Canceling YouTube TV? These are some of the best alternatives

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Sometimes, you realize that a live TV streaming service just isn't for you. Maybe it doesn't offer the channels you want, or you need some extra perks that aren't available, or the constant price hikes have put you off. 

YouTube TV is one such cord-cutting service, but it's not for everyone, especially with infrequent price hikes. It's an inclusive all-in-one streaming bundle, with no separate tiers or packages... but sometimes you want to pay more for a premium bundle, or less for a sparse one.  

If you've decided that YouTube TV isn't right for you, you don't need to swear off the world of cord-cutting though. Here are some 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 $76.99 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.

Find out more about Hulu with Live TV here.


If you're a sports fan, you'll want to give Fubo 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 Fubo 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. There are three higher tiers including some expansive ones.

Each of these plans comes with a seven-day Fubo free trial period, as well as add-ons, so you can tailor it to your viewing preferences.

Find out more about FuboTV here. We've also got a guide to Fubo packages here

Philo TV

If you just want to spend as little as you can every month while still actually watching TV, then Philo TV 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. We've also got a guide to Sling TV packages 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.

Find out more about DirecTV here. We've also got a guide to DirecTV packages here.

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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