Probably the most important part of making this decision was making sure we could still watch the things we wanted. I did trials with Sling, PSVue and DirectTVNow. While each of them had rather decent interfaces and some channels, I had a few criteria that needed to be met:
- Provide access to major networks (Be warned that no one had CBS yet)
- Good Interface on Amazon FireStick, Apple TV and Mobile
- Game Show Network (We watch a lot fo Family Feud when just sitting around)
- DVR Functionality – O later determined I didn’t need this but more on that to come.
All seems pretty simple except PSVue didnt have GSN, Sling had it but it was an extra plan. In the end I ended up with DirectTVNow for everything except the DVR function which Sling didnt have either. What DirectTVNow did have was a free Apple TV 4K if you paid for 4 months upfront. I had to use one of the old gmail tricks for this however. My account is not my basic email but rather I used a + in my email since gmail ignores that. I normally would not need to do this but the free AppleTV was for new subscribers only and if you have done the trial it wont work. I didnt have to have the new AppleTV but one of mine was a version 3 and could not get apps so this seemed like a good reason. More on the AppleTV in the next blog.