What the Tech: Cut the cord to TV by comparing the services

What the Tech

A new report shows that about 11,000 people are canceling pay TV every day, but how do you do that and still get the channels you watch? If you’re thinking of cutting the cord and going with one of the streaming services, you have plenty of choices. Sling TV, DirectTV Now, Hulu, YouTube TV are just some to choose from.

Are they different? If so, how? I’ve used the 4 most popular services to answer the question: “Which one should I choose?” 

Sling TV gets the largest share of the streaming subscription services. You’ve likely seen the TV commercials (playing on cable and satellite no less), advertising a $25 plan. The $25 monthly subscription is called the “Orange” subscription and includes only the most basic channels like CNN and ESPN. While the price is the lowest of them all, it may not be good for everyone. With the Orange plan, you can only watch on one screen. If there are more than 1 person in your home, you’ll need to watch the same channel on the same screen.

Sling’s Blue plan offers more channels and more simultaneous streams. Adding Blue to Orange is a total of $40. The number of screens is a little confusing. Someone can watch a show on “Orange” channels while 2 more people can watch “Blue Channels.” You can also add extras such as expanded sports, news, kids, news and lifestyle channels for $5 each per month. If you want the option to record live shows, you’ll need the extra DVR in the Cloud which is another $5/month.

Hulu has live TV and its own programming. The live TV packages start at $40. 3 people can watch at the same time. You can also add an unlimited number of screens for $15/month.
DirectTV Now also has a $40 plan with similar live TV channels. It includes free DVR and 3 people can watch at the same time.

But I think (for my family), YouTube TV would be the best choice. The price is $40 and the channels are similar but it allows up to 6 people to watch TV at the same time on multiple screens.
As they say, your mileage may vary, all of these services offer a trial of 5-7 days. I suggest you try them all before you decide.

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