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Sling TV costs more than Philo but has better channels, more options and a comparatively better interface, so it's worth the extra money in our opinion. And it's still dirt-cheap compared to other streaming services, let alone cable. Sling is cheaper than premium services like YouTube TV and Hulu Plus Live TV because it has very few local stations. Confusingly, it also has two 30-per-month Channel packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue. While some channels are available on both Sling Orange and Sling Blue, two differ significantly from other channel offerings: Orange is basically the ESPN / Disney package, while Blue is the Fox / NBC package. Top channels not available on Sling Blue: ABC, CBS, Animal Planet, Disney Channel, ESPN, Nickelodeon. Fox and NBC are only available in select major cities. Top channels not available on Sling Orange: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Animal Planet, Bravo, CNBC, Discovery Channel, Bravo, Fox News, Fox Sports 1, FX, MSNBC, USA Network. Read our Sling TV review. With the addition of eight new channels and the addition of NFL Network and optional RedZone in time for the 2020 football season, YouTube TV has more top channels than any competitor-and it's still the only one with local PBS stations. YouTube TV has the best cloud DVR of bunch, including unlimited storage and a generous nine months to watch recordings. The streaming platform interface is no-nonsense, if a little drab, and yet it offers most of the features a cable service can give you. And unlike Sling and others, it's dead simple: one package, one price, do. Despite its best-in-class channel selection and cloud DVR, it's now equal with Hulu as the most expensive Live TV streaming service. If you want to save money over traditional cable subscription then Sling TV is superior bargain. Top channels not available: & E, History, Lifetime. Read our YouTube TV review. With that December price hike, Hulu Plus Live TV falls from being our top premium pick to second banana to YouTube TV. Its channel selection is still robust compared to everything but YouTube TV, however, and Hulu's integration of Live TV with its significant catalog of on-demand content, including exclusive titles like Handmaid's Tale, gives it a content advantage no other service can match. Its interface and DVR lag behind competitors, however, and you'll still have to pay another 10 months to get the ability to skip commercials on Hulu's cloud DVR. In short, for the same base price, YouTube TV is now better than Hulu. Top channels not available: AMC, BBC America, Comedy Central, MLB Network, MTV, NBA TV, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, Nickelodeon. Read our Hulu Plus Live TV review. There's lot to like about FuboTV-it offers a wide selection of channels second only to YouTube TV, and its sports focus makes it especially attractive to soccer fans in particular. It's also a great choice for NFL fans since it's only service aside from YouTube TV with NFL Network and optional RedZone.

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Broadband-only TV products

In an effort TO entice Cord cutters and Cord nevers, some CABLE television providers HAVE begun offering Internet-only STREAMING services. Cablevision begun TO offer Cord Cutter packages that include free digital Antenna and ACCESS TO its Optimum WiFi Network, as well as option TO add HBO NOW TO Service, making it the first-ever CABLE PROVIDER TO do SO. In 2015, Comcast and Time Warner CABLE begin TO trial television services delivered via their manage Internet infrastructures; Comcast's stream Service offers ACCESS TO broadcast networks, HBO, Xfinity StreamPix, and their respective TV Everywhere services. Outside of TVE APPS, service can only be ACCESS via Comcast home Internet on supported devices. In October 2015, TWC began TO trial Service under which subscribers are given ROKU 3 digital media player TO ACCESS their Service via supply TWC app, rather than traditional set-top Box. A TWC spokesperson emphasized that this offering would provide the same TV and same packages delivered TO home today, but delivered over TWC-manage Internet rather than CABLE line. This Service has since been transferred TO Current Spectrum Service after Time Warner CABLE's merger with Charter, with equivalent Apple TV app forthcoming. AT end of 2017, most new televisions had Internet capability. This contributed TO cord-cutting trend.

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Other live TV options

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ProsCons
Great overall channel lineupMonthly price increased from $ 50 to $65 in June 2020

Live TV streaming prices are up more than 60 % in the past five years. It is getting so bad that cable alternatives, including YouTube TV and fuboTV, are starting to look more like cable clones, according to cordcutting. Com. The company has tracked prices for all streaming services since 2015, which was the same year that Sling TV and PlayStation Vue became nationally available. Unlike on-demand streaming prices, which have maintained low and stable points of entry, live TV streaming prices have gone up considerably. Sling TV's cheapest plan, for example, has up by a third since its debut. PlayStation Vue wasn't able to yield steady profit with its 35-per-month entry plan, so Sony shut it down early this year. A one-month subscription to fuboTV costs 64 for a family plan, which is almost the same as YouTube TV's price of 64. 99 month. YouTube TV underwent few price hikes, although that didn't stop the service from earning the PCMag Editors' Choice award. These high prices could be justify. Live TV bundles have not exactly been offering the same product for more and more cash. Theyve also been reshaping bundles and adding channel, cordcutting. Com managing Editor Stephen Lovely write. This makes price increases look more justified but also seems to undermine the very reason these services exist in the first place. The average entry-level Live TV bundle go up by 35. 7 % since 2015. If prices from upper tiers are factored in as well, increase come out to more than 60 %. Live TV streaming is resembling cable more than ever, problems include.

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ProsCons
Good mix of sports, news and entertainment networks, plus local channelsExpensive add-ons
Hulus on-demand streaming library includedMust upgrade DVR to fast-forward through commercials
50 hours of cloud DVR storageOnly two screens at once

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Streaming TV ServiceStarting Price
TVisionVibe: $ 10/month Live: $40/month
Philo$20/month
Sling TV Best Budget Live TV Streaming Service$30/month
Hulu + Live TV Best Streaming Alternative to YouTube TV{matheq}54.99/month{endmatheq} 64.99/month as of December 18
ATT TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now)$55/month
fuboTV$59.99/month
YouTube TV Best Cable TV Replacement$64.99/month

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ProsCons
HBO Max Cinemax included in Max planOnly 45+ channels offered for $55/month
500 hours of cloud DVRMust upgrade to $80/month plan for some regional sports networks

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ProsCons
Lots of entertainment networks for a very low priceNo local or sports channels

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ProsCons
Affordable plans from $ 10 to $60 per monthNo CBS offered
100 hours of cloud DVR with TVision Live plansRoku not supported
Simple navigationEligibility requirement

Table7

ProsCons
Packages start at $30 per monthLimited local channels
Lots of compatible devicesOnly 10 hours of cloud DVR included
Affordable add-on channel optionsOnly one stream with Sling Orange

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ProsCons
Lots and lots of sports channels; ESPN finally added in August 2020Turner networks (CNN, TBS, TNT, etc.) removed in July 2020
Good mix of live news and entertainment networksMust upgrade to get more than 30 hours of cloud DVR
Up to 6 profiles per subscriptionOnly two streams at the same time; add more for an additional charge
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You Have Great Streaming Options

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ProsCons
Great overall channel lineupMonthly price increased from $ 50 to $65 in June 2020

Just last year, consumers' STREAMING options HAVE explodedthe. Choices can be dizzying. Just picking an alternative TO CABLE TV can be enough TO deter some people from cutting Cord. We can help with THAT, however. Here's quick rundown; YOU can also click links for MORE information on each type of service. If you're looking to basically replicate what YOU get from a traditional pay TV company, consider one of the CABLE-style STREAMING services. These include AT & T TV NOW, FuboTV, HULU + Live TV, SLING TV, and YouTube TV. These services range in price from about 30 to 65 month, and they typically bundle Live local broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, and PBS and Telemundo—with assortment of CABLE channels such as AMC, CNN, and HGTV. YOU can also look AT newer services from large media companies. It's hard TO sum these up, other than TO say that as a group they offer an awful lot of content, from original programming TO broadcast shows TO Movies. They include Apple TV, which costs {matheq}5 a month; Disney+, which costs either{endmatheq} 7 months alone, or 13 months when bundled with HULU and ESPN, and 15 months HBO Max Service from AT & T's WarnerMedia division. There's also CBS All ACCESS, which costs 6 month, and Peacock, ad-support Service from NBCUniversal that has both free and pay tiers. These services tend TO leverage content from their parent companies' other properties, and offer a lot of original programs. One option for Cord-cutters: Combine some of those services and YOU can put together a robust assortment of programming for under 25 month. If YOU really want TO cut back on expenses, there are a growing number of Free STREAMING Video services that offer TV shows and Movies if you're willing TO sit through ads. These include Crackle, Plex, Pluto, Tubi TV, and Xumo. Many smart TVS, including those from LG, Samsung, and Vizio, and STREAMING devices such as ROKU and TiVo, come with APPS that offer free content. Of course, there's also big three STREAMING services: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and HULU. These tend TO be somewhat different from other pay subscription services, since many of us get one or MORE of these services in addition TO whatever pay TV or STREAMING services we use. And don't forget the power of a simple TV Antenna. Depending on where YOU live, YOU might be able TO get most of your programming for free, over air, just like in the old days.

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ProsCons
Good mix of sports, news and entertainment networks, plus local channelsExpensive add-ons
Hulus on-demand streaming library includedMust upgrade DVR to fast-forward through commercials
50 hours of cloud DVR storageOnly two screens at once

Table3

ProsCons
Packages start at $30 per monthLimited local channels
Lots of compatible devicesOnly 10 hours of cloud DVR included
Affordable add-on channel optionsOnly one stream with Sling Orange

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Streaming TV ServiceStarting Price
TVisionVibe: $ 10/month Live: $40/month
Philo$20/month
Sling TV Best Budget Live TV Streaming Service$30/month
Hulu + Live TV Best Streaming Alternative to YouTube TV{matheq}54.99/month{endmatheq} 64.99/month as of December 18
ATT TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now)$55/month
fuboTV$59.99/month
YouTube TV Best Cable TV Replacement$64.99/month

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ProsCons
HBO Max Cinemax included in Max planOnly 45+ channels offered for $55/month
500 hours of cloud DVRMust upgrade to $80/month plan for some regional sports networks

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ProsCons
Lots and lots of sports channels; ESPN finally added in August 2020Turner networks (CNN, TBS, TNT, etc.) removed in July 2020
Good mix of live news and entertainment networksMust upgrade to get more than 30 hours of cloud DVR
Up to 6 profiles per subscriptionOnly two streams at the same time; add more for an additional charge

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ProsCons
Lots of entertainment networks for a very low priceNo local or sports channels

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ProsCons
Affordable plans from $ 10 to $60 per monthNo CBS offered
100 hours of cloud DVR with TVision Live plansRoku not supported
Simple navigationEligibility requirement
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ProsCons
Lots and lots of sports channels; ESPN finally added in August 2020Turner networks (CNN, TBS, TNT, etc.) removed in July 2020
Good mix of live news and entertainment networksMust upgrade to get more than 30 hours of cloud DVR
Up to 6 profiles per subscriptionOnly two streams at the same time; add more for an additional charge

Well, look back AT coronavirus pandemic As era of great transition when traditional linear media entertainment platforms finally conceded defeat to the growing power of direct-to-Consumer business. Roku, Inc. Today announced findings from its annual Cord cutting study, including new insights shared by US consumers about how the COVID-19 pandemic is influencing the shift to streaming. Ironically, Roku has not yet signed streaming agreements with major new entrants such as WarnerMedias HBO Max and NBCUniversals Peacock, and yet its findings suggest an acceleration in mass exodus of linear customers. A study found that approximately 32 % of US TV households do not have traditional pay TV subscription, while another 25 % of households, identified as Cord shavers, cut back their service. When asked about their intent to cut Cord fully in the next six months, 45 % of Cord shaver households said they were likely to do so. These findings come after a record six million customers Opt out of traditional pay-TV bundles in 2019 and three million cut Cord year prior. While we enter 2020 with significant momentum around Cord cutting, we are now seeing that the COVID-19 pandemic and pause of live sports has caused consumers to rethink how they access home entertainment and what they are willing to pay, Roku Chief Marketing Officer Matthew Anderson say. Its clear that value matters more than ever and the abundance of free content, free trials to premium streaming services and savings that consumers achieve are fueling the shift to streaming. Previous investor studies have indicated that consumers are willing to pay around 50 per month for around three streaming services. When asked about factors driving the shift to full-time streaming, cutting home expenses was the number-one reason give. Roku users who cut Cord say they save approximately 75 per month, underscoring the importance of value in today's entertainment market, especially amid financially depressed times forced by the pandemic. Audiences want to find the best bang for their buck in terms of film and TV content and that is increasingly found across non-linear platforms. Nearly half of all US TV households say they have been watching more, free Ad-supported TV during the pandemic than they did before. In addition, 40 % of recent Cord cutting households say that access to free trials and extending free trials to premium subscription services help convince them to cut traditional pay TV service. As the NFL negotiates new and highly expensive broadcast dealsputting legacy media empires such as CBS in a tight spot, there has been hope that the return of football, America's most popular sport, could lead to an uptick in new sign-ups. However, only 17 % of recent Cord-cutting households say they would re-subscribe to traditional pay TV when live sports returns this year, per study. In fact, 51 % say they will find other ways to consume live sports, while 31 % cite possible subscription to a new live sports streaming service.

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Over-the-Air Antennas and DVRs

Over-air DVR space should get more competitive over time. If youre on fence about today's solutions, here are some future developments to consider: Tablo LIVE and cloud DVR: Tablo was supposed to launch 99 networked tuner with cloud DVR capabilities last year, but so far it hasn't materialize. You're probably better off with 140 Tablo Dual Lite anyway, since it can record up to two Channels at a time and has a hard drive for local storage. HDHomeRun CONNECT Duo + and DVR improvements: SiliconDusts own DVR service didnt fare well in our review earlier this year, but the company says an interface overhaul is on way. SiliconDust is also working on a new Dual-tuner model with a build-in recording engine and 250GB of storage, making it more of a direct competitor to Tablo. The company is targeting mid-2018 for the latter, though it has a history of delaying products that arent ship-shape. AirTV Local Channels DVR: AirTVs main hook is how it combines over-air channels and Sling TVs streaming cable channels into a single TV guide. Earlier this year, AirTV began testing DVR for over-air channels, and all you need to enable it is an external hard drive. As a beta feature, it still has some major limitationsyou. Ca watch recordings until theyre complete, for instancebut, it could become a killer solution for cord-cutters who are tired of switching between apps. ATSC 3. 0: This year, broadcasters are starting to test a new broadcast TV standard called ATSC 3. 0. The new standard can support 4K HDR Video, better surround sound, interactive features, and easier access on phones and tablets. On downside, ATSC 3. 0 wo work with existing tuners on todays over-air DVR solutions. This isnt immediate concern, since any channel that adopts ATSC 3. 0 will have to simulcast in current standard for five years, and so far testing has only begun in Phoenix, Ariz. Over-air DVR devices are still worth buying, but be aware that they probably wo work forever.

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On-Demand Streaming Services

Purely ad-free streaming services like Netflix are nice, but they wont let you watch programming from actual cable channels. For that, youll need a live TV streaming service such as YouTube TV, Sling TV, AT & T TV Now, or Philo. All of these services include cloud-base DVRs, so you can record live programs and skip through commercials, but there are some caveats: Hulu + Live TV, for instance, charges 10 per month extra for ad-skipping features, bringing the total price to 65 per month. And with AT & T TV Now, there's no Visual thumbnail preview when you fast forward through recordings, so you can't easily identify when ad breaks end. Manually skipping through ads yourself will be annoying no matter which service you choose. Give the rising costs of Channel bundles, and the increasing amount of content available elsewhere, you might just consider getting by without them.

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Sports Streaming

Heres harsh truth that every cord-cutting sports fan must live with: Chances are, teams you want to watch are still locked up in bloated pay TV bundles. Whether that through traditional cable and satellite TV or through Live streaming packages such as YouTube TV or Hulu with Live TV, youll pay for a lot of channels you do want just to watch games you care about. The reasons for this are complicate. Most popular cable channels are owned by a small number of media conglomerates, which make more money by distrubuting all of their channels in bundles to TV providers. Because live sports are so popular, they have plenty of leverage to make sure those bundles command high price. As a result, cost of those packages keeps going up, even as viewership declines. And while I do think well see unbundling of sports over the next five years or so, for now it bundle or bust. All of which hampers your ability to save money while cutting cable TV cord. Although live streaming bundles are generally cheaper than cable and satellite TV packages, savings potential with cord-cutting is much greater for folks who dont care about sports and can abandon bundles entirely. Having said all that, sports fans can still employ a handful of tactics to stretch their savings further. Here are some possibilities:

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TV Provider Services/Apps

Livestreaming TV services go all-In on replicating the familiar look and feel of cable TV while also maintaining the ease and convenience of streaming. Theyre also mostly cheaper than cable or satellite. That got your attention, didnt it? Livestreaming TV is simply television carried over the Internet instead of using traditional cable or satellite connections. Its same programming that is happening Live right now on your favorite networks, just delivered through different wires. You could call it Internet TV, but livestreaming just sounds cooler. Couple more ways that livestreaming TV is different from cable and satellite: channel grids look mostly the same as those of cable and satellite, but livestreaming TV providers simply use apps on streaming device instead of a physical receiver or DVR box. One less piece of equipment on shelf is a definite plus. Also, except for local TV stations, there are also no channel numbers in livestreaming. Initially, that weirdest difference when cutting cord in favor of streaming, but you get over it. TNT is still TNT, number or not. Though no single service covers every need for every viewer, cabletv. Com has reviewed and rat 14 of the best livestreaming and on-demand TV services currently available to potential cord-cutters. We even throw in five extra free streamers for kicks. Weve rank these streaming services based on bang-for-Your-buck value, features, reliability, and our 2020 customer satisfaction survey results for livestreaming and on demand. Between cabletv. Coms expert reviewers and real-life streaming users, weve come up with our own editorial star ratings for livestreaming and on-demand services. Not to brag, but we nail it.

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Consider the Cutting Cost

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ServiceMonthlyYearly
Netflix (with SD streaming)$8.99$107.88
Hulu (with commercials)$5.99$71.88
Amazon Prime Video$8.99$119.00 (Cost of Prime)
YouTube Premium$11.99$143.88
CBS All Access$5.99$71.88
HBO Now$14.99$179.88
Showtime$10.99$131.88
Starz$8.99$107.88
TOTAL$76.92$ 934.16

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Great Saver

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YouTube TVPros Great overall channel lineup Lots of sports: ESPN, FS1, FS2, NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA TV and more Unlimited DVR storage Cons Expensive: $15 price hike in summer of 2020 Read More: YouTube TV Review
Hulu + Live TVPros Good mix of sports, news and entertainment networks Hulus on-demand streaming library included 50 hours of cloud DVR storage Cons Expensive add-ons Must upgrade DVR to fast-forward through commercials Only two screens at once with the base plan Read More: Hulu + Live TV Review
Sling TVPros Packages start at $30 per month Lots of compatible devices Affordable add-on channel options Cons Limited local channels Only 10 hours of cloud DVR in base plan Only one stream at a time with Sling Orange plan Read More: Sling TV Review

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