It’s over a month into quarantine and my therapist says I’m not allowed to watch The Witcher any more. So, I scoured the interwebs for new things to watch and finally got around to writing part two of my Ultimate Guide to Streaming Services During COVID-19: Best Streaming Services for Live TV.
Note from the writer: I made this article entirely out of Witcher memes. Cheers!
The Best Streaming Services in 2020
In the last installment of the Ultimate Guide to Streaming Services During COVID-19 we explored all of the discounts and promotions now offered by the various streaming services because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In this installment of Best Streaming Services for Live TV 2020, we’re going to explore the many streaming services that offer live TV to quarantined users and highlight the best service to stream shows, sports and live TV during COVID-19.
What are the Best Streaming Services in 2020?
Unless you live in Nilfgaard, it’s safe to say that you know about the Big Three streaming services – Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Frequently updated with hit TV shows and movies, each hosts a staggering array of entertainment offerings to suit any taste.
Better yet is the price. You could subscribe to the premium versions of all three streaming services at once and still pay a fraction of what you pay for cable or satellite. So, which is the best streaming service in 2020? Well that depends on what you like to watch.
What is the Best Streaming TV Service 2020?
If you’re into TV shows more than movies, then Hulu is going to be your best choice. As of April, 2020 there are more than 43,000 TV episodes from 1,650 shows hosted on the platform.
However, if you’re more into movies, documentaries and epic miniseries, like The Witcher and Tiger King, then Netflix is going to be the service for you. Either way, you’re bound to find something that interests you.
Best Live TV Streaming Services for 2020
Okay. Netflix and Hulu have tons of original and curated content. So what? What if, like me, you’ve been quarantined inside for over a month and already watched every episode of Tiger King more times than you’re comfortable admitting.
Well, then I’d recommend that you try live TV. Before you ask. No. I would never recommend that anyone pay for cable just because they like to watch live TV. Don’t be silly. Cable sucks and everyone knows it.
Cable is far from the only way to watch live TV. You can stream live TV the same way you stream your favorite recorded TV shows, you just need the right streaming service:
1. YouTube TV ($49.99/ month)
If you’re looking for a great all-around replacement for cable or satellite, you need to look no further than YouTube TV. The streaming giant hosts an impressive lineup of live programs and live feeds, like ABC, AMC, CBS, CNN, ESPN and NBC.
The service is also frequently updated and most recently added content from Animal Planet, Food Network, HGTV and the Travel Channel, as well as NBA League Pass, Showtime, and Starz as subscription add-ons.
2. Hulu ($54.99/month = Hulu + Live TV)
In addition to their existing subscription offerings, Hulu + Live TV offers 60+ channels of sports, entertainment programming and live news feeds, like ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, CNN International and MSNBC.
Hulu’s live TV subscription also comes with access to local CBS, Fox, and NBC affiliates, and popular entertainment channels, like Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Discovery, Disney, Food Network, FX, HGTV, National Geographic, and SYFY
3. FuboTV ($54.99/month)
If the only reason you pay for cable is to watch live sports, then FuboTV is the streaming option for you. FuboTV offers a 90-channel lineup of sports, news and entertainment from big names like NBC, CBS, Fox, the NFL Network, and NBA TV.
You can also supplement your FuboTV subscription with add-ons, like the Sports Plus ($8.99 per month) and Adventure Plus ($4.99 per month) options. Or you can go crazy and add Fubo Extra, which gives you an additional 35 channels of content, for just $4.99 on top of your monthly bill.
4. Philo ($20/Month)
If you’re more into entertainment-focused streaming and high-value, then you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better streaming service than Philo for only $20 per month. With Philo you get 58 channels, including AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, BET, Cooking Channel, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, and the Travel Channel.
Though Philo offers an impressive lineup of live channels, it doesn’t offer any sports channels. So, it isn’t recommended for anyone with a sports fix.
5. Sling TV ($30/Month)
Sling TV is a streaming service with a lineup of channels distributed across two separate planes – Orange and Blue. For $45-per-month you can subscribe to the combined Sling Orange & Blue plan for the best selection of channels, which include AMC, CNN, Disney Channel, ESPN, Food Network, NFL Network, TNT, Travel Channel, and SYFY.
Otherwise, Sling’s channel add-ons start at $5 per month for extras, like Disney XD, Nicktoons, and Boomerang, and Sports Extra add-on features like ESPNU, NBA TV, NHL Network, and PAC 12 Network.
Stay Tuned and Stay Home
Do you like what you read here? Stay tuned for Part III of my Ultimate Guide to Streaming Services During COVID-19: Best Game Streaming Services. If you like what you read here and would like to feature content like this on your blog, then contact me today to get started.
P.S. Do your part to end the Coronavirus epidemic by staying home, washing your hands and supporting local businesses. Remember, we’re all in this together.