If you’ve cut the cable TV cord and aren’t 100% happy with your streaming TV service, now is a good opportunity to try a new and possibly cheaper option.
At a time when most of us are home due to the coronavirus pandemic, programming on major sports networks has changed dramatically.
Should You Switch Live TV Streaming Services Now? Here’s What to Consider
Sporting events across the country have been canceled. That means nobody is watching live NBA, NHL, NCAA and other games right now or for the foreseeable future.
If you’re looking for ways to cut costs amid the coronavirus pandemic, you can switch to a cheaper live TV streaming service that doesn’t have the sports networks that drive up cable, satellite and streaming TV bills.
Since the major streaming TV providers have no contracts, you can always switch back when life returns to normal.
- Philo’s $20 a month plan carries nearly 60 networks that focus on lifestyle and entertainment. No sports or local news.
- Sling TV has two packages that cost $30 per month each: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Local news is limited, but you’ll get a mix of sports, entertainment and cable news. For more channels, combine the packages and pay $45 a month.
With either of these services, you may be able to use a digital antenna to pick up your local ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and independent stations.
To determine if switching to one of these streaming TV services makes sense for your household, take a look at the channel lineups and think about the type of content you’ll want to watch during the coronavirus pandemic.
Philo Channel Lineup
American Heroes Channel
BBC World News
Game Show Network
Great American Country
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Sling TV Channel Lineups
Sling Orange + Blue
A&E A&E A&E
AMC AMC AMC
AXS TV AXS TV AXS TV
BBC America BBC America BBC America
BET BET BET
Bloomberg Bloomberg Bloomberg
Cartoon Network Cartoon Network Cartoon Network
Cheddar Cheddar Cheddar
CNN CNN CNN
Comedy Central Comedy Central Comedy Central
Comet Comet Comet
Discovery Channel Discovery Channel
Disney Channel Disney Channel
EPIX Drive-In EPIX Drive-In EPIX Drive-In
Food Network Food Network Food Network
Fox News Channel Fox News Channel
FOX (select markets) FOX (select markets)
Fox Sports 1 (FS1) Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Fuse Fuse Fuse
HGTV HGTV HGTV
History Channel History Channel History Channel
IFC IFC IFC
Investigation Discovery (ID) Investigation Discovery (ID) Investigation Discovery (ID)
Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime
Local Now Local Now Local Now
National Geographic National Geographic
NBC (select markets) NBC (select markets)
Newsy Newsy Newsy
NFL Network NFL Network
Nick Jr. Nick Jr. Nick Jr.
Stadium Stadium Stadium
TBS TBS TBS
TNT TNT TNT
Travel Channel Travel Channel Travel Channel
Vice Vice Vice
Philo and Sling TV both offer free trials. You can always test them out before deciding to pause or cancel your existing service.
In addition to live TV streaming services, there are other subscription video streaming services and even free streaming services that you can try out if you’re spending more time on the couch these days!