Well, for those who don't have cable, how do you get sports for instance? Would you get something like the MLB TV app?
And what if you like something like The Voice or other live programs? Do you just get streaming services to watch live shows?
And how do you get into shows? A lot of times, I can start flipping channels and find something that looks interesting.
I'd imagine you're talking from the US perspective here but I'll tell you a bit how it's like here on the other side of the pond.
Finnish TV has several public channels all of which show a fair amount of sports. There's a law here that requires that major sport events such as the olympics, football EC, WC etc. have to be shown on public channels. A couple of our public channels are government-funded and they tend to focus more on quality series and programs than the others which are more entertainment-focused. Despite this YLE (the government-funded broadcasting company) has a deal with HBO and has shown shows like The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire on its channels.
But lately of course some of the more popular sports (like ice hockey for example) is on a cable channel you have to pay for (or buy internet broadcast). I personally pay a small amount, maybe 20 € a year for a cable card which gives me around 6-7 more channels, one of them which is Eurosport which shows a lot of football and snooker, which I love. So I'm doing fine without pay-TV, if I really want to watch a match I find a web stream. You can of course get stuff like NHL gamecenter of NFL pass too if you're into those leagues.
As for finding new TV shows, I started thinking how many new shows I've "discovered" in the last 5 years or so. I couldn't think of anything else than Game of Thrones. And of course Game Center CX, but no network in Finland is dedicated enough to show a japanese show about video games…