Is the price of your streaming service going up? After YouTube TV and fuboTV announced price increases this week, many subscribers are looking for less expensive options for watching live TV. Here are four options.
You can subscribe to Sling Orange + Sling Blue for $45/month after one month with a reduced price of $35. For that price, you’ll get over 50 channels and 10 hours of DVR included with your subscription. Looking for more channels? With Sling, you can also add Extras on to your plan, giving you more channels in your favorite categories. Choose from Extras like Kids, Sports, News, and more.
While Sling isn’t the best service for local channels, only carrying NBC and FOX locals in select, the service is made to pair with another device or service. Sling recommends using an AirTV, setting up an antenna to get free access to local channels, or subscribing to Locast if the service is available in your area.
As a bonus, Sling recently announced a guarantee that it will not raise prices for existing customers through August 1, 2021. Sign up by August 1, 2020 to lock in your price.
If saving money is your top priority, you might want to look at Philo. This “skinny bundle” costs $20/month, making it the least expensive option on our list. For that price, you’ll get 60 channels, including channels from Viacom and Discovery. Philo also recently added premium add-ons, allowing subscribers to ad Epix or Starz to their plan for an additional fee. Those add-ons are available for just $3/month for the first 3 months until July 15th.
Switching to Philo does mean sacrificing sports channels. Those channels are left out of the lineup to keep prices as low as possible.
Vidgo has a comparable channel lineup to YouTube TV and fuboTV, including ABC and FOX locals in select areas and a lineup of sports channels including ACC Network, Big Ten Network, ESPN, NFL Network, and Pac 12. In total, the service has over 60 channels.
Vidgo normally has a cost of $40/month but has temporarily reduced its price to $29.99/month with promotional pricing in effect until July 31, 2020. “$29.99 is the lowest cost streaming package out there that includes all of the ESPN, Disney, ABC, and Fox channels, as well as other great channels from A&E, Discovery, Viacom, NFL Network, and Hallmark,” said Shane Cannon, Vidgo’s President, when the promotional pricing was first announced. The promo has since been extended through this month.
Hulu tops the list when it comes to the most well known and most used live TV streaming services. With the price hikes at YouTube TV and fuboTV, Hulu is also one of the more affordable options with a comparable channel lineup. While Hulu is missing the Viacom channels, it has the Fox RSNs that many sports fans have been missing. The streaming service also includes 50 hours of DVR storage, with an option to upgrade to 200 hours for an additional monthly fee.
Hulu raised its price in December 2019, now coming in at $54.99/month, $10 below the cost of YouTube TV and fuboTV.
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