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December 30, 2015 10:42:17 AM

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January 2, 2016 12:29:23 PM

I can think of another "Cons" for most of the online streaming services: available only within USA!
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May 3, 2016 8:32:36 AM

Netflix is NOT more expensive for those who have more than one TV. I happen to have 4 in my large family. For this I pay $20.00 a month for Netflix. On Hulu I would be paying $32.00 for the same level of service. Also, Amazon prime is sharable as well with my family so Hulu is the most expensive option not Netflix.
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May 14, 2016 3:24:01 PM

Now with new HDCP 2.2 requirements and HDMI 2.0 requirements, you can't watch HD or UHD streaming unless all hardware meets that standard with Amazon Prime. I also heard that Netflix is starting that also. The only service that appears to still offer HD is Hulu. Unless you make good money and can afford to purchase a New HDTV that meets requirements and if you want to stream via PC or MAC you have to buy a new PC or buy a new video card that meets that standard you are not able to stream at HD or UHD quality. Oh, and Apple doesn't have a mac that meets those standards yet. Not even the Mac Pro.
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May 18, 2016 6:25:22 AM

think of another "Cons" for most of the online streaming services: available only within USA!
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May 28, 2016 8:10:57 AM

lol so Hulu has "Subpar movie selection" and Netflix has "Excellent selection". You got that backward, unless you mean the number of titles. Netflix selection of movies however large it is, 80% of it are pure trash. On Hulu side you have superior quality movies and also the whole Criterion collection, with excellent titles, nothing comes near that on Netflix side.
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June 21, 2016 8:34:48 AM

Marshall Honorof, You missed one - VUDU allows you to purchase and rent .Keeping a large library of movies and TV seasons available for viewing. the downside to them is that they use ports that certain firewalls will block. Check them out, I would love to get your feedback.
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June 21, 2016 9:11:01 AM

Playstation Vue is available on Amazon Fire TV, as well as Playstation. Also, the prices are $29.99 for Access Slim (55+ channels), $34.99 for Core Slim (70+ channels), and $44.99 for Elite Slim (100+ channels). I live in Austin and it is available here, so I'm not sure why you are misquoting this stuff. If you actually wrote and published this article on May 4th, then you source of info is bad, because these have been the prices well before May 4th and included many more markets.
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October 3, 2016 11:06:44 PM

Hulu is nothing but crap all they do is send you to other sites so you're paying $8 to $10 a month for what to be sent to a website you could have went to anyway if you want to stream something you need to get on a good site like Showbox are YouTube rest of them are no good HBO is okay but they want so much money and they don't even play dirty movies
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November 21, 2016 6:09:18 AM

Hulu is jammed packed with adverts! They just don't get the whole pay for streaming paradigm.
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November 30, 2016 8:39:30 PM

Netflix seems to have nothing I watch anymore. I'm tired of them. I want a service for older movies from the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Not sure anyone has those type.. I like Prime but they use so much freakin' data.
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February 4, 2017 4:48:03 PM

what I like about Amazon over Netflix is the infinite choices. You can just keep clicking, "what other customers watched" and you can get into some pretty neat obscure stuff not found anywhere else; it seems never ending. Netflix limits choices and rarely changes content. I would rather see these services on Roku instead of Amazon Fire because Roku still has streaming problems with 4K content they aren't yet willing to admit.
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February 16, 2017 2:21:35 PM

just try selecttv cable cutter!!!it's very good!!!
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February 17, 2017 10:59:30 AM

Great List. Great article.
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February 20, 2017 7:30:20 AM

What about Crunchyroll and Funimation streaming services for anime streaming? Though Hulu does a good job at this as well.
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February 21, 2017 2:28:48 PM

Wow, HUGE miss in the cons for Playstation Vue -- in most areas there is no FOX/NBC/ABC access. They claim that you can 'onDemand' shows from those channels anyway, but the list of onDemand shows is EXTREMELY minimal. You will not actually be able to watch network TV or record your favorite network TV shows, since odds are good they're not on the short list. Also, there's no CBS. Like, anywhere. Seriously.

Playstation Vue is a "non-network-TV cable replacement", meaning it will give you access to things like AMC, Comedy Central, TNT, TBS, USA, DIY, etc. But the "big 4"? Nope.

It's extremely disingenuous to call Playstation Vue a "best cable TV replacement" without at a minimum also mentioning that the "big 4" are missing from it for the majority of users.
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March 2, 2017 12:14:52 PM

You are wrong about sling TV. For $40 you get all the channels plus all the ESPN's Fox Sports NBC sports South East sports. Plus you get a three epicx movies stations. And you can if you want get HBO or any of the movie channels. You can watch sling on three different devices at one time. Sling TV has change......you need to check it out I have it and I love it
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April 17, 2017 1:52:00 PM

What about the fitness space? Any recommendations on the best streaming services there?
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April 20, 2017 6:27:58 PM

I found a great channel- PRO CLASSIC TV - - Its on my Roku, but ive also seen it on HULU, and online (proclassictv.com). Im in my late 40's, but enjoy classic tv shows, and this service has the better ones, even The Bill Cosby show from the 70', which few know about.
My favorite is My Favorite Martian- gotta love it.
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May 10, 2017 3:39:34 PM

Actually, you're wrong about Amazon only offering a $99 yearly subscription. They do offer a monthly subscription for $9 a month. I have one. Also, Amazon is shareable on multiple devices. You want tv without paying for cable and monthly subscriptions for streaming apps, get the Amazon Fire Stick or Amazon Fire TV Box. It does cost $99 to purchase one. But that is all you pay. No subscriptions, no other fees and you don't even need an Amazon account to buy one. All you need is an internet connection. You buy the stick or box, connect it to your tv and turn on. It is wireless, so you can easily access your internet without being plugged into it. Then there you are. I can watch any tv show or any movie I want, as long as it's already been aired. Yes, I have to wait until the next day after a show airs to watch. But I have no cable bill, just a $75.00 internet bill, that's it. You don't even need Hulu or Netflix, unless you want them. I can even watch movies that are still in theaters. No paying to go to the movies anymore. I highly recommend if you are looking to cut the cable.
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May 12, 2017 10:08:13 AM

Amazon sucks, their movie selection is crap, prime episodes are randomized, you have to pay for some episodes.
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May 27, 2017 8:40:21 AM

j-ameson said:
Wow, HUGE miss in the cons for Playstation Vue -- in most areas there is no FOX/NBC/ABC access. They claim that you can 'onDemand' shows from those channels anyway, but the list of onDemand shows is EXTREMELY minimal. You will not actually be able to watch network TV or record your favorite network TV shows, since odds are good they're not on the short list. Also, there's no CBS. Like, anywhere. Seriously.

Playstation Vue is a "non-network-TV cable replacement", meaning it will give you access to things like AMC, Comedy Central, TNT, TBS, USA, DIY, etc. But the "big 4"? Nope.

It's extremely disingenuous to call Playstation Vue a "best cable TV replacement" without at a minimum also mentioning that the "big 4" are missing from it for the majority of users.


There are regional differences in Vue's channel line-ups, so stating that something is missing for the majority of users is incorrect. If you want certain channels or networks added in your area, you should submit a request to Sony. My Vue subscription includes the big 4 broadcast networks. ABC, Fox, and NBC shows are offered on demand. That includes everything from daytime shows to late-night shows plus prime time comedy, drama, and reality shows. My subscription also includes the local CBS affiliate, both local and network programs (the same as watching over the air or through cable/satellite). Vue is a work in progress. New channels and service enhancements are being added all the time. The streaming service that went national in March 2016 was never meant to be the final product.
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May 27, 2017 8:44:35 AM

The prices you listed for PlayStation Vue are for large metro areas only. In the smaller TV markets, the price is $10 less per month. The statement that Vue is "about as expensive as cable" depends on the level of service you select. Many Vue users have reported in other forums that they saved hundreds of dollars per year compared to their previous cable service. Sony dropped the 13 Viacom-owned channels last November because of a money dispute. Instead of raising Vue's price, Sony elected to drop those channels. Since then, several other channels have been added.

When I tried using Sling on my computer, it was riddled with technical problems. Sling tech support never came up with solutions, so I dropped the service. At that time, Sling didn't offer a DVR feature. Limited DVR service has since been added, but you have to pay extra for it. In contrast, Vue's DVR is free. The statement that Sling "is the only place to watch ESPN without cable or satellite TV" is false. A Vue subscription includes ESPN, among other sports channels.
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October 25, 2017 2:42:00 PM

I just cancelled HULU due to their updated (and supremely stupid) interface. I need to find another streaming service for current tv shows. The time is ripe for a competitor to HULU.
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October 27, 2017 6:16:36 AM

I am a Canadian. What is the best streaming device/s for use in Canada? What and how do the costs work?

Andy
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November 13, 2017 5:25:19 PM

Hulu's DVR service is a bust. So far this week 5 programs we 'recorded' only played half way through before switching to something else (i.e. in the middle of Jeopardy it switched to
Will and Grace.) There is no way to get help either. BTW, we pay 39.99 per month for out service to get local and other channels and the ability to record :-(
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December 2, 2017 7:58:15 AM

J-ameson is totally right. You can't say Sony PSVue is the best replacement for cable...notwithstanding the missing 'big-4.' Below is a cleaned-up version of my recent experience with PSVue for the past 9 months - it's not been a pleasant experience, nd I really do hate Cox Communications, and really wanted cutting the cord to work: Absolutely LOUSY support! Non-existent except for 9-5 M-F! I am quitting on Monday – the next work day! I take the prerogative to condemn absolutely poor products at my advanced age. Sony"s Captcha “I am not a robot” screen keeps on going and going on and on until you find yourself ‘timed out!’ that's no matter how quick you are! The folks that designed that procedure should be condemned to a particularly low level of Dante's h*lls!

Sony PlayStation Vue is definitely NOT ready for prime time. I have a ROKU – a TCL ROKU TV – and, with their new interface (last few days), HOW DO I GET OUT OF A PROGRAM AND TO THE MENU TO CHANGE STATIONS? The only screen I can get to is to leave PSVUE. Push the BACK button on the ROKU remote, then select YES on ‘I Want To Exit PSVUE,’ then
re-load PSVue from the ROKU menu, and only then I can select a station from the station menu screen. If I watch for a few minutes, I cannot again get the Menu screen form the remote by pushing the Back button. The only way to get to anther station is to exit PS Vue and start all over again.

Yes I HAVE performed their "delete PSVue from the ROKU station list and then again re-load it," returning to my PC to enter the new code. I have done this procedure twice now…a real aggravation. What is going on with Sony that they force a new menu system – that is obviously NOT working! – and do not do any customer notification (except, “If you have problem with PS Vue on your ROKU, try to delete the streaming service, and then just reload it”). Lousy. LOUSY! They ought to be ashamed of
themselves…and this poor programming!

I've been a subscriber since May 2017...it has been less than satisfactory the whole time, and now, with a new - non-working - menu system for ROKU, I will finally quit. As I said, I am going to try Sling or DirecTVNow starting next week! (I do hate Cox Communications...and am TRYING to 'cut the cord' but it's not working too well so far.) I can't even get to my account today - Saturday - without the login scree timing out with the incessant Captcha images going on and on. Disgusted...and I hope the folks at Sony responsible for this lousy service DO NOT have a Happy Holiday Season!
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December 21, 2017 6:54:04 AM

I am a new Roku user and have tried several apps/channels. I just want to say BUYER BEWARE if you choose Sling TV..check them out on BBB website to find a shocking 98% negative review based on customer service and anti-consumer practices/policies. Anyone writing an article about streaming tv should definitely check this out before endorsing or even mentioning such a terrible company.
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March 17, 2018 11:07:24 AM

Not a peep about Direct TV Now?
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April 5, 2018 9:18:30 AM

So far..a LOT of ruined streams via letterbox or smaller than letterbox formats. .all of which strain my eyes on a 19 inch monitor. Sorry. NONE of these, in my opinion, really rate serious attention. Until someone goes back to dedicated full screen episodes, they'll be rated as junk.
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April 5, 2018 9:22:22 AM

Another Con. . most offer only letterbox format..at my age hard on the eyes, using a 19 " screen.. Personal opinion: Until they get a dedicated Full screen service up they rate as Junk. . across the board.
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May 1, 2018 12:42:32 PM

can you add setvnow com to your review?
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June 25, 2018 2:21:16 PM

I’m looking for Investigation ID. Does anyone offer it?
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July 3, 2018 11:20:35 PM

I'm using boxxy software for 2 months and I’m satisfied. It plays movies, series with subtitling/dubbing in different languages if needed. Adult content is also offered. It’s free, if I like it I can make donations. I’m thinking to get a VPN though I can use the torrents, because it’s not allowed where I come from.
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July 12, 2018 11:57:36 AM

This comparison was very helpful to us. After more than 10 years with Xfinity we just cut the cord...not without a lot of hesitation but can't say we miss it at all. We picked YOUTUBE TV for live news, unlimited DVR, and shows on AMC (Sling doesn't carry AMC which was a deal breaker for us), Bravo, and Disney Jr, and HBO NOW for Sesame Street and Game of Thrones. We had Netflix and Amazon Prime even when we had cable and we still use those services a lot. After seeing how easy it has been to get the same content as cable and pay a ton less ($150 less per month in my case), we feel pretty dumb for not cutting the cord a lot sooner.
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July 27, 2018 7:25:53 AM

I definitely have tried all the streaming services and found HULU to be the worst for dependability, LOADS OF COMMERCIALS MORE THAN CABLE, no program guide other than the show that's on and the next one.
A really lousy way to dvr shows, add to your stuff for anything you wish to dvr, other sites allowed me to dvr with just one click, YOUTUBE gave me all the PHILA channels I wanted, DIRECT TV was stable and channel wise gave me the most and $5 for hbo and others wow.
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August 28, 2018 2:53:59 PM

for the fans of Korean Drama series. I figured I would mention www.dramafever.com, stream to your heart's pleasure .. free or 10$/month for no commercials, and with subtitles in English, Spanish and Portuguese, it is a great streaming service.
(11/18/2018 update)

well after 9 years they are out of this business... this services is now closed as of October 16, DramaFever has been shut down.

but if you need Korean Drama for free, there is still http://www.viki.com available.
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October 10, 2018 6:45:29 PM

LOL! why no Tubi Tv here???
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October 15, 2018 2:14:15 PM

Where is YouTube TV??? This is the best alternative to Cable out there. NEW PROGRAMING, not streaming a zillion shows that went off the air because they sucked. Local channels, sports, unlimited DVR. Most streaming services don't even offer DVR capabilities and if they do it's extra cost and limited. I mostly want to get major league sports & racing and I don't want to watch them live with a million commercials. I want to record them and watch them hours, days or weeks later. This is the only platform that will do that other than cable or satellite.
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