” and go streaming only, so I’d need some kind of cloud DVR. Locast provides local channels in my area, but I don’t know if I could DVR anything from that.
I wish there was a site/app where I can pick which channels I want and they’d do the work to put together options. Seems like there should be something out there like that.
Can you tell I haven’t really researched this deeply yet?!