Streaming Services

Guide to Streaming Video Services

Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Monumental Sports & Entertainment & GM of Monumental Sports Network

Cloud DVR

Most streaming TV services that offer live TV also include cloud DVR storage with the package. Like a physical DVR, though, they do have limits on space and time. Some give you as little as 10 hours, while some “unlimited” options will save your Hoarders backlog for only a month or so. Ironic.

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Local channels

You may not think about local affiliates, but they carry the shows you love from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and The CW live. If a streaming TV service doesn’t carry local affiliate channels, you could miss out on those shows, as well as area sports, news, and weather.

Device/app availability

As we mentioned above, setting up and trying out a streaming TV service is as easy as downloading an app—but is that app available on your set-top box or mobile devices? Most services reviewed here are available as smart TV apps, though we recommend devices like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku for better stability and performance.

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look for in a streaming TV service

One of the ever-so-wonderful perks of streaming TV services is the free trial period. Unlike cable or satellite, streaming TV services don’t have installation appointments or contracts, so taking a service for a spin is simple and costs nothing.