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The Best Live TV Streaming Alternatives To YouTube TV

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With YouTube TV potentially losing 13 NBCUniversal channels, and five of its regional sports networks on September 30, 2021, it might be a good time to check out the competition and potentially switch. That’s the beauty of cord-cutting though. You can switch providers at any time. Unlike with Cable, where you can really only switch to one other company, as there’s generally only two cable options in every city and town.

We have rounded up the best Live TV Streaming alternatives for YouTube TV. These all have NBC’s channels, though some may require an additional package to get them – Sling TV for example won’t have NBC, but will have its other channels available.

So let’s go through the best alternatives and see if it is worth it to switch from YouTube TV. It’s worth mentioning that YouTube TV is still one of the only services offering unlimited cloud DVR, and for free. DIRECTV Stream has it, for an additional $10 per month. While others don’t offer it at all.

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DIRECTV Stream$69/monthSign Up
FuboTV$65/month7-Day Free Trial
Hulu + Live TV$65/month7-Day Free Trial
Sling TV$35/month$10 for the first month

DIRECTV Stream

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  • Price: Starting at $69/month
  • Free trial available: No
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DIRECTV Stream is the third iteration of AT&T’s streaming Live TV service, and it offers a lot of channels that many of its competitors do not. Hence why it is priced higher than the others on this list.

Starting at $69/month, you can get 65+ channels. But if you really want or need a lot of channels, you can spend as much as $140/month for over 140 channels. However that price does include HBO MAX and Showtime. Making that price a bit more worth it.

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Currently, DIRECTV Stream is the only streaming service that has all of the regional sports networks – from Bally Sports and NBC Sports. It also is only the second service that offers unlimited DVR, though it does cost you an additional $10 per month. Otherwise, everyone gets 20 hours of DVR for free.

It’s a pricey service, but it’s no doubt worth it with the features and channels that are included here.

FuboTV

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  • Price: Starting at $65/month
  • Free Trial Available: Yes, 7-days
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FuboTV has been marketed as the streaming service for sports fans. That’s because there are over 50 sports channels available on FuboTV. And that does not include regional sports networks – though it’s worth mentioning that Bally Sports is not available, only NBC Sports. Overall, there are 216 channels that are available on FuboTV right now. So there’s plenty to watch.

For $65/month, you’re getting a pretty good deal from FuboTV. That includes 108 channels, with over 130+ events in 4K. It also has 250 hours of Cloud DVR space, and you can share with your family allowing for up to three screens simultaneously.

FuboTV does allow you up to upgrade to its “Pro” plan which is $69.99/month and it increases the Cloud DVR to 1000 hours, and gives you unlimited screens.

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FuboTV does also include most local channels, this will depend on your area of course.

Hulu + Live TV

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  • Price: $65/month
  • Free Trial: Yes, 7-days
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Hulu + Live TV is one of the more popular options, because a lot of people already have Hulu. Hulu + Live TV is available for $64.99 per month (currently they are running a promo that will get you $10 off for the first three months), there’s one plan and then some add-ons available.

It has 75+ top channels, which includes all of our local channels. But again, the Bally Sports regional sports networks are missing here. NBC’s regional sports networks are available, however.

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One feature that Hulu has that a lot of these other options do not have, is the massive on-demand library that Hulu has built up over the years. So in addition to the cloud DVR that is included with Hulu + Live TV, you also get the Hulu on-demand library. Which kind of renders the cloud DVR useless. As almost everything is on Hulu already.

Sling TV

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  • Price: Starting at $35/month
  • Free Trial: No
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Sling TV is the cheapest, on the surface, but that is because it is an a la carte option. Basically, you have two options here, Sling Blue and Sling Orange, these are both $35 per month. or you can combine them for $50 per month. That’s going to get you 51 total channels if combined, which is not a lot.

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However, there are plenty of add-ons available here. There’s the Sports Extra for $11/month, Comedy Extra for $6/month, News Extra for $6/month, Lifestyle Extra for $6/month and a few others too. There are also some bundles you can use to keep this cheaper. But you can get up to the $60-$70 prices of the other services on this list pretty quickly.

Sling TV does offer everything about 50 hours of DVR for free. Or you can upgrade to DVR Plus for around 200 hours of recording, and that will cost you $5 per month.

Premium channels are also available on Sling TV. This includes Showtime, Starz, Epix, Cinefest, Cinemoi, Comedy Dynamics and more.

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The one big caveat for Sling TV is that local channels are not available. You will get on-demand content for FOX and NBC, that will depend on your market. As for CBS and ABC, you’re out of luck. But you can get an OTA antenna and watch these for free. That’s a big reason why Sling TV is so much cheaper than everyone else here.