You finally have a choice in TV.

Now that you can get lightning-fast internet without tricky bundles from Starry Internet, you get to choose where to get your live TV, instead of relying on whatever your cable company picked.

Our favorite cable TV alternatives

We discovered that the best bet for most people is to start by subscribing to a live TV service, and adding any on-demand services like Netflix or Prime Video to fill in the gaps on top of that.

YouTube TV has a selection of 60+ cable channels including local news, most live sports (including NESN), and a wide range of cable channels. You also get access to the growing library of YouTube Red Originals. On top of all that, it includes 6 accounts per household and a Cloud DVR with no storage limits.

From $50/month

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Hulu Live includes 60+ popular TV channels and a massive streaming library with exclusives like Casual and The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s one of the only options that includes the entire Comedy Central catalog, for any South Park fans out there. Lastly, it includes 50 hours of DVR space.

From $45/month

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Sling TV is one of the most affordable options and is available on nearly every platform, but you’ll miss having CBS for some NFL games, a popular newscast, and their lineup of shows. Sling does not currently offer DVR capability.

From $25/month

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Playstation Vue allows you to stream on up to five devices at once, and not just on PlayStation. The more expensive plan gives access to 90+ channels including ESPN and premium channels like HBO and Showtime. If you have a PlayStation 4, you can game and watch TV from the same device — no more switching inputs! Plus, unlimited DVR storage is included.

From $45/month

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DirecTV Now is the most complete TV alternative with a selection of over 65 channels. The entry-level price includes a wide array of cable channels, a serviceable library of on-demand content, and 20 hours of Cloud DVR. Basically, it's cable TV on the internet. Unfortunately, it is not yet available on popular platforms like Xbox.

From $50/month

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Fubo TV is geared toward sports fanatics. If you primarily care about watching your team — or all the teams — Fubo is likely the option for you. With over 100 channels, there’s only one glaring limitation: Fubo doesn’t include ABC or ESPN. But with 30 hours of Cloud DVR, you can catch up on any games that you miss.

From $45/month

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Use an antenna for local broadcasts

There’s always the old-fashioned antenna, which picks up any of the broadcast networks in your area. It’s perfect for tuning in to the local coverage, like regular season Red Sox games or afternoon Patriots matchups that your streaming service might miss.

Make sure you can root for your team

Whether you’re a transplant, an ex-pat, or you just have one particular niche, there are plenty of ways to get the game through a live stream — just make sure the service you pick has the league you love.


Fill in the gaps with streaming entertainment

We’ve heard people say that we’re living in the “Golden Age of TV” and you know what? It’s true. Regardless of which service you choose — or if you choose all of them — you can’t go far without running into award-winning entertainment.

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