Price: $35 per month for about 50 channels.
Who It’s Best For: Sports fans looking for
a streaming alternative. This sports-centric service offers a mix of live and on-demand channels from broadcast networks (Fox, NBC in some markets), cable channels (A&E, Bravo, FX, SyFy, USA) and sports networks (BeIn Sports, FS1, Golf Channel, NBA TV). You also get a robust roster of regional sports networks, including those from from NBC, Fox, and Yes, for local-team action, including MLB and NHL games. The service comes with a free cloud DVR that lets you store 30 hours of shows, movies, and games. If you forget to record a show, there’s a 72-hour “lookback” that lets you replay most programs that aired in the past three days.
Latest News: FuboTV now has a multiyear deal with MSG Networks, so FuboTV Premier subscribers will get MSG, MSG+, and MSG regional sports networks. Also, new prices will take effect for new customers in October: A $20-per-month promotional price is good for two months, then the rate climbs to $40 per month. The $35-per-month plan will remain for existing subscribers. FuboTV is now including the NFL Network in its Premier Plan. NFL RedZone can be added for $9 more each month. This follows a deal with CBS, bringing CBS locals in some markets, as well as CBS Sports, the CW, and Showtime. In other news, Fubo just updated its cloud DVR; instead of getting 10 “slots” that expired after 10 days, you now can save up to 30 hours of programming for as long as you remain an active subscriber. Paying an additional $10 per month gets you 500 hours of DVR storage. The service now has TV Everywhere support for more than 30 channels, meaning you can access their websites and apps directly from a variety of home and mobile devices using your FuboTV login information.
Price: $15 per month.
Who It’s Best For: HBO fans who don’t want to pay for cable. Sign up to get all the network’s series, movies, specials, and documentaries. If you already get HBO through your cable package, remember that the HBO Go app lets you watch HBO on your phone, tablet, and other devices.
Latest News: HBO Now has passed the 2 million-subscriber mark, and it’s now available on more devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Microsoft Xbox, Roku, Samsung TVs, and PlayStation Vue.
Price: $8 per month with ads or $12 per month without ads.
Who It’s Best For: Cord-cutters who don’t want to miss out on broadcast TV. Hulu has current shows from ABC, Fox, and NBC; older ones from CBS; plus the “Seinfeld” library. Original content includes “The Path” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Latest News: While Netflix is raising prices, Hulu has dropped its price, down to $6 per month for the first year of service.
It also recently signed a deal with NBCUniversal for hundreds of episodes of TV shows such as “30 Rock” and “Parenthood,” and it shares the streaming rights to “This Is Us” with NBC. Hulu also has the streaming rights for the original “Will and Grace” series.
In other news, Hulu has teamed up with music service Spotify to offer a combined bundle to college students for just $5 per month. Because Spotify Premium for Students usually costs $5 per month, it’s like getting the basic Hulu service free.
Hulu also has
an exclusive deal with Magnolia Pictures to stream the company’s films after their theatrical release.
Hulu with Live TV
Price: $40 per month.
Who It’s Best For: Cord-cutters who want yet another option. Hulu TV, which is now live, offers about 50 channels, including the major broadcast channels—ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC—albeit only in a handful of markets right now. You also get cable channels such as A&E, Cartoon Network, CNN, Disney, Fox News, FX, TBS, and TNT, among others. The lineup also includes CBS Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports, plus some regional sports networks.
Latest News: Hulu with Live TV is now available on most Roku streaming players and all Roku TVs. The Live TV service is also now supported on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV devices, Google Chromecast, PlayStation and Xbox game consoles, and iOS and Android mobile devices. Hulu says it will support Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant this fall.
The company recently signed a deal to offer the CW Network as part of its service in the coming months. The network, which attracts younger viewers with shows such as “Riverdale” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” will roll out first in selected markets, then move to other affiliates. Right now the service, which launched in May, doesn’t include AMC, Discovery, or Viacom (Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon).
The service’s basic plan lets you create six separate profiles—though only two people can use the service at a time—and includes a cloud DVR with 50 hours of recording time. You can pay $15 extra each month to get a DVR with 200 hours of recording time, plus the ability to skip through commercials. For another $15 per month, the service will support unlimited users in the home, plus three mobile users. A bundle of these two options costs $20, a $10 discount off the cost of purchasing them separately.
Price: $8 per month for standard-def video on a single screen; $11 per month for high-def video on up to two screens; $14 per month for 4K ultra high definition video on up to four screens.
Who It’s Best For: Everyone. Netflix is still the king of binge. It has a vast library of movies and TV shows, plus now-classic original shows (“House of Cards,” “Orange is the New Black”) and new hits (“Stranger Things”). It even has original movies (“Beasts of No Nation”). A deal with Marvel has spawned “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” and Netflix subscribers still have access to Disney titles through the end of 2018, when Disney will pull those films from Netflix to start its own streaming service.
Latest News: Netflix, which just raised prices on its two most popular plans, says it will spend around $7 billion on content in 2018. The service has lured Jerry Seinfeld away from Crackle, so this year subscribers get new episodes of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” plus two exclusive stand-up shows. New movies range from kid-friendly Disney fare to raunchier works.
Price: $40 to $75 per month, depending on package.
Who It’s Best For: Those who are looking for a real cable TV-style programming package and are willing to pay for it. Packages range from basic channels (the $40-per-month Access plan) to a comprehensive package of about 90 channels that includes some premium channels (the $75-per-month Ultra plan). You also get local channels in many major markets—on-demand in others—plus a cloud DVR for recording shows.
Latest News: PS Vue is adding more affiliate broadcast networks. It just added ABC in 11 major markets, plus four NBC affiliates. Late last year, Vue added several channels, including BBC America, NBA TV, and Vice, but lost Viacom stations such as Comedy Central, Spike, and MTV. It also added support for Apple TV last fall.
Price: $11 per month, or $9 per month when purchased through certain services, such as Amazon Prime and Hulu.
Who It’s Best For: Showtime fans. Like HBO Now, this service lets you watch a cable network without the cable. You get all Showtime’s movies, plus original shows such as “Billions,” “Homeland,” and “The Affair.” If you subscribe to Showtime through your cable provider, Showtime Anytime lets you watch Showtime fare on your phone, tablet, and other devices.
Latest News: Showtime aired the 18-part “Twin Peaks” this year. Also on tap is “Purity,” a 20-episode drama starring Daniel Craig that debuts in 2018. Showtime Films is releasing the documentary “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars” theatrically in 2017. It will hit Showtime in 2018.
Price: Sling Orange costs $20 per month; Sling Blue costs $25 per month. A combined package costs $40 per month. Add-on packs cost $5.
Who It’s Best For: Cord-cutters. With Dish’s Sling TV you don’t get individual shows. You get channels. The basic Orange package comes with about 20 cable offerings, including A&E, Food Network, and TBS but not broadcast TV. It’s also one of only a few ways you can get ESPN without a TV service. Themed add-on packs cost $5 per month, and HBO costs $15 per month.
Latest News: Sling TV’s latest promotion offers free over-the-air TV antennas or discounted Sling AirTV Player/antenna combo devices if you’re willing to prepay for two or three months of Sling TV. Sling’s cloud DVR is now more widely available and includes more channels and some new features, such as the ability to protect recordings from being deleted. Also, there’s now an in-browser player for Google Chrome, so you don’t have to download an app; you can watch right from Chrome. Sling TV is now supported by more devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Android TV devices, Apple TV, Roku and Roku TVs, and Xbox One. A $100 AirTV box combines Sling TV channels and free over-the-air broadcasts in one device.
Price: $9 per month.
Who It’s Best For: Like HBO and Showtime, you can now get Starz without a pay-TV subscription. Content includes shows such as “Outlander” and “Power,” plus movies including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Latest News: The Starz streaming service is newly available on DirecTV Now for $8 per month. The much-anticipated series, “American Gods,” based on the Neil Gaiman book, is now available on the service.
Price: $35 per month
Who It’s Best For: Cord-cutters looking for another option beyond Sling TV and DirecTV Now. YouTube TV, which launched in April, offers access to live TV from up to 50 providers, including all the major networks. It also has a cloud DVR with unlimited storage. With expanded availability in more markets, right now its biggest limitation is that it doesn’t currently support Amazon Fire TV and Roku streaming players. (Apple TV is supported via AirPlay.)
However, YouTube TV does have a nice selection of channels, including Bravo, Disney, ESPN, FX, Fox News, Fox Sports, MSNBC, National Geographic, USA, and some regional sports networks. AMC will be added soon, and you also get access to the original programming on YouTube Red, normally $10 per month. Showtime and a few other channels can be added for an additional fee. But right now it lacks programming from Viacom (Comedy Central, MTV), Time Warner (HBO, CNN, Cartoon Network, and TNT), Discovery Communications, and Scripps Networks Interactive (Food Network, HGTV). YouTube says it’s still in discussions with networks, so more channels could be added soon.
Latest News: YouTube TV has once again expanded, adding a dozen new markets—including Cleveland, Denver, San Diego, and St. Louis—to the 14 metro areas it announced recently. That means YouTube TV is now available in 41 markets, making the subscription service available to more than half of all U.S. households. The service launched earlier this year in five major metro areas: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. New major cities include Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Cincinnati; Dallas; Houston; Las Vegas; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; San Antonio; Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.; and Washington, D.C.
YouTube TV supports up to three simultaneous users and up to six separate accounts. It also has a cloud DVR—a virtual recorder that stores programs for you on YouTube’s servers—that lets you record and save as many shows as you want for up to nine months before they’re deleted. As part of a current limited-time promotion, you can get a free Google Chromecast player after you make your first payment.
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