Goodbye again, cable TV. But I'll still miss your best stuff.

Ever wonder what you’d miss most if you cut cable TV out of your life? Or if you’ve already cut the cord, ever imagine what you’d most appreciate if you brought the whir of a DVR back into your living room?Well, once again the conclusion of college...

Goodbye again, cable TV. But I'll still miss your best stuff.

Ever wonder what you’d miss most if you cut cable TV out of your life? Or if you’ve already cut the cord, ever imagine what you’d most appreciate if you brought the whir of a DVR back into your living room?

Well, once again the conclusion of college football season has prompted the end of a cable-television subscription in this writer’s household. For about five months, thanks to my alma mater stretching out the season as long as possible (and vanquishing the two top teams from the Yellowhammer State to bookend a national championship!), here are the highlights.

Visible fast forward and rewind: Don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone, as the cliche goes. Watching a replay of a game on Roku’s YouTube, though, is tougher than on a cable DVR. Not to mention walking away from the TV mid show and trying to pick up where you’d left off. The filmstrip-style indicators in several streaming apps are functional, but they don’t equate to fullscreen rewind and fast-forward.  And my kingdom for slow-motion functionality (well OK, not my kingdom, or I wouldn’t be this cheap in the first place).

One-stop shopping: Where in the world of streaming apps is the latest season of that show I’m ready to binge-watch? Hulu? Amazon Prime? Crackle? Arrow, arrow, arrow, OK, arrow, arrow, back … you get the idea. Well, when it’s cable, just hit the DVR list or pull up the on-demand channel and boom, you’re there.

• Plenty of other live sports: My challenge this spring is to find affordable ways to watch Major League Baseball, the PGA and LPGA golf tours and Orlando City soccer.  

Local programming: My other challenge this spring is to wire an attic antenna to my three TVs. Window or set-top antennae just don’t cut it where I live. But I’ve got a plan (wrings hands in dastardly fashion) ...

wzimmerman@tronc.com | Twitter, @ZMediaWorks

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