Spectrum and AT&T TV are comparable in TV channel availability, bundle options, and overall user-friendliness, but the similarities end there. Spectrum is good ole cable TV, while AT&T TV is carried over shiny new fiber-optic internet—and they’re priced accordingly.
Hulu + Live TV speaks to all the strengths of streaming: a full on-demand library, the most popular shows for cheap, and plenty of space to record your favorite live shows. Meanwhile, DIRECTV NOW has made backward changes that draw too much on its satellite TV origins—complete with bloated packages and pricey add-ons.
Update April 15, 2021: Sony has discontinued the PlayStation Vue live TV streaming service. Check out all the other options available in our Best Streaming Services guide or, if you’re still in the mood for a fight, try Sling TV vs. Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV vs. YouTube TV, or even Sling Orange vs. Sling Blue.
How do you choose between Sling TV’s same-priced, color-coded livestreaming plans? It depends on what you’re looking for: Blue gives you more channels and streams, but Orange carries a handful of gotta-have networks like ESPN and Disney. And neither is great for local programming, FYI.
DISH is a satellite TV provider with 190–290+ channels, two-year pricelock, and the best DVR around—the Hopper 3. It’s also our pick for the best overall and best kids’ TV provider. AT&T TV is a live TV streaming service with 65–140+ channels, cloud DVR, tantalizing deals for new customers, and both contract- and no-contract plans.
Two cable internet brands square off in this comparison. Cox and Xfinity both deliver cable tv and internet services. If they are both available in your area, this is a must-read to help decide which provider you should get.