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Your cable bill may have you wondering if you really need -- or are getting -- what you want for the price. Cord-cutting may be more budget-friendly right now, even if you prefer to watch live TV. If you're asking yourself whether it's still worth the cost, there are plenty of other options to access your favorite channels. Live TV streaming services offer a much wider selection of channels than an antenna would, and you can stream on your phone or computer, too.
Six major services are available today: AT&T's DirecTV Stream, Google's YouTube TV, Disney's Hulu Plus Live TV, Dish Network's Sling TV, FuboTV and Philo. Our full live-TV streaming guide has all the details about prices and features of the various services, but really, it's all about the channels.
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The Big Chart: Top 100 channels compared (Updated June 2022)
The main difference between the services is their channel lineups. All of them offer different slates of channels for various prices.
Below you'll find a chart that shows the top 100 channels across all six services. There are actually seven listed because Sling TV has two different "base" tiers, Orange and Blue. And if you're wondering, I chose which "top" channels made the cut. Sorry, AXS TV, Discovery Life, GSN and Universal HD.
The realm of live TV streaming continues to evolve, giving consumers plenty of choices if they want to cut cable. DirecTV Stream expanded its PBS channel availability and YouTube TV added the Hallmark network. Hulu Plus Live TV increased its price by $5 and now provides unlimited DVR for all customers at no extra charge. FuboTV eliminated its $65 starter package, and now its base bundle is priced at $70. Those changes are reflected in the chart below where applicable.
Some more stuff to know about the chart:
- Yes = The channel is available on the cheapest pricing tier. That price is listed next to the service's name.
- No = The channel isn't available at all on that service.
- $ = The channel is available for an extra fee, either a la carte or as part of a more expensive package or كورة لايف لبث المباريات add-on.
- Regional sports networks -- local channels devoted to showing regular-season games of particular pro baseball, basketball and hockey teams -- are not listed. DirecTV Stream's $90 tier has the most RSNs by far, but a few are available on other services. See our NBA and NHL streaming guides for details.
- Local ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, MyNetworkTV and The CW networks are not available in every city. Since availability of these channels varies, you'll want to check the service's website to make sure it carries your local network.
- Local PBS stations are only currently available on YouTube TV and DirecTV Stream. Again you'll want to check local availability.
- Fubo subscribers may find that the ACC Network and SEC Network are included with their package at no extra cost. Check availability for your state.
- The chart columns are arranged in order of price, so if you can't see everything you want, try scrolling right.
- Overwhelmed? An easier-to-understand Google Spreadsheet is here.
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