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Cable alternatives on Roku - Live TV streaming services

December 31, 2020 - 11:30 -- 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.
  • AT&T TV - Over 140 TV channels are available depending on service level, and AT&T 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. 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 2020-2021 season of NBA League Pass. Several premium and international add-ons are also available.
  • Sling TV - Sling offers two services, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, for $35 per month each. Each includes over 50 channels of news, sports, and entertainment. 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. Both plans include 10 hours of cloud DVR. Orange + Blue includes everything from both plans for a 25% discount. Many shows are also available on-demand. There are a number of add-on packages like Sports Extra, Kids Extra, News Extra, and Lifestyle Extra, and you can subscribe to premium services such as Showtime, Starz, EPIX, and many others. Some local channels including FOX and NBC are available in select markets.
  • fuboTV - A sports-centered live TV streaming service, but also a full-fledged cable alternative, with up to 166 channels. Two English-language service levels are available for $64.99 per month and $79.99 per month. Stream to 3 to 5 devices and once and record 250 to 1,000 hours of cloud DVR, depending on service level. Latino package includes 32 Spanish-language channels for $29.99 per month. Numerous add-ons are avaialable, including Sports Plus with NFL RedZone, International Sports Plus, and Adventure Plus.
  • Hulu + Live TV - Over 50 live and on-demand TV channels that include sports, news, and entertainment for $64.99/month after a one-week free trial. 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.
  • Philo - A sports-free streaming TV service with just one plan that includes 63 channels for $20 per month after free trial. The service includes a 30-day cloud DVR with unlimited storage and you can stream on up to three different devices at one time. Epix and STARZ are available as add-ons for additional fees.
  • Frndly TV - Provides just 15 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.
  • Vidgo - Includes over 80 national and local 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 two months, then you pay the regular price of $55/month. No free trial is available. Vidgo has no video on demand and no cloud DVR capability, but you can stream on three devices at a time.
  • YouTube TV - YouTube TV is currently unavailable in the Roku channel store, but current subscribers who have already installed the YouTube TV app on their Roku devices can continue to use the app. See this article for more information.
This page is updated on a regular basis. Information is current as of March 19, 2021, but packages, programming, and pricing are subject to change. Please visit each service's website to confirm current offers. 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.