The 6 Best Live TV Streaming Services of 2022

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Features: 3 package options | Sports channels | AirTV 2 and AirTV Mini streaming devices

Sling TV has an a la carte approach to channels that sets it apart from its competitors and makes it our top pick. While the others tend to only offer one or two packages, Sling TV offers three basic packages – Blue, Orange, Orange and Blue – plus a wide variety of packages that bundle up to a dozen related channels. This is a mixed blessing, as it can be a bit confusing. But I like it because I can only get the channels I want.

It starts with two $35 per month for the blue or orange channel packages. Some channels (TBS and TNT) are available on both Sling Orange, over 31 channels, and Sling Blue, over 41 channels. Orange is basically an ESPN/Disney package, while Blue offers a Fox/NBC package. Your best deal, if you want a wide selection of channels, is to combine them in the Orange & Blue package for $50.

What you don’t get are local ABC, CBS, and PBS channels. For that, Sling TV recommends using an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. Indeed, Sling TV has its own streaming devices, AirTV 2 and AirTV Mini, to watch both Sling TV and your local channels. I’ve used them both and liked them.

Sling TV’s packages, in addition to the usual offerings as Showtime channels, cost from $6 to $10 per month. For example, the $11 Sports Extra comes with 15 channels, including NBA TV, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, NHL Network, and several college sports networks. It also offers a personal favorite, Willow Cricket, for $10 a month. The $6 Hollywood Extra offers seven channels, including — for my mindset — the essential Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and ReelZ.

On its cloud DVR, Sling TV offers 50 hours. If you want more, you can get up to 200 hours of storage for an additional $5 per month. You can also fast forward through commercials with this service.

Your streaming options are… interesting. Sling Orange only allows you to stream one channel at a time, while Sling Blue allows three. If you get the package with both, you can stream four shows at once.

Finally, if you want non-English channels, Sling TV is better than all the other services combined. It includes numerous Asian and European language offerings. It also offers Arabic and Brazilian Portuguese.

Personally, I have loved Sling TV since it pioneered live TV streaming in 2016. I like the interface, I like the speed and I like that I can pick and choose my channels. The combined price for blue and orange is still below that of its main competitors, making Sling TV the best streaming service today for the price.
Advantages:

Pioneer in Live TV Streaming in 2016It starts with two channel packs of $35 a month Great international language options

cons:

What you don’t get are local ABC, CBS and PBS channels. On its cloud DVR, Sling TV offers just 50 hours (or 200 hours for an extra $5).

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