Try online TV service free before cutting the cord on your cable
YouTube has an appealing pitch in YouTube TV: the ability to watch live and on-demand television and movies on your phone without a contract. The selection is not bad, offering the major networks live as well as a variety of basic cable channels. The service lets you mark shows to watch later, DVR-style, which is one of its main selling points.
Potential users should know it’s only available in certain major metropolitan areas — Washington D.C. was added in June — which means you may not be able to access it everywhere. You can sign up for a month-long free trial and download the app. After that, it will cost $35 a month, though you can add packages to watch Showtime and Fox Soccer.
It isn’t particularly cheap, though perhaps less than a cable bill. (Your mileage may vary.) But those who want to cut the cord and retain the ability to watch network channels free — without buying bunny ears — may want to consider it. Overall, YouTube TV has a decent selection of channels and smooth service, though only you can determine if it’s right for your budget.
Free to download for iOS and Android; $35 a month after a free trial.