Best TV Streaming Options: Cut The Cord, Save Cash!
TV streaming is all the rage right now. And rightfully so as traditional cable and satellite companies continue to charge a premium for their services. Thankfully as people continue to cut the cord at a torrid pace, there are fantastic TV streaming options to save money.
When our TV provider raised prices again, we were not impressed. They expected $130 per month for two televisions, DVR, and a somewhat standard package of channels that did not include movie channels such as HBO, Cinemax, or the like.
I negotiated a lower price with them several times over the years. However, with my growing curiosity regarding streaming and frustration over another price increase, I realized it was time to cut the cord.
I don't know about you, but saving almost a hundred dollars a month sounds pretty good to me! Yes, that means more than a thousand dollars saved over the course of a year.
Let's look at the top TV streaming options to breathe some life into your family budget.
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Top TV Streaming Options
1. Sling TV
Sling TV currently has the most subscribers of all the streaming companies. At the time of publication, they have 2.42 million customers. Plus, they offer an extremely affordable starting TV package for just $25/month. There are additional sports packages which can be added on for an additional $5-10/month.
Sling offers cloud DVR for an additional $5/month.
If you desire local channels however, Sling TV might not be for you. For example, CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC weren't available in my area. Be sure to check this out if local channels are of importance.
Hulu has become the second largest streaming company with almost two million subscribers. Hulu has a really nice selection of channels and they do offer the locals. Their live TV streaming package starts at $45/month and this also gives you access to their streaming library with is a $5.99/month value.
You can watch two screens at the same time and get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage.
Hulu also offers HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz as add-ons for additional prices.
3. DirecTV Now
DirecTV Now offers the most package options of the bunch. They have $40, $55, $65, and $75/month plans. They also have good pricing on their premium channels. For example, HBO is $5 a month compared to $15/month that Hulu charges for HBO.
I did a free trial of DirecTV Now and enjoyed it. However, the local channels weren't available in my area yet. I do plan on checking back periodically to see if they do add them. I would strongly consider this option should the locals become available.
4. YouTube TV
One of the fastest growing TV streaming options is YouTube TV. For $40 per month, you get 60+ channels and unlimited DVR storage. You can also have 6 accounts per household, each with their own login.
YouTube TV is the streaming option we currently have and it fits our needs really well. They have the locals and most of the channels we like. Although, there are a few missing. History, NFL Network, HGTV being the main ones. I'm hoping they add those in time.
Heck, I'd be willing to pay an extra $5 per month for them! Aside from that, it is an outstanding option.
I should mention one more thing here. Currently you cannot stream YouTube TV from Amazon devices such as the Fire Stick. Since the two companies are at odds at the moment, you have to use another device such as Roku or Apple TV.
There are rumors of the two companies playing nice and talking about coming to some sort of an agreement but it remains to be seen. Let's cross our fingers!
5. Fubo TV
Fubo TV offers an impressive lineup of channels and sports offerings. They have two base packages, a $44.99 and $49.99/month plans. This is 80+ channels and also have premium add-ons.
Although they have a lot of sports options (the most regional sports networks of the streaming companies), one curious channel omission is ESPN. All of the other streaming options mentioned above carry ESPN. Strange.
6. PlayStation Vue
For those of you who have a PS4, PlayStation Vue is a nice streaming option. Although you don't technically need a PS4 to watch it, PlayStation 4 users can split screen multiple channels at once.
The pricing plans start at $45 and go up to $80 per month if you want premium sports and movie channels.
Although the layout and presentation is nice, the price is high for a smaller number of channels including some local channels that aren't offered.
Find The Perfect TV Streaming Option To Meet Your Needs
In my opinion, every single one of these options above would be better than shelling out well above $100 per month for TV. However, finding the right streaming package can be frustrating.
For example, one package will have most of the channels you want but won't have locals. The next will have locals but not all of the channels. Or maybe you have to purchase a new streaming device because it won't play on what you have. I ran into this with YouTube TV.
Even though I had to purchase two new Roku devices, I will still be money ahead after one month of cutting the cord.
The good news is unlike their traditional cable counterparts, streaming packages from the companies above don't require a contract. If you grow tired of one, you can easily switch to another. And they all offer some sort of a free trial period.
Also, to resolve the local channel conundrum, a person could purchase an inexpensive TV antenna. They can be purchased for as little as $10 and are easy to install.
Cut The Cord And Save Your Precious Money!
Honestly, I wish I would have cut the cord with my TV provider long ago. I could have saved far more money by switching to one of the streaming options above. There is no need to pay a ridiculous amount of money with the TV streaming options we have today.
When you can save over a thousand dollars per year with an easy change, it must be done! Happy streaming and happy saving!