Moving to your new home is an experience of a new kind. From packing your stuff to unpacking it in a new living environment, you come a long way. It is like restarting your life in a new place. A new beginning is always a set of many easy and tough decisions. You can easily decide the position of your bed or couch but when it comes to selecting services, the choice is never easy.
Especially when it comes to picking the right TV cable service provider, you need to be on top of your game. The decision is quite hard because there is a multitude of options available out there. You need to take into consideration your requirements and available budget to be able to make the right choice.
The thing is that whether you have shifted to a number of homes or it is your first-ever new home movement, the decision to pick the best TV service provider is never easy. As mentioned above, users today have a multitude of options when it comes to TV service providers. It becomes ever so complicated when you get to know that pricing and availability vary in different locations, even in the space of a few alleys. So, you can never guarantee that your previous TV service provider would be able to serve you in your new home. It also might be the case that you find it quite an expensive affair at your new living space.
This guide will get you introduced to different TV service options and let you compare pricing and availability in your area.
Cable TV Subscriptions
Before you pick your TV service provider, the first choice you have to make is to choose whether you want cable TV service or streaming service. As a matter of fact, standard channel packages have different price tags with different service providers and at different locations, especially when it comes to cable TV. It is a better deal than streaming since you don’t need internet to watch your favorite channels and shows. Moreover, you generally get access to a bigger number of TV channels with the cable TV providers, which is not the case with streaming service. Interestingly enough, a majority of cable TV providers now also offer streaming option.
Comcast rebranded itself as Xfinity Comcast after its merger with the NBC. It is a digital cable TV service provider that offers on-demand, live, and streaming TV services across the United States. In fact, the Xfinity Comcast covers around 40-50 states, which means it has a nationwide coverage. Your monthly bill with the Xfinity Comcast will largely depend on your selection of channels and location. You may start at $20 for 10-plus channels which can go up to $80 for 200-plus channels as a monthly fee.
DirecTV is a subsidiary of AT&T. It is a digital satellite television provider that serves its customers right throughout the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. As a DirecTV subscriber, you can gain access to a number of channels as part of various packages. Each package has its own starting price. For example, you can expect a base price of $78 a month up to $181 a month with introductory monthly rate from $35 up to $110.
Dish Network, popularly known as DISH or DISH TV, is a satellite television service provider similar to DirecTV. The Dish Network is available across the United States. Pricing for Dish Network depends largely on your selection of channels. You get 190 channels for $59.99 a month, which is the cheapest package. The company’s most expensive package lets you have access to 290 channels at a monthly price of $89.99.
Generally, many homeowners start off with a streaming service. Streaming services have come a long way in the past few years. Now, you can even order live streaming amid a growing contest between streaming services and cable TV providers. Let’s have a look at some of the top streaming service providers.
- Sling TV
Sling TV is owned and operated by the Dish Network. It offers two basic plans. Its Sling Orange plan has about 30 channels whereas the Sling Blue includes about 50 channels. The 50 channels offered in Sling Blue not necessarily include in Sling Orange’s line-up of 30 channels. Moreover, there is another option called Sling Orange+Sling Blue plan that combines the channels offered in both programs. Sling Orange and Sling Blue both are available at $25 per month whereas their combination costs $40 per month.
Netflix is gaining popularity more rapidly than any other TV streaming platform. Netflix doesn’t offer live TV but offer original content. There is no dearth of options when it comes to Netflix, including the award-winning shows. You can get the basic Netflix subscription for $8.99 per month.
Owned by Walt Disney Corporation, Hulu has also made its presence felt in the TV streaming sector. It is a great option for the people who love to watch live TV and sports. Apart from the live TV, Hulu also presents a wide range of streaming options. You can get a basic Hulu subscription at $5.99 per month. If you are someone who doesn’t want to watch advertisements, you can pay $11.99 for an ad-free service. You may bundle it up with the Hulu Live at $54.99 a month.
Disney+ is a new entrant in the streaming TV world. Many people confuse it with Hulu since it is also owned by Walt Disney Corporation. Disney+ lets you gain access to the entire Disney vault, which includes Star Wars, the Disney, Marvel, and Pixar. If it is a Disney production, you are going to get it here. If it is not, you should look for the other options. You can pay $6.99 a month for Disney+ subscription. The yearly plan comes at $5.82 a month for a one-time fee of $69.99.
- YouTube TV
It was always going to happen. YouTube has also joined the bandwagon of TV streaming. The YouTube TV offers live TV as well as on-demand streaming from over 70 TV networks. You can get up to six YouTube TV subscription accounts at $49.99 a month.
- Apple TV+
Apple joined the streaming TV battle with Apple TV+ in November 2019. The service offers ad-free exclusive streaming content to its subscribers. You can get an Apple TV+ subscription at a nominal fee of $4.99 per month.
- Amazon Prime Video
Prime Video represents Amazon in the world of streaming TV. It is an on-demand streaming service but you don’t have to be an Amazon Prime member to have Prime Video. In fact, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you get the streaming service automatically. You can enjoy the service at $8.99 a month.
- AT&T TV Now
When biggies like Apple, Amazon, and Disney are at it, how can you expect AT&T to be a mere spectator? AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) offers live streaming and on-demand television, including local TV stations and HBO, where available. You can enjoy 45-plus channels with the AT&T TV Now Plus plan for $65 per month. You may even upgrade the service to 60-plus channels at $80 per month.
There is nothing worth more than ESPN+ if you are a live sports fanatic. The service is a streaming service primarily dedicated to ESPN content. You can subscribe to ESPN+ at $5 a month or $50 a year.
The Concluding Remarks
Choosing a TV provider is a critical decision for TV content lovers. We have listed the top cable TV and streaming TV services above. You can compare their prices and availability in your area and choose the one that meets your requirements. If you need more guidance about which option you should choose, you can always contact us at (833) 255-1238.