Top 5 Live Streaming Services of 2020

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Ready to break up with your cable company? There’s never been a better time.


Live TV streaming services are easy to sign up for and have no hidden fees or commitments. While traditional cable can cost more than $100/month, all the top live TV options are all well below that price point- no matter who you choose you’ll be able to save money. Still, the variety of companies and plans to choose from can be daunting so we researched the top players in the industry to help you choose the best service to subscribe to.

Sling Hulu + Live TV YouTube TV AT&T TV Now FuboTV
Monthly Price (not including add-ons) $30-$45 $54.99-$60.99 $49.99 $65-$80 $59.99- $79.99
Incentives $10 off first month; free Amazon FireStick with 2 months pre-paid 7 day free trial 2 week free trial 7 day free trial 7 day free trial
ESPN Yes (Sling Orange) Yes Yes Yes No
NFL RedZone Yes (+$10/month) No No No Yes(+$10.99 /month)
News Channels CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, HLN, ABC News Live, newsy (Sling Blue) CNN, FOX News, ABC News Live, CBSN, MSNBC, HLN CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, HLN, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, CBSN, newsy
Local Channels FOX & NBC available in select markets. All channels available w/ HD antenna (which Sling covers if you pre-pay first 2 months) Yes, depending on your location Yes, depending on your location Yes, depending on your location FOX, NBC, CBS
Supported on all major devices? Yes Yes No- doesn’t support Amazon Fire TV No- doesn’t support Smart TVs Yes
# of Streams 1-4 2 (+$15 for unlimited) 3 2 (+$5 for 3) 2
Fast forward through recorded content Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Cloud DVR 10 hours (+$5 for 50 hours) 50 hours Unlimited (9 months) 20 hours 30 hours

The Verdict

It really is a great time to switch over from cable TV to streaming. All the companies have a wide variety of channels and features, but which one should you pick? After doing a side-by-side comparison, Sling came out on top. 


Of the top services, Sling is the most affordable option. It also offers the most flexibility by using an à la carte model, with a base channel packages and a variety of add-ons. Sling’s interface is not the fanciest, but it has all the options you need without adding more clutter. It’s also the best option for live sports with all the major sports networks and the option to add NBA TV, NFL Red Zone, NHL Network and more for an additional $10/month.

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by Insider Envy Staff

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