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Best YouTube TV Alternative Options (Top 6 Plus the Freebie Option!!)

With YouTube TV raising their price to $65 a month, many are starting to look for YouTube TV alternative options. Cutting TV and streaming costs can save you upwards of $1,000 a year. The options below are far cheaper. PLUS, there is actually a freebie option that I recently discovered!

Check out all the YouTube TV alternative options below!

1) Sling TV

Sling TV is a great YouTube TV alternative, and for almost half the cost!

Starting at just $35 a month, Sling TV also offers a free trial for you to test it out.

Each of their plan options includes:

  • 50 hours of DVR,
  • no contracts, and
  • up to 3 streaming devices.

Sling TV also has quite a few promotions going on at any given time. For example, this month, you can get $10 off your first month as a new customer, or get a free streaming device (worth $80) if you prepay for two months at a time.

Sling TV offers three different packages:

  • Sling Orange
  • Sling Blue
  • and a tier that combines both options.

If you’re trying to see which option is best for you, here is a quick rundown.

YouTube TV AlternativeSling Orange

Sling Orange is $35 dollars a month. It includes some of the following channels:

  • TNT
  • Fox News
  • CNN
  • AMC
  • History
  • HGTV
  • ID

While it does include many more channels, Sling Orange is best for those who like news and entertainment.

Sling Blue

Sling Blue is also $35 a month, and includes some of the following channels:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • Nick Jr.
  • BBC America
  • Food Network

Sling Blue is best if you want to watch live sports, but it includes many of the channels that Sling Orange has as well.

Both

Want both? That will run you $50 a month, but you’ll get all of the included channels, news networks, and live sports. Even if you pay for both, you’ll still be under the $65 a month that YouTube Live charges for the same channels.

2) Philo

Philo is another live TV and YouTube TV alternative. They are also the cheapest live TV option on this list.

At just $20 a month, you get access to over 60 channels, including:

  • A&E
  • BBC World News
  • Lifetime
  • Food Network
  • Nickelodeon
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel
  • & more!

You can also add on other channels for a premium fee.

As of right now, you can add Epix channels for $6 a month and STARZ channels for $9 a month.

You’ll also get unlimited DVR, the ability to stream on 3 devices at a time, and the ability to cancel at any time. You can start your Philo account and get a free 7-day trial to test it out.

3) Hulu Live

While Hulu Live is the same price as YouTube TV, it has a few key differences that should be mentioned.

For one, it includes a few channels that you can’t get with YouTube TV, including:

  • A&E
  • Boomerang
  • History
  • Lifetime

So, if you watch any of these channels, it may be worth it to switch from YouTube TV to Hulu Live. Of course, Hulu Live also has another 55+ channels that you can choose from too. And you’ll also get access to Hulu only shows and movies.

Hulu also has the option to bundle ESPN and Disney+ for just $7 more a month. This will make the monthly payment $71 a month for all three.

Just like with the other live options, you do get DVR options, but you only get 50 hours of storage. So if you find yourself DVRing your favorite shows often, Hulu Live may not be for you. You can get started on Hulu Live with a free 7-day trial.

4) Roku TV

Have a Roku or a smart TV? You can get 100 free live channels with Roku TV. All you need is an HD antenna attached to your TV (many are under $50!) and you’re good to go. Seriously, that’s it, and Roku TV is completely free.

While you won’t get DVR or be able to stream on multiple devices, you can’t beat free.

Roku TV includes quite a few different channels too, including:

  • ABC
  • PBS
  • CW
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • & more

You’ll also get access to movies, sports, and more, just by using your smart TV. There are no monthly fees, no contracts, nothing. As long as you have a Roku, you can access your favorite channels live.

5) Amazon Prime Video

While Amazon Prime doesn’t include live TV, it’s a great (and cheap) YouTube TV alternative. In fact, if you already have Amazon Prime, you get access to many shows and movies they have for free. So for $12.99 a month, or $119 a year, you can get access to Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime Video, for one convenient price.

If you just want Amazon Prime Video, you can sign up for just $8.99 a month.

Amazon Prime Video includes quite a few movies and TV shows, including Amazon exclusives.

Here are just a few options you can watch:

  • Vikings
  • House
  • The First 48
  • Peppa Pig
  • The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel
  • and more

Even if Amazon Prime Video isn’t live, you’re bound to find a show or movie that you can watch at your convenience.

6) Netflix

Just like Amazon Prime, Netflix doesn’t have a live TV option. But, starting at $9 a month, you can’t beat the price, especially if you prefer binge-ing TV shows over the weekend, or don’t find yourself watching much TV.

I’ve had Netflix for over 6 years, and even when I try other options (like Sling and Hulu), I still keep Netflix because of the convenience and options that they have. I’ve been able to watch many of my favorite shows, including those that are still running on TV (although I don’t get to watch them right when they release).

I also appreciate many Netflix originals, including:

  • Stranger Things
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Disenchantment
  • The Crown

Between the hundreds of shows and movies you can choose from, you’ll never be bored with Netflix. And, because their monthly price is so affordable, you could choose them and another option on this list.

7) Freebie Option

(excerpt from Derek, who recently discovered this option after cancelling his YouTube TV)

A few months ago, I found myself subscribed to YouTube TV, Netflix, AND Amazon Video. It was totally unnecessary, and it was getting expensive.

We were going away on a 3 week vacation, and it was the perfect excuse to cancel YouTube TV and hopefully not miss it when we got back.

Well, I didn’t miss it…much. But I did sometimes.

My Monumental Discovery

Occasionally, there was a big game on TV that I really wanted to watch. So, one night I was scouring all the options and I noticed the game was on CBS. 

“Hmmmm…” I thought to myself. I don’t have an antenna (most don’t work where I live), but I wonder if they stream live TV on their app? 

  • So, I quickly downloaded the CBS app
  • I discovered the game was shown live right there in front of me!
  • And, I simply used my Chromecast to put it up on my TV!

Presto!

Since then, I have downloaded the Fox app, the ABC app, and the PBS app. They all cast shows live, for free!!

If you can get by with regular antenna television, but you didn’t want to spring for an antenna (or it doesn’t work in your area), then simply download the network apps! They’re free, you’ll catch a few games, and your craving for YouTube TV may go away completely!

(Oh, and check out other popular channel apps too! We just discovered the History Channel app and watched an entire season of ‘Alone’! And there are so many other shows available too! All for free!)

YouTube TV Alternative Options: What Works Best For You?

All of these options are affordable, include popular TV shows and movies, and many offer live options as well. The key is to find what works best for you and your family.

Depending on what you like to watch on YouTube TV, you should be able to find a cheaper (and just as good) alternative.

So how about you? Which YouTube TV alternative is your favorite?

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AUTHOR Kimberly Studdard

Kim Studdard is a strategy consultant, product launch expert, and mastermind behind the www.theentrepremomer.com. When she isn't spending time with her daughter and husband, or crying over This Is Us, you'll find her teaching other mompreneurs how to scale their business without scaling their workload.

8 Comments

  1. Wow! This article is a game changer when it comes to decreasing TV expenses. In fact, it can eliminate them altogether if we decide to only utilize the freebie options.

    Thanks for such outstanding research. I might become a millionaire sooner than I thought possible.

    • Lol. Hey, save $780 a year, that adds up FAST! We soo content after getting rid of YouTube TV. There are just so many other options out there today!

  2. Fubo is quite good as well, especially if you like sports.

    • Yup! I’ve looked at them myself. If I decide to start paying for live TV again, I’d probably go with Fubo.

  3. Netflix Hulu and Amazon Prime. About $30 total a month.

    • That works! Better than my $65 for YouTube TV!

  4. Just for the Aussies, it’s worth remembering that each free to air station has its own on-demand app where you can catch up on programmes. My favourite is SBS On Demand, which is full of local and international shows and films. Among the top streaming, I like Binge and Stan, which are roughly $A15 pm. Binge is the newest entrant, and has lots of cool American shows.
    I also subscribe to YouTube Premium, and it’s my most used subscription. Premium provides an ad-free experience. Great channels include Lewis Howes and Impact Theory, and you can usually watch most international news networks too eg France 24, ABC U.S., ABC 24 Australia

    • Very cool! Thanks for the additional info, David!


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