While seemingly off-topic, if you bear with me, I’ll do my best to tie it back to Republic somewhat.
I suspect, like me, many of my fellow Republic members are also cord-cutters when it comes to TV. Many here also know I’m a hockey (specifically a Boston Bruins) fan. I’ll admit my enthusiasm for the NHL’s regular season this year wasn’t what it typically is. The adjustments (reduced number of games, division realignment, games played in empty or near empty arenas, etc.) made to accommodate the past year’s events are behind that lack of enthusiasm.
Nevertheless, the regular season is over, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway, arenas are filling up once again and the Bruins remain in the hunt. Typically, I subscribe to NHL.tv but failed to do so this year. Consequently, I was looking for a solution for streaming NHL playoff games. In the spirit of Republic’s pending acquisition by DISH, I decided to give Sling TV (also a DISH brand) a shot (pun intended). The first month is $10.
I remain non-committal regarding Sling TV beyond my initial $10 investment. Obviously, I could simply put a reminder on my Republic phone’s calendar to cancel service prior to the end of the first month should I decide not to continue with Sling TV. That said, I believe I’ve found a more elegant solution that may interest others as well.
I paid for the initial month with Privacy.com. Privacy is a service that allows one to create virtual debit cards tied to one’s checking account (presuming Privacy works with one’s bank). Among other features, Privacy’s virtual debit cards can be set up as one-time use (a/k/a a burner card). One can also place transaction limits on a Privacy virtual debit card. I opted to place a $20 per transaction limit on the virtual card I created to pay the initial $10 for Sling TV. Should I decide not to continue with Sling TV but forget to cancel, the $35 charge for future months of Sling TV will fail unless I adjust that limit. The scenario I’ve outlined can be used regardless of whom one is paying. Further, if there’s a security breach somewhere one has used a Privacy virtual card to pay, it’s very easy to close a current virtual card and create a replacement if desired (no waiting for a physical card to be replaced). The merchant sees the virtual card and has no direct access to one’s checking account. It is my opinion, Privacy is an excellent way to pay online.
In conclusion, the promised attempt to tie this back to Republic. I’ve written about Privacy before as Privacy virtual cards can be used to pay for Republic service. More on that is linked here:
One last thing, both Privacy and Sling TV offer apps in Google’s Play Store that work on Republic compatible phones.
Please note I have no relationship with Privacy other than as a satisfied customer. The same is true of Sling TV though it’s too soon to tell if I’ll remain a satisfied Sling customer.