The number of streaming TV services has grown significantly over the last couple of years. This has left cord cutters with lots of homework to do when it comes to the selection of the best provider, with a combination of good programming and price.
With several new entrants giving live streaming a different look, consumer options are changing drastically. One thing that is clear nonetheless is that cord cutting is no longer a preserve of just a few but has become the norm. In fact, traditional media companies are now offering service bundles similar to cord cutting, further underlining the shift in TV watching trends. But who really is offering the best cord cutting streaming services?
Although there is no single ultimate winner in streaming services, there are several options for consumers.
Hulu with Live TV (Beta)
The addition of live streaming of cable and broadcast channels to Hulu’s lengthy list of on-demand programs gives it a lead considering that it already well-established roots. The live TV option brings on board about 50 channels where you can watch both live and on-demand shows from $39.99. For an extra $8.99, you bring in Showtime and the fun continues.HBO on Hulu will cost you $14.99 while Cinemax will cost you $9.99
YouTube TV is a newcomer here but seems to be doing just fine, giving you options to watch live basic cable and broadcast network channels. With about 40 channels, including ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox and sports actions which include Fox Sports 1 and NBC Sports among others, YouTube TV is geared for a competitive future
This will cost you $35 a month and can be done on your Google Cast, Android, Chromecast, iOS on smart TVs, or the web. As Google promises to have YouTube TV on more devices, developments here will be interesting to watch.
With packages ranging from $39 to $79.99 a month, your PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 console can turn into your TV decoder where you can watch PlayStation Vue. With their wide range of packages, it is easy to find a package that serves you just right. It also allows you to record live TV and is available on Amazon Fire TV Apple TV iOS, Android as well as Roku.
Sling TV is one of the streaming platforms supported by a large number of applications including Roku, XBOX OnemiO, Apple Tv among others. The price, $20 per month is also considered favorable.
Direct TV has categorized its programming differently, a key characteristic being regional sports programming. Depending on where you live, you will be able to watch certain programs. At a cost of $35 a month, you access 60 channels while $70 a month gives you up to 120 channels.
If you need a feel of the old TV shows and movies, crackle is the way to go. It is also free so perhaps a good start.
Netflix is the game changer that has challenged the status quo. It’s 52 –million American subscriptions undermines an unprecedented popularity. With original TV shows exclusive to Netflix, it has been able to scale higher heights even faster.