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Top 10 Live TV Streaming Apps 2018

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Live streaming of videos has become a rage on the Internet these days. Streaming generally refers to the watching of video content or hearing the audio content which is in the digital form over the Internet. In streaming video, a web user need not wait for a file to download for playing. Alternatively, it can be played as it arrives. The media is sent in a continuous form of data.

Live Streaming(Live apps)to the content delivered as the event takes place without any delay over the Internet. This technology requires source device such as video camera, an encoder, and transferring medium over the network, a decoder and display devices

There are many challenges with the live apps streaming over the Internet. The users should have enough bandwidth to watch the content online. It may take a long time to watch the content if they have a poor Internet connection.

Live Streaming  T.V Services

Video streaming services are the main authorities for TV shows, movies, etc. They provide services at the lower cost. It is an alternative service to cable and satellite telecast. The videos that are received through this technique are based on the cloud.

Some of the examples of live streaming services are YouTube, Facebook, Amazon Instant, NowTV, iTunes, Vimeo, and Hulu. They are paid for their services. There are free services also available. The examples are Retrovision, Shocker Internet Drive In, Internet Archive, Uncle Earl’s Classic TV channel, Engage Media, Crackle, etc.

Facebook Live is one of the best live sharing stream apps that enables sharing of live feed among public figures, pages or people on Facebook. Based on the quality of service, reasonable pricing, Users preference the video streaming services are rated. The top ten video streaming services that are widely used are presented

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1

Hulu Live TV

Rating: 4.29/5 (7 votes)

Overview

Hulu was one of the first video platforms that made users watch the TV shows online.

In early 2017, Hulu plans to introduce a Hulu Live, a new live Streaming service.

Hulu’s advantage over other streaming services is that it offers current TV shows. Hulu updates the shows regularly that are the viewers can see the current episodes the next day after it was telecasted on TV.This includes content from the four major television networks, CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX.

Hulu Live offers live sports, entertainment and breaking news in addition to the TV shows and movies which Hulu Plus provides. Hulu Live handshakes with partners Fox, Time Warner, and Disney/ABC.

Hulu’s new live TV beta service will be available to all over the world where the Internet connection is available and also on all mobile devices. The new service can be accessed on Xbox One, Apple TV (4th Gen.), iOS and Android mobile devices and Chromecast.

Cost

Hulu with Live Tv Beta plan charges $39.99 per month to view the live programming from more than 50 sports, kids and entertainment channels. This includes 3500 TV shows and movie titles.Hulu Live offers add-ons with additional charges.

Add-on name Cost Features
Enhanced Cloud DVR $14.99 per month Provide 200 hours of recording storage
Unlimited Screens $14.99 per month Provide many screens in a single home
Enhanced Cloud DVR + Unlimited Screens $19.99 per month Provide both the above features with the reduction of $10.00
Show time $8.99 per month Provide unlimited access to all shows

Advantages

The current TV shows can be viewed. The user interface of Hulu Live will be more interactive than Hulu Plus. Hulu Live ensures to provide two simultaneous connections for a particular home.

Disadvantages

The Cost is very high.

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2

Sling TV

Rating: 4.50/5 (4 votes)

Overview

Sling TV was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2015. Streaming service got much more advanced in this era. This service made users to watch live television also. Sling TV users enjoy both live programming and Video-on-demand.

There are lots of live channels available in this service, especially ESPN and ESPN 2 which made sports lovers very happy. They also offer specialized programming with extra charges for, kids programming, sports, and news. In this service, users can watch past 3 days show for some channels.

Sling TV is supported on iOS and Android smartphones, laptops, and tablets. The service can be viewed on a PC, Smart TV, and Mac. Sling TV is currently available for many streaming players such as Amazon Fire TV and all Roku players.

Cost

Packages Price No of channels
Sling Orange $20 per month 28
Sling Blue $25 per month 40
Sling Orange + Blue $40 per month 60
Extras $5 for Kids, sports, comedy, Life style, etc.

$10 for Cinemax (Premium Channel) live stream

$15 for HBO (Premium Channel)

 

Advantages

Sling TV is cheaper than any other stream as it is normal cable connection without using any cords. This enables users to watch the program without any delay. More special with this service is it offers sports programming.

Disadvantages

Though the packages are very low, the channel lineups are very limited. It does not support Digital Video Recorder (DVR) functionality.

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3

PlayStation Vue

Rating: 4.00/5 (4 votes)

Overview

This stream is from the company of Sony. This is also a cable connection similar to Sling TV without any contracts. Unlike Sling TV it offers more channels like CBS, NBC Universal, CNN, Viacom, Fox Business, Travel Channel, etc. It also offers both local sports channels and national channels. This is more like cord cutters.

The service is available for smart TVs and Sony. This service can be accessed through Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Chromecast. This service supports iOS and Android smart phones and tablets.

Cost

Packages Cost Channels
Access $39.99 per month 60+ (TV, movies and sports)
Core $44.99 per month 70+ (Local sports and more)
Elite $54.99 per month 100+ (More programs from Machinima and Epix)
Ultra $74.99 per month 100+ (Movies, sports, etc.)

Advantages

This service provides DVR functionality. It offers more content with Live TV without any contracts. The service is provided by very low packages which are more competitive. The sports programming makes the user more enjoyable.

Disadvantages

The service is quite expensive.

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4

DIRECTV Now

Rating: 4.50/5 (2 votes)

Overview

DIRECTV Now is the streaming service from the DIRECTV. This is a great competitor for Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. It offers more than 100 channels. DIRECTV offers Live TV to the users like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue at the lowest cost. The channels that are not included in the paid package can be watched by only $5. The add-ons option is available.

DIRECTV can be accessed using Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android, and iOS. The browsers which support the DIRECTV are Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Cost

$35 for more than100 channels. $5 for each add-on.

Advantages

The cost is very low. This service can be accessed on various devices and browsers. Rewind feature for 72 hours is available which is helpful to view the shows but only for some shows.

Disadvantages

The user Interface is not much interactive. The home screen is not yet in complete mode. The navigation keys are not properly installed. The service does not support cloud DVR. Many features are missing and a lot of errors are there in this service.

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5

YouTube

Rating: 3.50/5 (2 votes)

Overview

YouTube is the widely used and most popular video services in the world. As YouTube can be accessed on all platforms it is easily used by all viewers. The videos of the YouTube are created by independent creators and not by any particular company.

The movies are also now featured as the YouTube became more popular. This service provides lots of videos at a free of cost. Some of the videos can be purchased or rented. This is the product of Google.

This service is available on both iOS and Android platforms. It supports all smart TVs, smartphones, and tablets. YouTube can also be accessed through streaming sticks and set-top-boxes.

Cost

Type of movies Type of service Rate
Older movies Renting $1.99 per movie in SD and $2.99 in HD
Older movies Purchasing $9.99 per movie in SD, and $14.99 in HD
New Movies Renting 3.99 per movie in SD, and $4.99 in HD
New Movies Purchasing $14.99 per movie in SD, and $19.99 in HD
  YouTube Red $9.99 per month

Advantages

The users should have the account on Google+ and Google Wallet in order to purchase or rent videos on YouTube. YouTube contains a huge library of movies which is updated by the production house of the movies.

The users can watch all the movies both old and new. The YouTube can be easily accessible through every smart device.

Disadvantages

Some of the movies selection is not of good quality. We cannot watch any TV shows on the YouTube. Instead, the video clips of the shows are updated by creators which are not legal. The video clips are also last for only 5 to 10 minutes. The renting content is too high which is equal to the subscription fees of some of the services.

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6

Amazon Prime Instant Video

Rating: 4.50/5 (2 votes)

Overview

This is the service provided by the online retailer Amazon. It gives a lot of benefaction to the consumers similar to the Netflix. This offers many movie titles but fewer TV shows.

They have business relationships with players like Viacom, CBS Corp, Warner Bros., News Corp’s Fox, Sony Corp, Walt Disney Co and Comcast Corp’s NBC Universal.

They give high-quality videos due to these partnerships. The users can view the recent episodes of TV shows but with the additional cost including the main subscription fees.

This service supports the platforms such as Windows, iOS, and Android. The devices that support Amazon Prime Instant Video are most smartphones, smart TVs, and tablets. It supports the streaming players such as Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire HD, and Roku.

This works well with the set-up box Xbox One, Xbox 360and the gaming consoles such as Nintendo Wii U and Wii, PlayStation 3 & 4, and more.

Cost

Type of Subscription price
Annual $99
Monthly $10.99

Advantages

Amazon has the excellent offer that it supports offline viewing which even Netflix does not offer. Along with their partners, they support 4K Ultra HD content streaming.

Disadvantages

It is more expensive than comparatively. It also offers original programming like Netflix. But People prefer Netflix rather than Amazon Prime Instant Video. It is not much received by users.

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7

Google Play

Rating: 3.00/5 (1 votes)

Overview

Google Play is streaming service that is accessible to everyone in the world if they have the Internet connection. This service is termed as the biggest one for online videos and follows purchasing system. The viewers can see both movies and TV shows on Google Play.

Only few content of this service is in HD.

Google Play is built particularly compatible for Android devices. Devices such as smartphones, Tablets, game consoles, set-top boxes, smart TVs which runs on Android can access Google Play. In traditional TV we can use Chrome cast to access Google Play.

Google has a version for the app of iOS too. We can also see Google Play content by using browsers on both Mac and PC.

Cost

Type of shows/movies Type of service Rate
TV shows Renting $1.99 per episode (SD) and $2.99 per episode (HD)
Older movies Renting $1.99 per movie (SD), $2.99 per movie (HD)
Older movies Purchasing Starts from $9.99 per movie
New movies Renting $4.99 or above per movie
New movies Purchasing $14.99 or above per movie

Advantages

Google Play is more convenient to use as it can be accessed by more number of devices and platforms. The Interface to the users is more comfortable. This service is the world’s biggest Internet Company Google. This service allows the users to watch the rented content within 30 days and up to 2 days when started watching. The purchased movies or shows can be viewed on any smart device.

 Disadvantages

The costs of this service are very high. The content library is too small when compared to the size of other services. HD playback is even worse. This can be used occasionally for entertainment not can be made as the main entertainment option.

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8

iTunes

Rating: 3.00/5 (1 votes)

Overview

iTunes is the Apple company which is said to be the world’s biggest entertainment players. Apple offers TV shows, movies, and music through iTunes. iTunes does have the subscription fees. Rather video has to be purchased and TV shows are rented or purchased with an entire season at a discount rate.iTunes app and software are supported only by Apple devices. The supporting devices are such as iPod, iPad, iPhone and Apple TV. The users can install iTunes desktop client on the computer and access iTunes.

Cost

Type of shows/movies Type of service Rate
TV shows Renting $1.99 per episode in SD,

$2.99 per episode in HD

Older movies Renting $2.99 in SD, and $3.99 in HD
Older movies Purchasing $9.99 in SD

$14.99 in HD

New movies Renting $4.99 per movie in SD

$5.99 in HD

New movies Purchasing $14.99 in SD

$19.99 in HD

Advantages

The resolution of the content of much content of iTunes is HD 1080p. Some of the content is only 720p. The content of iTunes can be rented or purchased. The rented content will be for 30 days and for 2 days after started watching it. The purchased content will be available always. The users can view in online or can be downloaded and viewed later.

Disadvantages

The cost is very high. The renting of older movies is much higher than the whole month subscription of Netflix. The iTunes content can be viewed only on Apple devices.

If the users change Apple to Android, the iTunes will not be accessible. Like Google Play, the iTunes can be made as an occasional entertainment service, not the main entertainment.

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9

FuboTV

Rating: 3.00/5 (1 votes)

Overview

FuboTV is the main stream video sharing provider  who allows viewers enjoy the sports and entertainment without the cable. This was first introduced in the year 2015. The channel lineup on FuboTV is growing much wider. The users easily view major sports and tournaments.

Some of the major sports competitions that FuboTV offers are English Championship, International Qualifiers & Friendlies, English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup, CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers, Mexican Men’s National Team Matches, Brazilian Campeonato Carioca, Uruguayan Primera División, Portuguese Primeira Liga, Portuguese Taça da Liga, AFC Asian Champions League, etc.

We can also access live shows and broadcast of the following channels such as Real Madrid TV, Benfica TV, Everton TV, Barca TV, Dortmund TV, Ajax TV.

FuboTV can be accessed in both iOS and Android applications. This also supports Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Chrome cast, etc.

Cost

Packages Rate Channels
Fubo Premier $34.99 per month 36 channels and free access to beIN channels.
Fubo Latino $14.99 per month 11Hispanic channels and free access to beIN channels.
FuboPortuguês $19.99 per month 6 channels and free access to beIN channels.

Advantages

The users can find the broadcast timings of upcoming events. This helps the users to know about the list of LIVE matches on FuboTV by date, league or club, and channel.

It has DVR feature that if the viewer’s not able to watch the match they can save the match and view later. It will be available for viewing only for 72 hours.

Disadvantages

This focuses mainly on Sports channels. Only the sports fans can enjoy and other entertainment programs are very less.

10

Yupp TV

Rating: 4.50/5 (2 votes)

Overview

YuppTV is one of the top world’s entertainment provider. This makes use of best of advanced technology which provides consumers a great virtual TV experience. The users can watch their favorite channels at any time and anywhere with a one-time subscription.

The YuppTV consists of best technology support which makes the broadcasting the channels easy across any geographical region. The companies, businessman, and people broadcast their events, meetings, movies, shows, etc. It has the Catch-TV facility means that the programs are recorded and users can watch the program at their convenient time without any additional charges.

Yupp TV telecast the content through Internet STBs, Smart TVs (Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic Viera), Smart Phones (Android based Smartphones,iPhone), Smart Blu-ray Player(Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic Viera), and Tablets(Android Tablets, iPhone). The Chromecast can be used to access YuppTV.

The new introduction of YuppTV is YuppFlix. This contains movies in all languages and categories with 1080P Quality and 5.1 surround sound. This can be accessed in TV devices like LG, Sony, Samsung, Apple TV, etc. They are trying to make their own original series and soon it is going to be launched.

 Cost    

There are two packages available. Recurring and Non-Recurring packages. Recurring means Daily, weekly and monthly. Nonrecurring means Quarterly, Half yearly, and Yearly packages. A customer can subscribe Two packages at a time but not one recurring and one non-recurring package.

Plan Rate
Day Pass $5
Week Pass $30
Month pass $99

Advantages

The users can view 200+ live channels of 13 languages with 7 days of storage. The users also can enjoy unlimited movies, TV shows, news clips, entertainment videos, etc. This can be accessed on Mobile App, The Web and Smart TVs. No advertisement in between the shows and movies.

Disadvantages

More channels are in SD and only a few are in HD.

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