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Jennifer Van Grove: A streaming TV state of the union

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This skinny bundle caters to sports fans and comes with 75 channels, some of which (Pac 12 Networks and Big Ten Network) don't come standard in other streaming packages. FuboTV also provides live, local access to CBS, Fox and NBC, and comes with plenty of cable stations you know and love. That means people who want to supplement their sports viewing can tune into HGTV, Lifetime, A&E and other networks.

Extras: Channel packs, including sports and Spanish-language bundles, are available, ranging in price from $6 to $15 more a month.

Available on: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV (4th gen), Roku, iOS, Android, Chromecast and some Android TV's.

Philo -- $16 to $20 p/mo.

Designed for the viewer who doesn't care for sports, startup Philo's base bundle costs $16 a month and comes with 37 channels, albeit no local stations. The cheaper-than-cheap rate even includes streaming on up to three devices at the same time and the ability to save shows to watch later.

Philo might be the best fit for the occasional traditional TV viewer who also has an antenna and subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon Video.

Available on: Roku, iOS and Android.

While we're not at the point of complete a la carte TV -- and I'm not sure we ever will be -- streaming TV consumers can effectively build their own bundle, piecing together a content package that interests them instead of relying on a cable provider to come up with something satisfactory..

And this is where I leave you for the time being. This column will be on hiatus as I take leave to care for a baby on the way. I encourage fans of the series to participate in the SDUT cord-cutters Facebook group, which has blossomed into a fantastic resource for people weighing their TV and Internet options. Don't be shy. You might even find me participating in the comments.

About The Writer

Jennifer Van Grove covers e-commerce and digital lifestyle for The San Diego Union Tribune. Readers may send her email at

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