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Find the Best Streaming Service for You: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Finding the right live TV streaming service for your needs can be intimidating. There are literally hundreds of channels and a number of services offer most of them.

Using our step-by-step process below, you can easily figure out which streaming service is right for you. If you know what channels your favorite shows are on, then you know what channels you need to prioritize.

Like with most things, one size does not fit all. You need to balance out cost and channel selection to find the cable TV alternative that is right for you.

Step-by-Step Instructions

This is a simple 7-step process for using the Streaming TV Channel and Streaming Sports matrices below.

  1. Make a list of all your favorite TV series, events, and sports.
  2. Make a second list of all the channels your favorite TV series, events, and sports air on. You can find guidance in the following pages:
  3. Use the matrices below. They provide lists of the most popular channels and sports along with indications of which streaming service offers each. You can use them to figure out which services offer the channels you cannot live without.
  4. Sign up for a trial of the streaming service that best matches your needs. (Many offer free trials.)
  5. Test it out. Make sure the channels you care about work as expected. Make sure the video quality is acceptable.
  6. If you are not satisfied with the video quality or channel selection, contact tech support. If that does not work, simply cancel before the trial is over.
  7. If you are satisfied with the channel selection and video quality then consider this exercise a success!

Streaming Services Overview

You can get complete details about all the major live TV streaming services in our review:

Price

  • DIRECTV STREAM: $69.99/mo
  • FuboTV: $69.99/mo
  • Hulu + Live TV: $69.99/mo
  • Philo: $25/mo
  • Sling TV: $35/mo
  • Vidgo: $59.95/mo
  • YouTube TV: $64.99/mo

DVR Specs

  • DIRECTV STREAM: Unlimited
  • FuboTV: 1000 hours
  • Hulu + Live TV: Unlimited
  • Philo: Unlimited
  • Sling TV: 50 hours
  • Vidgo: 20 hours (Premium plan only)
  • YouTube TV: Unlimited

Simultaneous Screens

  • DIRECTV STREAM: 20
  • FuboTV: 10
  • Hulu + Live TV: 2
  • Philo: 3
  • Sling TV: 3/1
  • Vidgo: 3
  • YouTube TV: 3

Streaming TV Channel Matrix

In the following table:

  • βœ”οΈ — The base plan includes the channel
  • πŸ’² — The channel is available as an add-on or in a higher-price plan
  • ❌ — The channel is not available at all
  • πŸ”΅ — Available in the Sling Blue plan only
  • 🟠 — Available in the Sling Orange plan only
  • πŸŸ πŸ”΅ — Available in both Sling plans.
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
A&EβŒπŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βŒβœ”βœ”
ABCβœ”βŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
ABC Newsβœ”βŒβœ”βŒβœ”βœ”βŒ
ACCNπŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βŒ
AccuWeatherβœ”βŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒβœ”
AMCβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βŒβœ”βœ”βŒβœ”
AHCπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”
Animal Planetβœ”βŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
AspireβŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”
AWEβŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβœ”βŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
AXS TVβŒπŸŸ πŸ”΅βŒβœ”βŒβŒβœ”
Baby TVβŒπŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βŒβœ”βŒ
BabyFirstβŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒβŒ
BBC Americaβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βŒβœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
BBC WorldπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βœ”βŒβœ”
beIN Sportsβœ”πŸ’²βŒβŒπŸ’²βœ”βŒ
beIN Xtraβœ”βŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒ
BETβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
BET herπŸ’²βŒπŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”βŒβœ”
BET JamsπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
BET SoulπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
B1Gβœ”πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βŒ
Billiard TVβŒβŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒ
BNCβŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒβŒ
BloombergβŒπŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βŒβœ”βœ”
BoomerangβŒπŸ’²βœ”βœ”βŒβŒβŒ
Bravoβœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
BYU TVβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒ
C-SPANβŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒβŒ
C-SPAN 2βŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒβŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
CNβŒπŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
CBSβœ”βŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
CBSSNβœ”βŒβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βŒβŒ
CBSNβœ”βŒβœ”βŒβŒβŒβŒ
CGTNβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
Cheddarβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”
CinΓ©moiβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒπŸ’²
Cleo TVβŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβœ”
CMTβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
CNBCβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
CNBC WorldπŸ’²βŒπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβŒβŒ
CNNβŒπŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
CNN IntlβŒβŒβœ”βœ”βŒβŒβŒ
Comedy Ctrlβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
Cometβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒ
CookingπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”
Court TVβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒ
CowboyβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒ
Cozi TVβœ”βŒβœ”βŒβœ”βŒβŒ
CrackleβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
C & IβŒβŒβœ”πŸ’²βŒβŒβœ”
Curiosity Strmβœ”πŸ’²βŒβŒπŸ’²βœ”βŒ
The CWπŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
DablβŒβŒβœ”βŒβœ”βŒβŒ
Dest AmericaπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βœ”
Discoveryβœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
Disc FamilyπŸ’²βŒπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”
Disc LifeπŸ’²βŒπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”
Disneyβœ”πŸŸ βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
Disney Juniorβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
Disney XDβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
DocuramaβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒ
DoveβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒ
DoxβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
Duck TVβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
DUSTπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
E!βœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
ESPNβœ”πŸŸ βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
ESPN2βœ”πŸŸ βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
ESPN3βœ”β€ πŸŸ βœ”β€ βœ”β€ βœ”β€ βœ”β€ βŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
ESPNewsπŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βŒ
ESPNUπŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βŒ
Estrellaβœ”πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒ
FETVβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒ
Fight NetworkπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
FMβŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒ
Food Networkβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
Foxβœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
Fox Businessβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
Fox Newsβœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
Fox SoccerπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒ
Fox SoulβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒ
France 24βŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
Freeformβœ”πŸŸ βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
FS1βœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
FS2βœ”πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βŒ
fuse TVπŸ’²πŸŸ πŸ”΅βŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒ
FXβœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
FXMπŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βŒ
FXXβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
FYI NetworkβŒπŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”
G4βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”
GACπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”
GAC FamilyπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βœ”
GAC LivingβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”
GalavisiΓ³nβœ”βŒβŒβœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
GSNπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”
Game+πŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
getTVβœ”βŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒβœ”
Golf Channelβœ”πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βŒβŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
GolTVπŸ’²βŒβŒπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβŒ
GritβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
GustoTVβœ”βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”
Hallmarkβœ”πŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
HDNet MoviesβŒπŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒ
Here TVβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
H & IβŒπŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒ
HGTVβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
HistoryβŒπŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βŒβœ”βœ”
HLNβŒπŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
HopsterβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
IFCβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βŒβœ”βœ”βŒβœ”
ii24 NewsβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒ
Insight TVπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
INSPπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβœ”βœ”
IDβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
Jewelry TVβŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒβœ”
Kids StreetβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒ
Law & CrimeπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβŒπŸ’²βœ”βœ”
LifetimeβŒπŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βŒβœ”βŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
LMNβŒβŒβœ”πŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”
Local Nowβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”
Logo TVπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβœ”
LonghornβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒ
MagnoliaπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”
MAVTVπŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βœ”βŒ
MGMβŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβœ”
Military HistoryβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒ
MLB NetworkπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βœ”βœ”βŒ
MotorTrendβœ”πŸŸ βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
MSNBCβœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
MTVβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
MTV ClassicπŸ’²βŒπŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”
MTV LiveπŸ’²βŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβœ”
MTV2πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”βœ”πŸ’²βœ”
MTVUπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
NASAβŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒβŒβŒ
Nat Geo WildπŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βŒ
Nat Geoβœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
NBA TVπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βœ”βŒβŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
NBCβœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
NBC Newsβœ”βŒβœ”βŒβœ”βŒβŒ
NBC Universoβœ”πŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
NBCLXβœ”βŒβœ”βŒβœ”βŒβŒ
Newsmaxβœ”πŸ’²βŒβœ”βŒβœ”βŒ
NewsNationβœ”πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βŒ
Next LevelπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
NFL Networkβœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βŒβœ”βœ”βŒ
NFL RedZoneπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βœ”βŒ
NHL NetworkπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
Nick Jrβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”
Nick MusicπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
Nickelodeonβœ”βŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
NicktoonsπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”
Olympicβœ”πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βŒβŒ
OANNβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒ
OutdoorπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒ
Outside TVπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒ
OvationβŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒβŒ
OWNβœ”βŒβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
Oxygenβœ”πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βŒβŒ
Pac-12πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒ
Paramountβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
PBSβŒβŒβŒβœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
PBS KidsβŒβŒβŒβœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
People TVπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”
PixlβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
PlayersTVβŒβŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβœ”
Pocket WatchβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”
Pop TVβœ”βŒβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βŒβŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
PursuitβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
QVCβŒβŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
QVC-2βŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒβŒ
Real MadridπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
ReelzβŒπŸ’²βŒβœ”βŒβŒπŸ’²
RevoltπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβœ”βŒβŒβœ”
RevryβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβœ”
RFD-TVβŒπŸ’²βŒβœ”βŒπŸ’²βŒ
RT AmericaβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
ScienceπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
SEC NetworkπŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βŒ
Smithsonianβœ”βŒβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βŒβŒ
Sony MovieπŸ’²βŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβœ”πŸ’²
SportsGrindβŒβŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒ
SportsmanπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβŒβŒ
StadiumπŸ’²πŸŸ πŸ”΅βŒβŒπŸ’²βœ”βŒ
Start TVβŒπŸ’²βœ”βŒβœ”βŒβŒ
Sundanceβœ”πŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”βŒβœ”
Syfyβœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
Tastemadeβœ”πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βœ”βŒβœ”
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
TBSβŒπŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
TCMβŒπŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
TeenNickπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”βœ”πŸ’²βœ”
Telemundoβœ”βŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
TennisπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒ
Tigo SportsπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
TLCβœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
TNTβŒπŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
Travelβœ”πŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”
TruTVβŒπŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
TUDNβœ”βŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒ
TV Landβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
TV OneβŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”
TVGβœ”βŒπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβŒ
TVG2πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒ
TyC SportsπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒ
UniMΓ‘sβœ”βŒβŒπŸ’²βœ”βŒβŒ
Universal Kidsβœ”βŒβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βŒβŒ
Univisionβœ”βŒβŒβœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
UPtvβŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
USAβœ”πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
VH1βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
Vice TVβŒπŸŸ πŸ”΅βœ”βœ”βŒβœ”βœ”
VSiNπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒ
WE tvβœ”πŸ’²βŒβœ”βœ”βŒβœ”
Weatherβœ”βŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒ
Weather NationβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
Willow TVβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
World FishingπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ
Zona FutbolπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒβŒβŒ

Streaming Sports Matrix

In the following table:

  • βœ”οΈ — The base plan supports the sport well
  • πŸ’² — The sport is well supported with an add-on or in a higher-price plan
  • ❌ — The sport is not well supported.

Note that some of the soccer leagues are not well-represented on live TV. Those you can usually find via Paramount+, which is just $4.99/mo.

SportFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgo
Baseball (MLB)βŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒ
Basketball (NBA)βŒβŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒ
Basketball (NCAA)πŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”
BoxingβŒπŸ’²βœ”βŒβŒβŒ
CricketβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβŒ
Cyclingβœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒβŒ
Darts❌❌❌❌❌❌
Football (NCAA)πŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βœ”
Football (NFL)βœ”βŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
Formula 1βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
SportFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgo
Golfβœ”βŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
Gymnasticsβœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
Hockey (NHL)βŒβŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒ
Horse Racingβœ”βŒπŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²βŒ
IndyCarβœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
MotoGPβœ”βŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
NASCARβœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
Olympicsβœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
Pokerβœ”βŒβœ”πŸ’²βœ”βŒ
Pool❌❌❌❌❌❌
SportFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgo
Pro WrestlingβŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
Rugbyβœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
Snooker❌❌❌❌❌❌
Soccerβœ”πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βŒβŒ
Soccer (AFC)❌❌❌❌❌❌
Soccer (Brasileiro Série A)❌❌❌❌❌❌
Soccer (Bundesliga)βŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒβŒ
Soccer (CAF)βœ”πŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβœ”
Soccer (CONCACAF)βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”
Soccer (La Liga)βŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒβŒ
SportFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgo
Soccer (Liga MX)βœ”βŒβŒπŸ’²βŒβŒ
Soccer (Ligue 1)βœ”πŸ’²βŒβŒβŒβœ”
MLSβŒβŒβœ”πŸ’²βŒβŒ
Soccer (NWSL)❌❌❌❌❌❌
Soccer (OFC)❌❌❌❌❌❌
Soccer (Olympic)βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
Soccer (Premier League)βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
Soccer (Serie A)❌❌❌❌❌❌
Soccer (UEFA)❌❌❌❌❌❌
Softballβœ”βŒβœ”βœ”βœ”βŒ
SportFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgo
TennisπŸ’²πŸ’²βŒπŸ’²βŒβŒ
UFCβŒβŒβœ”βŒβŒβŒ
VolleyballπŸ’²πŸ’²βœ”πŸ’²βœ”βŒ

Live TV Streaming Services

Streaming services vary quite a bit in their price, which channels they carry, and their features. We get asked a lot, “What’s the best streaming service?” Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question. There’s only the best streaming system for your household, your budget, and your viewing habits.

Streaming services may differ, but they all have a few things in common:

  • They use your existing broadband internet connection to deliver your programming.
  • Many if not most of the channels they carry will look familiar to you as
    “basic cable” channels: AMC, History Channel, Food Network, ESPN, and so forth.
  • There are no contracts, early termination penalties, installation appointments, or random mystery fees. You can cancel anytime, usually online.
  • Almost all have cloud DVR provided and on-demand programming available.

So read on to find out which service is a good fit for you!

FuboTV

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Sporty fuboTV is the only major live TV streaming service not owned by a major media conglomerate. Originally founded as a way for American soccer fans to follow their favorite sport, you can still see those roots in fuboTV’s unmatched international sports coverage. 

But fuboTV isn’t just sports anymore – roughly two-thirds of its channels are entertainment, news, and family channels like Discovery, FX, Nickelodeon, MTV, Fox News, and MSNBC. It also features an excellent channel-cost ratio, great 4K coverage (Elite+ plans), and one of the better interfaces.

FuboTV offers three English base plans, a Spanish-language plan, and many add-ons. You can find more details on our Packages & Pricing page. Fubo runs on all standard streaming devices – see fuboTV Devices for more info.

Here’s what you get with fuboTV’s Pro Plan:

  • Base Price: $69.99/mo
  • Channels: 100+, including local affiliates
  • Simultaneous Screens: 10 devices
  • Cloud DVR Storage: 1,000 hours
  • Regional Sports Networks: 14 (most of any service except DIRECTV STREAM)

Here’s what you’re missing with fuboTV:

FuboTV Is Great For

  • Soccer fans
  • Other international sports fans – rugby, handball, cricket
  • NFL fans
  • Fans of niche competitive games like poker, billiards, or darts
  • Spanish-speaking sports fans
  • Philadelphia-area sports fans
  • Anyone looking for a solid general cable-replacement service

More Info: Main Review β€’ Packages & Prices β€’ Local & Regional Channels β€’ Devices

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DIRECTV STREAM

DIRECTV STREAM

To be totally honest, DIRECTV STREAM’s single biggest draw is probably its regional sports networks. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a fine service, with a good mix of family, news, sports, lifestyle, and general entertainment channels. Unlike every other streaming service, it carries channels from all the major media outlets, with no glaring holes in its lineup. And it has the most thorough coverage of local network stations.

But since the other services dropped the Bally Sports networks, DIRECTV STREAM has had a bit of a monopoly on the local sports gig. And that means, regardless of any of the other factors, good or bad, if you are a fan of your local pro baseball, basketball, or hockey team (plus some soccer teams), DIRECTV STREAM is, quite literally, the only game in town. 

DIRECTV STREAM organizes its channels into four tiers: Entertainment, Choice, Ultimate, and Premier. See our Packages & Prices page for a full list. It supports most major streaming devices, except Android TVs. You can find more details on our DIRECTV STREAM Devices discussion.

Here’s what you get with DIRECTV STREAM’s Entertainment Package:

  • Base Price: $69.99/mo
  • Channels: 75+, including local affiliates
  • Simultaneous Screens: Unlimited at home, 3 on the go
  • Cloud DVR Storage: Unlimited

Here’s what you’re missing with DIRECTV STREAM:

DIRECTV STREAM Is Great For

  • Die-hard fans of local baseball, basketball, hockey, and some soccer teams across the country (except Philadelphia)
  • Viewers who want all the channels and are willing to pay for them
  • Anyone who has trouble deciding between this add-on or that and would rather just pick a tier and be done with it.
  • First-time streamers or the less tech-savvy among us
  • Viewers who liked everything about their traditional cable or satellite provider except being locked into high prices by a contract.

More Info: Main Review β€’ Packages & Prices β€’ Local & Regional Channels β€’ Devices

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Sling TV

Sling TV Logo (2021 100x50)

Sling TV is the original live TV streaming service, the first to provide a real alternative to cable or satellite. Unlike DIRECTV STREAM, which applies the β€œkitchen sink” model to its service (as in, β€œeverything but the”), Sling TV offers smaller base packages of core channels, with the option to customize with add-on bundles and a la carte premium networks. It’s like the IKEA of TV providers – everything is modular.

Sling has two base plans, 7 multi-channel add-ons, and dozens and dozens of a la carte options (Sling TV Packages & Prices), most of which are under $5/mo. It supports all major streaming devices, and some really exotic ones (Sling TV Devices).

One downside of Sling is that if you do want a large selection of channels, the costs add up. You are usually better off with FuboTV or one of the other full cable replacement services in this case.

Here’s what you get with Sling Blue:

  • Price: $35.00/mo
  • Channels: 40+ (including NBC & Fox)
  • Simultaneous Screens: 3
  • Cloud DVR Storage: 50

Here’s what you get with Sling Orange:

  • Price: $35.00/mo
  • Channels: 30+
  • Simultaneous Screens: 1
  • Cloud DVR Storage: 50

Here’s what you’re missing with Sling TV:

Sling TV Is Great For

  • Bargain-hunters who are willing to pick and choose exactly what they want
  • Viewers who make minimal use of their DVR
  • People looking for a few specific channels that aren’t available through Philo
  • Subscribers looking for something really different from traditional cable

More Info: Main Review β€’ Packages & Prices β€’ Local & Regional Channels β€’ Devices

Save 50% on Sling TV

Hulu + Live TV

hulu logo

Hulu was the second streaming on-demand service, after Netflix, and it has successfully expanded its reach to live TV now too. For years, it’s had two major things going for it: first, a slew of critically and commercially acclaimed Originals; and second, new episodes of ongoing network series within 24 hours of airing. Now parent-company Disney is bringing out the big guns to compete head-to-head with YouTube TV and the others.

Hulu Live only has one base plan, and a few add-ons (Hulu Live Packages & Prices). All Hulu Live subscriptions include the Hulu on-demand library, Disney+, and ESPN+. Hulu also has some really amazingly broad device support (Hulu Live Devices).

Here’s what you get with Hulu Live:

  • Price: $69.99/mo
  • Channels: 85+, including local affiliates
  • Simultaneous Screens: 2
  • Cloud DVR Storage: Unlimited
  • Regional Sports Networks: 7

Here’s what you’re missing with Hulu Live:

Hulu Live Is Great For

  • Viewers who like a lot of on-demand to fill the spaces between live programming.
  • Households with diverse tastes or ages looking for something for everyone
  • Hulu on-demand users who want to dip a toe into live TV streaming

More Info: Main Review β€’ Packages & Prices β€’ Local & Regional Channels β€’ Devices

Try Hulu + Live TV Today!

Vidgo

vidgo logo

Vidgo is kind of an odd duck. It’s sort of a mid-priced, mid-sized service, somewhere between Sling TV and Philo (at the bargain end) and DIRECTV STREAM (at the pricier end), with an eclectic mix of channels that’s all its own. Eschewing such fancy stuffs as DVR and on-demand content until very recently, Vidgo offers a more old-fashioned, austere version of streaming.

Vidgo has two English plans and a Spanish package, with no add-ons or any customization options (Vidgo Packages & Prices). It also offers the bare minimum in device support – it supports the most common streaming gadgets, but that’s it (Vidgo Devices).

Here’s what you get with Vidgo Plus:

Here’s what you’re missing with Vidgo:

Vidgo Is Great For

  • NCAA sports fans
  • Conservative news junkies
  • Families that prefer more classic, wholesome programming
  • Spanish-language viewers, especially first-time streamers

More Info: Main Review β€’ Packages & Prices β€’ Local & Regional Channels β€’ Devices

Try Vidgo Today!

Philo

Philo is the baby of the streaming services, not in terms of age (that’s Vidgo), but in terms of size and just how adorable it is. That’s an odd description for a TV provider, but it manages to make a decent service that charges only $25/mo. It does this by passing over three major media owners, all local channels, and the mainstays of live TV: news and sports. Is it worth it? You decide.

Philo offers one base plan, and several low-cost premium options (Philo Packages & Prices). It works on the standard devices, plus a few extras (Philo Devices).

Here’s what you get with Philo:

  • Price: $25/mo
  • Channels: 60+
  • Simultaneous Screens: 3
  • Cloud DVR Storage: Unlimited

Here’s what you’re missing with Philo:

Philo Is Great For

  • Antenna-owners (or those willing to buy an antenna) who don’t need networks from their TV provider
  • You who find most of the TV shows of the last fifteen to twenty years unwatchable
  • Fans of β€œclassic” TV – reruns of favorites from the 1950s through the 1990s
  • Kids, especially less-discerning kids who will watch whatever’s on
  • Anyone on a budget, such as students or seniors
  • Schmaltzy movie addicts

More Info: Main Review β€’ Packages & Prices β€’ Devices

Try Philo Free for 7 Days

YouTube TV

Like Hulu + Live TV is the natural expansion of Hulu’s on-demand service, YouTube TV is the logical next step for YouTube’s user-generated video gallery. The comparison to Hulu is apt, because YouTube TV offers a similar service in scope and price. In lieu of Hulu Live’s on-demand bonuses (Disney+, ESPN+), YouTube TV has simply more channels, and a collection of a la carte add-ons second only to Sling TV.

YouTube TV has one English base plan, and one Spanish base plan, with more add-on options than Hulu Live (but not as many as Sling). It runs on all standard devices, but, being owned by Google, integrates with Android and Nest devices particularly well.

Here’s what you get with YouTube TV:

  • Price: $64.99/mo
  • Channels: 85+ (plus local affiliates)
  • Simultaneous Screens: 3
  • Cloud DVR Storage: Unlimited
  • Regional Sports Networks: 7 (the same as Hulu Live)

Here’s what you’re missing with YouTube TV:

YouTube TV Is Great For

  • Viewers who prefer live channels over on-demand
  • Households that go for The Walking Dead and independent movies over On Patrol: Live and Ancient Aliens
  • Families with a variety of interests and ages looking for something for everyone

More Info: Main Review β€’ Local & Regional Channels

Ditch “Big Cable” Now — 3 Simple Steps to Cutting the Cord

  1. Pick the right streaming service
  2. Supercharge your internet provider
  3. Protect yourself and power your streaming with the best VPN.

That’s it — you’ll save money, gain control, and enjoy TV more!

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