Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV and others let you ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Here’s how they stack up.
If you want to cut the cable TV cord but still want to keep live TV, the future is in streaming. Live TV streaming services like YouTube TV and Sling TV let you watch most, if not all of your favorite TV channels — from ABC to NBC to ESPN to CNN to Nickelodeon to Fox News — streamed live over the internet. And they probably cost far less than you’re paying the cable company for TV.
Prices start at $15 per month with no extra fees or contracts. In place of a cable box, and the monthly fee to rent it, you’ll use an app on your smart TV, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV or game console. And you can watch at home or on the go via a tablet, phone, other mobile devices, or even a PC browser.
These services have plenty of benefits — no more cable fees, no more contracts, yay! — but the savings can be outweighed by other downsides such as internet fees, DVR restrictions, buffering and a lack of things to watch, especially live sports. And just like cable TV, the costs of these services just keep going up. AT&T will raise the price of its AT&T TV Now service packages, Hulu with Live TV will also increase by $10 in December, while Sling just announced it will raise its price by $5 across the board. While PlayStation Vue was among our top picks for premium options, unfortunately, Sony is shuttering its PS Vue streaming service in January 2020.