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5 Best Alternatives to Sling TV to Live Stream TV

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The best alternatives to Sling TV let you get your favorite shows for less. Here are the 8 best Sling TV alternatives to cut the cord and save money.

At $35 per month, there’s not many streaming services cheaper than Sling TV. Its channel lineup makes it one of the best ways to watch ESPN without cable.

But, it doesn’t have local channels and its streaming quality can be poor at times. If you have tried Sling and are looking for other cable alternatives, here are five alternatives to consider.

All have good channel selection, reliable streaming performance, are easy to use, and are cheaper than cable.

Best Alternatives

 

ServiceCostStreamsLocalsDVROn DemandFree Trial
Philo$203NoUnlimitedYes Try Free
FuboTV$64.992Yes250 hrs.Yes Try Free
Vidgo$553NoNoUnlimited Try Free
Hulu Live$64.992Yes50 hrs.Yes Try Free
YouTube TV$653YesUnlimitedYes Try Free

 

1. Philo TV

 

At only $20 per month, Philo TV is one of the best alternatives to Sling TV and the Philo TV channels list offers many of the same networks, including the Hallmark channels.

  • All Philo channels can be rewound without saving for up to 72 hours
  • You can login to network sites with your Philo subscription and access gated content there
  • Popular channels on Philo TV include: AMC, A&E, Animal Planet, Comedy Central, CMT, Discovery Channel, Hallmark, HGTV, and Lifetime

The drawback is that there are no sports. You won’t find ESPN, Fox Sports, or any other sports channels on Philo.

Philo TV at a Glance

InfoData
Pricing & Packages$20
Channels60+
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams3
DVRUnlimited
On-demand libraryYes
Try Philo

 

2. fuboTV

 

Fubo is more expensive, but is a complete cable replacement with live sports and local channels. It also has more Spanish-language options than other streaming services.

In addition to Fox Sports and other mainline sports channels, fuboTV carries NBA TV and NFL Network.

FuboTV at a Glance

InfoData
Pricing & PackagesFamily - $64.99 / Elite - $79.99
Channels95 - 165+
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams3
DVRFamily - 500 hours/Elite - 1,000 hours
On-demand libraryYes
Try fubo

 

3. Vidgo TV

 

Vidgo is a newer way to stream your favorite shows. The platform provides a social viewing experience through social sharing features and chat rooms you can join while watching a show or game.

Its channel lineup offers sports along with a full suite of lifestyle and entertainment networks. Vidgo has two key drawbacks though – it’s light on news networks and does not currently offer a cloud DVR.

Read our Vidgo review to learn more about the service.

Vidgo at a Glance

InfoData
Pricing & PackagesEnglish & Spanish - $55
Channels85+
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams3
DVRNot yet
On-demand libraryNot yet
Try Vidgo

 

4. Hulu with Live TV

 

Hulu Live offers live TV, includes DVR, lets you stream on two devices at once, and comes with original content like The Handmaid’s Tale. However, it’s twice the price.

If that price is more than you want to pay, consider the Hulu + Disney+ ESPN+ bundle. You get all three services for just $12.99 per month, While you won’t get live TV, you will get programming your entire household will enjoy.

 

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Read more about Disney+ in our Disney Plus review.

Read more about ESPN+ in our ESPN Plus review.

Hulu Live at a Glance

InfoData
Pricing & Packages$64.99
Channels50 - 70 + locals
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams2 - Free / unlimited - $9.99
DVR50 hrs. - Free / 200 hrs. - $9.99
On-demand libraryYes
Try Hulu

 

5. YouTube TV

 

Like Hulu Live, YouTube TV is one of the most expensive streaming services. Like others mentioned here, you can watch YouTube TV on Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, and Android / iOS devices.

It offers local channels, the ability to create up to six accounts, unlimited DVR and the option to fast forward through ads in recorded programs.

Read our review of YouTube TV to learn more.

YouTube TV at a Glance

InfoData
Pricing & Packages$64.99
Channels85+
Supported DevicesiOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV + more
Simultaneous Streams3
DVRNo limit
On-demand libraryYes

 

Top Devices to Stream Shows Online

 

If you’ve only ever streamed Sling TV, you might be wondering what you need to start watching shows on the streaming platforms mentioned.

Like Sling TV, these services work on all the major devices, including:

  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets
  • Roku (boxes, TVs, and sticks)
  • Apple TV
  • Macbooks, iPads, iPhones
  • Any computer with an Internet browser
  • Google Chromecast
  • Xbox One
  • Samsung and LG Smart TVs

The bottom line is that it’s really easy to stream content today.

If you’re used to using the Sling TV app, you’ll have no issue with any of the Sling TV competitors.

Bottom Line

 

The bottom line on apps like Sling is that you have lots of awesome choices. There’s no reason not to try several of the available platforms to find one you like best.

All of the services mentioned here offer free trial periods.

If you’re looking to pay less, try Philo TV. At only $20 per month, you will save loads of money.

What service do you use to stream content? How much do you pay per month for cable? What do you look for in a content provider?

 

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