Premium cable tv services (iptv) are run by legitimate companies with a reputation for quality and customer service. Premium services are less likely to have issues like independent cable tv services may have and are not likely to shut down without notice.
Philo's $20/month for 58 channels is a awesome deal. The channels aren't news or sports oriented, but if you don't care about that, the variety is great: Featuring AMC, A&E, The Food Network, GSN, Lifetime Movies, ID, TLC, Travel Channel, OWN, Nickelodeon, MTV and many more, plus you have unlimited cloud DVR recording to spice up this already amazing package. There's even a seven day free trial.
Available on: Roku, iOS, Apple TV, Android TV, Android Chrome, Amazon Fire TV, Web and can be streamed on up to 3 devices simultaneously.
Bottom line: If you like reality TV, talk shows, cooking shows, and documentaries, Philo's $20/month for 58 live streaming channels is an amazing deal. However, news junkies and sports fanatics might want to look elsewhere, as American news channels like Fox News and sports channels like ESPN are nowhere to be found.
Looking for live TV on a budget? Sling TV's customizable tiers only make you pay for channels you want.
Sling TV has also been a huge player in the cord cutting game as it's one of the more affordable monthly options out there at just $20 per month. But the low price range doesn't mean the channel selection sucks. Even the basic plan offers your favorite channels, including HGTV, Comedy Central, ESPN, CNN, Disney, and BBC America. Our favorite part about Sling is how you can tweak channel options: Aside from the main plans, Sling offers customization options where users can pick and choose extra channels to add on without having to upgrade to the next level. For $5/month each, you can customize with extra channel bundles for kids, sports, comedy, Spanish TV, and more, each with "Sling Orange" or "Sling Blue" bundles for extra picky mixing and matching.
Available on: Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, iOS, Chromecast, Xbox One, Air TV Player, LeEco, Xiaomi, LG, and Samsung with one stream on Blue and up to three simultaneous streams on Orange.
Price: The cheapest plan, Sling Blue, comes with 30+ channels and goes for $20/month (good deal). The mid-tier Sling Blue comes with 45+channel plan and goes for $25/month. The most expensive plan combines Orange and Blue, comes with 50+ channels, and goes for $40/month.
Bottom line: If you're trying to spend the least amount possible and are content with the 30-ish channels that Sling Orange offers, then only paying $20 a month is a sweet deal.
Aside from the amazing original content, Hulu has over 60 live channels and can be used on many different devices.
Live TV version: $44.99/month
Non-live TV:: $5.99 - $11.99/month depending on ads
If award-winning originals like The Handmaid's Tale and all seasons of Rick and Morty don't already do it for you with Hulu, knowing that there's a super simple one-package live TV option with Hulu might do the trick. Plus, if you already have the non-live Hulu account, merging the two and not having to sign up elsewhere makes the process way less stressful. Hulu only has one on-demand package, which makes things simple if you didn't want to have to make a decision between packages. It'll give you over 60 channels including local broadcast channels, CNN, Disney, FX, Oxygen, ESPN, and more. One slight drawback is that Hulu does not do Viacom, meaning channels like Nickelodeon, Spike, Comedy Central, or MTV, are not available.
Available on: Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV (4th generation or later), Google Chromecast, iOS, Android Smartphones and Tablets, Xbox 360 and Xbox One , Echo Show, Fire Tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, LG TV (select models), Nintendo Switch, Mac and PC browsers, Samsung TV (select models), VIZIO SmartCast TVs and Windows 10 with up to two simultaneous streams on-demand and unlimited for non-live TV.
Bottom line: We'd pay for Hulu just for access to the originals, plus access to live TV and most of the classic channels you'd want from cable anyway (except for Viacom) isn't a bad gig. So if all you want are some basic news channels plus a few extras, Hulu is where it's at.