Ah geez.....i JUST yesterday spent like 3 hours researching all this crap and TODAY I find this handy article. Of course that's how it works.
Thanks for writing this. Good to get some input from someone already doing it. Here's a couple points important to me I didn't see you address. May or may not be correct, may or may not be useful to others here.
The Sports Extra package from Sling TV is $10/mo, not $5, as per their website yesterday. For me that means Sling Blue ($25/mo, + $10/mo during football season, for a total of $35/mo.) because Sling Orange doesn't have enough of the non-sports channels I want. Gotta have the Sports package since Blue doesn't include the ESPN family natively.
DirecTV NOW probably has the most impressive channel lineup in the lower tiers, and their cheapest, as you mentioned, is $35. However two things are steering me to Sling. Sling Blue + SP has more channels (sports channels, I think....I believe non-sports channels were comparable as far as the ones I watch) than DTV Now, and Sling now has online DVR capability. Honestly, recording has been a primary reason I haven't cut the cord before now. As far as I can tell with DTV Now, they don't currently offer that, but I'd be very surprised if they don't offer it soon. That said, in order to get all the channels I want with DTV Now, I'd have to get the $50/mo package, and I believe I can get it all for $35 with Sling.
Recording OTA networks is still an issue. I've had a digital antenna for years, but appointment viewing almost never happens with me. I notice there are now several manufacturers who make DVR devices with no monthly subscription fees like TiVo used to do, so if you or anyone has any experience with them, please give input/recommendations. Especially need the ability to record CBS during football season.
But it's roughly ~$25/mo for Netflix + AmazonPrime + Hulu, which gives me access to like, almost everything that's not in the realm of live TV. Plus another $35/mo. in football season and probably $25/mo outside of football season (I don't ever watch ESPN or FSN etc except for cfb) for Sling. Together, it's still half the price of the $100/mo DirecTV costs, and that's for pretty much the cheapest tier they have. Our local cable company isn't really any better. So this is probably going to happen soon.
Even if someone can't access ABC for any reason, multiple sites assure Sling credentials work to verify access the WatchESPN app, so you can easily get ABC games even if you can't get ABC itself.
Also, there's AirWave and AirTV which I don't fully understand yet (https://www.wired.com/2017/01/airwave-airtv-cordcutting-cable/
), but other than the confusing nature (at the moment) of front-end setup, these could be solutions to watch for as far as issues like the one utee94 brought up.....my gf is in the same boat, she has a hard enough time grasping that we do most things via Chromecast, and we have to switch that out for FireTV Stick when we want to watch anything on Prime (because effing Google and Amazon can't stop flipping each other off for the time being, ugh.)
Also, how the heck do you do links on this board?