Price: $35 per month
Who It’s Best For: Cord-cutters looking for another option beyond Sling TV and DirecTV Now. YouTube TV, which launched in April, offers access to live TV from up to 50 providers, including all the major networks. It also has a cloud DVR with unlimited storage. Right now its biggest limitations are that it’s only available in five major markets and it doesn’t currently support Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku streaming players. It does have a nice selection of channels, including Bravo, Disney, ESPN, FX, Fox News, Fox Sports, MSNBC, National Geographic, USA, and some regional sports networks. AMC will be added soon, and you also get access to the original programming on YouTube Red, normally $10 a month. Showtime and a few other channels can be added for an additional fee. But right now it lacks programming from Viacom (Comedy Central, MTV), Time Warner (HBO, CNN, Cartoon Network, and TNT), Discovery Communications, and Scripps Networks Interactive (Food Network, HGTV). YouTube says it’s still in discussions with networks, so more channels could be added soon.
Latest News: YouTube TV is now available in five major metro areas: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay area. But the company announced it would soon be rolling out to 10 more markets—Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla., Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.—in the next few weeks. YouTube TV supports up to three simultaneous users and up to six separate accounts. It also has a cloud DVR—a virtual recorder that stores programs for you on YouTube’s servers—that lets you record and save as many shows as you want for up to nine months before they’re deleted. As part of a current limited-time promotion, you can get a free Google Chromecast player after you make your first payment.