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Best streaming services of 2024

We’ve compared and rated our favorite streaming services, including live TV streaming services such as Hulu + Live TV, DIRECTV and YouTubeTV. Find out if cord-cutting is right for you!

Compare the best streaming services

Streaming movies and shows is easier than ever before. You can pick from live TV streaming services that bring cable channels to your TV through your internet connection or video streaming services like Netflix to play entirely on-demand content. Prices can range from $4.99/mo. up to $80/mo., depending on factors like streaming without commercials, including live channels, original programming and more. Here are the top services available nationwide. 

Our top 3 streaming picks 

How we chose the best streaming services

We looked at affordability, value, channel count, contract length and original content in order to determine which streaming services were the best options available.

We looked at affordability, value, channel count, contract length and original content in order to determine which streaming services were the best options available. We broke down this analysis into several categories so that all shoppers are able to find the best TV service based on their needs. For that reason, we differentiated between the best live TV streaming service, the best on demand streaming service and the best cheap streaming service option.

Popular streaming packages

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Compare top streaming packages

If you’re having trouble deciding which services to add, our experts have done the research on details like channel lineups, content offerings, simultaneous streams and more. Compare some popular options below.

YouTube TV is $72.99/mo. with no long-term contracts or equipment fees. You get 100+ live TV channels. We like YouTube TV because they have the best channel lineup for news, sports, comedies, dramas and more. They are also the exclusive carrier of the NFL Sunday Ticket

Netflix plans range from $6.99 to $22.99/mo. with no extra costs and no contracts. Netflix offers movies, documentaries, TV shows, anime and original content. Netflix is known for its nearly flawless interface.

Sling TV has three packages: Orange ($40/mo.), Blue ($40/mo.) and Orange + Blue ($55/mo.). The channel count is 30 to 50. It’s cheaper than other options but has fewer channels than cable, satellite and some other live TV streaming services.

Live streaming vs. video-on-demand streaming

The major difference between live streaming and on-demand streaming is timing. You can watch a live event as it is happening or a debut of a new show as it is being viewed worldwide with a live service, or watch a replay of the event, or a favorite show or movie, with an on-demand service. The best providers will have a mix of the two or at least an option to add on live streaming. 

Streaming service FAQs

What streaming service is best all around?

Hulu has the vote of US News and PC Magazine as the best all-around streaming service, for price and channel line-up.

Sling TV and Hulu have solid channel lineup and have middle-of-the-road prices.

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Joe Supan

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Joe Supan

Principal Writer, Broadband Content

Joe is a senior writer for CNET covering home technology and broadband. Prior to joining CNET, Joe led MYMOVE’s moving coverage and reported on broadband policy, the digital divide, and privacy issues for the br… Read more

Robin Layton

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Robin Layton

Editor, Broadband Content

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