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Thinking of switching from cable to a streaming platform? Cutting the cord is a lot easier than you think and can save you more on your monthly bill than some basic cable plans.
For TV lovers looking to switch to streaming, we’re breaking down some of the best live TV platforms. Check below for a roundup of streaming options ranging from $25 per month to $150 per month. The services recommended below offer monthly subscription plans that can be canceled at any time.
Best streaming services for live TV: From Fubo to Peacock
Although major league streamers like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Paramount+ mostly produce on-demand content, YouTube TV, Sling TV and Philo and DirecTV Stream are some of the more affordable options for live content.
Philo TV — the cheapest among the plans on our list — costs $25 a month for over 60 live TV, streaming, and on-demand channels. The channel list includes AMC, IFC, BET, Lifetime, Comedy Central, Hallmark, OWN, and Paramount Network. Philo also comes with unlimited DVR and you can stream from any compatible device.
Sports fans can watch NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and NASCAR, plus MLS, MMA, tennis, football, boxing, golf, college sports, and more with a subscription to Fubo TV. Plans start at $65 per month for over 100 live and on-demand channels, including ABC, NBC, and CBS, plus NBA League Pass, MLB Network, Golf TV, and other sports-only channels in addition to MTV, VH1, E! , well done and more. The subscription includes up to 1,000 hours of DVR and Family Sharing space to stream from at least three screens at the same time.
Sling TV rivals Philo on the affordability scale. You’ll get a three-day free trial when you sign up for the Orange or Blue plans, which cost $35 per month. The Orange package gives you 32 channels (Bravo, ID, AMC, BET, ESPN, TLC, A&E, BET, TNT, TCM, FX, E!, Freeform, HLN, HGTV, etc.) and 50 hours of DVR storage that you can stream from any compatible device. The Blue plan unlocks access to 42 channels that subscribers can stream from up to three devices. There is also an Orange and Blue package with over 50 channels for $50 per month.
Hulu is obviously one of the most well-known platforms in the field of streaming. Hulu + Live TV costs $69.99 per month, but you get over 75 channels (including sports and news) plus Hulu’s on-demand streaming library where you’ll find Hulu Originals such as how i met your father, The Handmaid’s Tale, Small fires everywhere, Only murders in the building and the next limited series Pam and Tommy. Hulu+ Live TV also includes access to the Disney+ and ESPN+ streaming libraries.
Similar to Hulu’s live TV package, Direct TV Stream costs $69.99 per month for over 65 live channels. You’ll also get unlimited cloud DVR recordings and free Showtime, Starz, EPIX and Cinemax for the first three months. Additional channels will cost $11 per month in addition to the monthly service fee, but you can always opt out of adding them after the free trial ends. Direct TV Stream’s Choice, Unlimited and Premier plans — which range from $90 to $150 per month — include HBO Max free for at least three months and regional sports networks at no additional cost.
One of the good things about Peacock is that you’ll get a good mix of live and on-demand content for $4.99 per month for ad-supported streaming. Peacock subscribers can enjoy over 50 “always on” channels and next day access to current NBC programming, live sporting events including Sunday Night Football, Premier League, WWE and the Olympics Winter 2022, in addition to blockbuster movies, beloved TV shows (including Office) and more. Peacock Plus, the ad-free tier, will cost you $9.99 per month, but you can also download content and stream it at your leisure.
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