You don’t need to sit in your drawing room or bedroom and attach all the cables to watch your favorite programs now. You can watch your favorite shows anytime anywhere, without any hassle of wires and cables.
All thanks to live streaming TV services like YouTube TV and Sling TV, which let you watch almost all of your favorite channels and programs and at a very low cost starting from $15 per month. The live streaming TV apps have replaced the cable box and the monthly rental fee. With the help of these apps you can watch your favorite serials, news channels or any other programs on your smart TV, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, game console, tablet, phone or your PC, anywhere, anytime. The leading Live TV Streaming services are:
Hulu TV With Live Tv
AT&T TV Now
The services do come with a few downsides like:
Limited choice of programs and channels according to the plans you choose
Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of these top Live TV streaming services:
YouTube Live TV:
This is available at $50/month. You will get to see 70-plus channels with access to your favorites like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC in most areas of the country. YouTube gives you the option of free trial so that you can test the services and opt to continue if you like it. You can have 3 simultaneous streaming with the option of family members/ user profile. YouTube TV has the best cloud DVR of the bunch, unlimited storage and gives you nine months to watch recordings (most are 30 days). Its interface is straight and it can provide you all the features that cable TV gives to its customers. YouTube TV's interface is no-nonsense, if a little drab, and yet it offers most of the features a cable service can give you. YouTube TV gives you no option to choose your plan, it keeps its business straight with one package and one price and one deal. The downside of YouTube Live TV is that Top channels like A&E, Comedy Central, History, Lifetime, NFL Network, Nickelodeon are not available on it.
Sling TV: Though Sling TV costs more than AT&T Watch TV ($15) and Philo ($20) but has better channels, more options, and a better interface, so it's worth the extra money in our opinion. And it's still dirt-cheap compared to the other services, let alone cable.
For those who want to keep the entertainment in a tight budget, Sling TV is the best option at $25 per month for 30+ channels. It offers two options as Sling Orange and Sling Blue, where Orange has ESPN/Disney package under its belt whereas the Sling Blue has Fox/NBC package to offer.
Sling's interface keeps the screen clear and yet offers all of the options. However, its arcane live pause and DVR exceptions with limitations like the inability to record Disney-owned channels can put you off. Just like YouTube TV, Sling TV also gives you the option of free trial and 3 simultaneous streams per account, but you can have no family member or user-profiles and your hot favorite channels Fox and NBC are available in the selected cities only.
AT$T Watch TV: Amongst all its contemporaries, Watch TV is the cheapest live TV option. You can watch 45+ channels at a rate of $65 per month. It gives you the option of free trial too. However, with the low price comes to the limitations like lack of locals and sports channels. The only available news channel is CNN. But Watch TV is definitely value for money as its lineup includes 30 channels, however AMC, HGTV, and BBC America -- are no longer available on the more expensive AT&T TV Now. The interface is quite easy to navigate.
Some Other cord-cutter examples are Netflix. Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus.