Canceling YouTube TV? These are some of the best alternatives

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Like most streaming services, YouTube TV is constantly getting more expensive, with a mid-March price rise increasing the monthly cost by $8 to $72.99 monthly. It's understandable then if the high cost of cord-cutting might convince you to look for an alternative.

While YouTube TV still sits on our list of the best live TV streaming services, there are certainly more affordable options out there, that won't offer as many channels but won't hurt your bank account as much either.

Below, we've rounded up the best YouTube TV alternatives that you should consider.

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu is home to a whole host of incredible entertainment, including its own Hulu Originals like Pam & Tommy, The Handmaid's Tale, The Great and more. With the Hulu with Live TV package, you also benefit from 75-plus live channels, access to Disney Plus and ESPN Plus and the streamer's on-demand library of TV shows and movies, all for $69.99 a month (with ads).

Customize your Hulu with Live TV plan exactly how you want with the option to select further add-ons. These include HBO Max, Cinemax and Showtime, as well as the option for unlimited screens and cloud DVR.

The Hulu with Live TV also comes with a seven-day Hulu free trial, so you can give it a try before you fully commit.

Find out more about Hulu with Live TV here.


If you're a sports fan, you'll want to give FuboTV a try. It also has a huge stable of add-ons for all kinds of sports, including international sports, soccer (aka football as it's known outside of the US), outdoor events and more.

With FuboTV you have a choice of a few plans, but its baseline Pro plan costs $74.99 a month and boasts 129 channels and 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR. Then there's the Elite plan with 183 channels for $84.99. 

Just like Hulu, each of these plans comes with a seven-day FuboTV free trial period, as well as add-ons, so you can tailor it to your viewing preferences.

Find out more about FuboTV here.


If you just want to spend as little as you can every month while still actually watching TV, then Philo may well be the budget choice for you. For just $25 a month you'll get more than 60 channels — and these are channels that you know and love — from news, to entertainment, to lifestyle — including MTV, Comedy Central, Lifetime and the Paramount Network.

And Philo is available on just about every device you've got. It's really one of those services you have to see to believe.

Find out more about Philo TV here.

Sling TV

Sling TV is another affordable option for those looking to avoid an expensive cable package. With its Sling TV Blue and Orange packages, you can opt for one or both, depending on the channels you want to watch. On their own, each offers 30-plus channels and costs $40 a month. You can combine the Blue and Orange packages for a monthly cost of $55.

Although there's no longer a Sling TV free trial, they are currently offering new subscribers their first month half off.

Find out more about Sling TV here.

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream has been through many iterations in its time. Previously it was known as AT&T TV, before that DirecTV Now and AT&T TV Now. Whatever it's called the streaming service has an option of four packages, at varying price points, depending on how many channels you want to stream. The DirecTV Stream entertainment plan starts at $69.99 a month, all the way up to the Premier Plan, at $149.99 a month, which throws in more than 150 channels and HBO Max.

Alice Marshall
eCommerce Editor

Alice is eCommerce Editor at Future with a focus on streaming services and VPN across CinemaBlend and TechRadar. This includes writing and delivering the best buying advice on Disney Plus, HBO Max, Hulu, and other popular providers, as well as How to Watch articles so you know exactly where to stream the hottest new TV shows and movies where you are around the world. With over 5 years experience in the commercial writing space, Alice has been writing about consumer tech for the last 3 years, previously writing for Trusted Reviews before joining Future.

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