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Handy Streaming Comparison Chart to Pick the Perfect Cable TV Alternative

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Using the Streaming TV Services Matrix 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 Matrix below.

  1. Make a list of all your favorite TV shows and programs.
  2. Make a second list of all the channels your favorite TV shows air on.
  3. Use the Streaming TV Matrix 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 (online sign-up only)
  • FuboTV: 1000 hours
  • Hulu + Live TV: Unlimited (9 month storage)
  • Philo: Unlimited
  • Sling TV: 50 hours
  • Vidgo: NA
  • 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 Matrix

In the following table:

  • ✔️ — The base plan includes the channel
  • 💲 — The channel is available as an add-on or in a higher-price plan
  • ❌ — The channel is not available at all
  • 🔵 — Available in the Sling Blue plan only
  • 🔵 — Available in the Sling Orange plan only
  • 🟠🔵 — Available in both Sling plans.
ChannelFuboSlingHuluDTVSYTTVVidgoPhilo
A&E🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️
ABC✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
ABC News✔️✔️✔️✔️
ACCN💲💲✔️💲✔️✔️
AccuWeather✔️✔️✔️
AMC✔️🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️
AHC💲💲💲💲✔️✔️
Animal Planet✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Aspire💲✔️✔️
AWE💲✔️
AXS TV🟠🔵✔️✔️
Baby TV💲💲✔️
BabyFirst✔️
BBC America✔️🟠🔵✔️✔️
BBC World💲💲💲✔️✔️
beIN Sports✔️💲💲✔️
beIN Xtra✔️💲
BET✔️🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
BET her💲💲💲✔️✔️
BET Jams💲
BET Soul💲
B1G✔️💲✔️💲✔️✔️
Billiard TV💲
BNC✔️
Bloomberg🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️
Boomerang💲✔️✔️
Bravo✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️
BYU TV✔️
C-SPAN✔️
C-SPAN 2✔️
CN🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️
CBS✔️✔️✔️✔️
CBSSN✔️✔️💲✔️
CBSN✔️✔️
CGTN💲
Cheddar✔️🟠🔵✔️💲✔️✔️✔️
Cinémoi💲💲
Cleo TV💲✔️
CMT✔️💲✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
CNBC✔️💲✔️✔️✔️
CNBC World💲💲💲
CNN🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️
CNN Intl✔️✔️
Comedy Ctrl✔️🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Comet✔️🟠🔵✔️
Cooking💲💲💲💲✔️✔️
Court TV✔️
Cowboy💲💲
Cozi TV✔️✔️✔️
Crackle✔️
C & I✔️💲✔️
Curiosity Strm✔️💲💲✔️
The CW💲✔️✔️✔️
Dabl✔️✔️
Dest America💲💲💲💲💲✔️
Discovery✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Disc Family💲💲💲✔️✔️
Disc Life💲💲💲✔️✔️
Disney✔️🟠✔️✔️✔️✔️
Disney Junior✔️💲✔️✔️✔️✔️
Disney XD✔️💲✔️✔️✔️✔️
Docurama💲💲
Dove💲💲
Dox💲
Duck TV💲
DUST💲
E!✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️
ESPN✔️🟠✔️✔️✔️✔️
ESPN2✔️🟠✔️✔️✔️✔️
ESPN3✔️†🟠✔️†✔️†✔️†✔️†
ESPNews💲💲✔️💲✔️✔️
ESPNU💲💲✔️💲✔️✔️
Estrella✔️💲💲
FETV💲✔️
Fight Network💲
FM💲
Food Network✔️🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Fox✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️
Fox Business✔️💲✔️✔️✔️✔️
Fox News✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️
Fox Soccer💲💲
Fox Soul✔️
France 24💲
Freeform✔️🟠✔️✔️✔️✔️
FS1✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️
FS2✔️💲✔️💲✔️✔️
fuse TV💲🟠🔵💲
FX✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️
FXM💲💲✔️💲✔️✔️
FXX✔️💲✔️✔️✔️✔️
FYI Network💲✔️💲✔️✔️
G4✔️
GAC💲💲💲💲✔️✔️
GAC Family💲💲💲💲💲✔️
GAC Living💲✔️
Galavisión✔️✔️✔️
GSN💲💲💲✔️✔️✔️
Game+💲
getTV✔️✔️✔️
Golf Channel✔️💲✔️💲✔️
GolTV💲💲💲
Grit💲
GustoTV✔️✔️
Hallmark✔️💲✔️✔️✔️✔️
HDNet Movies💲💲
Here TV💲
H & I💲💲
HGTV✔️🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
History🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️
HLN🔵✔️✔️✔️
Hopster💲
IFC✔️🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️
ii24 News✔️
Insight TV💲
INSP💲💲✔️✔️
ID✔️🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Jewelry TV✔️✔️
Kids Street✔️
Law & Crime💲💲💲✔️✔️
Lifetime🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️
LMN✔️💲✔️✔️
Local Now✔️🟠🔵✔️
Logo TV💲💲💲✔️
Longhorn✔️
Magnolia💲💲💲💲✔️✔️
MAVTV💲💲💲✔️
MGM💲✔️
Military History💲
MLB Network💲💲💲✔️✔️
MotorTrend✔️🟠✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
MSNBC✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️
MTV✔️💲✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
MTV Classic💲💲💲✔️💲✔️
MTV Live💲💲✔️
MTV2💲💲💲✔️✔️💲✔️
MTVU💲
NASA✔️
Nat Geo Wild💲💲✔️💲✔️✔️
Nat Geo✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️
NBA TV💲💲💲✔️
NBC✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️
NBC News✔️✔️✔️
NBC Universo✔️💲💲✔️✔️
NBCLX✔️✔️✔️
Newsmax✔️💲✔️✔️
NewsNation✔️💲✔️💲✔️✔️
Next Level💲
NFL Network✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️
NFL RedZone💲💲💲💲✔️
NHL Network💲💲💲
Nick Jr✔️🟠🔵✔️💲✔️✔️✔️
Nick Music💲
Nickelodeon✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Nicktoons💲💲💲💲✔️💲✔️
Olympic✔️💲✔️💲✔️
OANN✔️✔️
Outdoor💲💲💲
Outside TV💲💲
Ovation✔️
OWN✔️✔️💲✔️✔️✔️
Oxygen✔️💲✔️💲✔️
Pac-12💲💲✔️
Paramount✔️💲✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
PBS✔️✔️
PBS Kids✔️✔️
People TV💲✔️
Pixl💲
PlayersTV💲✔️
Pocket Watch✔️
Pop TV✔️✔️💲✔️
Pursuit💲
QVC✔️✔️✔️✔️
QVC-2✔️
Real Madrid💲
Reelz💲✔️💲
Revolt💲💲✔️✔️
Revry✔️
RFD-TV💲✔️💲
RT America💲
Science💲💲💲💲✔️✔️
SEC Network💲💲✔️💲✔️✔️
Smithsonian✔️✔️💲✔️
Sony Movie💲💲✔️💲
SportsGrind💲
Sportsman💲💲💲💲
Stadium💲🟠🔵💲✔️
Start TV💲✔️✔️
Sundance✔️💲✔️✔️✔️
Syfy✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️
Tastemade✔️💲💲✔️✔️
TBS🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️
TCM💲✔️✔️✔️
TeenNick💲💲💲✔️✔️💲✔️
Telemundo✔️✔️✔️✔️
Tennis💲💲💲
Tigo Sports💲
TLC✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
TNT🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️
Travel✔️🟠🔵✔️💲✔️✔️✔️
TruTV🔵✔️✔️✔️
TUDN✔️💲
TV Land✔️💲✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
TV One💲✔️✔️
TVG✔️💲💲💲
TVG2💲💲
TyC Sports💲💲💲
UniMás✔️💲✔️
Universal Kids✔️✔️💲✔️
Univision✔️✔️✔️
UPtv💲✔️✔️
USA✔️🔵✔️✔️✔️
VH1✔️💲✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
Vice TV🟠🔵✔️✔️✔️✔️
VSiN💲💲💲
WE tv✔️💲✔️✔️✔️
Weather✔️💲
Weather Nation💲
Willow TV💲
World Fishing💲💲
Zona Futbol💲
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