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Live TV Streaming Prices & Deals: September 2022

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Live TV streaming services like Hulu Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV routinely change the price of their plans and/or launch limited-time deals for new and existing customers. It is not only the cost that often changes, however, with channel lineups also subject to change at a moment’s notice. With the price and channels never guaranteed, it is always worth being aware of any live TV streaming service deals that are currently available.

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Since Sling TV first launched in early 2015, the selection of services offering access to live TV channels over the internet has increased greatly, providing consumers with more choice than ever before. However, the cost of live TV streaming has also been steadily increasing over time as well. Right now, most base live TV plans tend to hover around the $60-$70 price per month.

That’s not to say consumers will end up paying a minimum of $60 each month for live TV, as the prices do vary greatly. In fact, some consumers may find that there are some cheaper live TV services that might suit their needs perfectly. For others, it might be a matter of simply looking for the best deal on live TV at the time, and switching services on a regular basis to ensure they are always paying the lowest price possible.

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Below is a summary of the cheapest plans, as of September 2022, for all of the main live TV streaming services, along with the minimum number of channels and any free trials that are currently available.

Cheapest live TV plan prices: September 2022

ServiceChannelsCheapest p/mFree trial
DirecTV Stream65+$50*5 days
fuboTV110$707 days
Hulu Live TV75+$50*None
Philo60+$257 days
Sling TV30+$17.50*None
Vidgo110+$60None
YouTube TV85+$55*7 days
*limited-time deal

In addition to temporary discounts on the monthly cost of a subscription, some services often offer longer free trials than usual, or gift devices to new customers when signing up. Therefore, keeping track of any current promotions is a good way to make sure you are getting the best deal on live TV streaming.

Deals and promotions: September 2022

This section includes some extra details that consumers might want to know before signing up. For example, besides any deals or promotions, any major limitations on cloud DVR or the number of simultaneous streams. Both of which can affect how suitable a live TV service is for an individual and especially for busier households. For reference, the services below are listed in alphabetical order, not in order of the cheapest price or the best service.

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream Channels plans

Formerly AT&T TV, DirecTV Stream offers a selection of no-contract live TV plans for consumers to choose from. While DirecTV Stream is not the cheapest live TV streaming service around, the channel lineup may suit some homes better than others, as DirecTV Stream does tend to come with a greater number of channels overall. DirecTV Stream might also be a better option for any homes already paying for select premium networks, considering some high profile services are included at no extra cost for the first few months.

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PlanPrice
(p/m)
Channels Premium Networks
(included)
Entertainment$69.9975+None
Choice$84.99105+None
Ultimate$94.99140+None
Premier$139.99150+HBO Max, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz

Additional information:

  • DVR: Unlimited
  • Number of streams: 20 (at home), 3 (outside)
  • Premium networks: Yes
  • Local channels and RSNs: select areas
  • Free trial: 5 days

DEAL: DirecTV Stream is currently offering a $20 discount per month for the first two months. This promotion applies to all four DirecTV Stream plans, resulting in the cheapest Entertainment plan dropping down to $49.99 per month. Subscribers will automatically be charged the higher cost once the discounted period comes to an end.

fuboTV

fuboTV logo banner

fuboTV has always been more of a sports-focused live TV streaming service and this evidently means that the channel lineup is likely to specifically appeal to sports fans. However, it is not solely a sports service, so many households will find the overall experience suitable for their live TV needs. fuboTV does also offer more than one plan to choose from, with the price, selection of channels, cloud DVR hours, and the number of simultaneous streams all affected.

Plan Price
(p/m)
Channels Premium Networks
(included)
Pro$69.99135None
Elite$79.99196None
Ultimate$99.99236Showtime
Latino Quarterly$3346None

Additional information:

  • DVR: up to 1000 hours included
  • Number of streams: 10 at home
  • Premium networks: yes
  • Local channels and RSNs: select areas
  • Free trial: 7 days

Hulu Live TV

Hulu LIve TV with listings banner

Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular live TV streaming services in the US. One of the reasons for this is Hulu’s approach of bundling services. Previously, Hulu Live TV only offered access to live TV plus the basic Hulu subscription. However, it also now comes with Disney+ and ESPN+ subscriptions as well. These additional subscriptions can make the overall monthly cost much cheaper for any households that are already paying separately for live TV and these additional services.

Plan Price
(p/m)
Channels Premium Networks
(included)
Live TV only$68.9975+None
With ads$69.9975+Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+
No Ads$75.9975+Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+

Additional information:

  • DVR: Unlimited
  • Number of streams: Unlimited (at home), 3 (away from home)
  • Premium networks: yes
  • Local channels and RSNs: select areas
  • Free trial: None

DEAL: Hulu is currently offering a saving of $20 per month for the first three months of a Hulu + Live TV, Disney+ and ESPN+ subscription. Subscribers will automatically be charged the higher rate after the promotional period ends. This $20 off deal is valid until 10/5/22.

Philo

Philo Live TV

Philo has always positioned itself as an affordable live TV streaming service. While the upside is the price, the downside is consumers might not get all of the channels and networks they want and are used to getting. In spite of the fewer channels, Philo does offer good value for money overall, and comes with some premium features that other services charge extra for each month. Most notably, an unlimited cloud DVR at no additional cost.

Plan Price
(p/m)
Channels Premium Networks
(included)
Standard$2560+None

Additional information:

  • DVR: unlimited
  • Number of streams: 3
  • Premium networks: yes, but not many
  • Local channels and RSNs: none
  • Free trial: 7 days

Sling TV

Sling TV TV listings

Considering Sling TV is one of the original live TV streaming services, many cord-cutters will already be familiar with what it has to offer and the channel lineup. For those new to Slinging, the service has always been a price-conscious live TV solution. Sling TV does what it can to keep prices as low as possible. While this does mean that the base selection of channels is more limited than with some other services, Sling TV does offer plenty of add-ons to build out a more substantial package, albeit at a higher price each month.

Plan Price
(p/m)
Channels Premium Networks
(included)
Orange$3530+None
Blue$3540+None
Orange & Blue$5045+None

Additional information:

  • DVR: 50 hours (200 for $5 p/m)
  • Number of streams: 1 (Orange), 3 (Blue)
  • Premium networks: yes
  • Local channels and RSNs: select areas
  • Free trial: none

Deal #1: Sling TV is currently offering half-off the first month of a subscription. This means subscribers can sign up to either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for as little as $17.50 for the first month. Alternatively, sign up to Sling Orange + Blue for $25 per month.

In addition to half-off the base cost, Sling TV is also now offering half-off all Extra add-ons as well. This brings the cost of Sports Extra down to $5.50 per month, and all other Extra add-ons down to $3 per month. Like the base plan promotion, this deal is only for the first month of a subscription.

Deal #2: New customers can opt to prepay for the first two months of Sling TV and get a free AirTV mini streaming player. The AirTV mini typically retails for $79.99 and is designed with Sling TV in mind. The deal also includes the DVR Plus add-on which upgrades the cloud DVR from 50 to 250 hours. The DVR Plus add-on typically costs $5 per month resulting in an additional $10 in savings over the course of the two prepaid months.

Vidgo

Vidgo channels

Vidgo is a newer live TV streaming service than many of the others, and is designed to cater to both English and Spanish-speaking viewers. In addition to the channels, the service looks to differentiate itself by offering a social-based experience that you won’t find with any other service. For example, the mobile apps allow subscribers to chat in groups with each other while watching live shows and events.

Plan Price
(p/m)
Channels Premium Networks
(included)
English Plus$59.95110+None
English Premium$79.95150+None
Spanish Mas$39.9545+None

Additional information:

  • DVR: no
  • Number of streams: 3
  • Premium networks: no
  • Local channels and RSNs: select areas
  • Free trial: None

YouTube TV

YouTube TV Live TV guide

YouTube TV is another hugely popular live TV service in the US. One of the reasons for its popularity is the service’s focus on features. The base plan not only comes with a good selection of channels in general, but also provides an unlimited cloud DVR to each person using the same subscription. YouTube TV also offers some additional sports-related benefits that some will appreciate, including in-game stats and key plays, making it a good option for sports fans in general.

Plan Price
(p/m)
Channels Premium Networks
(included)
Standard $64.9985+None

Additional information:

  • DVR: unlimited
  • Number of streams: 3 (unlimited at home for $20 p/m)
  • Premium networks: yes
  • Local channels and RSNs: select areas
  • Free trial: 7 days

DEAL: YouTube TV is currently offering a discount of $10 per month for the first three months. This brings the cost of the base subscription down to $54.99 per month for each of the first three months. Subscribers will automatically be charged the higher monthly rate once the discounted period comes to an end.

Updated: September 2022

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John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Better to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingbetter.com or on Twitter

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