We are also in the process of looking at cord cutting options. I tried out PS Vue, Hulu and CBS all access over the weekend and they were all very good. We have been Dish Network customers for almost 16 years and love their service, but the wife finally noticed the bill amount and gave me the green light to explore other options.
I called Charter and Dish to day to see what they may offer and Charter (as expected) told me I could add TV to my Charter internet and phone service. The price was around $96 for the 3 products with 12 months of free DVR service. That's pretty decent, but the year 2 price increases really tarnish the deal. The overall cost jumps to almost $150 and I would only have a single DVR and no 2nd or 3rd TV access like we currently have with the DISH Hopper/Joey system.
Dish Network told me I could subscribe to their recent Flex package which has all the surfing channels we typically watch (AMC, HGTV, Discovery, History, TLC) but no ESPN. Despite being a huge sports fan, I have decided that I could go without ESPN if I need to. This package would allow us to keep our Hopper/Joey system and would cost $39 with local channels. They also said I could get a $5 discount for 24 months since I use paperless billing. So $34 for about $50 channels looks like it may be a better deal than the $65 for the Americas top 120 package and we can still channel surf using a guide that looks like an actual channel guide.Dish also offered me a $35 credit for 6 months which i previously had but forgot when it expired. I think this is what caused my wife to notice the amount since she was probably used to the discounted price that we had for those 6 months.
I will also say that we were very impressed with the PS Vue service. the only downside is that we do not have local channels included in our area yet, which would require us to subscribe to Hulu and CBS all access or purchase a Tablo, Channelmaster or Tivo OTA DVR. If PS Vue gets our local channels down the road, we might switch to that and get rid of Dish.