Whether you don’t want to pay extra for DVR, or you’re unhappy with Sling TV’s approach, there are alternatives you can explore. At present, there are several Sling TV alternatives you may want to consider, including Philo, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, DirecTV Stream, Vidgo, and YouTube TV.
Additionally, our free TV streaming guide gives you the run-down on what’s currently playing on live TV channels. Channel schedules are available for Sling TV and Sling TV alternatives.
Philo is the best for entertainment TV
If you’re not interested in sports, news, or local event coverage, Philo may be a good alternative to Sling TV. Philo has a single package of channels available for subscribers that contains 70+ channels. Philo’s price and channel approach may also make it a good complement to a Sling TV package, instead of a full replacement. You could combine both a base Sling TV subscription with Philo to access 90+ quality channels at a fairly low price.
Philo pricing and packages
Philo offers a single streaming channel package for subscribers after a 7-day free trial.
You’ll get 65+ channels, and Philo continues to grow its service. You can read the article on Philo plans for more information.
For your money, you’ll mostly get lifestyle and entertainment channels. The reason that Philo is so cheap is that it does not carry pricey news and sports channels, or partner with local NBC/ABC/CBS/Fox affiliates (which are also expensive to offer). The service also now offers movie channels like Epix and Starz through add-on packages. Check our guide to Philo channel lineup for a detailed list on what you can watch with this streaming service.
Read about everything Philo has in store with our full review.
Fubo is the best for sports channels
Sports-focused streaming service fubo is a reasonable alternative to Sling TV, especially if you find Sling TV’s sports channel options to be lacking.
Fubo pricing and packages
If you subscribe to fubo, you’ll be able to choose between four streaming service packages. The prices vary significantly, and the same is true for the number of channels.
Learn more about fubo's pricing and packages.
No matter which package you choose, you’ll get a huge number of sports channels, as well as top entertainment, lifestyle, and news channels like USA, TNT, TBS, IFC, CNBC, HLN, and more. You’ll also get local broadcast affiliate networks, in most areas.
Importantly, though, fubo has one big hole in its sports channel line-up: ESPN. The service has not managed to get ESPN added to its channel line-up, meaning if you absolutely need ESPN, you may be better off sticking to Sling TV or other options. Read our detailed guide on fubo’s channel lineup for a comprehensive list of the available content.
See what else fubo has to offer in our full review.
Hulu + Live TV is the best for on-demand TV
Hulu + Live TV is one of the best Sling TV alternatives available. It costs more than a Sling Orange + Blue + DVR, but carries more channels and has better features overall.
Hulu + Live TV pricing and packages
There’s just one, simple streaming package available through Hulu + Live TV, although you can pick the no-advertisement option.
The price you pay provides 75+ channels, a cloud DVR, 2 simultaneous streams per account, and the full Hulu on-demand library.
Hulu + Live TV also includes Disney+ and ESPN+ as part of the package. If you’re already paying for either of those services (or both), rolling them into Disney+ can save you a good amount of money. Discover more about Hulu plans and pricing in our separate article.
Hulu + Live TV channels
Depending on your location, your channel lineup may vary. However, every subscription package will come with a key line-up of sports, entertainment, news, and local networks, including ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, AMC, A&E, HGTV, and more. Learn about which channels you can watch in our detailed Hulu live TV lineup guide.
Find out more about Hulu’s offerings and features in our review.
DirecTV Stream is best for HBO Fans
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DirecTV Stream is a viable alternative to Sling TV, especially if you need a larger selection of channels.
DirecTV Stream pricing and packages
If you’re bargain shopping, DirecTV Stream is not the best option for you. Even the most affordable package is more expensive than what the competition offers, especially compared to Sling TV.
That said, you can get far more channels through DirecTV Stream than through Sling TV…you’ll just have to pay quite a bit to get them. You can learn more about DirecTV Stream’s pricing in another article written by our experts.
DirecTV Stream channels
Thanks to its large offering, you can get pretty much any popular cable TV channel you want through DirecTV Stream. All major networks are available, including ABC, NBC, FOX, popular cable channels like ESPN and HGTV, Regional Sports Networks you’ll have a hard time finding on other services. Read more about DirecTV stream’s channels in each package in our guide.
Find out more about DirecTV Stream in our review.
Vidgo is best for social TV watchers
Although Vidgo takes more of a fubo approach to its packages, the pricing places it far closer to the Sling Orange + Blue package. The selling point? Vidgo offers far more channels for the price than what Sling TV is currently offering.
Vidgo pricing and packages
Vidgo has been reshuffling its package options recently. The service now has four packages available:
- English Plus
- English Premium
- English Ultimate
- Spanish Mas
A 7-day free trial or first-month discount may be available, depending on when you check.
Discover more about Vidgo pricing to see if the plans fit your expectations and budget.
Vidgo is sports-heavy, even with the lower-cost Core Package. ESPN, Fox Sports, ACC Network, Pac-12 Networks, and more come included. The service also features a plethora of entertainment and news networks in both English-language channel packages. The Core Package offers 65+ channels, while the Plus Package boosts that to 90+ channels. The detailed Vidgo channel lineup will tell you more about the available channels in each package.
To learn about all that Vidgo has to offer, check out our full review of the service.
YouTube TV is best for local channels
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If you like Sling TV’s Orange + Blue package, you may be better off with YouTube TV. You’ll get a larger selection of channels for just a few dollars more, including more local broadcast networks, more sports, an included and better DVR option, and the better account sharing features.
YouTube TV pricing and packages
Where Sling TV is complex and hard-to-understand, YouTube TV is incredibly simple. You have a single subscription package and no contract obligation. You get access to 80+ cable and OTA networks, including most local affiliate stations. The service has also started offering multi-month discounts on occasion if you time your sign-up at the right time.
For more information, check out our Youtube TV plans and pricing article.
YouTube TV channels
Whereas Sling TV provides a mixture of channels within different streaming packages, YouTube TV offers 70+ networks in one package. Almost all the channels you’d get through Sling TV’s two primary packages, and many of its add-on packages, are available in one package through YouTube TV. You’ll also get a much better selection of local broadcast networks, which helps make YouTube TV a better option for those without an over-the-air antenna. Here is a detailed guide to YouTube TV channels to check before you sign up for the service.
See what all Youtube TV has to offer in our full review.
Find the Sling alternative that works for you
Sling TV comes with advantages and downsides. However, it does offer a fairly affordable option to those looking to go cord-free. The channel selection is decent, but other services might offer better lineups.
For example, Philo is an excellent choice if you enjoy entertainment content and you are looking for family and female-focused content. On the other hand, Hulu + Live TV is the best option if you want an impressive VOD library and fantastic original programming. Ultimately, the decision is up to you. The important thing is the streaming service offers everything you expect from live TV platforms!
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