Currently under review following the July 2020 price increase announcement

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Best Live TV Cord Cutting Streaming Service

As of August 2020


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In July 2020, Google raised the price on YTTV to $65/mo after signing a deal for the Viacom channels. As a result, we are once again re-evaluating our pick.


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what we like

  • Reliable and fast connectivity
  • Simple and familiar interface
  • Unlimited DVR storage which stores for up to 9 months
  • Ability to share with up to 5 different designated “family members”
  • Up to 3 simultaneous streams
  • 70+ channel lineup which covers most of the basics you would need (recently added the Viacom channels, like MTV and Comedy Central)
  • Includes local stations too
  • Easy to access with Roku, Fire Stick or Apple TV
  • No contract – cancel anytime
  • Recently (and finally!) added NFL Network and RedZone as an add-on through a $10.99 Sports Plus Add-On package

keep in mind

  • No A&E, Bloomberg, Lifetime
  • Actual YouTube is a lot more intuitive to use than YouTube TV. Navigating between Live and DVR can be clunky and if you’re playing a video you have to scroll down to access more options. They really should aim to more closely mimic the YouTube interface (or just integrate it directly)
  • Recently raised the price to $65/mo which really affects the overall value proposition of cord cutting


I don’t think any of us enjoy dealing with cable companies. It’s one of the few businesses which punish you for customer loyalty. That makes it super frustrating to have the same exact negotiation every year or two and always feel like you still come out behind.


Now that internet speeds have become ubiquitously fast and enough competition/investment has entered the live tv streaming space, it’s actually realistic to think you can cut the cord and people have been doing so in droves over the past few years. The math is simple: what’s the cheapest you can pay for a standalone 100mbps internet connection? If that number plus $65/mo (plus any other add-on premiums like HBO) < the total cost of your all-in bundle cable company bill, it’s time to think about making the switch.


In terms of which service is the best: this decision was a lot easier to make before Sony decided to abruptly pull the plug on Playstation Vue as of January 2020. That was our clear favorite given the fact that it included basically everything YouTube TV offers plus the option to add NFL Network and RedZone.


Now there are really only a handful of options left: YouTube TV, Sling TV, Hulu Live TV, fuboTV and AT&T Now.


It’s still a little frustrating because while all of the services share a lot of similarities, they each contain slightly different channel lineups and quirks. With Playstation Vue now gone, none offers the perfect package for 95% of viewers out there. As we discuss in greater detail within the FAQs and Related Products & Links below, our overall favorite remains YouTube TV for its comprehensive TV lineup (including local channels), familiar look and impressive DVR storage. Plus, the fact that you can share your subscription with up to five different family members means you can really get a lot of bang for your buck. But the key will be to watch which of these services manage to plug the holes in their channel offerings over the coming quarters/years while still maintaining a reasonable overall price. Despite some non-intuitive design decisions when it comes to the interface, YouTube TV is the logical solution for now, but be prepared to switch down the road if one of the others makes a move to address their flaws.

Sizing Tips & FAQs

How much does it cost?



Is there a contract?



How many different family members can create their own profile using my account?



How many simultaneous streams at once?

3 per profile


Which devices can I watch this on?

Basically all of the obvious ones that you probably already have: Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and more


Which channels will I really be missing?

YouTube TV currently doesn’t have: A&E, Bloomberg and Lifetime


Can I watch it via browser like I do YouTube?

Yep. They have a great browser interface which somewhat resembles the intuitive feel of YouTube that we all know and love


What exactly do you mean when you say the interface is non-intuitive?

The original YouTube is almost perfectly designed. Everything is fairly easy to find and switching from video to video is relatively seamless. For some reason, Google went out of its way to make the YouTube TV layout much more confusing. YouTube TV’s interface defaults to a “HOME” screen flanked by “LIBRARY” and “LIVE.” The “HOME” screen is mostly a confusing cluster of recommendations. It’s honestly a little stressful to look at. The “LIVE” screen is what you would expect from a typical TV Guide and it performs well. Like “HOME”, “LIBRARY” is a little bit of a cluster as well. It just looks and feels disorganized which is stressful on the eyes. Plus, if you are watching a video, to navigate to other options you have to scroll down which is not intuitive at all.


You’ll get used to it all eventually but I hope they spend some time thinking about a better redesign given how good original YouTube is setup.

Have another question?

Related Products & Links

Click here to get a nice breakdown of which channels are currently available on which platform.


Sling TV

Cost: $45/mo for Orange + Blue Package ($20/mo for first month promotion)

Pros (over YouTube TV): Orange/Blue package is $5 cheaper and does have NFL Network, NFL Redzone ($10/mo add-on), A&E, Bloomberg, Comedy Central, Lifetime, BET, Paramount Network, 4 simultaneous streams

Cons: No local channels (they give you a free satellite device to get them which is annoying), NBA TV is a $10/mo add-on, no Animal Planet, inferior DVR storage options, inferior interface/apps, no family member profiles

Bottom Line: If Sling ever decides to seamlessly integrate local channels into the app, it might take the crown from YouTube TV. A non-starter until that happens


Hulu with Live TV

Cost: $55/mo, 1-week free trial

Pros (over YouTube TV): Includes full Hulu streaming library, A&E, Lifetime

Cons: Only a 1 week free trial, no NBA TV, only 2 simultaneous streams, only 50 hours of cloud storage

Bottom Line: With the recent $65/mo price increase for YTTV, we are giving Hulu a serious test run now before considering it as our top pick


Fubo TV

Cost: $65mo for their Family plan

Pros (over YouTube TV): Includes NFL Network & NFL Red Zone. Recently added ESPN

Cons: Inferior cloud DVR storage

Bottom Line: With the recent addition of ESPN, we are now testing Fubo as a viable alternative to YTTV as our top pick


AT&T Now

Cost: $65mo for their Family plan, 7-day free trial

Pros (over YouTube TV): Includes HBO

Cons: Only 2 simultaneous streams ($5/mo for a third), No family member profiles, Only 50 hours of cloud DVR, Can’t fast forward through commercials with cloud DVR

Bottom Line: Same cost as YTTV



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