5 Best Live TV Streaming Services (All Offer FREE Trials!) + Bonus Idea That’s Even Cheaper

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We investigate the best TV streaming service available to watch live TV channels without cable.

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Calling all potential cord-cutters! 📺

Looking to find the best live TV streaming service to replace your hefty cable bill? As much as we love Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and other exclusive content streaming services, we don’t want to give up our favorite cable shows, and with these options, you don’t have to!

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Making this switch can save you tons of money while getting similar, if not better, benefits.

We’re sharing 5 of the best live TV streaming services, and even breaking down everything from special features to pricing.

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For this live streaming TV comparison, we’re focusing on packages that offer local live television channels in addition to stations typically referred to as cable TV such as Food Network, Hallmark, Nickelodeon, etc.

Here are 5 of the best live TV streaming service options:

1. Sling TV is a solid & simple streaming plan.

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Sling TV $10/month for the first month (then $35/month)

3-day FREE trial available

Sling TV offers starting packages at just $10 for the first month then $35/month afterwards. They often come out with competitive offers when you’re a new customer to take advantage of, too!

With the Orange package, you’ll receive 32 channels geared towards college football and family content, 50 hours of DVR cloud storage, and streaming on one device (can be updated to three). With the Blue package, the only difference from Orange is you’ll get 43 channels geared towards pro football and news outlets. To get the best of both worlds, you also have the option to combine both packages for only $15 more a month.

If you’re one who gets irritated when you see you’re paying tons on your cable bill for channels you don’t watch, Sling TV is a really great live TV streaming service.

2. Philo is awesome for family channels.

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Philo $25/month

7-day FREE trial available

Although there are no sports channels, Philo features over 60 channels and an on-demand library for only $25! You can also stream three devices at once and unlimited DVR space, so, if you aren’t a major sports fan and don’t mind missing channels like ABC, CBS, and FOX, this may be the choice for you.

If that’s not enough for this low price, there are options to upgrade your account with Movies & More, Epix, and/or Starz with free 7-day trials for each!

3. YouTube TV is a top-tier option at a fair price.

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YouTube TV $54.99/month (for the first 3 months, then $65+/month)

14-day FREE trial available

YouTube TV includes over 85 channels, including sports favorites like ESPN and NBC Sports. You can set up six profiles and simultaneously stream three at a time. There’s also unlimited DVR cloud storage at no additional cost with no annual contract!

For that, out of all the options on this list, this definitely seems like a top-tier offer that can save you up to $500/year. They even offer a free trial to see if this is the option for you.

4. Hulu + Live TV gives you tons of channels in addition to three streaming libraries.

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Hulu + Live TV $69.99+

7-day FREE trial available

Hulu + Live TV will give you over 75 live channels in addition to the libraries of Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ included at no extra cost. These channels include local networks and sports channels like NCAA, NBA, NHL, NFL, and more! Since Disney+ (regularly $7.99/month) and ESPN+ (regularly $6.99/month) are included, you’ll be saving even more by accessing your favorite live TV channels as well the exclusive content between all three streaming services!

They offer 50 hours of cloud DVR storage, but you can only stream on one screen at a time. If you did want to upgrade to three devices at once, it would cost you an additional $9.99. You can also customize add-ons if you want more channels.

Try it with peace of mind as cancellation of Hulu + Live TV is easy online or by phone.

5. FuboTV is great for sports fans.


fuboTV $64.99+

3-day FREE trial available

With fuboTV, you’ll be able to enjoy over a hundred channels in 4K including sports. With the starter plan, you’ll receive 109 channels, 250 hours of cloud DVR space, and will be able to stream three screens at once. You can stream on any of your devices and cancel anytime.

They also offer a free trial which you should take advantage of as this may not be the best live TV streaming service if you’re not interested primarily in the sports content available.

Want to get live TV streaming for your local channels without paying a monthly fee?

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If you really want to save a lot of money, consider buying an HDTV Antenna from Amazon for under $30. You’ll pay no monthly fee and will get full HD Channels like ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, and more! This antenna has over 14,000 reviews on Amazon with a 4.3 out of 5 stars rating!

Before buying an HDTV antenna, head here first to find out which network channels are available for free in your local area.

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About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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Comments 38

  1. Vealada

    Check out Philo if you don’t need sports packages. We pay under $18 a month and get so many channels.

    • Ami

      I had them for a while when Xfinity/Comcast didn’t offer Investigation Discovery in its lineup. If my boyfriend was more tech savvy, I would have kept it and pitched cable. You can also subscribe to ESPN plus as another subscription service to supplement Philo. Some Verizon plans also include some streaming services as well.

    • tracy

      We pay $20 for Philo. We had Sling earlier this year also. They are very similar. If you like the Hallmark channel, Philo has 3 of them. Constant Christmas romance movies.

      • Kathy

        Do you get lifetime movies also? Thanks

        • Traci

          Yes, Philo has Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network.

          • Kathy

            Thank you, Traci

        • LauraG

          I had Philo for $16 a month (it’s now $25 a month) until some of the programs on TLC weren’t included anymore. Now I have Discovery+ for $4.99 a month and FrndlyTV for $7.99 a month. Frndly includes all the Hallmark channels and Lifetime.

          • Kathy

            Thank you, LauraG

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the helpful suggestion, Vealada!

  2. eileenmccartybranham

    We have Hulu Live for ESPN and Food network. Works great. Word of caution: streaming TV eats up internet bandwidth so check your home internet for data caps. Between TV and 2 online gamers, we touch our cap nearly every month(and we get 1.25 TB!)

    • Michelle W

      Same here! We have instituted a wifi free day each week. We turn off the router so no internet is used and do outdoor activities/read or watch a favorite movie on the DVD player.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the helpful warning! Good to know!

  3. Eddie

    Select markets will get NBC Local on Sling Blue, and I believe Sling Blue comes with the 10hrs of cloud DVR. To add the majority of the channels to Sling and upgrade the DVR to 50hrs, you can opt for all seven of the add on packs (usually $5 each) for $20/mo. I just made the switch last week and went from paying Fios $150/mo down to paying $30/mo for internet and $50/mo for Sling.

    Also, love the CBS Philly screenshot!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing, Eddie!

  4. Angela

    We got YouTubeTV when NFL season started, and it’s honestly awesome. I’ve been a FireStick household for years (with Roku before that), and the YouTubeTV live section is just as smooth and easy as those. You can still pause/rewind/fast-forward, so you get to skip commercials. And it gives you everything you need if you’re an NFL fan. I have a Fire tv so I still have my other streaming platforms, but adding YT was the best decision! Everyone I know who has it, loves it.

    • Brenda

      👆 Agree!!! We get yotube tv just for nfl season , then do on demand Hulu and Netflix rest of year.

  5. Lisa Ferris

    Thank you for putting this together! We have YouTube TV and have been very happy, but wanted to compare with other streaming options. The spreadsheet is very helpful.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Glad this is helpful, Lisa! You’re SO welcome!

  6. elabella814

    At these prices, it is more affordable (in my area) to just keep cable. Thanks for the list though, Hip2Save!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome!


    we have YouTubeTv. Previously satellite then playstation vue when they ended to YouTubeTv. While you can get satellite or cable for the same or cheaper – I have no contract can switch or end at any time. I have DVR which was not available with others. I have access to on-demand, if something is not on my DVR I can find I can still watch it, in a lot of cases whole seasons. My son is in college in another state, he can use it there. There are 3 of us in the household, all 3 of us steaming at 1 is rare but can be done. I have a capped Wifi, work from home and never get close to the cap unless my college kid is home playing call of duty.

  8. IB

    We have Hulu Live and in light of their price increase, I did a lot of research to determine what would be a better option. I’ve decided to go with Sling Orange + Blue for $45.00 month. It has every channel we want, including live channels, plus a lot more and will save us $25/month over the Hulu package we now have.

    • Jan

      I have sling blue and sling orange in our area we do not get local networks but all the other channels we want love the price but we have slot of issues with freezing and looping and are often kicked I’ve upgraded our internet have Samsung 4K and all the letters that they put on TVs these days as well I am trying out Hulu right now not having any issues with it and also have no issues with streaming Netflix

  9. Michelle W

    We have antenna for all the local channels for free. We have a yearly subscription to Disney + for around $5.90 a month and Hulu for $1.99 a month. We did sign up for two months of Sling Blue for $50 and also got a free TiVo streaming device with it. We are still evaluating if we watch Sling enough to keep it.

    • Lisa

      We did the same, Michelle, about a year ago — cut that cord! We are very fortunate, however, to get decent local channels with our antenna in the attic. So liberating. Now, we did share a subscription of Netflix with our son. Usually you can find a Netflix giftcard on sale (BB usually will give you a $10 BB giftard) with a purchase. It’s the little things that add up — or not.

      • David

        We cut the cord and tried YouTube TV and AT&T for a couple years. YouTube was by far the better option, but when they raised their rates and cut some of the sports channels we went to an antenna in the attic as well. For a one time investment of $25, we get about 60 channels in a Minneapolis suburb, and about 30 of them are worthwhile. I missed having a DVR, so added a Tablo Quad which can be used on all TVs in the house by wifi and connect remotely – although we don’t get out much these days. They have a basic programming option that’s functional but not useful. The $50/year subscription is almost required, but still far less than we were paying with cable or any of the streaming services.

  10. Monique

    I have t-vision from T-Mobile it’s new but so far so good plans are $40 $50 and $60 the hub which allows streaming apps suck as Netflix is $50 and once you buy you own

  11. Freedom

    What about Pluto TV?

    • Krissy

      We love Pluto! It’s free and there are some great old shows to watch.

      • lauriejack

        and they keep adding new channels as well. They have music channels so you cna listen to free streaming.

  12. LauraG

    Any way Hip2Save can delete all the years old comments on these type of posts before reposting? Sometimes the old info makes things confusing. Thanks!! 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the feedback and request! 🥰 So sorry for any confusion. We’ll scan through these and remove any that may not still be helpful. 🤗

  13. Cindy

    We have YouTube TV and love it. Not only is it cheaper than cable in our area, but you have the ability to choose premium channels on a month-to-month basis. There are several shows we like that are the only show we watch on a particular channel, so being able to purchase that channel for only a couple months out of the year while the show is on is awesome. Also, we share our account with my parents, who live in a neighboring town. They don’t watch much TV but were paying for cable for the few shows they liked. It’s nice to be able to offer it to them without having to pay more. We all use Roku to watch and have found it intuitive.

  14. Emily

    We switched over 5 years ago to antenna TV. We also have netflix, hulu, and Disney+ now, but honestly, we get a lot of over the air channels and we get even more channels with Samsung TV and Roku TV.

  15. Peaches

    I grabbed the $10 off per month for Philo last summer from T-mobile right before Philo raised their price and am currently enjoying it for $10.00 per month as the rate I am locked in at is $20/month. According to T-mobile’s FAQ the $10 off lasts as long as I am a T-mobile customer. Add $6.99 for commercial free Discovery Plus and $7.99 for Disney Plus and I am one happy camper!

  16. lauriejack

    So if you are keeping an eye out at Black Friday you can nab Hulu for 99 cents a month for a year; Paramount Plus is always offering a free month every month – just do a search – you may have to use a new e-mail address but I have never paid for it; Dont bother with the annual AMC+ deal that is being offered – it only worked for a week for me – took tech support over 19 days to respond to my ticket & they asked me if they could close it even though it wasnt resolved; Keep a look out for free promo codes on magazine inserts – found one for HGTV; but also just google for free promo codes – they are out there

  17. Ruthie P

    My experience with FuboTV was AWFUL. They were dishonest and extremely hard to cancel. And there are so many cheaper options. Sling and YoutubeTV are much better options.

  18. Ruthie P

    My experience with FuboTV was AWFUL. They were dishonest and extremely hard to cancel. And there are so many cheaper and better options. Sling, Philo, and YoutubeTV are much better services.

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