I don’t live in a major market for Television. I live in a third-tier market down in Alabama. As such, I can’t get live local channels on anything but Hulu Live. I once got a friend in Washington D.C. to sign up for YouTubeTV for me, but my family needed to watch the local news for some reason (I don’t get it). Sling, PlayStation Vue, and Sling also don’t cover us for locals.
Sling, in particular, is a bummer because they are currently only one of two (the other is Philo) ways to get access to Viacom networks without a cable bundle. That means no MTV, no Comedy Central, and the like.
What do I do? Mostly, I adjust. Instead of turning on Comedy Central when I want to see some funny, I pick TBS or Adult Swim. Heck, since Trevor Noah, I would rather get my political humor from my mix of Colbert, Samantha Bee, and John Oliver anyway.
But, what if I want to watch something gay?
I’m screwed. No Drag Race. No reruns of shows Logo canceled years ago. Nothing. Bravo is gay-adjacent at best.
I have to watch my Drag Race in sneaky semi-illegal ways. And, I’m just old enough that I dislike watching TV on a laptop, so that’s not ideal. On top of that, the high-quality links to Drag Race don’t usually drop until later on in the early morning, so giving my hot takes on Pale Panda for that night’s episode is out of the question.
Viacom is currently in talks to merge back into CBS. If this happens, maybe there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. That’s my hope for Discovery as well (I also don’t get Discovery networks) as they just merged with Scripps Networks (Food Network, HGTV).
The only real problem is, once all these networks finally join up with all the platforms, will they really be any cheaper than a comparable cable package?