Want to cut the cord? Tired of paying hundreds of dollars a year on cable subscriptions? Some studies indicate that costs for TV service rose almost twice as fast as inflation, rising more than 50 percent in about ten years to an average of $100.98 in 2017.
There are plenty of alternatives to traditional TV, as this article explains, but the alternatives and how they work (Sling TV? Roku?) can be confusing, and mistakes can be costly.
That’s why the Senior Planet Tech of the Month for September is streaming services, those free (like YouTube) or low cost alternatives (like Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu) to traditional TV or cable – and the smart TVs and streaming devices that display them (although smartphones, desktops, laptops or tablets can also stream video). In September, there will be two sessions to explain streaming services in general and the most popular streaming service – YouTube – in particular.
Streaming Services: Curious about streaming services, how they work, how to use them and the huge variety of content available? There’s a session on Streaming Services on September 11 at 3:30. You must RSVP, just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-590-0615.
YouTube: One of the most popular of all streaming entertainment is YouTube, which offers classic movies, how-to videos, news, archived clips of historic events and lectures and classes. You can get an overview of what’s available on YouTube and learn how to navigate, get tips for viewing, sharing and even posting videos of your own. There’s a session on Youtube on September 14 at 1:15 pm; you must RSVP, just email email@example.com or call 646-590-0615.