Companies The Best Cable Alternatives for Watching Live TV  

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While we all may love watching live TV, there are plenty of things we don't love about our cable packages and channel options. In comparison to the many choices for cable alternatives and live TV streaming, cable providers often charge too much for a ton of channels we won't even watch. Fortunately, there's a range of cable TV alternatives for virtually anyone. Whether you're looking for better sports options or more entertainment networks, you can surely find a live streaming service to suit your needs. 

You may be plenty familiar with big names offering cheap cable alternatives, like Hulu and YouTube, but what you might not know is there are plenty of other choices that could potentially offer something more in tune with your preferences. For sports fans, Fubo TV can be a great options with an array of sports networks, while AT&T's Watch TV service may be perfect for those looking for their favorite sitcoms and reality shows.

The best part about these alternatives to cable? No contracts! Plus, every live TV streaming service listed below offers a free trial—so you can give each a shot before deciding on one. To help get you there, check out what fellow TV lovers think of the options below. Of course, be sure to vote up the best cable replacement service. 

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YouTube TV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cable Alternatives for Watching Live TV
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1 201 VOTES

YouTube TV

Price: $40/monthly

Channels: 40

Supported Devices: Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Android, iOS

Pros: Local channels for all markets, unlimited DVR

Cons: Lacks Comedy Central, A&E, Discovery, Food Network, fewer channels than competitors

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Hulu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cable Alternatives for Watching Live TV
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2 129 VOTES

Price: $40

Channels: 50+

Supported Devices: Apple devices, Android, Chromecast, XBox One

Pros: Wide range of channels, includes Hulu subscription, DVR option

Cons: Lacks some major channels like Comedy Central, Discovery, and AMC

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Sling TV is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cable Alternatives for Watching Live TV
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3 93 VOTES

Price: $25 and up (depending on package)

Channels: Approx. 30 ($25 package)

Supported Devices: Amazon Fire, Smart TVs, Roku, Android, iOS, Chromecast, Apple TV

Pros: Multiple package options, DVR option, cheaper than others

Cons: DVR fee, limited basic package, lacking CBS, Fox News, Nickelodeon, Animal Planet

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PlayStation Vue is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cable Alternatives for Watching Live TV
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4 100 VOTES

PlayStation Vue

Price: $45 & up

Channels: 50 ($45 package)

Supported Devices: PS4, PS3, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, iOS, Android, Chromecast

Pros: Package options, unlimited DVR storage, wide channel selection

Cons: Channel selection for cost, lacks Comedy Central, History Channel, MTV, A&E

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