Sling TV

Best answer: Sling TV has the most subscribers of the major streaming TV services, with some 2.686 million subscribers as of Sept. 30, 2019.

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Sling TV is the most popular streaming live TV service

Live streaming TV — cord-cutting, really — continues to gain in popularity. And the good news for consumers is that there are a lot of options out there. Sling TV remains the No. 1 streaming service, in terms of subscriber count. As of Sept. 30, 2019, Sling had 2.686 million subscribers. What makes Sling so popular? Its main plans — Sling Orange and Sling Blue — start at just $25 a month each, or $40 a month if you want both of them. From there, you can add on various packages — sports, entertainment, international, etc. — and better control just how much you're spending. It's not quite a la carte TV (though that is one of Sling's slogans, but it's close.

No. 1

Sling TV

Two basic plans, with loads of add-ons.

Sling TV remains the most popular of the streaming services, with some 2.686 million subscribers as of Sept. 30, 2019. It has two basic plans — Orange and Blue — that run $25 a month each (or $40 if you get them both) and a world of add-on packages.

No. 2

Hulu with Live TV

All in one place

As the name implies, Hulu with Live TV is the live side of Hulu. It's got more than 1 million subscribers — and some more recent estimates put it over 2 million and far closer to Sling. And, of course, live subscribers get access to all of Hulu's on-demand content. All told, Hulu has more than 28.5 mllion subscribers, so the vast majority of them aren't yet on the live programming.

No. 3 (tie)

YouTube TV

We think it's in third place

Full disclosure: We don't actually know how many subscribers YouTube TV has, because YouTube and Google don't tell us. (The most recent estimates have put it north of 1 million, anyway.) But it's still a great service, so long as it has the channels you need. And it's coming back (eventually) to Amazon Fire TV devices.

No. 3 (tie)


A world of channels, but few subs

AT&T TV Now — formerly known as DirecTV Now — is the streaming side of satellite giant DirecTV — both of which are owned by AT&T. It's been hemorrhaging subscribers for a number quarters now, and as of Q3 2019 it's slipped to at least third place — quite possibly fourth — at about 1.1 million subscribers.

No. 5: PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue

Well, that was fun while it lasted. PlayStation Vue is shutting down on Jan. 30, 2020. It'll end its run at a predicted fewer than 1 million subscribers. RIP.

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