September 24, 2022 By Vaseline

Streaming Video Services Guide

These services try to replicate what you would get for less with a traditional cable TV or satellite plan. Most include local broadcast channels and a selection of cable channels, with the option to add some premium channels. All now include a cloud DVR for recording shows.

DirectTV stream
Price: $70 to $150 per month.

AT&T has done a lot of remodeling recently, including spinning off its DirecTV satellite and streaming business into a new entity, also called DirecTV. DirecTV Stream is the new name for its AT&T TV and AT&T TV Now streaming services.

This is essentially the DirecTV satellite service minus the satellite dish. Several DirecTV Stream plans have increased in price by either $5 or $10 per month (see below). The cheapest DirecTV Stream plan with about 65 channels stays at $70 per month. The Choice plan (90 channels) jumps $5 to $90 per month, while the Ultimate (130 channels plus Starz) and Premier (140 channels plus HBO Max, Cinemax, and Showtime) plans jump $10 a month to $105 a month, respectively .$150. Those with legacy AT&T TV Now and AT&T TV plans also received the price increases.

HBO Max, which remains a separate entity within the new Warner Bros. Discovery company, can be added to plans that don’t include it.

You can get DirecTV Stream service through an app on streaming players and on some smart TVs, but DirecTV also sells its own Android-based player that’s $120 upfront, or $5 a month for 24 months costs. It’s a lot more expensive than most standalone streaming media players, but it supports 4K video and has a voice remote and Google Assistant.

Sign up for the DirectTV stream.

Fubo TV
Price: $70 to $100 a month.

FuboTV is a cable replacement service for sports fans. The basic plan includes about 130 channels with local broadcasters in most markets, plus many sports networks (BeIn Sports, ESPN, FS1, MLB Network, NBA League Pass, NHL Network, NFL Network) and many cable channels (AMC, Bravo, FX, Syfy, USA ), but not Turner channels like CNN, TBS, TCM or TNT and A&E networks like A&E, History Channel and Lifetime.

If you upgrade to the $80 Elite plan, you get Fubo Extra with 42 more lifestyle and sports channels and 130 events in 4K. The Ultimate plan has even more channels, plus Showtime and Sports Plus, which includes NFL Redzone.

You can add multiple premium channels, but not HBO Max. One plan combines Epix, Showtime, and Starz for $20 a month. Separately, Showtime costs $11 per month; Starz costs $9 a month. Sports fans can get Sports Plus with NFL Red Zone, featuring NCAA games and RedZone from the NFL Network for an additional $11 per month. A Fubo Extra plan for $8 per month adds more TV shows, movies, news, sports, music and entertainment for kids. There are also several Spanish language plans and add-ons.

Sign up for FuboTV.

Hulu + Live TV
Price: $70 per month with ads and $76 per month without.

Cord cutters who want another option to get what they used to get from their traditional pay-TV package should take a look at Hulu + Live TV, which offers about 75 channels, including major broadcast channels in most markets. You also get cable channels like A&E, BET, CN, Comedy Central, CNN, Disney, Fox News, FX, TBS, and TNT, plus everything from the Hulu library, among others. It also has CBS Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports, as well as a few regional sports networks.

Hulu + Live TV now includes both Disney+ and ESPN+, although the price is now $5 higher. Also, the prices for some plans are going up again in December.

A basic plan, which includes ad-supported Hulu + Live TV, Disney + with ads, and ESPN +, costs $70. A plan with Hulu + Live TV with ads, plus ad-free Disney+ and ESPN+ is available for current subscribers only for $75 per month. But it costs $83 per month to get ad-free Hulu + Live TV, ad-free Disney+, and ESPN+.

Though Hulu has struck a deal with Discovery to keep several channels on the service, including Food Network, HGTV, and TLC, some shows like “90 Day FiancĂ©” and “Fixer Upper” remain on the company’s newer Discovery+ service. It also lacks some networks like AMC and Hallmark.

There are also several add-ons. For example, an expanded cloud DVR with 200 hours of storage and the ability to zap through commercials on recorded shows costs an additional $10 each month. Unlimited use is also $10 a month, but you can bundle it with unlimited home screens plus access for three mobile users for $15 a month, a savings of $5 a month.

Sign up for Hulu + Live TV.

Philo
Price: $25 per month.

Philo can be a great option if you receive local channels through an antenna. It’s a sports-free streaming service powered by multiple cable networks, including A&E, AMC, Discovery, Scripps, and Paramount (CBSViacom). In addition to the lack of local channels, it doesn’t offer live news (CNN, Fox News) or sports networks like ESPN or NFL Network. But for just $25 a month, you get access to more than 60 channels from partners including Discovery, Paramount (CBS and Viacom), and AMC Networks.

In addition to cable channels, Philo now has a number of original series, including Boss Moves with Love and Hip-Hop star Rasheeda Frost. In addition, the company recently signed a deal with Kin Community for access to the company’s women-focused lifestyle content.

You can add premium channels like Epix ($6 per month) and Starz ($9 per month).

Over the past year, Philo’s price for new subscribers increased from $20 to $25 per month, but those who signed up before the price increase were able to keep the lower price. As part of the new $25 package, Philo is extending the time recordings are stored in its unlimited DVR from 30 days to a year.

Log in to Philo.

Sling TV
Price: $35 to $50 per month.

You can consider Sling TV if you can find another way to catch local CBS and ABC channels, as the service lacks those. The Orange package now costs $35 and includes about 30 cable channels, including Disney and ESPN, as well as A&E, the Food Network and TBS, but no TV programming. It supports one user at a time. Sling Blue, also $35 a month, supports three users and has a different mix of about 40 channels, including local shows and regional sports. (Among other differences, Sling Orange includes ESPN.) A combined plan costs $50.

You can add premium channels including Showtime for $10 and Starz for $9. Sling TV has a large number of add-on packages that provide additional genre-based programs (Sports, News, Lifestyle, Hollywood, etc.). They cost $6 to $21 (for a multi-pack bundle) extra every month.

Last year, Sling increased the prices of its plans by $5 per month and the prices of its themed add-on packs, but only by $1 per month. But the good news is that Sling has improved its cloud DVR. Everyone now gets 50 hours of free DVR storage instead of 10 hours. You can also get 200 hours of storage instead of 50 hours for $5 per month with the DVR Plus add-on.

Sling now has a deal with Barstool Sports for a channel dedicated to sports and pop culture. The Barstool Sports Channel offers live content including video podcasts, blogs and video series. Sling TV also includes a new sports betting informational channel from DraftKings.

Sign up for Sling TV.

YouTube TV
Price: $65 per month.

YouTube TV is a solid option for cord cutters looking to save money without giving up sports or major cable channels. It provides access to 85+ channels including all major broadcast networks, cable channels (AMC, Bravo, Disney, ESPN, FX, Fox News, Fox Sports, MSNBC, National Geographic, Turner, USA) and major sports channels such as CBS Sports, ESPN and Fox Sports, along with the MLB, NBA, and NFL league networks.

YouTube and ABC/Disney ended a battle that saw the service lose access to programming from Disney, ESPN, FX, National Geographic and local ABC stations.

HBO Max, Showtime, Starz and some other channels can be added for an additional fee.

In the rumor department, YouTube is reportedly interested in acquiring the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket when its deal with DirecTV expires after the 2022 season.

Sign in to YouTube TV.