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Want to cut the cable cord? New options for “over the top” TV in Boise area

Is your cable or satellite bill ballooning? New, more affordable options to watch live TV over an Internet connection are expanding – and Google’s YouTube TV is getting in the game in the Boise area.

Each of the services works “over the top,” meaning you watch with an Internet connection. Most allow you to stream to your TV with a Roku, Apple TV or Google Chrome device, as well as watching on laptops and phones. They also generally offer integrated DVR options (pause, rewind, fast forward and the like).

YouTube TV

This just launched in the Boise area (Disclosure: I’ve had this since my time in California and use it extensively). It offers KIVI/ABC 6, KBOI/CBS 2, KNIN/Fox 9 and KTVB/NBC 7. It also has an extensive menu of national channels and focused particularly on news and sports. Last year, every Boise State game was available on YouTube TV via ESPN, CBS Sports Network and the like. It has more than 65 total channels, plus a few options for add-ones like NBA League Pass and Showtime.

YouTube TV costs $40/month and offers a free trial.

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu has offered a live TV add-on in Boise for more than a year. It offers KIVI/ABC 6, KNIN/Fox 9 and KTVB/NBC 7 – but is missing KBOI/CBS 2. The package also includes a healthy roster of news and sports channels, and also tops out at about 65 options. Add-ons here include HBO, Starz and some Spanish-language channels.

Hulu with Live TV costs $39.99/month and includes access to Hulu’s on-demand library with shows like Handmaid’s Tale.

PS Vue

Sony’s PlayStation Vue offers a streaming service. It offers KIVI/ABC 6, KNIN/Fox 9 and KTVB/NBC 7 – but is also missing KBOI/CBS 2. Prices start at $45/month.

DirecTV Now, Philo, Sling TV

These streaming service do not have any live local channels in Boise just yet. Prices vary from $40-$75.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor
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