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In the early days of video streaming services, your choice was simple: Get Netflix. It’s more complicated now, with Netflix battling other well-known subscription services, such as Amazon Prime and Hulu, as well as upstarts including Acorn, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and T-Mobile TVision Home.
If you watch only a few movies or shows each month, it probably makes the most sense to opt for a pay-per-view service, such as Amazon Video, FandangoNow, or Vudu.
But if you watch a lot of programs or movies, or you’re looking to cut back on—or cut off—your pay-TV service, subscription services may be the best deal. They offer an all-you-can-watch buffet of streaming content, often at a price well below what most of us spend each month for pay TV.
We’ll be adding new services as they emerge, so keep checking back for updates.
Price: $5 per month or $50 per year.
Who it’s best for: Lovers of British TV fare. Goodies include TV dramas (“A Place to Call Home”), mysteries (“Agatha Raisin”), and comedies.
Latest news: Acorn TV is now available on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 cable box, accessible via Xfinity on Demand, and on the go via the Xfinity Stream app. Among the exclusives on the service is “Jack Irish,” an Aussie noir thriller starring Guy Pearce. Also in the mix: “The Witness for the Prosecution,” an original Agatha Christie movie with Kim Cattrall.
Amazon Prime Video
Price: $119 per year or $13 per month, with free shipping. A video-only subscription costs $9 per month.
Who it’s best for: Anyone who’s already paying for an Amazon Prime membership. The service now has a solid roster of original shows, including “Z: The Beginning of Everything” and “The Grand Tour.” Amazon Prime has some exclusive series, such as “Downton Abbey” and “The Americans,” plus HBO’s back catalog of shows. You can add HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels for $9 to $15 per month.
Latest news: Amazon and Google have apparently ended their long-standing feud. As part of a new deal, Amazon Prime Video will soon be available on Google's Chromecast and Android TV devices. In return, Google's YouTube, Tube Kids, and YouTube TV will soon be available on Amazon's Fire TV devices.
A new Amazon original mystery series called “Homecoming” stars Julia Roberts as a former government caseworker struggling with the truth about her old job. You can also catch a 10-episode anthology series, “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” The company has picked up the sci-fi epic “The Expanse” for a fourth season after its cancellation by the SyFy channel. But perhaps the biggest news is that the company is working on a new “Lord of the Rings” prequel, which should hit Prime Video by 2021. Also on tap: “The Hunt,” from Oscar winner Jordan Peele, and “Utopia,” from “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn.
Price: Free for AT&T Unlimited and Unlimited Premium wireless subscribers, $15 per month for everyone else.
Who it’s best for: AT&T phone subscribers with unlimited plans—either Unlimited & More or Unlimited & More Premium—or those who don’t want to pay for sports and can get by with a limited channel lineup.
Latest news: AT&T WatchTV is the company’s newest streaming offering. (The company also offers the DirecTV Now streaming service.) It has about 30 live channels but no local broadcasts. In addition to Turner fare such as Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, Turner Classic Movies, and TNT, the lineup includes AMC, A&E, Discover, Food Network, HGTV, IFC, and TLC. And AT&T says Viacom channels such as BET, Comedy Central, Nicktoons, and VH1 will be added soon. WatchTV also offers more than 15,000 TV shows and movies on demand.
Price: $7 a month, or $70 annually
Who it's best for: Much like Acorn, above, BritBox targets fans of British TV fare. The service was formed as a joint venture between the BBC and ITV. One big difference between the two is that BritBox focuses exclusively on British shows, while Acorn also has programs from other countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.
Latest news: Some of the more popular shows you can watch on BritBox include "EastEnders," "Coronation Street," and "Antiques Roadshow," plus older classic episodes of "Dr. Who" (the first through seventh Doctor), and two seasons of "Fawlty Towers."
You can watch BritBox via computer browsers, on iOS and Android mobile devices, and with Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku streaming players.
CBS All Access
Price: $6 per month with ads or $10 per month ad-free.
Who it’s best for: Cord cutters looking for major-network fare without using an antenna. The service provides full-length episodes of CBS programs, plus live programming streams of local CBS affiliates in 124 markets. CBS All Access also includes complete back catalogs of most of its current series.
Latest news: CBS and the NFL have extended and expanded their deal, which now runs through 2022. As a result, CBS All Access subscribers will get the NFL on CBS schedule. And you’ll now be able to stream the games on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
Earlier, CBS executives said there would be six or seven new original series on CBS All Access in the next 12 months. And the company said that later this year it will launch two new streaming services, CBS Sports HQ and Entertainment Tonight.
The company reports that there are now a combined 5 million subscribers to its two paid streaming services, CBS All Access and Showtime, roughly split half and half. Some of the rising numbers can be traced to the series “Star Trek: Discovery.” That series started off free on broadcast TV, but the remainder of the episodes can be seen only on CBS All Access. In addition to “Star Trek: Discovery,” original series include “The Good Fight,” the sequel to “The Good Wife.”
The Criterion Channel
Price: $11 per month or $100 for an annual subscription.
Who it’s best for: Rising out of the ashes of the now shuttered FilmStruck, the Criterion Channel classic movie streaming service offers “constantly refreshed selections of Hollywood, international, art-house, and independent movies, plus access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of more than 1,000 important classic and contemporary films from around the world,” according to the company.
Latest news: The new service kicked off in early April. You can access the Criterion Channel via desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, and Roku streaming players, plus iOS and Android mobile devices.
The stand-alone Criterion Channel is the result of a special deal with WarnerMedia, which shut down the FilmStruck streaming service late last year. The Criterion Collection film library, which had been part of that service, is also expected to be included in a new WarnerMedia streaming service later this year. (See below for more details.)
New from Warner Bros. is the DC Universe streaming service, which leverages DC’s comic book characters and superheroes. The service, which debuted in September, costs $8 per month or $75 for a yearly subscription.
DC Universe includes a mix of new exclusive original series, classic live-action TV shows, movies from the DC library, specials and shorts, digital comic books, and a daily news show. Presumably, new DC movies will also be available as they’re released. The service has a community area for connecting with other members, and access to exclusive merchandise from a members-only store.
Among the company's new original series are “Titans,” which has been renewed for a second season, and "Doom Patrol," which debuted in February. Slated for this fall is "Harley Quinn," based on The Joker's girlfriend/partner in crime.
However, given the impending launch of a new service by DC Comics' parent WarnerMedia, it's not clear whether DC Universe will remain a stand-alone service or be folded into the larger, still-unnamed WarnerMedia one.
Price: $50 to $70 per month.
Who it’s best for: Until recently, anyone who wants DirecTV but not the satellite dish. Thanks to recent plan revisions, it may have less universal appeal, given that some channels have been removed (see below). The $50-per-month DirecTV Now Plus has about 40 channels, and the $70-per-month DirecTV Now Max has about 50 channels, plus Cinemax and a number of sports channels, including regional sports. Both plans now also include HBO, which was previously a $5-per-month add-on. (AT&T now owns HBO as a result of its acquisition of Time Warner.) Both services include a cloud DVR with 20 hours of free storage and support two simultaneous users. You can add an additional user for an extra $5 monthly.
Latest news: In a surprise move that appears related to cost cutting, AT&T has let DirecTV Now and U-verse TV customers know it's dropping the NFL Network. It will continue to be available to regular DirecTV satellite TV subscribers.
This latest move follows a recent overhaul of the DirecTV Now streaming service, where AT&T is hiking rates by $10 per month, cutting the number of plan options, and pulling some popular channels from the lineup. Those who already have an older DirecTV Now plan get to keep it and their current channel lineup, but they’ll also get the $10 price hike.
With the revised plans, new DirecTV Now subscribers can choose between two options, down from five previously.
Though DirecTV is adding HBO to its packages, it has trimmed several popular channels from the new plans, including A+E Networks, AMC Networks, and Discovery Communications. But it just added Viacom networks, including BET, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon, which had been missing from the new plans.
AT&T says it will have a total of five streaming services up and running by the end of this year, including a new Netflix-style service. One will reportedly be a beefier 4K version of DirecTV Now, with more channels and a lower price. But it looks like you’ll need an AT&T box, not an Apple TV or a Roku, to use it.
Price: $5 per month or $50 per year for the basic service. You can pay an additional $25 per month each for the full MLB.TV baseball and NHL hockey seasons.
Who it’s best for: Hardcore sports junkies looking to add out-of-market baseball and hockey games to their menus, college sports fans who want a broader assortment of collegiate sports than they can get with traditional TV, or those who have an interest in niche sports, such as rugby and cricket. It will also have documentaries and scripted series.
Latest news: ESPN+ just launched, and it’s now part of the main ESPN app. It’s available for Android and iOS mobile devices, Apple TV, and Chromecast media streamers. You can also watch it online at ESPN.com. We assume there will be more device support—smart TVs, and perhaps Roku and Amazon Fire TV media streamers—in the future. Some early shows include an original “30 for 30” film called “The Last Days of Knight,” about the Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight, and “Detail,” where Kobe Bryant gets into the minds of basketball players as he analyzes the previous day’s game.
FilmStruck, which offered indie, art-house, and classic movies as part of a joint venture between Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection, has now been closed. However, Criterion has launched its own classic-movie service, called the Criterion Channel. (See above for more details.)
Price: $55 per month for about 90 channels for the base package, up to $75 a month for an Ultra Plan with more than 110 channels.
Who it’s best for: Sports fans looking for a streaming alternative. This sports-centric service offers a mix of live and on-demand channels from broadcast networks (CBS, Fox, and NBC in most markets), cable channels (A&E, Bravo, FX, SyFy, and USA), and sports networks (BeIn Sports, FS1, Golf Channel, and NBA TV). With the addition of TNT and TBS from Turner, you also get NBA and NCAA basketball, Major League Baseball, and PGA golf. There's also a robust roster of regional sports networks—including those from NBC, Fox, and Yes—for local-team action, including MLB and NHL games. The service comes with a free cloud DVR, plus a 72-hour “look back” feature that lets you replay most programs that appeared in the previous three days.
Latest news: FuboTV has upped its deal with Discovery, which will bring the Discovery Channel, TLC and more to its base subscriber package. Earlier, after adding channels from AMC, Turner (Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, and TNT), and Viacom (BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon), the company hiked the price of its base plan by $10 to $55 a month. It includes more than 100 channels, a cloud DVR with 30 hours of storage, and up to two simultaneous users. You can add more DVR storage for an extra $10 a month, and more channels via various packages from $5 to $28 more a month.
In other news, Fubo is beta-testing 4K with high dynamic range (HDR10) streaming. The company recently expanded the list of supported 4K streaming players to include Amazon Fire TV 4K and Amazon Fire TV Cube, Apple TV, Chromecast Ultra, and Roku’s Premier, Premier+, and Ultra models. Fubo recommends broadband speeds of 30 to 40 megabits per second for top-quality video.
Price: $15 per month.
Who it’s best for: HBO fans who don’t want to pay for cable. Sign up to get all the network’s series, movies, specials, and documentaries. If you already get HBO through your cable package, remember that the HBO Go app lets you watch HBO on your phone, tablet, and other devices.
Latest news: HBO Now has passed the 5 million subscriber mark, and it’s now available on more devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Microsoft Xbox, Roku, Samsung TVs, and PlayStation Vue. It’s also available via a growing number of cord-cutting streaming services, including DirecTV Now, and as part of Amazon Channels.
Price: $6 per month with ads or $12 per month without ads.
Who it’s best for: Cord cutters who don’t want to miss out on broadcast TV. Hulu has current shows from ABC, Fox, and NBC; older ones from CBS; plus the “Seinfeld” library. Original content includes “The Path” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Latest news: Hulu is cutting the price of its least expensive ad-supported service, from $8 to $6 a month. The ad-free version remains unchanged, at $12 a month. (The company also just raised the price of the Hulu With Live TV cable-style service, listed below.)
In other news, Hulu's deal with Viacom brings the full run of MTV’s animated sitcom “Daria,” and several other shows and movies, to the streaming service. Also part of the deal are TV shows such as “Nathan for You” from Comedy Central, MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16,” and Nickelodeon’s “Every Witch Way.” Movies include “School of Rock.” The deal is for Hulu, not the cable-style Hulu With Live TV streaming service.
Hulu also has a deal with DreamWorks Animation for the exclusive streaming rights to future DWA feature films, as well as catalog titles, including “Shrek,” “Shrek 2,” and “Shark Tale,” and new kids’ series it will develop. Starting this year, the service will also get new theatrical releases, including “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and “Trolls 2.” Hulu also signed a deal with Sony for the on-demand streaming rights to “The Good Doctor.” And it signed on for a third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Additionally, Hulu has teamed up with the music service Spotify to offer a combined bundle to college students for just $5 per month. Because Spotify Premium for Students usually costs $5 per month, it’s like getting the basic Hulu service free. Hulu also has an exclusive deal with Magnolia Pictures to stream the company’s films after their theatrical release.
Hulu + Live TV
Price: $45 per month.
Who it’s best for: Cord cutters who want yet another option in a cable-replacement company. Hulu + Live TV offers about 60 channels, including the major broadcast channels—ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC—albeit only in a handful of markets right now. You also get cable channels such as A&E, the Cartoon Network, CNN, Disney, Fox News, FX, TBS, and TNT, among others. The lineup includes CBS Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports, plus some regional sports networks.
Latest news: Like several other services, Hulu hiked monthly subscriptions by $5 a month earlier this year. The service’s basic, $45-per-month plan lets you create six separate profiles—though only two people can use the service at a time—and includes a cloud DVR with 50 hours of recording time.
However, the company has now cut the price of several add-ons. An enhanced cloud DVR, with 200 hours of storage, had cost $15 per month. An add-on to allow for unlimited screens at home plus three mobile users, had also cost $15 a month. The prices have dropped to just $10 each per month. A combination of the two options now costs $15, down from $20.
An option to watch TV without ads, went up to $51 a month, a $7-a-month increase. Both that plan and the basic plan combine everything you get with the regular Hulu plan with the additional channels available on Hulu With Live TV.
A recent deal with Discovery brings several new networks (Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC) to the service. Hulu's deal with DreamWorks Animation gets it the exclusive streaming rights to future DWA feature films, as well as catalog titles. Hulu also has a deal with Sony for the on-demand streaming rights to “The Good Doctor.”
Hulu + Live TV is now available on most Roku streaming players and all Roku TVs, as well as many LG and Samsung smart TVs. It is also supported on Amazon Fire TV devices, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, PlayStation and Xbox game consoles, and Android and iOS mobile devices. Hulu is now supported by Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant, so you can use voice commands on Alexa-powered devices to watch shows on Hulu. It continues to add local TV affiliates, but right now the service doesn’t include AMC or Viacom (Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon).
Price: $9 per month for standard-def video on a single screen; $13 per month for high-def video on up to two screens; $16 per month for 4K Ultra High Definition video on up to four screens.
Who it’s best for: Everyone. Netflix is still the king of binge. It has a vast library of movies and TV shows, plus now-classic original shows (“House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black”) and newer hits (“Stranger Things”). It even has original movies (“Beasts of No Nation”). A deal with Marvel has spawned “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones.” Netflix subscribers currently have access to some Disney titles, but Disney will be pulling those films later in 2019, along with Pixar movies and some Marvel titles, when it launches its own streaming service, Disney+.
Latest news: Netflix upped its subscription rates, its biggest increase ever and its first since 2017. Its most popular plans will now cost $2 a month more, while the basic one-user plan gets a $1-a-month hike. The price increase was effective immediately for new customers, and then rolled out to current subscribers.
Earlier, Netflix updated its home screen, which now has a left-hand navigation bar that makes it easier to search for and view new content. It’s also easier to locate the shows and movies you’ve bookmarked for later viewing in My List.
In other news, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is about to start production on an animated feature film, “Pinocchio,” which will be a stop-motion musical. It’s his first movie since winning an Oscar for “The Shape of Water.” Netflix is also co-financing and distributing Michael Bay’s next film, “Six Underground,” which stars Ryan Reynolds. It’s the first time either has worked with Netflix. The movie is expected to appear on Netflix in 2019.
The company says it spent about $8 billion on content in 2018 and will probably spend even more in 2019 as it fends off competition from new services from Apple, Disney, and Warner NewMedia.
Price: $20 per month for 58 channels; $4 more for an add-on channel pack.
Who it’s best for: Viewers who don’t care about sports and don’t want to subsidize those who do. Philo is a sports-free streaming service backed by several cable networks, including A&E, AMC, Discovery, Scripps, and Viacom.
Latest news: Initially, Philo offered two different plans, but dropped the lower-priced package. Now, a $20-a-month plan includes 58 channels from those and other cable networks, so you get A&E, AMC, BBC America, Cheddar, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, History, Lifetime, MTV, Nickelodeon, TLC, Travel Channel, and others.
The plan also now includes the nine additional channels—the American Heroes Channel, BET Her, the Cooking Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, Logo, MTV Live, and Nicktoons—that were part of a $4-a-month add-on pack you could get with the cheaper service.
Philo supports three simultaneous users, and includes a cloud DVR that lets you record and save an unlimited number of shows for up to 30 days. You can watch a show from the beginning if you join late, and a 72-hour “look back” feature lets you view any show that appeared within the previous three days. You can now can share your favorite shows by sending them to friends, right from within the platform.
Price: $50 to $85 per month, depending on the package.
Who it’s best for: Those who are looking for a real cable TV-style programming package and are willing to pay for it. You also get local channels in many major markets—on demand in others—plus a cloud DVR for recording shows.
Latest news: Sony has raised the price of each of its service tiers once again for newe subscribers by $5 per month, so the basic live TV service, Access, will now cost $50 per month. Core TV, which adds sports channels, will be $55 per month, while the Elite plan, which adds movies, will be $65 per month. The top-tier Ultra plan, which includes premium channels, will cost $85 per month.
Current subscribers will start paying the higher price after July 31st.
In other news, Sony has been unable to reach a deal with Sinclair to carry Sinclair affiliates in local markets, so those stations currently aren’t available to Vue subscribers. Instead, they’ll be getting on-demand programming from the broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC—though viewers will be without local news and live sports that air on these channels.
Also new to the service is mobile sign-up, so new users can sign up and start watching the service directly from mobile phones, tablets, or PCs, even when they’re outside the home. Another change is that you can access favorite local teams on regional sports networks (such as Fox Sports and NBC Sports), even if you are traveling to another city. You can also watch local broadcast channels that are available when traveling.
PS Vue continues to add affiliate broadcast networks. It just added ABC in 11 major markets, plus four NBC affiliates. Late last year Vue added several channels, including BBC America, NBA TV, and Vice, but lost Viacom stations, such as Comedy Central, Spike, and MTV. It also added support for Apple TV last fall.
Price: $11 per month, or $9 per month when purchased through certain services, such as Amazon Prime and Hulu.
Who it’s best for: Showtime fans. Like HBO Now, this service lets you watch a cable network without the cable. You get all of Showtime’s movies, plus original shows such as “Billions,” “Homeland,” and “The Affair.” If you subscribe to Showtime through your cable provider, Showtime Anytime lets you watch Showtime fare on your phone, tablet, and other devices.
Latest news: Showtime has had to delay the debut of “Purity,” a 20-episode drama starring Daniel Craig, until next year because Craig is reprising his role as James Bond in a new film. The network is now showing the documentary “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars," which was released theatrically in 2017, as well as “Patrick Melrose,” a new original series starring Benedict Cumberbatch, based on the semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St. Aubyn.
Price: Sling Orange costs $25 per month; Sling Blue costs $25 per month. A combined package costs $40 per month. Add-on packs cost $5 to $10 extra per month.
Who it’s best for: Cord cutters. With Dish’s Sling TV, you don’t get individual shows; you get channels. The Orange package comes with about 30 cable offerings, including Disney and ESPN, plus A&E, the Food Network, and TBS, but limited broadcast TV. You can get Fox and NBC in some markets, plus Univision, as part of the Blue package. ABC and Univision are available in some markets for both the Orange and Orange-and-Blue plans as part of the $5-per-month Broadcast Extra add-on pack. You can add premium channels, such as HBO and Showtime, for an extra $10 to $15 per month.
Latest news: Sling TV has a new promotion, called the Total TV Deal, which combines seven Extra programming packs—around genres such as sports, news, Hollywood, and comedy—with a cloud DVR with 50 hours of storage for an extra $20 a month. Sling has also updated pricing for Sports Extra for Sling Orange customers. It now costs $10 a month, the same as for Blue subscribers.
Earlier, Sling TV added nine Discovery networks to its domestic and Spanish-language services. Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery, and TLC are now part of the Sling Blue base service, while the Orange plan gets Investigation Discovery and MotorTrend. Other channels appear on add-on packs, and Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia are available in "Best of Spanish TV" base or add-on Extras.
Earlier, Sling TV raised the price of its Orange service by $5, to $25 per month. The service is also enticing lapsed customers with a new offer that lets them watch free, on-demand content, purchase à la carte channels, and view pay-per-view movies and events without signing up for a base subscription. The program kicks off for those using Roku devices but will be rolled out to other devices soon.
The list of à la carte channels that can be purchased without a Sling TV subscription includes Showtime ($10 per month), CuriosityStream ($6 per month), and NBA League Pass ($29 per month).
In addition to NBA League Pass, Sling now also has NBA Team Pass, a separate plan that lets you get out-of-market games for a single NBA team. Team Pass costs $18 per month on top of a Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and/or Spanish-language services plan. Sling TV’s latest promotion is a free Roku TV Express when you prepay for two months of Sling service.
Price: $9 per month.
Who it’s best for: Like HBO and Showtime, you can now get Starz without a pay-TV subscription. Content includes such shows as “Outlander” and “Power,” plus movies including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Latest news: The Starz streaming service is newly available on DirecTV Now for $8 per month. The much-anticipated series “American Gods,” based on the Neil Gaiman book, is now available on the service. Newer original series include “Sweetbitter,” about a 22-year old arriving on the New York’s restaurant scene, and “Vida,” about two wildly different Mexican-American sisters returning to their old neighborhood.
T-Mobile TVision Home
Price: $90 per month for 150-plus channels (at launch).
Who it’s best for: Seemingly, those who really hate their cable company and the add-on fees that come with most pay-TV services, because many subscribers to T-Mobile TVision Home might not save much money. The service is now live in eight metro areas—Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Longmont, Colo.; Los Angeles; New York City; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. It will roll out to other markets later this year. You get more than 150 channels, plus local broadcasts and regional sports, and you can add premium channels for an extra monthly fee. The service will support 4K video when it’s available. Family members get their own profile and DVR, with a shared 1TB of storage. The company says it will use artificial intelligence to make personalized recommendations.
Latest news: Compared with other streaming services, TVision Home is pricey. For a limited time, it will cost $90 per month for all subscribers, but after a promotional period, only T-Mobile mobile customers will pay that price; others will pay $100 per month. There’s also a $10 monthly fee for each additional TV you want to connect.
At launch, you’ll need a TVision Home box to get the service, though the company says it will support third-party devices at a later date. The service will initially come with apps for Xumo, CuriosityStream, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and a few other niche services, but Amazon Prime, Netflix, and YouTube apps are on the way, according to T-Mobile. TVision supports both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can use voice to control TVision Home.
Price: $50 per month.
Who it’s best for: Cord cutters looking for a different option. YouTube TV offers access to more than 70 networks, including all the major local networks. It supports up to three simultaneous users. You get a cloud DVR—a virtual recorder that stores programs for you on YouTube’s servers—that lets you save as many shows as you want for up to nine months before they’re deleted.
Right now the service’s biggest limitation is that it isn’t supported on Amazon Fire TV streaming players. But apparently, Google and Amazon have ended their feud, so YouTube TV, along with YouTube and YouTube Kids, will soon be available on Amazon Fire devices.
YouTube TV has a nice selection of channels, including AMC, Bravo, Disney, ESPN, FX, Fox News, Fox Sports, MSNBC, National Geographic, Turner, USA, and some regional sports networks. You also get access to the original programming on YouTube Red, usually $10 per month. Showtime, Starz, and a few other channels can be added for an additional fee. However, the service lacks programming from Viacom (Comedy Central, MTV), though it just added some Discovery channels (see below).
Latest news: Like other cable-style streaming services, YouTube TV got a price hike, to $50 per month. Current subscribers, who are either paying $35 or $40 per month depending on when they first signed up, will start paying the higher price starting in May. Those who get YouTube TV through Apple iTunes will be paying $55 monthly.
YouTube just signed a deal with Major League Baseball to bring 13 live MLB games exclusively to both YouTube and YouTube TV during the back half of the 2019 season. You won't be able to see those games elsewhere. The move comes after YouTube TV added eight channels from Discovery, including Discovery Channel, HGTV, and Food Network. Also new is Cozi TV, which airs older TVs shows such as "Frasier" and "The Office."
Full details on its price hike and new channels are available on the YouTube TV blog.
YouTube TV is now available nationwide, including all the local broadcast stations in almost all U.S. markets. The streaming service has been experimenting with new features, such as the augmented reality ads it ran during last year’s World Series as part of its sponsorship of the event. Augmented reality was used to create a large virtual video screen above the Green Monster seats at Fenway Park that looked on screen like it was a part of the stadium.
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