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Live TV Streaming Services: FAQs

Here are answews to your frequently asked questions about live TV streaming services.

General

How much does a live TV streaming service cost?

The price of the live TV services vary and they each offer a different selection of top-ranked cable channels. For example, Sling TV is USD 30/month and Hulu Live TV is USD 54,99/month.

Service Top Cable Channels Price
AT&T NOW 34 of Top 35 USD 54,99+ / mes
fuboTV 30 of Top 35 USD 59,99 / mes
Hulu Live TV 26 of Top 35 USD 54,99 / mes
Philo 18 of Top 35 USD 20 / mes
Sling TV 28 of Top 35 USD 30+ / mes
YouTube TV 31 of Top 35 USD 64,99 / mes

Can I get a free trial for a live TV streaming service?

Can I use my streaming subscription to log into other TV apps and websites?

Each subscription offers the ability to log into different channel TV Everywhere apps and websites.

Read more about TV Everywhere Apps.

TV Everywhere App Access

More is better. App count may vary by plan tier.

fuboTV 51 apps
AT&T TV NOW 37 apps
YouTube TV 35 apps
Hulu Live TV 33 apps
Philo 33 apps
Sling TV 19 apps

How many people can watch my Live TV subscription at the same time?

Most services offer the ability to stream to 2-3 devices at the same time.

Concurrent Devices

More is better.

AT&T TV NOW 3 streams
Philo 3 streams
Sling TV “Blue” 3 streams
YouTube TV 3 streams
fuboTV 2 streams
Hulu Live TV 2 streams
Sling TV “Orange” 1 stream

Do live TV streaming services offer a DVR?

Every service has a Cloud DVR that lets you record streaming content and watch it on any other device at a later time.

Provider Restrictions
AT&T TV NOW 500 hours (30 days)
fuboTV 30 hours
Hulu Live TV 50 hours
Philo Unlimited (30 days)
Sling TV 10 hours
YouTube TV Unlimited (9 months)

Do live TV streaming services stream in HD or 4K?

All the services stream in at least 720p which is HD quality. Some services, such as AT&T TV NOW and fuboTV stream at 60 fps (frames per second) which makes sports programming look smoother.

How fast does my internet speed need to be to use a live TV streaming service?

While most of the services suggest 5-10 Mbps, we recommend 20-25 Mbps if you want to minimize buffering and stalled playback.

Will I be locked in a contract?

No. Live TV streaming services are all month-to-month with no commitment. You can cancel at any time without penalty.

Channels

What channels are available on each service?

Each service offers a very different set of channels. For example, Hulu Live TV offers a total of 70 channels.

We suggest you look at our channel comparison to see which channels each service offers.

AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Sign Up
USD 54,99 USD 59,99 USD 54,99 USD 20 USD 30 USD 30 USD 64,99
A&E USD 93 -
AMC USD 93 -
BET - ^ USD 5
Bravo - -
Cartoon Network - -
CNN - -
Comedy Central -
Discovery USD 93 -
Disney Channel - -
Disney Junior - ^ USD 5 -
E! - -
ESPN - -
Food Network USD 93
Fox News - -
Freeform - -
FX - -
FXX - - ^ USD 5
Hallmark - ^ USD 5 ^ USD 5 -
HGTV USD 93
History USD 93 -
Investigation Discovery USD 93
Lifetime USD 93 -
MSNBC - -
MTV - ^ USD 5 ^ USD 5
Nickelodeon - - -
Paramount Network ≥ USD 79,99 - ^ USD 5
Syfy - -
TBS - -
TLC USD 93 -
TNT - -
Travel Channel -
truTV - - ^ USD 5
USA Network - -
VH1 - ^ USD 5 ^ USD 5
WE tv USD 93 - ^ USD 5 ^ USD 5

Will I get my local channels?

AT&T TV NOW, Hulu Live TV, and YouTube TV include ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo y The CW in all plans (in most major markets).

fuboTV does not offer No Channels, but does offer ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, The CW y Univision.

Sling TV includes Fox y NBC in a few markets.

AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Sign Up
USD 54,99 USD 59,99 USD 54,99 USD 20 USD 30 USD 30 USD 64,99
ABC - - -
CBS - - -
Fox - -
NBC - -
Telemundo - - -
The CW - - -
Univision USD 93 - - - - -

Local channels are not available in every market. We suggest you look at our local channel comparison to see which local channels each service offers.

Will I get my local regional sports networks (RSNs)?

Almost every live TV streaming service offers regional sports networks (RSNs), however not all regional sports networks are available on each provider.

We suggest you look at our RSN comparison to see which RSN each service offers.

AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Sign Up
USD 54,99 USD 59,99 USD 54,99 USD 20 USD 30 USD 30 USD 64,99
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) USD 79,99 - -

Can I stream local channels while traveling?

Each provider has different restrictions on local channels while traveling.

Provider Restrictions
AT&T TV NOW Only available when in your home market.
fuboTV Locals available outside your home market (except FOX in some cities).
Hulu Live TV When traveling, you will see locals of the market you are currently in.
Sling TV Only available when in your home market.
YouTube TV When traveling, you will see locals of the market you are currently in.

Can I stream regional sports networks (RSNs) while traveling?

Each provider has different restrictions on RSNs while traveling.

Provider Restrictions
AT&T TV NOW Only available when in your home market.
fuboTV Most RSNs available outside your home market.
Hulu Live TV Most RSNs available outside your home market.
Sling TV Only available when in your home market.
YouTube TV Most RSNs available outside your home market.

Devices

Can I use my phone, tablet, computer, or streaming device to stream live TV?

Live TV streaming services work with most of your existing devices, like phones, tablets, computers, and streaming devices like Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, and Apple TV.

AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling YouTube
Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Sign Up
USD 54,99 USD 59,99 USD 54,99 USD 20 USD 30 USD 64,99
Amazon Fire TV
Apple TV
Google Chromecast
2nd Gen+

Android only
Roku
Android TV
iPhone/iPad
iOS 9+

iOS 9.1+

iOS 10+

iOS 9.3+

iOS 9+

iOS 9.1+
Android Phone/Tablet
4.4+

4.1+

5.0+

7.0+

4.4+

5.0+
Web Browsers
PlayStation - - - - -
Xbox - - -
Nintendo - - - - -
Samsung Smart TV
2017+ Models

2016+ models

2016+ Models
-
2016+ Models

2016+ Models
VIZIO Smart TV - -
2016+ Models
-
Those with Cast support

Select SmartCast TVs
LG Smart TV - -
WebOS 3.5+ (some 3.0)
-
WebOS 3.0+

2016+ Models

Can I get a free device like an Apple TV, Roku, or Chromecast for signing up?

Some providers offer new users a free device when you sign-up for a streaming service.

Unfortunately, there are currently no free device promotions.

What device do you suggest we use for a streaming service?

We suggest that you spend a little bit more to get a higher-quality streaming device like an Apple TV, Fire TV, or Roku Premiere+.

While these can be $20 to $30 more than a basic streaming stick, they will generally provide a more stable streaming experience.

Do I need a cable box?

One of the great benefits of a live TV streaming service is that you can use a streaming device instead of an expensive cable box.