Whether you’re new to the world of cord cutting or shopping around for a new live TV streaming service, you may be wondering what each service has to offer and which is the right choice for you. There is no one service that will work for everyone, so we’re here to compare seven of the best live TV streaming services to help you make your choice. In this guide, we’re looking at Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, DIRECTV STREAM, Sling TV, fuboTV, and Philo.
When we survey Cord Cutters News readers, cost is the top factor when making the switch to cord cutting and choosing a streaming service. Here’s how the monthly subscription costs for the top live TV streaming services compare.
Let’s look at which services work with the devices you own:
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Streaming Local Channels
Most live TV streaming services are a good option for watching your local channels. Sling TV only offers limited locals in select areas and Philo does not offer locals in its affordable streaming package. Both services suggest that subscribers use an antenna to access their locals. In fact, Sling TV will give you a free HD antenna, if you prepay for two months of service.
*in select areas
Streaming Top Cable Channels
When choosing a live TV streaming service, it’s important to make sure you’ll have access to your favorite channels. Below, we’re looking at some of the most popular channels, according to viewers. To see the full list of channels you’ll get with each streaming service, go to the service’s homepage and enter your zip code to see everything that’s available in your area.
|Channel||Hulu + Live TV||YouTube TV||DIRECTV STREAM||Sling TV||fuboTV||Philo|
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|Hulu + Live TV||YouTube TV||DIRECTV STREAM||Sling TV||fuboTV||Philo|
*Requires an add-on or package upgrade
Streaming subscribers can watch many nationally televised games with a live TV streaming service. Because of carriage disputes, most streaming services do not carry regional sports networks (RSNs). You can find Bally Sports Networks (formerly Fox Sports Networks) on DIRECTV STREAM, while Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and fuboTV all carry NBC Sports Networks. Again, we recommend entering your zip code on the homepage of each service to see exactly which channels you’ll get in your area.
Number of Streams
Hulu + Live TV allows you to watch on up to 2 screens at a time. If you want to watch simultaneously on more than 2 devices, you can add the Unlimited Screens option for $9.99/mo.
YouTube TV allows for 3 streams at once both inside and outside of your home.
DIRECTV STREAM allows you to watch on up to 20 screens at once, if connected to your home network, and 3 screens at once outside of the home.
Sling TV will allow you to stream on 1 device at a time for Sling Orange, 3 devices at once for Sling Blue, or 4 devices at once with a Sling Orange + Sling Blue subscription.
fuboTV allows 3 streams at once out-of-the-box, while you can also get up to 10 streams inside of your home and 2 streams outside (12 in total) with the Unlimited Screens Add-On for $9.99/mo.
Philo allows 3 streams at once both inside and outside of your home.
Hulu + Live TV starts with 50 hours of storage. If you want more storage or the ability to fast forward you can pay $9.99/mo.
YouTube TV has unlimited DVR storage and will keep shows for nine months.
DIRECTV STREAM comes with 20 hours of DVR storage. You can upgrade to unlimited storage for $10/mo.
Sling TV offers 50 hours of DVR storage for all subscribers. You can upgrade to DVR Plus to get 200 hours of storage for $5/mo.
fuboTV accounts come with 250 hours of Cloud DVR space at no extra charge.
Philo includes an unlimited 365-day DVR.
Which Streaming Service Should You Choose?
Hopefully looking at the channels and features for each live TV streaming service can help you make your decision. Before subscribing, be sure to take advantage of free trials to see how you like the interface of each; how it looks on your TV, computer, and mobile devices; and which offers the user experience that works best for you.