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The best live TV streaming services to cut cable in 2024

<p>The major players in live TV streaming are YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, FuboTV, Sling and DirecTV Stream, with Philo rounding things out as a good budget option. Each one purports to replicate cable with vast channel offerings, local news, sports and linear programming — and most services promise to be cheaper than cable, too. That’s true in some cases, but depending on which and how many add-ons and packages you get in addition to the base service, it can also end up being far more expensive than basic cable. To help you get the most bang for your buck, we break down just what live TV services offer and suggest the best ones for different viewers.</p>
<h2>What to look for in a live TV streaming service</h2>
<h3><strong>How to stream live TV</strong></h3>
<p>Streaming live TV is a lot like using Netflix. You get access through apps on your phone, tablet, smart TV or <a data-i13n="cpos:1;pos:1" href="">streaming device[/url] and the signal arrives over the internet. A faster and more stable connection tends to give you a better experience. Most live TV apps require you to sign up and pay via a web browser. After that, you can activate the app on your device.</p>
<span id="end-legacy-contents"></span><h3><strong>Price</strong></h3>
<p>When I started my cord-cutting research, I was struck by the price difference between live TV and a <a data-i13n="cpos:2;pos:1" href="">standard streaming app[/url] like Netflix or Peacock. Where the latter cost between $5 and $20 per month, many live TV services hit the $75 mark and can go higher than $200 with additional perks, channel packages and premium extras. The higher starting price is mostly due to the cost of providing multiple networks – particularly sports and local stations. And, in the past year or so, every service except Philo and Sling has raised base plan prices.</p>
<h3><strong>Local channels</strong></h3>
<p>Only two of the services we tried don’t include full local channel coverage for subscribers and one of those makes no effort at carrying sports. That would be Philo and, as you might guess, it’s the cheapest. The next most affordable option, Sling, only carries three local stations, and only in larger markets, but it still manages to include some of the top sports channels.</p>
<p>When you sign up with any provider that handles local TV, you’ll enter your zip code, ensuring you get your area’s broadcast affiliates for ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. Of course, you can also get those stations for free. Nearly all modern television sets support a radio frequency (RF) connection, also known as the coaxial port, which means if you buy an <a data-i13n="cpos:3;pos:1;elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Amazon;elmt:;" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Amazon&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsInN0b3JlSWQiOiI2NmVhNTY3YS1jOTg3LTRjMmUtYTJmZi0wMjkwNGVmZGU2ZWEiLCJsYW5kaW5nVXJsIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYW1hem9uLmNvbS9UVi1BbnRlbm5hLUluZG9vci1Cb29zdGVyLVNpZ25hbC9kcC9CMEJGOU04RFZIP3RhZz1nZGd0MGMtcC1vLXAyLTIwIiwiY29udGVudFV1aWQiOiI1MGViMzRkYi1jMGZjLTRiZmItYWI0MS0xY2JlOTdmYWZmZDgifQ&amp;signature=AQAAAdNjSFySHUB5LvTxXF-PeO0y_Q2BikkE25wwz5DoNvP8&amp;">HD antenna[/url], you’ll receive locally broadcast stations like ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. And since the signal is digital, reception is much improved over the staticky rabbit-ears era.</p>
<p>One reality that spun my head was the sheer number and iterations of sports networks in existence. Trying to figure out which network will carry the match-up you want to see can be tricky. Google makes it a little easier for sports fans by listing out <a data-i13n="cpos:4;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Google&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsInN0b3JlSWQiOiIwOTMxYjk4Ni03MzZlLTQ3YmItODBiOS01ZjZmOGY0ZWY1YWUiLCJsYW5kaW5nVXJsIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS9zZWFyY2g_cT11cGNvbWluZytuYmErZ2FtZXMiLCJjb250ZW50VXVpZCI6IjUwZWIzNGRiLWMwZmMtNGJmYi1hYjQxLTFjYmU5N2ZhZmZkOCJ9&amp;signature=AQAAAesTVaWGoJAGC8HeWPR-hONFNNDQi_RYK1Xsn7p9P7eQ&amp;;uuid=neFMbkrgFsGa5VgH10569">upcoming games[/url] (just swap in NFL, MLB, NHL and so on in the search bar). When you click an event, the “TV &amp; streaming” button will tell you which network is covering it.</p>
<p>That just leaves figuring out if your chosen service carries that regional sports network. Unfortunately, even with add-ons and extra packages, some providers simply don’t have certain channel lineups. It would take a lawyer to understand the ins and outs of <a data-i13n="cpos:5;pos:1" href="">streaming rights negotiations[/url], and networks leave and return to live TV carriers all the time. That said, most major sporting events in the US are covered by ESPN, Fox Sports, TNT, USA and local affiliates.</p>
<p>It's also worth noting that traditional streaming services have started adding live sports to their lineups. <a data-i13n="elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Peacock TV;elmt:;cpos:6;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Peacock+TV&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5wZWFjb2NrdHYuY29tL2Jsb2cvcGVhY29jay1zcG9ydHMtc3RyZWFtaW5nLWxpdmUtdGhpcy13ZWVrIiwiY29udGVudFV1aWQiOiI1MGViMzRkYi1jMGZjLTRiZmItYWI0MS0xY2JlOTdmYWZmZDgifQ&amp;signature=AQAAAb3oK_2srGepPkHWr6_QbIZwY4lSnQEGXf780E-bOVSt&amp;" class="rapid-with-clickid" data-original-link="">Peacock[/url] carries <a data-i13n="cpos:7;pos:1" href="">live[/url] Premier League matches and <a data-i13n="cpos:8;pos:1" href="">Sunday Night Football[/url]. Max now airs select, regular season games from the NHL, MLB, NCAA and NBA with a <a data-i13n="elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Max;elmt:;cpos:9;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Max&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5tYXguY29tL3Nwb3J0cyIsImNvbnRlbnRVdWlkIjoiNTBlYjM0ZGItYzBmYy00YmZiLWFiNDEtMWNiZTk3ZmFmZmQ4In0&amp;signature=AQAAAUVzesZKsYThPzlpPwEA6ALK4Q2j-H0O6qpNOYih0Doq&amp;" class="rapid-with-clickid" data-original-link="">$10-per-month add-on[/url]. You can watch <a data-i13n="cpos:10;pos:1" href="">MLS games[/url] with an add-on through the Apple TV app, and Apple TV+ includes some <a data-i13n="elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:;elmt:;cpos:11;pos:1" href=";pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3N1cHBvcnQuYXBwbGUuY29tL2VuLXVzL0hUMjEzMDk5IiwiY29udGVudFV1aWQiOiI1MGViMzRkYi1jMGZjLTRiZmItYWI0MS0xY2JlOTdmYWZmZDgifQ&amp;signature=AQAAAbGD40iYT1b8lulQyKWqvy01J5IIoxH86UXNp7iwW9rf&amp;" class="rapid-with-clickid" data-original-link="">MLB games[/url]. And finally, if you subscribe to Paramount Plus, you can see many of the matches you’d see on CBS Sports. While these options won’t cover as much ground as live TV streamers, they could scratch a sports itch without too much added cost.</p>
<figure>A TV displaying the logos for Philo, Sling, Hulu, DirecTV stream, fuboTV, and YouTube TV apps. " data-uuid="745efd02-508c-3603-a480-547937b3d664<figcaption></figcaption><div class="photo-credit">Amy Skorheim / Engadget</div></figure>
<h3><strong>Traditional cable networks</strong></h3>
<p>Dozens of linear programming networks were once only available with cable TV, like Bravo, BET, Food Network, HGTV, CNN, Lifetime, SYFY and MTV. If you only subscribe to, say, Netflix or Apple TV+, you won’t have access to those. But as with sports, standard streamers are starting to incorporate this content into their offerings. After the <a data-i13n="cpos:12;pos:1" href="">Warner Bros. merger[/url], Max incorporated some content from HGTV, Discovery and TLC. Peacock has Bravo and Hallmark shows, and Paramount+ has material from Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central.</p>
<p>Other channels like AMC+ have stand-alone apps. The <a data-i13n="elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Discovery+;elmt:;cpos:13;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Discovery%2B&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5kaXNjb3ZlcnlwbHVzLmNvbS8iLCJjb250ZW50VXVpZCI6IjUwZWIzNGRiLWMwZmMtNGJmYi1hYjQxLTFjYmU5N2ZhZmZkOCJ9&amp;signature=AQAAAW7OBUATY1cVOfddLTZMRp6aWKo413HNIhQ8r2lBL5Si&amp;" class="rapid-with-clickid" data-original-link="">Discovery+[/url] app gives you 15 channels add-free for $9 per month. And a service called <a data-i13n="elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:;elmt:;cpos:14;pos:1" href=";pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3RyeS5mcm5kbHl0di5jb20vIiwiY29udGVudFV1aWQiOiI1MGViMzRkYi1jMGZjLTRiZmItYWI0MS0xY2JlOTdmYWZmZDgifQ&amp;signature=AQAAAVsZIkFL_NAsojioaxhFb7VBEX8KUhX8w_0zsJABNpm3&amp;" class="rapid-with-clickid" data-original-link="">Frndly TV[/url] costs a mere $7 per month and streams A&amp;E, Lifetime, Game Show Network, Vice and about 35 others. Of course, most live TV streaming options will deliver more sizable lists of cable networks, but just note that you may already be paying for some of them — and if all you need is a certain channel, you could get it cheaper by subscribing directly.</p>
<h3>How to stream live TV for free</h3>
<p>We also tested a few apps that offer free ad-supported TV (<a data-i13n="cpos:15;pos:1" href="">FAST[/url]) including <a data-i13n="elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Amazon;elmt:;cpos:16;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Amazon&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5hbWF6b24uY29tL2dwL3ZpZGVvL3NwbGFzaC9mcmVldmVlX2ZpbmR1cz90YWc9Z2RndDBjLXAtby1wMi0yMCIsImNvbnRlbnRVdWlkIjoiNTBlYjM0ZGItYzBmYy00YmZiLWFiNDEtMWNiZTk3ZmFmZmQ4In0&amp;signature=AQAAAV5-3c1Blu_axAt9eORxbPyOtVVcaOp5fO80Mdz_lIHw&amp;" class="rapid-with-clickid" data-original-link="">Freevee[/url], <a data-i13n="cpos:17;pos:1" href="">Tubi[/url], <a data-i13n="cpos:18;pos:1" href="">PlutoTV[/url] and <a data-i13n="elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Sling TV;elmt:;cpos:19;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Sling+TV&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5zbGluZy5jb20vZnJlZXN0cmVhbSIsImNvbnRlbnRVdWlkIjoiNTBlYjM0ZGItYzBmYy00YmZiLWFiNDEtMWNiZTk3ZmFmZmQ4In0&amp;signature=AQAAAdIuNNmBHdHOLtj_sI1FR0F-cFLsrmDquRG3hfiWmQLV&amp;" class="rapid-with-clickid" data-original-link="">Sling Freestream[/url]. They let you drop in and watch a more limited selection of live networks at zero cost. Most don’t even require an email address, let alone a credit card. And if you have a Roku device, an Amazon Fire TV Stick or a Samsung TV, you already have access to hundreds of live channels via the <a data-i13n="cpos:20;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Roku&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5yb2t1LmNvbS93aGF0cy1vbi90aGUtcm9rdS1jaGFubmVsIiwiY29udGVudFV1aWQiOiI1MGViMzRkYi1jMGZjLTRiZmItYWI0MS0xY2JlOTdmYWZmZDgifQ&amp;signature=AQAAAfLuwGjG9vtkZgv2usS__UlxE_9OfMU-qC9H3rKGblmH&amp;;uuid=9Pw3FgBnaKfctBWp15619">Roku Channel[/url], the live tab in Fire TV or through the <a data-i13n="cpos:21;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Samsung+Electronics&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5zYW1zdW5nLmNvbS91cy90ZWxldmlzaW9ucy1ob21lLXRoZWF0ZXIvdHZzL3R2cGx1cy8iLCJjb250ZW50VXVpZCI6IjUwZWIzNGRiLWMwZmMtNGJmYi1hYjQxLTFjYmU5N2ZhZmZkOCJ9&amp;signature=AQAAAdDaBedLcjX-680nTYH3Ldqvh6yM6wTM93dJ4Z4MtYmn&amp;;uuid=IfnQEAIlTsj2ni5X16619">Samsung TV Plus[/url] app.</p>
<h3><strong>Digital video recordings (DVR)</strong></h3>
<p>Every option we’ve included offers cloud DVR storage, so you don’t need a separate physical device like you often do with traditional cable. You’ll either get unlimited storage for recordings that expires after nine months or a year, or you’ll get a set number of hours (between 50 and 1,000) that you can keep indefinitely. Typically, all you need to do is designate what you want to record and the DVR component will do all the hard work of saving subsequent episodes for you to watch later.</p>
<p>Aside from being able to watch whenever it’s most convenient, you can also fast-forward through commercials in recorded content. In contrast, you can’t skip them on live TV or video-on-demand (VOD).</p>
<p>Most live TV subscriptions include access to a selection of VOD content including movies and shows that are currently airing on your subscribed networks. This typically doesn’t cover live events, local shows and news programming. But it does let you watch specific episodes of ongoing shows like Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives or BET’s Sistas. Just search the on-demand library for the program, pick an episode and hit play.</p>
<h3><strong>Tiers, packages and add-ons</strong></h3>
<p>Comparing price-to-offering ratios is a task for a spreadsheet. I… made three. The base plans range from $25 to $80 per month. From there, you can add packages, which are usually groups of live TV channels bundled by themes like news, sports, entertainment or international content. Premium VOD extras like Max, AMC+ and Starz are also available. Add-ons cost an extra $5 to $20 each per month and simply show up in the guide where you find the rest of your live TV. This is where streaming can quickly get expensive, pushing an $80 subscription to $200 monthly, depending on what you choose.</p>
<h2>How we tested</h2>
<p>When I begin testing for a guide, I research the most popular and well-reviewed players in the category and narrow down which are worth trying. For the paid plans, just six services dominate so I tried them all.  There are considerably more free live TV contenders so I tested the four most popular. After getting accounts set up using my laptop, I downloaded the apps on a Samsung smart TV running the latest version of Tizen OS. I counted the local stations and regional sports coverage, and noted how many of last year's <a data-i13n="cpos:22;pos:1" href="">top cable networks[/url] were available. I then weighed the prices, base packages and available add-ons.</p>
<p>I then looked at how the programming was organized in each app’s UI and judged how easy everything was to navigate, from the top navigation to the settings. To test the search function, I searched for the same few TV shows on BET, Food Network, HGTV and Comedy Central, since all six providers carry those channels. I noted how helpful the searches were and how quickly they got me to season 6, episode 13 of Home Town.</p>
<p>I used DVR to record entire series and single movies and watched VOD shows, making sure to test the pause and scan functions. On each service with sports, I searched for the same four upcoming NHL, NBA, MLS and NCAA basketball matches and used the record option to save the games and play them back a day or two later. Finally, I noted any extra perks or irritating quirks.</p>
<p><strong>Here’s the full list of everything we tried:</strong></p>
<li><p><a data-i13n="cpos:23;pos:1;elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Philo;elmt:;" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Philo&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsInN0b3JlSWQiOiJiMjUwZDdhMC0wZTRlLTQzMzItYmM4Ny1iZjZlNjY5YjA1NjQiLCJsYW5kaW5nVXJsIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cucGhpbG8uY29tL2xvZ2luL3N1YnNjcmliZSIsImNvbnRlbnRVdWlkIjoiNTBlYjM0ZGItYzBmYy00YmZiLWFiNDEtMWNiZTk3ZmFmZmQ4In0&amp;signature=AQAAAabIVZR19dFPFnrkXwC-HZhqdthhzjQEXtk-uUzjcKrv&amp;">Philo[/url]</p></li>
<li><p><a data-i13n="cpos:24;pos:1;elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Sling TV;elmt:;" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Sling+TV&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsInN0b3JlSWQiOiIzNGM3NzUwNS02ZGI0LTQ2NjQtOTMyMC0yYzM4YjQxMjJkNWUiLCJsYW5kaW5nVXJsIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc2xpbmcuY29tLyIsImNvbnRlbnRVdWlkIjoiNTBlYjM0ZGItYzBmYy00YmZiLWFiNDEtMWNiZTk3ZmFmZmQ4In0&amp;signature=AQAAAQuX1x-8Li1Y3BleLw5tlSNrUlv0th9PPvhRuDrLsSQD&amp;">Sling[/url]</p></li>
<li><p><a data-i13n="cpos:25;pos:1" href="">YouTube TV[/url]</p></li>
<li><p><a data-i13n="cpos:26;pos:1;elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Hulu;elmt:;" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Hulu&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsInN0b3JlSWQiOiJjYTE5ZGVhMC1lN2FkLTRmNTQtYmVlZC02MzAyYmNlNTY1ODkiLCJsYW5kaW5nVXJsIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuaHVsdS5jb20vbGl2ZS10diIsImNvbnRlbnRVdWlkIjoiNTBlYjM0ZGItYzBmYy00YmZiLWFiNDEtMWNiZTk3ZmFmZmQ4In0&amp;signature=AQAAASOsz4gSX7PSfobz14RykoXuU9OPnxuKEPPXAKT0mdHs&amp;">Hulu + Live TV[/url]</p></li>
<li><p><a data-i13n="cpos:27;pos:1;elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:DIRECTV;elmt:;" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=DIRECTV&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsInN0b3JlSWQiOiJmZDcyMDdiMi0xYjZhLTQzODUtYWExNS0yZjA0Nzg0ZGUwNzgiLCJsYW5kaW5nVXJsIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZGlyZWN0di5jb20vc3RyZWFtLyIsImNvbnRlbnRVdWlkIjoiNTBlYjM0ZGItYzBmYy00YmZiLWFiNDEtMWNiZTk3ZmFmZmQ4In0&amp;signature=AQAAAZCwHkjcdTHbgJbx0h8bZZ50xk2YCKyUPzrRoo-1iCLq&amp;">DirecTV Stream[/url]</p></li>
<li><p><a data-i13n="cpos:28;pos:1;elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:FuboTV;elmt:;" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=FuboTV&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsInN0b3JlSWQiOiI5YTk0MTg2OC1jMDYzLTRiNDQtOTIwNy04OTZmMWZiNTg5MWUiLCJsYW5kaW5nVXJsIjoiaHR0cDovL3d3dy5mdWJvLnR2L3dlbGNvbWU_aXJhZD0zNDM3NDcmaXJtcD0yNTM2MjE3JnBhcnRuZXJwcm9wZXJ0eWlkPTMxNDI4MjMmc3ViSWQzPXhpZDpmcjE2NzQyNTQ5ODIwMDhiaGIiLCJjb250ZW50VXVpZCI6IjUwZWIzNGRiLWMwZmMtNGJmYi1hYjQxLTFjYmU5N2ZhZmZkOCJ9&amp;signature=AQAAAbfV5QVpXnp6Zv4vvSRE-0I6_ukuICBOH21I_DjeUyw3&amp;">FuboTV[/url]</p></li>
<p><strong>Free ad-supported live TV:</strong></p>
<li><p><a data-i13n="elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Amazon;elmt:;cpos:29;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Amazon&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5hbWF6b24uY29tL2dwL3ZpZGVvL3NwbGFzaC9mcmVldmVlX2ZpbmR1cz90YWc9Z2RndDBjLXAtby1wMi0yMCIsImNvbnRlbnRVdWlkIjoiNTBlYjM0ZGItYzBmYy00YmZiLWFiNDEtMWNiZTk3ZmFmZmQ4In0&amp;signature=AQAAAV5-3c1Blu_axAt9eORxbPyOtVVcaOp5fO80Mdz_lIHw&amp;" class="rapid-with-clickid" data-original-link="">Freevee[/url]</p></li>
<li><p><a data-i13n="cpos:30;pos:1" href="">Tubi[/url]</p></li>
<li><p><a data-i13n="cpos:31;pos:1" href="">PlutoTV[/url]</p></li>
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<h2>Best free live TV streaming services</h2>
<p>Many standard streaming apps have added live components to their lineups. You’re paying for the service, so it’s not technically “free,” but you can get a dose of live TV without spending more than necessary. Peacock includes some regional NBC stations and Paramount+ subscribers can watch on-air CBS programming. The standard Hulu app has a live ABC news channel and Max <a data-i13n="cpos:33;pos:1" href="">now includes[/url] a live CNN outlet with its service.</p>
<p>Amazon Prime Video contains a live TV tab, as does the Fire TV interface. And, if you use <a data-i13n="cpos:34;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Roku&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5yb2t1LmNvbS93aGF0cy1vbi90aGUtcm9rdS1jaGFubmVsIiwiY29udGVudFV1aWQiOiI1MGViMzRkYi1jMGZjLTRiZmItYWI0MS0xY2JlOTdmYWZmZDgifQ&amp;signature=AQAAAfLuwGjG9vtkZgv2usS__UlxE_9OfMU-qC9H3rKGblmH&amp;;uuid=1ISCkZBRpih1J8G051194">Roku[/url] or <a data-i13n="cpos:35;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Samsung+Electronics&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5zYW1zdW5nLmNvbS91cy90ZWxldmlzaW9ucy1ob21lLXRoZWF0ZXIvdHZzL3R2cGx1cy9hbGwtY2hhbm5lbHMvIiwiY29udGVudFV1aWQiOiI1MGViMzRkYi1jMGZjLTRiZmItYWI0MS0xY2JlOTdmYWZmZDgifQ&amp;signature=AQAAAaCr7eP9OWHXLmGbLKqMTJSs50CKZgKSpzPTlh6tEdzw&amp;;uuid=pPvKtwwWxI4tXxkW52194">Samsung[/url] as your smart OS of choice, their built-in, proprietary services include hundreds of live channels at no extra cost. Plus there are free apps from Plex and PBS — even <a data-i13n="cpos:36;pos:1" href="">NASA[/url] has a free streaming service.</p>
<p>But if you want a full suite of live TV networks, and don’t want to sign up for any paid service, there are a number of free ad-supported TV services that have live TV. Here's the best of what we tried:</p>
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<h2>Frequently asked questions</h2>
<h3><strong>What streaming service is best for live TV?</strong></h3>
<p>FuboTV does the best job of letting you organize live channels to help you find just what you want to watch. The interface is uncluttered and when you search for something, the UI clearly tells you whether something is live now or on-demand. YouTube TV also does a good job making that info clear. Both have just over 100 live channels on offer.</p>
<h3><strong>What is the most cost effective TV streaming service?</strong></h3>
<p>Free TV streaming services like PlutoTV, Plex, Tubi and FreeVee show plenty of ad-supported TV shows and movies without charging you anything. Of course, they won’t have the same channels or content that more premium subscriptions have. Ultimately it depends on what you want to watch and finding the service that can supply that to you in the most streamlined form so you’re not paying for stuff you don’t need.</p>
<h3><strong>Is it cheaper to have cable or streaming?</strong></h3>
<p>A basic cable package used to be more expensive than the base-level live TV streaming service. But now that nearly all major providers have raised their prices to over $75 per month, that’s no longer the case. And with add-ons and other premiums, you can easily pay over $200 a month for either cable or a live TV streaming service.</p>
<h3><strong>What streaming service has all the TV channels?</strong></h3>
<p>No service that we tested had every available channel. Hulu + Live TV and DirecTV Stream carry the highest number of the top rated channels, <a data-i13n="cpos:37;pos:1" href="">according to Neilsen[/url]. Hulu’s service will also get you Disney+ fare, which you can’t get elsewhere. FuboTV has the most sports channels and YouTube TV gives you the widest selection of add-ons.</p>
<h3><strong>What is the most popular live TV streaming platform?</strong></h3>
<p>YouTube TV has the most paying customers. According to this year’s <a data-i13n="cpos:38;pos:1" href="">letter[/url] from the company’s CEO, the service has over eight million subscribers. Disney’s 2023 fourth quarter <a data-i13n="cpos:39;pos:1" href="">earnings[/url] put the Hulu + Live TV viewer count at 4.6 million. Sling reported <a data-i13n="cpos:40;pos:1" href="">two million[/url] patrons and FuboTV claimed <a data-i13n="cpos:41;pos:1" href=",revenue%2C%20up%2029%25%20YoY.">1.1 million[/url], both in respective year-end reports.</p>This article originally appeared on Engadget at

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