If you’re a cord cutter but you still want affordable access to your favorite TV channels then you’re going to be interested the best streaming TV service which will be one of three currently available: Sling TV, DirecTV Now or PlayStation Vue (PS Vue for short). The truth is there’s never been a better time to subscribe to a streaming TV service because there’s now (and only just very recently) a decent amount of real options to choose from.
But choosing the best streaming TV service means choosing the best fit for you, personally. That could mean the cheapest streaming tv service, the one with the most channels, the one that is most customizable in terms of which channels you pay for, the one with the best features or interface… the list goes on. Luckily for you I’ve subscribed to all three service in the name of testing so you don’t have to (although it’s great that all of these services offer a 7 day free trial just in case you reach the end of this article and need to do some testing yourself). You now get to benefit from my experience and wisdom (let’s hope).
The first thing you need to know is that none of the contenders for the best streaming TV service offer a la carte channel selection. That means you won’t be able to pick and pay for individual channels like I know you want to (so do I). Instead you’ll be stuck with choosing between channel packages and various types of “extras” and “add-ons” which at least gives you some degree of personalization.
Okay, so, channels. Sling TV offers the cheapest bundle: you can get 30 channels for $20/mo. Playstation Vue offers 45 channels for $30/mo and DirecTV Now offers 60 channels for $35/mo.
Obviously each of these streaming TV services offers more expensive bundles and premium add-ons. Of them, SlingTV seems to be the most flexible in that you can order extra bundles of channels for just $5 each (in many cases). But, and this is a big but (and I cannot lie), HBO is currently the cheapest on DirecTV Now at just $5/mo extra as opposed to $15/mo extra on both SlingTV and PS Vue.
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