Find the best streaming services
We’ve compared and rated our favorite streaming services including live TV streaming services such as Hulu + Live TV and YouTubeTV. Find out if cord cutting is right for you!
The best TV streaming services of 2021
Live TV streaming services bring cable channels to your TV through your internet connection, while video streaming services like Netflix play entirely on-demand content. Here are the top services available nationwide.
Our top 3 streaming picks
- Best for live TV: YouTube TV
- Best for on demand streaming: Netflix
- Best cheap streaming option: Sling TV
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 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.Learn more
Starting at $8.99/mo.
Our overall score: 8.7/10
“Netflix is the best video streaming service overall. It has the best mix of original and licensed content around, and its technology is in a class of its own.”
Starting at $69.99/mo.
Our overall score: 8.5/10
“While DIRECTV STREAM is more expensive than other live TV streaming services, you’ll get the best channel lineup in streaming and a simple-to-use, all-in-one device.”
Starting at $65/mo.
Our overall score: 8.8/10
“Other live TV streaming services have slightly better channel lineups, but YouTube TV closes the gap with its outstanding user experience.”
Starting at $55/mo.
Our overall score: 8.4/10
“fuboTV isn’t a good option for fans of American sports, but it has one of the best overall channel selections of any live TV streaming service.”
Starting at $25.00/mo.
Our overall score: 6.8/10
“Philo is the only skinny bundle to include DVR storage, but other live TV streaming services have better channel lineups for cheaper.”
Starting at $64.99/mo.
Our overall score: 7.6/10
“With plenty of news, sports and family channels in addition to its on-demand service, Hulu + Live TV provides a solid experience overall.”
Starting at $30/mo.
Our overall score: 6.8/10
“Sling is one of the cheaper options around for live TV streaming, but you won’t get popular channels like ABC, CBS or most regional sports networks.”
Compare TV streaming services
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.
|HBO Max||Netflix||Hulu||Prime Video||Disney Plus|
|Number of movies*||2,047||3,714||1,172||66,021||953|
|Number of shows*||613||1,941||1,254||10,853||325|
|Movies in IMDb Top 250||61||26||11||24||15|
|TV Shows in IMDb Top 250||46||60||61||36||4|
*According to data from JustWatch.com (07/01/21)
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Written by:Joe Supan
Senior Writer, Broadband Content
Joe oversees all things broadband for Allconnect. His work has been referenced by Yahoo!, Lifehacker and more. He has utilized thousands of data points to build a library of metrics to help users navigate these … Read more
Edited by:Robin Layton
Editor, Broadband Content
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