Monday, May 24, 2021

Finding the perfect live streaming service

There are a bunch of articles online that cover reviews and comparisons between different streaming services. The idea is to give the reader enough information to make a decision.

Am I going to do that? Maybe. Not right now, but I might one day.

So, what is this about? Well, there's actually a Web tool that I really like. I'm not sure how easy you would find it to use, but I find it very easy to use. Of course, I may have a different approach to finding live streaming services than you might.

To me, if I want a live streaming service, it will depend on a few things: channel selection, device availability, and price. Everything else? To me doesn't really matter, at least not that much. And the Web tool to which I refer does what I need it to do, in a simple and easy to use manner.

I don't know who's behind the company. I suppose I should look into that, but I haven't. I will say that the Web tool does a good job for me. 

It's called Suppose, or Suppose.TV, and the Web tool is located at https://www.suppose.tv/ which kinda makes sense, right?

Anyway, go to https://www.suppose.tv/ and set your location in the box at the top left. Your ZIP Code will be sufficient. Depending on your location, you may be presented with a couple of different markets. Mine simply offered Savannah, but if you are close to multiple markets, you may be presented with multiple choices. Pick what you consider local, in that case.

Next, select the channels you want. Here's the most difficult part, really. I suggest you pick the channels you really really really want, not just "hey, this would be nice." You can select those, but I'm going to suggest you only pick the most important channel or channels first. You can add the others later.

Once you have your channels selected, you'll see a listing of services that carry them. But, that list might include satellite services, which isn't what you're looking for. So, here's where you pick your device.

In the top right there's a dropdown for device. Pick your favorite device or platform. If you have a Roku TV device, for instance, pick Roku. That will probably make some of the services listed disappear, and that's okay. In fact, that's what you want.

Next, prioritize your channels. Those that are absolutely must have channels, select the little heart icon on it. If you change your mind about a channel, or if you accidentally add the wrong one, you can remove it with the little X icon. You can also drag them one over the other, prioritizing them that way. You don't have to, but you can. And, you can temporarily remove one by clicking the little slider on it. That way you don't remove it, then try to find it to put it back. It's just a quick way to do "hey, if I don't really need this one, I can save a bunch of money" thing.

There's another thing you'll want to check. At the top center is a Refine section. That way you can pick if you really need a DVR or more than one stream. If you need three streams, for instance, you can pick that. Or if saving money overall is more important than cost per channel, you can use that slider.

As you make changes, the listing of services may change, so expect that. Continue to add or remove or disable channels as you think about it. Move the most important ones to the top. Check different devices if you are still shopping for a device. If it takes a few minutes to get it just like you want, that's okay. The money you save will make up for those few minutes.

The Web tool will display the service that meets the criteria you set. Or... it may display multiple services. For example, if you selected Discovery and CuriosityStream as "must have" channels, it will show combos. As of this writing, it will display the single service Vidgo for $45, as well as combos including Philo and Frndly.TV for $26.


You can determine if the single service, which is more expensive, is actually a better option for you than the two services Philo and Frndly.TV. In this example, Vidgo costs more, but it's all in a single app. You can save money by using the two services Philo and Frndly.TV, but you have to use two separate apps to watch the channels. You can choose whichever you prefer.

There are some times that a Website that lists services and channels in a grid, with indicators of which carries what, is what I need. But, the Suppose.TV tool works well for me too. It's kept updated more than those Website lists.

I find Suppose.TV to be a useful tool. I hope you are able to determine if it works for you. If it does, it may help your Streaming Life to be much easier.

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