Although I try my best to provide all the knowledge you need to cut cable TV through this column, words and charts alone aren’t always enough. With so many streaming TV bundles and standalone services to pick from, you might need some more powerful software to sift through all the options.

For that, you can turn to streaming TV guide services like Untangle.TV, JustWatch, and Yidio. These apps and sites help you pick the best streaming services based on the shows and channels you care about.

You’ll still need more research to learn about the finer points of streaming bundles, such as video quality, DVR details, and overall user friendliness. And each of these streaming guides have some blind spots. But if want to become a cord cutter and are lost on where to start, these tools will point you in the right direction.

Here’s a roundup:


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In a sly attempt to sell more of its over-the-air antennas, Mohu set up a free website for creating your own cord-cutting plan. First, you specify your zip code, your current TV bill, and any devices or streaming services you already own. Then, you answer a few basic questions about your degree of tech savvy and the features you desire. Finally, you list all your favorite channels, TV shows, and sports programs. Untangle.TV spits back a plan that it thinks will fit the bill.

It all works pretty well on a high level, but its sports selector doesn’t let you choose favorite teams, and in one test scenario it didn’t recommend the cheapest option for me. (The site said PlayStation Vue Ultra was the best option for Food Network, FX, HBO, and Planet Earth, when DirecTV Now would have been $15-per-month cheaper.) The site is overly prescriptive with its recommendations. It doesn’t suggest alternative picks for streaming services or hardware, and of course, it suggests buying a Mohu antenna rather than cheaper alternatives.

Check out here.

Washington Post Streaming Guide

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Over at the Washington Post, reporters Aaron Williams and Brian Fung devised a pretty slick website for sorting through streaming bundles. Just enter the shows or channels you’re interested in, and the site will display the costs with Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube TV, along with any channels that are unavailable in each. That way, you can decide whether to sacrifice a channel or two in pursuit of bigger savings.

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