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Enjoy The Best 4 TV Streaming Apps update 2018

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  • When you cut the cord, and free yourself from the limitations of a monthly cable subscription, it’s all too easy to find yourself adrift in an unfamiliar sea of on demand online content. Streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video offer a ton of great television shows and movies that you can watch at any time, but what about streaming live television?

If you find yourself craving the comfortable familiarity of live television, we’ve pulled together a list of the eight best TV streaming apps and services.

Each of these TV streaming services allow you to stream live TV right in your internet browser, and many of of them also work with phones, video game consoles, and other devices. Some are better if you like sports, some offer a dizzying array of channels, and others offer great options for budget-minded cord cutters.

Youtube TV

Cost and Channels
About $40/mo for 40+ channels.

Add-ons
Showtime, Fox Soccer Plus, Shudder, Sundance Now

How many shows can you watch at once?
Three

Where does it work?
Android, iOS, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, compatible smart TVs, PC (via web browser)

Includes a free YouTube Red subscription to sweeten the deal
YouTube TV offers all the major networks and about 35 additional cable channels, so it’s pretty much right in the middle of the road in terms of cost and coverage.

One of the big things that YouTube TV has going for it is unlimited digital video recorder (DVR) cloud storage, which means you can record as many shows as you want, and access them from any device, without any extra charges.

YouTube TV also includes a free subscription to YouTube Red, which means subscribers are able to watch exclusive original shows in addition to regular YouTube videos without ads.

 

DirecTV Now

Cost and Channels
Ranges from about $35/mo for 60+ channels to about $70/mo for 120+ channels.

Add-ons
HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz

How many shows can you watch at once?
Two

Where does it work?
Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Android, iOS, compatible smart TVs, PC (via web browser)

More live streaming television channels than any other service
DirecTV Now is an online television streaming service that’s operated by a company that also provides satellite television, so it should come as no surprise that they offer a ton of channels.

If you want a direct replacement for your high end cable or satellite television subscription, then DirecTV Now is probably the only streaming service that’s going to even come close to satisfying you.

DirecTV Now is also a good option for AT&T subscribers. In fact, AT&T subscribes are sometimes eligible for certain bonuses, and the only way to rent movies from DirecTV Now is if you have a combined AT&T and DirecTV bill.

PlayStation Vue

Cost and Channels
Ranges from about $40/mo for 40+ channels to about $75/mo for 90+ channels.

Add-ons
Sports package, HBO, Cinemax, Epix, Espanol package, Fox Soccer Plus, Hi-Yah!

How many shows can you watch at once?
Five (limited to one PS4, one PS3, and three mobile streams at a time.)

Where does it work?
PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, iOS, Android, PC (via web browser)

The streaming service that works on PlayStation (but doesn’t require a PlayStation)
Vue is a streaming service operated by Sony, so it should come as no surprise that it’s the best choice for anyone who wants to use its PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 to stream live television.

You don’t need a PlayStation to use Vue, as the service is also compatible with smartphones and television streaming devices, but it is a great option for anyone who already has a Sony console.

fuboTV

Cost and Channels
About $45/mo for 65+ channels.

Add-ons
Additional DVR storage, family share plan, Showtime, International sports package, Sports package, Adventure package, Portuguese language package, Spanish language package, Cycling package

How many shows can you watch at once?
Two (additional streams available for an extra charge.)

Where does it work?
Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, Android TV, PC (via web browser)

Streaming television for sports fans
While fuboTV offers a decent selection of live television channels, the real selling point of the service is sports. Most other services offer some sports channels, but fuboTV has some, like GOL TV, that you’ll have trouble finding elsewhere.

If watching live sports on the internet is your primary goal, then fuboTV is probably going to knock it out of the park. It’s also a great choice if you want to watch either Spanish or Portuguese language sports channels.

 

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