Some things to consider if you're unhappy with the changes that Greenfield have imposed on the TV service.
When I moved to Rancho Murieta (in 1996), the local TV service provided by RMA was the main way that we all watched TV, with satellite TV the only real alternative. Satellite TV was way more expensive than the RMA option but provided a way to get those channels not offered by RMA.
Today, the story is different. You still have the RMA (Greenfield) option with both DirecTV and DishTV as satellite options, but we now have a plethora of streaming options available at a fraction of the cost. With the recently announced change, it seems that Greenfield have dropped all the channel customizations that they provided when they first came into RM and are just offering the DishTV packages at a $10 discount. As I recall, the main reason that Greenfield selected DishTV in the first place, was that DishTV allowed Greenfield to offer some channel/package customizations, whereas DirecTV did not.
I switched to DirecTV in the late 90’s because I wanted a channel (Speedvision) that was not offered by RMA, but a couple of years ago, I became disenchanted with DirecTV customer service and started looking around for an alternative source of TV.
Based on my experience, for those of you who are considering switching, here are some things to do.
Make a note of every channel that you normally watch and consider how important the channel is to you/your loved ones. Make a “must have”, and “would like” list of channels. For the channels that are not on the “must have” list, is there an alternative way to view them (e.g. YouTube, Hulu)
Note any features that you would like to have with your new TV service. (e.g. Do you need DVR facilities? Do you want to use the TV service away from home?)
Do you own a smart TV? If not, maybe your DVD/BluRay player has apps. If neither, you will need to purchase a streaming device to access the various options. Note, most smart TV’s come with a small number of default apps to offer streaming options, but most of those TV’s a just android devices (like some mobile phones) and you usually have options to download and install more apps.
Do you already have access to some streaming services (e.g. Amazon Prime, YouTube, Netflix?)
Now you can start looking at the competing services and comparing their offerings.
Do they have all the features that you want? If not, can you live without the feature?
Look at the cost of the lowest service offering that meets both the must have and want to have channels.
At this point, it’s just value proposition – what service offers the channels/features that you want, for the price you want to pay?
The more populare streaming devices include Amazon FireTV, AppleTV, Roku, and Google Chromecast. There's not a lot to choose between them when comparing similar models, but there are a multitude of different models available. Some devices use an Alexa/Siri interface, so you can ask the TV remote to find a program for you. If 4K TV is important to you, make sure the device supports 4K, as some of the cheaper models do not. The device you select may also depend on whether you're already subscribed to a particular infrastructure. For example, if you have iPhone/iPad and AppleTV, then it's relatively simple to cast the iPhone/iPad screen to your TV. Also, (IMHO) the amount of memory in the streaming device is not tremendously important, unless you want to load up a lot of apps and/or want to play games on the device. There are a lot of so-called streaming devices that claim to get you any channel you want. Most of these are a scam and rely on dubious (or illegal) mechanisms to access content. I've seen these advertized for $300-400 but they're really a $30 android device with some preloaded (free) software and no instructions.
Some of the better known streaming services include DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Playstation Vue, Hulu and SlingTV. A lot of TV channels also offer a direct to customer offering, where you can cherry pick individual channels. However, going this route can get just as (or more) expensive, and a lot more inconvenient than picking a package service. Some streaming services may be locked to your local zip code, so may not allow you to watch TV while you travel. Apple is also expected to launch a streaming service of their own in 2019. On a side note, the big film studios (e.g. Sony, Disney etc) are looking at the streaming marketplace and they're starting to pull content from other services (i.e. Netflix) so they can increase value of their own streaming services.
You may not be able to get some of your local channels with streaming services. However, you still have the option of getting an antenna and tuning your TV to get the signal over the air (OTA) for free. There’s a lot of good info about this at https://antennaweb.org. Note, some modern TV’s do not come with a tuner built in. If your TV is like this (and mine is) you will have to buy an external tuner before you can receive OTA local channels.
It’s possible that you may have to subscribe to more than one service, in order to get your selected channels.
NOW vs GO
You will see some companies offer NOW or GO (or both) options. While they essentially do the same thing, they’re targeted at different audiences. The GO service is typically when you have a subscription for the channel with your TV service and want to watch the channel away from home, and the NOW service is when you have cut the cord and have a streaming-only service. HBO is a great example of this.
Before you cut the cord, you should realize that when using RMA/DishTV/DirecTV, you do get a very convenient way to watch TV. They provide set-top boxes that allow you to record multiple channels concurrently and even watch those recordings away from home – this convenience also has a value.
In my case, I changed my DirecTV $190 monthly bill to various streaming options at around $70 per month. I did have an initial outlay of around $100 for two streaming devices and I don’t have all the bells and whistles I had previously, but for a $120 monthly saving, that's ok.
One last thing to bear in mind before you cut the cord, is that if your internet is out, then so is your TV.