The Best Media Streaming Devices for Streaming Live TV

Media Streaming Devices

Live TV Streaming Services are available on most smartphones, tablets, TV streaming devices, computers, and video game consoles.

When streaming Live TV, we don’t recommend getting the cheapest streaming device. Unlike while watching Netflix, Prime Video, or Hulu, getting a more powerful device for Live TV is important.

Best for Most People

Roku Streaming Stick+

Like devices twice its price, it can stream up to 4K up to 60fps, HDR, and works great for Live TV Streaming Services.

The interface is simple, supports Netflix, YouTube, and all major live TV streaming services. It has thousands of channels that can be added from the Roku Channel Store.

Budget Option

Roku Streaming Stick

If you want a slightly cheaper option, you should consider the Roku Streaming Stick.

It matches the simple interface as the Streaming Stick+, but can stream at 1080p at 60fps (instead of 4K).

Upgrade Pick

Apple TV 4K

If you are looking for a higher end device, we recommend the Apple TV 4K especially if you have other iOS devices.

In almost every Live TV Streaming service we tested, streams loaded the quickest and had the least buffering.

You can control the Apple TV using your iOS device or Siri, and download thousands of streaming apps and games from the App Store.

Live TV Streaming Service Device Compatibility

TV Devices

Most services are available on Apple TV (4th generation and later), Roku, and Chromecast.

If you own an Amazon Fire TV, you will be able to stream all services except Philo and YouTube TV.

If you own an Android TV device like NVIDIA Shield, you will be able to use it with fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

Game Consoles

PlayStation Vue is the only service available on either the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4.

On Xbox One, you can use Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.
Hulu is the only service that supports Xbox 360.

Nintendo Switch
If you have a Nintendo Switch, you should consider Hulu Live TV because it’s the only service that works on that device.

Smartphones & Tablets

You will be able to live stream from your mobile device on iOS and Android using the streaming service’s app. Generally, you will need at least iOS 9+ or Android 4.4+, but check your specific service.

Web Browsers

You can stream via web using Chrome with every service. Some offer streaming in Safari and Firefox. Depending on the service you will need to install Microsoft Silverlight or Flash.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $40
Amazon Fire TV -
Apple TV
Google Chromecast
2nd Gen+
Android TV - - -
Android Phone/Tablet






iOS 9+

iOS 9.1+

iOS 10+

iOS 9.3+

iOS 9+

iOS 9+

iOS 9.1+
Web Browser
PlayStation 4 - - - - - -
PlayStation 3 - - - - - -
Xbox One - - - -
Xbox 360 - - - - - -
Nintendo Switch - - - - - -

Live TV Streaming Pages