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An Analysis of TV OTT Platforms
I was doing some research for my parents on finding a cheaper TV package and checking out all the OTT platforms now available since I received a notice that Direct TV Now is on Roku now.
I thought I would share my research in case it may help any of you looking to switch to a OTT platform. I spent time looking at Direct TV Now, Sling, PSVue, Hulu and You Tube. (While You Tube and Hulu aren't available on Roku or Apple TV, they are in the works)

I've focused mainly on the Sports Channels for this board, but since I did the research, I'll throw in the family stuff too since if you are like me, my wife and kid have a say.
I also focused on the lowest and second lowest tiers.

Courtesy of TerpsNPhoenix: http://cordcuttersnews.com/sling-tv-vs-d...-tv-break/
Links show list of devices that will work or each product as well as channel comparison by each OTT platform.

Courtesy of Solohawks: He has a slimmed down Excel sheet of the channels by platform you can PM Solohawks to get his version.

Let me add that all platforms have HGTV & Food Network on the lowest tier except You Tube TV.

DirectTV Now: https://www.directvnow.com/thegoodstuff#the-full-lineup
Pro's:
4 tiers: $35/$50/$60/$70
$35 tier has ESPN/2, FS1, NBCSN
$50 tier adds ESPN U/News, BTN, SECN, Tennis & MLB
$60 tier adds CBSSN, FS2, NBC Golf, NBA, NHL,

Family for $35 tier: Disney/jr./XD, Cartoon Network, Nick/jr/Teen/TV Land, TBS/TNT/USA.
Other for $35 tier: Turner Classic Movies and wifey bonus of Hallmark/Hallmark Movies
Access to 10k+ on demand movies and shows.

Cons:
Only can stream 2 TV's at a time.

Sling TV https://www.sling.com/service
Two packages: Orange and Blue.
Orange Pro's:
$20/month
ESPN/2/3, TNT.
Can add $5 sports package for NBA, SECN/SECN+, Pac12, ESPN U/News, NHL, BeIN sports, Stadium (formerly Campus Insiders).

Family: Disney, Cartoon Network.
Can add $5 package for Disney Jr/XD, Nick Jr/Teen/Toons, Boomerang.

Orange Cons:
Only can stream 1 TV at a time.
No USA
No Fox sports or CBS SN.
No main Nick channel

Blue Pros:
$25/month.
FS1/FS2/RSN's, NBC SN/RSN's.
Can add $5 sport package containing: Redzone, NBA, NHL, BeIN Sports, Pac 12, NBC Golf, Stadium.

Family: Nick Jr., Cartoon Network, USA.
Can add $5 package for Nicktoons, Teen Nick, Boomerang.
Can add $5 package for Hallmark channels, Cooking, DIY.

Can stream 3 TV's at a time.

Blue Cons:
No ESPN channels or CBSSN
No Disney channels

You can purchase Orange and Blue together for a $5 discount. HOWEVER, even though you'll have 4 TV's you can stream at the same time (With combined packages), you are still are only allow 1 stream at a time with the Orange channels).

Here is a summary of the two packages. Those not highlighted have the channels on both packages. The highlighted show the channels on that package only.


.pdf  Sling TV Blue vs Orange.pdf (Size: 176.56 KB / Downloads: 7)


PSVUE: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/vue/channels/
Pros:
4 Tiers: $40/$45/$55/$75
$40 tier has: ESPN/2, FS1/2, NBCSN
$45 tier adds: ESPN U/News, CBSSN, SECN, BTN, Longhorn(Texas region I guess), Fox RSN, NBA, NFL, MLB.
$55 tier adds: All Fox RSNs, ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes.

Family: $40 tier - Disney/jr./XD, Cartoon Network, TBS/USA/TNT
$45 tier adds TCM.

Can stream 5 TVs at a time.

Cons:
No Nick Channels.

Hulu TV: https://www.hulu.com/live-tv

Pros:
$40/month
ESPN/2/U/News, FS1/2, NBCSN, NBC Golf, SECN, BTN, CBSSN, Fox RSN

Family: Disney/jr./XD, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TCM, TBS/TNT/USA.
Access to Hulu Library of shows.

Cons:
No Pro league channels (i.e. NBA, NFL...etc)
No Nick Channels
Can only stream 2 TV's at a time.

YouTube TV: https://tv.youtube.com/welcome/?utm_sour...e&ve=34273

Pros:
$35/month
6 accounts per household, but can stream 3 TV's at a time.
Stream Live TV of Major Networks...not On Demand as others.
ESPN/2/U/News, FS1/FS2/RSN'S, BTN, SECN, CBSSN, NBCSN, NBC Golf.

Family: Disney/jr./XD, USA

Cons:
Need a different account to stream on other TV's?
No TBS/TNT, Food Network, HGTV, Nick Channels.

FUBO TV: https://www.fubo.tv/welcome/channels

Pros:
$50/month (limited time offer of $35/month however not sure about how long it lasts before goes up to $50/month.)

Roku available
FS1/2/RSN's, NBCSN, BTN, CBSSN, BeIN Sports (10 channels), Fox Soccer+, NBA, NBC Golf, NFL Network, NFL Redzone, PAC12 Networks, Misc sports channels (Eleven Sports, FUBO TV Net, Football (soccer) Rpt TV).

Regular channels: History, USA, Bravo, FX, Hallmark, Hallmark Movies, SyFy and now HGTV.

Cons:
Only allows 2 TV's at a time.
No Kids channels (Disney, Nick, Cartoon...)
No common family: Food Network, TBS, TNT.

Focus more on soccer and sports (futbol or football depend what country).


For those who just want cable without sports, it is now available via Philo.
Philo https://try.philo.com/

Pros:
$16 gets you 37 of the more popular cable channels. $20 gets you 47 channels.
DVR
Stream 3 TV's at a time
On Roku, iOS and Android devices.

Cons:
No sports channels. But if just having an antenna is enough for you for sports then this is a cheap option to not paying for sports channels on Sling, PS VUE, DirecTV now...etc.
(This post was last modified: 11-14-2017 05:30 PM by MWC Tex.)
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RE: An Analysis of TV OTT Platforms
Hard to sum up since everyone had different needs/wants. For the lowest tiers.
If you have a family and need to stream 3 or more TV's then PS VUE offers the best packages for the whole family.
If you're just a couple or small family and don't use 3 TV's or more at a time then Direct TV Now offers the most bang for the buck for the family if you are satisfied with ESPN/2 and FS1 for sports channels.
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I refuse to ever again spend over $20 per month on TV.
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Or, Kodi for everything and stream reddit cfbstreams from your PC or phone/tablet to TV via airplay. Free-fifty.
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One thing people need to be aware of with PS Vue...if you don't get local channels in your area you are classified as a slim package and pay $10 less. If/when local channels are added in the future I would expect to see a $10 increase and upgrade from the slim pack to include your noe available local channels. To some people it's worth the increase. To others it might not be
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Using Sling right now...looking to switch to Hulu or Youtube for Football Season. I have Roku devices so hopefully they release content on Roku by late August.
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Doesn't OTT mean over the top? As in, stuff you can't get through cable tv like netflix original programming.

This stuff just sounds like alternative streaming options for content you can already get through cable tv.
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Good write up! Thanks for doing this. Had PS Vue last year. Plan on doing it again for football season.
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RE: An Analysis of TV OTT Platforms
(06-17-2017 03:53 PM)goofus Wrote:  Doesn't OTT mean over the top? As in, stuff you can't get through cable tv like netflix original programming.

This stuff just sounds like alternative streaming options for content you can already get through cable tv.

This is an alternative to cable TV. For cheaper, excluding the needed broadband internet connection.
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I just completed a free trial of PS-Vue. I am on cable and currently off bundle pricing, paying $175 for cable + 60mbps internet. I wanted to evaluate my options before rebundling.

I like PS-Vue. I had trouble with on-demand streaming with one channel, but the channel selection is actually better than my cable bundle (for channels I want). I am streaming it thru Apple TV, which is a brilliantly simple device. I am going to do a free trial of Sling next, and then probably pick one or the other after I get back from some summer travels.
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