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Cable alternatives on Roku - Live TV streaming services

August 13, 2021 - 15:20 -- RokuGuide

Cable alternatives on Roku - Live TV streaming servicesCord-cutting is popular, and with good reason - cable bills have become exorbitant, and we end up paying for dozens of channels that we never watch. For many people, though, there is no good alternative for popular cable channels like HGTV, Food Network, and Bravo. If you're willing to pay for service but want to lower your bill, or you have high-speed Internet but you don't have access to cable or satellite TV, the live TV streaming services discussed below are available on Roku and offer an alternative to traditional cable and satellite television.

Prices and channel lineups can and do change frequently, so check the providers' websites for recent updates. Also, be aware that local channels and regional sports vary by location. If your selection of a live TV streaming service is based on the availability of a specific network affiliate or the ability to watch your local sports team, verify that these will be available at your specific location.



Click the linked channel names below for more information on each channel.

  • DIRECTV STREAM - (Formerly known as AT&T TV) Over 140 TV channels are available depending on service level, and DIRECTV STREAM now requires no annual contract - you can cancel at any time with no cancellation charges. Four no-contract packages are available, ranging from $69.99 per month to $149.99 per month plus tax. All packages include 20 hours of cloud DVR Service, with unlimited recording time available for $10/month. Depending on the package, you may also receive HBO Max, SHOWTIME, and Regional Sports Networks with no additional fees. Several premium and international add-ons are also available. Click here to visit the DIRECTV STREAM website.
  • Sling TV - Sling offers two services, Sling Orange (32 channels) and Sling Blue (43 channels), for $10 for the first month and then $35 per month. The primary difference between the two is that Blue includes ESPN and Disney, but is limited to streaming on only one device at a time. Orange forgoes these channels but lets you stream on three devices simultaneously while adding Fox channels and CNN. Both plans include 50 hours of cloud DVR. Combine Orange & Blue to get everything from both plans for a 25% discount ($20 for the first month and then $50 per month). Many shows are also available on-demand. There are a number of add-on packages like Sports Extra, News Extra, and Lifestyle Extra, as well as international add-ons such as Best of Spanish TV, Chinese Mini, Français Mini, and Arabic Mini. You can also subscribe to premium services such as Showtime, Starz, EPIX, and many others. Some local channels are available in select markets. Click here to visit the Sling TV website.
  • Philo - A sports-free streaming TV service with just one plan that includes 63 channels for $25 per month after a 7-day free trial. The service includes unlimited cloud DVR that stores your shows for 12 months, and you can stream on up to three different devices at one time. Epix and STARZ are available as add-ons for additional fees. The service includes an extensive on-demand library of 60,000 movies, shows, and specials. Click here to visit the Philo website.
  • fuboTV - A sports-centered live TV streaming service, but also a full-fledged cable alternative, with up to 154 channels. Three English-language service levels are available for $65 to $85 per month after a 7-day free trial. Stream to 3 to 10 devices at once and record 250 to 1,000 hours of cloud DVR, depending on service level. Latino package includes 32 Spanish-language channels for $33 per month. Numerous add-ons are available, including Sports Plus with NFL RedZone, International Sports Plus, and Adventure Plus. Click here to visit the fuboTV website.
  • Vidgo - Includes over 95 channels, including all the ESPN and FOX channels. Vidgo also offers a Spanish-langauge package. Only one service level is available, with a new-subscriber promotional price of $10/month for the first month, then you pay the regular price of $55/month English or $30/month Spanish. Vidgo has no video on demand and no cloud DVR capability, but you can stream on three devices at a time. Click here to visit the Vidgo website.
  • Hulu + Live TV - Over 75 live TV channels that include sports, news, and entertainment for $64.99/month after a one-week free trial. Depending on location, you may also get local ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and CW channels. The Entertainment Add-On provides ten additional channels. Other add-ons include the ability to stream to an unlimited number of devices, enhanced cloud DVR, and Spanish channels. Hulu + Live TV also includes access to the full Hulu on-demand library. Click here to visit the Hulu + Live TV website.
  • Frndly TV - Provides 21 family-friendly channels, which are included in all three service levels ranging in prices from $5.99/month for SD streaming on one device at a time, to $9.99/month for HD streaming on up four devices at a time. Unlimited cloud DVR recording is included in the middle and upper packages. Frndly offers a 7-day free trial. Click here to visit the Frndly TV website.
  • YouTube TV - Now available within the YouTube instead of as a standalone Roku app, YouTube TV carries over 85 channels of entertainment, news, live sports, and more for $64.99 per month after a free trial. Local network affiliates are available in some markets. YouTube TV also provides unlimited cloud DVR storage, and you can stream simultaneously on three devices while creating personalized watch recommendations and live programming guides for up to six family members. Click here to visit the YouTube TV website.
This page is updated on a regular basis. Information is current as of August 13, 2021, but packages, programming, and pricing are subject to change. Please visit each service's website to confirm current offers. RokuGuide.com may receive a referral fee for any purchases or subscriptions made through links on this page, but this does not influence our reviews or recommendations. See our full FTC Disclosure Statement for more information.