Top TV Streaming Services of 2024: A Comprehensive Comparison

As an ISP, we often get asked if we can provide TV service. While we don’t provide TV directly, we know many of our subscribers enjoy streaming services. Whether you’re a movie buff, a sports fanatic, or simply budget-conscious, there’s a streaming service perfectly suited for your viewing habits. These “over-the-top” options deliver content directly through your internet connection, offering a wider selection of channels and on-demand content compared to nationwide providers, all without needing an additional cable box.

Here’s a breakdown of the top options to help you find the perfect fit:

Best TV Streaming Service for Most People: YouTube TV

  • Price: $73/mo.
  • Highlights: Intuitive interface, good channel coverage, unlimited DVR (9 months)
  • Cons: Price keeps increasing, easy to overspend on extras

Best Live TV Streaming Service with Disney+ or Hulu Subscribers: Hulu + Live TV

  • Price: $77/mo.
  • Highlights: Includes Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+ programming
  • Cons: Frustrating interface

Best Cable Without a Contract: DirecTV Stream

  • Price: $80/mo.
  • Highlights: Cable-like experience, broad channel coverage, unlimited DVR (limited episodes)
  • Cons: Somewhat complicated interface

Best Live TV Streaming Service for Sports: FuboTV

  • Price: $80/mo.
  • Highlights: Best sports network coverage, automatic recording of favorite teams, FanView feature
  • Cons: DVR/VOD inferior to live TV

Best Customizable Live TV Streaming Service: Sling TV

  • Price: Starts at $40/mo.
  • Highlights: Affordable, customizable packages, cheapest way to get ESPN (Orange plan)
  • Cons: Limited local channels, only 50 hours of DVR

Best Cheap TV Streaming Service: Philo

  • Price: $25/mo.
  • Highlights: Affordable, minimalist interface, unlimited DVR (1 year)
  • Cons: No sports/local channels, limited news coverage

Free Live TV Streaming Services:

  • Pluto TV
  • Tubi
  • Amazon Freevee
  • Sling Freestream

While traditional TV may offer a certain level of simplicity, it comes at a price. 3rd party streaming services provide a dynamic and personalized entertainment experience often for less money and a better experience. With so many OTT services available, there’s truly something for everyone. We hope this provides you with options that will meet your needs and finally, truly, allow you to “cut the cord.”

Happy streaming!