Streaming services are a great alternative to traditional cable and satellite subscription services. Today there are a number of quality dedicated streaming video devices and an explosion of mobile video. These streaming video services have grown up from their days as cable TV supplements. They are now full-fledged cable replacements for those wishing to cut the cord entirely. Listed here are some of the most popular streaming video services that are available. There are others, but this list is intended to give you, the customer, some options for quality television programming without reliance on the local cable provider. These services require very little beyond a quality internet connection.
Other Video Streaming Services
$9.00 per month
Netflix is the standard-bearer of streaming. There’s a solid selection at all times, with new titles exchanged for older ones monthly, along with Netflix original programming which is quickly growing and has become quite popular.
The $9.00-per-month plan is for one standard-definition stream. For two concurrent HD streams (two people watching from the same account at the same time), it is $13.00. For $16.00, you can get up to four concurrent streams and support for 4K content. Netflix is available on a variety of devices, from your PC and tablet to Chromecast and game consoles. You can also now download content for offline viewing.
$5.99 per month
Hulu is one of the best all-in-one options for those only using streaming services, given its diverse set of options. In addition to quality original programming, a strong library of classic shows, and a good selection of anime series and movies, Hulu offers a robust live TV option. Unlike Netflix and Amazon, which typically get new TV series months or even a year after their TV debuts, Hulu gets some content almost immediately after airing on TV thanks to its big studio backers.
Hulu also offers a plan for $11.99/month with no commercials. For $4 extra dollars, you get all the great movies, shows, and series completely commercial-free. Hulu also offers a monthly plan at $54.99/month that includes unlimited access to the Hulu streaming library with limited ads. You can enjoy full seasons of exclusive series, hit movies, Hulu Originals, kids shows, and more including:
Streaming 60+ top Live and On Demand TV channels including sports, news, and entertainment, recording live TV with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage, and watching live TV online and on supported devices. This prices includes commercials. You can also upgrade to the $60.99/month package that will give you all of the same except commercial-free!
There are add-ons available if you want more, including Starz for $8.99/month, Cinemax for $9.99/month, Showtime for $10.00/month, and HBO for $14.99/month. You can also snag an enhanced DVR service for $9.99/month that will let you fast-forward through commercials, and gives you 200 hours of recording time.
ABC, ABC News, CBS, CBSN, Fox, NBC, ACCN, A&E, Animal Planet, BTN, Bloomberg Television, Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS Sports, Cheddar, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, CoziTV, The CW, Discovery, Disney, Disney Jr., Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News, ESPNU, ESPN College Extra, Food Network, Fox Business, Fox News, FS1, FS2, Freeform, FX, FXM, FXX, NBC Golf, HGTV, History, HLN, ID, Lifetime, MSNBC, Motortrend, NASA, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, NBCSN, Olympic Channel, Oxygen, Pop, QVC, SEC, Smithsonian Channel, SyFy, TBS, TCM, Telemundo, TLC, TNT, Trvl Channel, truTV, Universal Kids, USA, Vice.
$6.99 per month
Disney+ is one of the newer streaming services to join the lineup after launching in November of 2019. The platform allows users to stream shows and movies from Disney franchises, including Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar; programming from Fox; and a catalog of exclusives and originals. All subscribers have the ability to stream to four devices simultaneously and access 4K content at no extra cost.
Disney Plus subscriptions start at $6.99/month or $69.99/year. There is also an option to purchase a Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ combo package for $12.99/month.
$64.99 per month
YouTube TV allows you to watch cable-free live TV from over 85+ networks including major news, sports, and entertainment channels. With its Cloud DVR capabilities, you are able to stream your shows from any device without running out of storage. You are allowed three simultaneous streams. YouTube TV is compatible with smart TVs such as LG and Samsung, Streaming Media players like Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV, and gaming consoles such as Xbox One.
With six accounts per household, everyone can stream and watch on their own personalized DVR. Watch it on the go with your smartphone or tablet, or at home on your TV. Connect to your Google Home for hands-free control, simply say “Hey Google, play ABC on YouTube TV,” or “Hey Google, turn up the volume.” No more searching for the remote deep in the couch cushion.
Customize your service by adding premium networks such as Fox Soccer Plus, Showtime, Starz and more for an additional cost depending on the network. Individual premium channels range from $3-$40.
ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC News ACCN, AMC, Adult Swim, Animal Planet, BBC, BBC World News, BET, BTN, Bravo, CBS Sports, CNBC, CNBC World, CNN, Cartoon Network, Cheddar, CMT, Comedy Central, Comet TV, Court TV, Cozi TV, Discovery, Disney, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPNEWS, FOX Business, FOX News, FS1, FS2, FX, FXM, FXX, Food Network, FOX Sports, Freeform, Golf Channel, HGTV, HLN, IFC, Investigation Discovery, LAFC, MLB Game of the week, MLB Network, MSNBC, Motortrend, MTV, MyNetwork TV, NBA TV, NBC Sports, NBC Universo, NBCSN, NBCLX, NECN, NESN, NatGeo Wild, National Geographic, Newsy, NFL Network, Nickelodeon, Olympics Channel, OWN, Oxygen, Paramount Network, PBS, PBS Kids, POP, SEC ESPN Network, SNY, Smithsonian Channel, StartTV, SundanceTV, SyFy, TBS, TCM, TLC, TNT, TYT, Tastemade, Telemundo, Tennis TV, The CW, Travel Channel, TruTV, TV Land, USA, Universal Kids, VH1, WE TV, YouTube Originals.
NBC’s Peacock, named in honor of the network’s iconic logo, is one of the newest streaming services to join the array of available platforms. If the prices of streaming services have been off-putting to you, Peacock offers a free, ad-supported tier in their collection of services options. Peacock offers over 600 films and more than 10,000 hours of NBC television series. Additionally, they offer “virtual channels” that host curated content, mirroring the nature of broadcast television.
For those more interested in content than advertisements, the Premium package offers limited ads for only $4.99/month, or you could opt for no ads with Premium Plus for $9.99/month.
$30 per month
Sling TV is probably as close to the traditional TV experience as you can get online. For $30 per month, Sling TV offers live access to channels like AMC, TBS, The Food Network, CNN, TNT, and more.
As you add more services, though, Sling TV can add up. There’s the basic Sling Orange plan with support for one stream at $30 per month, Sling Blue with support for three simultaneous streams for $30, or both with support for four simultaneous streams at $45.
Why would you want both? Some channels on Sling Orange are not available on Sling Blue and vice versa (here’s a breakdown). The Disney Channel, for example, is only on Sling Orange, while Fox Sports is only on Blue.
Sling also offers extra add-ons for $5-$15 per month each. A Comedy extra adds MTV, Spike, Logo, and more, while a Kids extra offers channels like Teen Nick and Disney Junior—none of which are available via Sling Orange or Blue.
Another $5 extra is cloud DVR, which supports up to 50 hours of content. You can record multiple programs simultaneously and watch on Amazon, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox One devices. Cloud DVR is not currently supported for Disney and ESPN or on-demand channels like Newsy and Local Now.
Orange: ESPN, BET, HGTV, Nick Jr., CNN, A&E, Food Channel, ID, TNT, AMC, Disney Channel, TBS, Comedy Central, History Channel, IFC, BBC America, Travel Channel, Cartoon Network, EPIX Drive-In, Lifetime, Vice, AXS TV, Fuse, NEWSY, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, Freeform, Bloomberg Television, Motortrend, Cheddar, Local Now, Comet, Stadium.
Blue: (Orange Package) + NFL Network, FOX News, MSNBC, Bravo, FS1, TLC, Food Network, USA, Discovery, FX, E!, SyFy, National Geographic, TRU TV, HLN, NBCSN, NBC, NBC Sports.
$8.99 per month
Amazon Video is $8.99 per month, but if you plan to stick with it for more than a year, you can opt to subscribe for Amazon Prime which includes Amazon Video—not to mention Amazon Photos, Amazon Music, free 2-day shipping on many Amazon orders, and a number of other Amazon-centric perks—for $99 per year.
Amazon has about 40,000 titles to stream, but only a fraction of those are included with Prime streaming. Look for the “Prime” banner on selections that stream for free. Everything else is available to purchase or rent (for Prime and non-Prime members).
Amazon also enables offline downloads, so if you haven’t finished watching Transparent or want to catch up on some older HBO shows for your next flight, download to your tablet and get watching.
In 2015, Amazon also launched the Streaming Partners Program, which lets you add networks like Showtime and Starz to your Prime account, sometimes for a slight discount (save $2 per month on Showtime via Amazon vs. buying it on its own, for example).
Amazon Video does not work with Google’s Chromecast, but it’s available on Roku, as well as Amazon’s own Fire TV devices, smart TVs, and more. Prime Video supports two concurrent streams, as long as you are watching different videos.
AT&T TV Now
$55 per month
The AT&T TV Now streaming service offers dozens of channels of live TV without installing a satellite dish or running cables. The service features excellent picture quality and plenty of connectivity options, and subscriptions start at $55 per month. Cloud DVR is available on all packages, but not on all channels. It is limited to 20 hours of recording time and is stored for a maximum of 30 days.
There are currently two “featured” plans-PLUS and MAX. The PLUS plan is the $55/month plan which includes 45+ live channels, including HBO. The MAX plan is $80/month and includes 60+ live channels (with more sports), including HBO and Cinemax. There are also a collection of other packages that are more like the traditional satellite packages ranging from $93-$183. The top Ultimate page includes 140+ channels.
Plus: ABC, AccuWeather, BET, Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS, Cheddar, CNBC, CNBC World, CNN, Comedy, Central, CW, Disney, Disney Jr., Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FOX Business, FOX News, FS1, Freeform, FX, FXM, FXX, Hallmark, HLN, MSNBC, MTV, MyNetwork TV, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, NBC, NBCSN, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Ovation, Oxygen, Revolt, SyFy, TBS, TCM, Telemundo, TNT, TruTv, Universal Kids, USA, VH1.
Max: (Plus channels) + HBO, HBO Family, HBO Latino, Cinemax, ACCN ESPN, BTN, CBS Sports, CMT, ESPNews, ESPN U, FS2, Golf Channel, Longhorn Network, MSG, MSG+, Olympic Channel, Paramount Network, SEC ESPN, Tennis Channel, TV Land, YES.
$59.99 per month
fuboTV is a great option for sports fans looking to get away from traditional satellite or cable. This “sports-first, but not sports-only” service offers extensive live sports and entertainment content for all your devices. Whether you want to watch NFL games on Sunday, catch up on an MLB game that aired during the day, or even stream a movie on-demand, fuboTV has you covered.
Fubo Standard is “the classic base package.” That gets you 100+ channels, 30 hours of cloud DVR, and the ability to watch two things at once. It costs $59.99 a month.
Next is the Family plan. It has the 100 channels and bumps the cloud DVR to 500 hours, and adds the ability to watch on three screens at a time. It costs $64.99 a month. Then there’s the Elite plan. For $79.99 a month you get the 100 channels, 500 hours of cloud DVR, two simultaneous screens, and includes Showtime.
Family: CBS 3, Fox Local 44, Fox, 5 WPTZ, SNY, MSG, MSG+, MSG2, FS1, NBCSN, NFL, Bein Sports, TUDN, A&E, AMC, BBC America, Bravo, E!, Food Network, Fox News, HGTV, History Channel, MSNBC, USA, CBS Sports, BTN, Golf Channel, FS2, Olympic Channel, TVG, Hallmark, Hallmark Movies &Mysteries, hallmark Drama, IFC, Lifetime, LMN, Oxygen, ESPN, SundanceTv, SyFy, Tastemade, Freeform, FXX, National Geographic, ACCN ESPN, Disney Jr., FX, ABC News Live, NBC News Now, Disney, Disney XD, ESPN2, Telemundo, Estrella TV, Travel Channel, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount network, TV Land, VH1, Discovery, Motortrend, OWN, TLC, Animal Planet, ID, CBSN, omet, CNBC, Cheddar, Fox Business, The Weather Channel, NBC Lx, Local Now, Universal Kids, Vice, We TV, Fubo Sports, Fubo Sports 2.
Elite: (Family Plan) + Cooking Channel, DIY Channel, Game Show Network, BBC World News, NBA TV, NHL, MLB, SONY Network, People TV, Stadium Tv, Zona Futbol, INSP, Revolt, GiNX Esports TV, CNBC World, Newsy, Stadium 1, Stadium 2, Stadium 3, Tennis Channel, Fuse, TeenNick, NickToons, NickMusic, MTV2, BET Jams, MTV U, MTV Live, BET Soul, BET Her, Destination America, Life, SCI, AHC, Discovery Family, National Geographic Wild, Great American COuntry, Law & Crime, PAC 12, ESPN U, ESPNews, SEC ESPN, FXM.
Streaming Video Devices
In addition to the subscription service, you may want to invest in a device that will allow you to watch this video content on your television. This is assuming that you do not already have a SMART television that is preloaded with these types of apps. A summary of some of the most popular streaming devices is below.
- Price: $29.99
- Form Factor: Box
- Controls: App Only
- Videos Apps: Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Crackle, DIRECTV Now, Sling TV, Hulu Plus
- Sports Apps: NBA, MLB.com, NFL Sunday Ticket, ESPN, CBS Sports, NHL, WNBA, UFC TV, WWE, NBC Sports, NCAA March Madness
- Music Apps: Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music, Google Play.
- Channel Watch Apps: MTV, Comedy Central, Cooking Channel, food Network, DIY Network, CBS, travel Channel, HGTV, Nick, TNT, Fox Now, History Channel, Paramount Network, A&E, Disney Now, TBS, AMC, BET, NBC Local, The CW, BBC America, IFC, Disney Movies Anywhere, VH1, USA, Freeform, Telemundo, STARZ, ABC, Spike, and many more.
- Price: $149-$199
- Form Factor: Box
- Controls: Remote, Voice, App.
- Video Apps: Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, DIRECTV Now, PBS, PBS Kids, Disney Channel
- Sports Apps: Watch ESPN, Major League Soccer, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, NHL, WWE Network
- Music Apps: Vevo, Vimeo, iTunes
- Price: $29 – $89
- Form Factor: Box or Stick
- Controls: Voice Search, Remote, App
- Video Apps: Netflix, YouTube TV, Prime Video, Sling, CBS All Access, Spectrum Tv, The Roku Channel, Pluto TV, AT&T TV, NBC, Apple TV, HGTV GO, Crackle, PBS, Bravo, ABC Acorn TV, BET Plus, Investigation Discovery GO, Adult Swim, The CW, Food Network GO, Telemundo, Fox Now, Lifetime, Hallmark Movies Now, History Channel, USA, Watch TNT, Watch TBS, Travel Channel GO, A&E, E!, FX Now, Freeform, SyFy, BET, Nat Geo TV, AMC, ANimal Planet GO, Watch Own, VH1, Paramount Network, Oxygen, WE Tv, Watch TCM, Comet Tv, DIY Network GO, truTV, EPIX, Cooking Channel GO, Vice Tv, BBC America, The Cowboy Channel, Broadway HD, SundanceTV, IFC, BuzzFeed, and many more.
- Sports Apps: Watch ESPN, Major League Soccer, MLB.TV, NBA Gametime, NHL
- Music Apps: Vevo, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Vimeo, Spotify
Amazon Fire TV
- Price: $89 | Fire TV Stick $39
- Form Factor: Box or Stick
- Controls: Voice Search, Remote, App
- Video Apps: Apple TV+, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, NFL, ESPN, NBC, NBC Sports, CBS, ABC, NBA, HBO, History Channel, Watch TBS, MLB, MTV, Lifetime, BET+, The CW, Nat Geo TV, Paramount Network, PBS, Noggin, Watch TNT, AMc, HGTV GO, FXNOW, Fox News, TLC GO, Food Network GO, Freeform, and more.
- Sports Apps: Watch ESPN, NBA Game Time, WWE Network, MLB.TV
- Music Apps: Vevo, Pandora, Vimeo, Amazon Music