There's a lot to love about YouTube TV. The simple single plan. The multiple accounts that you can share with your family. The unlimited DVR.
But YouTube TV also doesn't have as many channels as some of the other services. And if it doesn't have something you've decided you just have to have, then it's time to cancel YouTube TV. And in April 2019, YouTube TV announced that its monthly price was going up to $50. So maybe it's time to look elsewhere, eh?
The good news, though, is that you still have plenty of options for live streaming TV, at all kinds of price points. Let's take a look at what's available:
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV is a relatively new option. You know Hulu as an excellent on-demand option, and now it has a good number of live channels (including locals) available as well. Plus it has add-ons like HBO, Showtime and Cinemax, so you can keep everything in one place, if that's what you prefer.
Hulu with Live TV costs $44.99 (that's the new price that goes into effect on Feb. 26). Do note that you'll still have commercials in Hulu's on-demand library at that price. To get rid of those commercials, you'll need to pony up for the $50.99 plan.
Still, it's very much worth exploring.
Live and on-demand
Live TV, great originals, and a great catalog
Hulu used to be known for having a great back catalog of shows. But it's become so much more than that. It still has a deep on-demand bench, but now it also has a competitive live lineup — and it's got the might (and bundled packaging) of Disney and Disney+ behind it.
If you're a sports fan, you'll want to give Fubo TV a go. It's one of the only services around that streams sports in 4K resolution. (Though it's still in beta, and you're really only looking at a handful of games a week.) It also has a huge stable of add-ons for all kinds of sports, including international, soccer, outdoors and more.
Fubo TV recently changed up its plans. For about $55 a month you'll get the standard 83-channel base package. There are a couple of sweeteners after that, but to get the full 103-channel smash you'll need to pay $75 a month.
Live TV — plus sports in 4K!
Fubo TV has as competitive a live lineup as just about anyone. But where it really starts to shine is with its sports coverage. It's missing ESPN, but it's got a wealth of other sources for sports and is one of the only ways in the United States in which you can watch sports in 4K resolution.
If you just want to spend as little as you can every month while still actually watching TV, Philo may well be for you. For just $20 a month you'll get 58 channels — and these are channels that you know and love — from news to entertainment to lifestyle.
And Philo is available on just about every device you've got. It's really one of those services you have to see to believe.
Easy does it
Philo makes it simple
One plan. One list of channels. Nearly five dozen channels. And all for just $20 a month. Philo's about making things easy — and not drowning you in choices.
Sling is still the most popular streaming TV service, and for good reason. The Orange and Blue plans start at just $30 each (or you can get them both for $45 a month), and from there you'll build out with Sling's numerous add-on packages. (Or not. It's your call.)
And that's the attraction of Sling — you pick and choose what it is you want to watch more than any other service. It's hard to argue against that.
Almost a la carte
Pay for what you want, mostly
Sling TV is the most popular streaming service — and it's as close as you can get to only paying for the channels you want. You'll still have to pick a basic package, and then choose from its myriad add-on services.
AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now — the former DirecTV Now has been shedding customers, but that doesn't mean it might not be a good fit for you. It's got a half-dozen plans that run from $50 to a whopping $135 a month.
And if you're an AT&T Wireless customer, you may well be eligible for a monthly discount, so there's that.
Lots of options
AT&T TV Now — formerly known as DirecTV Now — has the most channels of any of the services, and it's got a bevy of plans from which to choose. They range from $65 a month all the way to $135 a month.
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