Last week, in our first installment of “Cord Cutter Nation”, we highlighted streaming TV options in Lexington, Kentucky. This week, we hit the road and head 700 miles west to the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tulsa is situated on the Arkansas River at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in northeast Oklahoma, a region of the state known as “Green Country”. Considered the cultural and arts center of Oklahoma, Tulsa has been called one of America’s most livable large cities by Forbes magazine.
In addition to those well-deserved accolades, despite being just the 58th largest media market in the US with a little over 531,000 TV homes, Tulsan’s can now lay claim to a wealth of cord-cutting options to help save money from high cable and satellite bills.
Editor’s Note: The “Cord Cutter Nation” series spotlights live streaming and cord cutting options available to residents of emerging media markets across the country.
Here’s a snapshot from our Streaming TV Locals Comparison Chart to help illustrate the local networks that are now available to residents of Tulsa from DIRECTV NOW, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV (click the graphic to see the full chart):
Of course, Tulsan cord cutters using an HDTV antenna, depending on location and path to the TV towers, may receive local TV programming for free over the air. However, that’s not always an option for residents – especially those that live in suburban areas beyond the reach, or with obstructed paths to the TV towers in a given market. It will be much easier once ATSC 3.0 arrives, but that’s at least a year or two away.
Now, thanks to streaming TV, residents have the option to receive that same programming conveniently over the internet on TVs, phones, tablets and streaming devices, complete with built in DVR functionality in the case of YouTube TV and Hulu Live and coming soon to DIRECTV NOW with its upcoming “Cloud DVR” release.
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For example, Tulsa residents who subscribe to AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW or Google’s new YouTube TV, in addition to the included news, sports and entertainment channels those services include, can also receive the following local network stations that are now live and available for streaming over the internet to supported devices* as well as browsers, smart phones and tablets:
Tulsans who subscribe to Hulu with Live TV, can now access – and record via Cloud DVR – all major local networks except the local ABC affiliate station KTUL 8. We have reached out to the station to find out when you can expect to get live access to ABC on Hulu Live and we will update when we have definitive information to report.
* DIRECTV NOW and Hulu with live TV are available on most popular devices including Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV . Youtube with Live TV, is available via Web Browser, Chromecast and Apple AirPlay with additional device support coming soon.
Are you a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma or surrounding area? If so, have you cut the cord are considering doing so? Share your thoughts in the comments below and let us know your experience with cutting the cord in Lexington: