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Best live TV streaming for cord-cutters: Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV and more

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As the nation continues to face financial uncertainty as we battle the coronavirus, cutting the cable TV cord is a good way to save money on family entertainment. And thanks to streaming, you can cut cable while still keeping the live TV channels you love. Live news from both national and local TV channels is more important than ever, and live sports including the PGA, MLB and NBA are starting to return. And you can watch them all using an inexpensive streaming device, no cable box or antenna required.

Prices of streaming TV services start at $20 per month with no extra fees or contracts. In place of a cable box and the monthly fee to rent it, you can use streaming apps on your smart TV, RokuApple TVAmazon Fire TV or game console. If you have any kind of concerns pertaining to where and ways to make use of monte-carlo.store, you could call us at our page. And you can watch at home or on the go via a tablet, phone, other mobile device or even a web browser.






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You can watch most, if not all, of your favorite TV channels (including ABC, NBC, ESPN, CNN and The Disney Channel) live over the internet thanks to streaming services like Hulu Plus Live TV and Sling TV. In some instances they cost far less than you're shelling out to the cable company for TV, but these services don't require a visit from an installer -- which is an important factor to consider during social distancing.

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The downside? The prices and the services themselves are in a constant flux. Earlier in July, YouTube TV added a handful of channels but increased its price by $15, for example, and in August, FuboTV will put its price up by $5 and change its channel lineup too. Change also means that competition is squeezed out -- our former cheap pick AT&T TV Now has stopped accepting new customers and Sony shuttered its streaming service PlayStation Vue back in January.  

With all of that in mind, here's a guide to the brave new world of live TV streaming over the internet, as well as other cord-cutting options available today, starting with our favorite recommendations for the best TV streaming service.  

(Note that CNET is owned by ViacomCBS, which is a compensated programming provider on all cable, satellite and online TV services that offer CBS channels, which include Showtime, Pop, CBS Sports and The CW, among others. CBS also owns and operates its own online service, CBS All Access, which is mentioned below.)



Top live TV streaming services compared
















YouTube TV





Sling TV Blue





Hulu Plus Live TV





AT&T TV Now











Base price





$65/month for 80-plus channels





$30/month for 30-plus channels





$55/month for 60-plus channels





$55/month for 45-plus channels









Free trial





Yes





Yes





Yes





Yes









ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels





Yes, in many markets





Fox and NBC only in select cities





Yes, in many markets





Yes, in many markets









Simultaneous streams per account





3





1 or 3





2 ($15 option for unlimited)





2 ($5 option for 3)









Family member/user profiles





Yes





No





Yes





No









Cloud DVR





Yes (keep for 9 months)





Yes





Yes





Yes (50 hours, 200 hours for $10 a month)









Fast-forward through or skip commercials with cloud DVR





Yes





Yes





No (Yes with $10 option)





No (Yes with $15 option)















Best overall




Hulu Plus Live TV








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When YouTube TV bumped its price by $15, Hulu Plus Live TV became our overall favorite. Its channel selection is robust for the price and Hulu's integration of live TV with its significant catalog of on-demand content, including exclusive titles like The Handmaid's Tale, give it a content advantage no other service can match. Its interface and DVR do lag behind YouTube TV --  you'll still have to pay another $10 a month to get the ability to skip commercials on Hulu's cloud DVR (the base cloud DVR, which is included, doesn't permit skipping ads) -- but it's now a better value.

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.







$55 at Hulu










Best budget service




Sling TV Blue








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Sling TV costs more than 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, the two differ significantly with 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 .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.


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With the addition of at the end of June, YouTube TV has