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So many streaming services, so little time.

Updated: Sep 29, 2022

Are you still a cable watcher? My parents are. They pay hundreds of dollars a month for cable. I always suggest to them to ditch the cable and pick up some streaming services. It's unfortunate that every TV station seems to have its own paid streaming service anymore and will probably cost you as much as cable.


Many of our customers end up making the switch because they've mounted their television. Not everyone has a wireless cable box or the wired one isn't as aesthetically pleasing when the TV is mounted. So if you're thinking about making the switch, let's go through the most popular options available in the United States.


Live TV Options

There are quite a few services that offer something equivalent to cable, it's just over the internet rather than a box or satellite.


YouTube TV

YouTube is the second largest search engine on the internet, behind Google. They now offer their own live TV options. There are over 70 channels for $64.99 a month. Up to 6 people can be added to the service so they all have their own unlimited DVR. However, only 3 devices can be streaming at once. See their pricing here.


Hulu + Live TV

Hulu offers a lot of options but it can add up quickly. A regular Hulu subscription with ads is $6.99/month. No ads are $12.99/month. They offer a regular subscription (ads and no ads) with Live TV, Disney+ and ESPN+ for $69.99/month and $75.99/month. Hulu also offers movie channel add-ons (HBO Max, STARZ, Cinemax, and SHOWTIME) for an additional cost. They also offer unlimited screens, sports, Spanish, and additional channels for an additional cost. See their pricing here.


Sling TV

Sling has multiple options when signing up. They offer an Orange plan, a Blue plan, and an Orange & Blue plan, priced at $35, $35, and $50 respectively. Go through what each option offers to make the best choice. They also have add-ons at an additional cost to give you more channels in a specific genre (comedy, news, etc.), more DVR space, and specific channels (EPIX, DOGTV, CONtv, etc.). Finally, they're one of the very few that offer Pay-Per-View options. See their pricing here.


Philo

If you have no interest in the news, local channels, or sports, this one might be for you. It's one of the cheapest options but that's because of the different channels it offers. They offer up to 10 profiles per account, with 3 devices streaming at once. There are 60+ channels and it only costs $25/month. You can add on several movie channels for an additional cost. See their pricing here.


fuboTV

On the other hand, if you're looking for some cable shows and lots of sports, this is for you. fuboTV has three plans, Latino, Pro, and Elite priced at $32.99/month, $69.99/month, and $79.99/month respectively. The focus is on how many sporting events you have access to (the Latino plan has 100+ sporting events). Pro and Elite also give you unlimited screens so all of your TVs and phones can watch without issue. See their pricing here.


There are more options but these are the more popular options. Some cable companies are offering their own streaming Live TV service (DirecTV and Spectrum), so if that interests you, check it out.


Sports Options

If you're just looking to watch your favorite teams, check out these streaming services.


ESPN+

This service doesn't actually let you watch ESPN, ESPN 2, or any other traditional channels. You can watch the games that are on, ESPN+ originals, all things UFC, and a few other things but it's not a substitution for regular ESPN programming. You can get it with Hulu and Disney+ (mentioned above) or you can get just their subscription for $6.99/month. See their pricing here.


For specific sports, you have options. NBA League Pass, MLB.TV, NFL Game Pass, NHL.TV, UFC Fight Pass, WWE Network, F1 TV, and even PokerGo have their own subscriptions. Prices vary, and yes there are more.


Other Streaming Services

There are probably hundreds of streaming services worldwide. Here are some of the more popular ones in the US to consider when making the switch from cable to streaming.