If you're about to cancel AT&T TV Now, well, you're not alone. The service was bleeding customers for much of 2018 and 2019 before and after DirecTV Now rebranded to the service you see today. More than a quarter-million subscribers left AT&T's live streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2018 — some 267,000, to be exact — as early promotional periods started to run out and increased pricing kicked in.
The question, then, is what service you should switch to if you've decided to ditch AT&T TV Now.
The good news is that you've got options. Lots of them, actually, and at price points that match — if not beat — what AT&T TV Now could offer.
Let's take a look at some of our favorites:
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu is one of those services that definitely has some hidden original gems on its roster — The Handmaid's Tale and The First certainly qualify for that — but it's also proving itself as a decent live TV option.
For $44.99 you'll get access to Hulu's full on-demand catalog, as well as a whole number of live TV channels — you can see the full lineup here — with everything living under one roof. (For $50.99 you can get all that, and remove most of the commercials from the on-demand lineup.)
Hulu has its share of add-on services, too, including HBO, Cinemax and Showtime, plus it has an optional DVR service.
Live and on-demand
All teh shows, and all the live stuff
Hulu has quickly found itself to be a go-to streaming service thanks to the extensive back catalog, stellar original content — and now it's got a live service that'll compete with anybody's.
Fubo TV is a great alternative to AT&T TV Now for a couple of reasons, particularly if you're a sports fan.
First: Signing up for Fubo TV will keep you in the same ballpark, money-wise, as the lower end of the AT&T TV Now plans. The basic Fubo TV plan now costs $54.99 a month and gets you 83 channels. For a few dollars more a month you can tack on a few additional features. There's also a 103-channel plan that costs $74.99 a month and comes with a few other bells and whistles.
In addition, Fubo TV has a number of add-on options, including Showtime, AMC Premiere and FX+. Plus it has an international sports add-on, another with a slew of regional sports (and NFL Red Zone), a Latino plan and — well, just check 'em all out here.
Plus — Fubo TV is just about the only place you'll find live sports in 4K resolution. It's still in beta, and you only get a few games a week, but it's the sort of thing that you'll wonder how you ever lived without once you see it.
Want some sports in 4K?
A great option for sports fans
If you're into sports and want to whatch as much as you can in 4K resolution (and can live without ESPN), then Fubo TV absolutely is worth a look. It's got two main plans and a bunch of sports add-ons available.
Sony's live streaming service still has a lot going for it. And, in fact, it's a lot like AT&T TV Now. It's got four service plans, each building off the one before it. It's got a cloud-based DVR. It's got add-ons like HBO and others. And it's got an on-screen guide that won't drive you crazy. Plans range between $50 a month and $85 a month.
And, of course, it's got a free trial period.
It's not just for PlayStation consoles
You can watch PlayStation Vue on just about any piece of hardware (save for the competing Xbox), which means you can just about replicate your AT&T TV Now experince on whatever hardare you've got.
Sling TV is still a great option for any streaming service. It's got two base plans — Orange and Blue — each of which runs $25 a month. (Or you can get them both for $40 total.)
After that it's all about add-ons in all kinds of categories. That means the two main plans maybe don't have all the channels as other services, but you're able to piece together a plan that's right for you.
Almost a la carte
Pick and choose at will
Slign isn't quite a la carte TV, but it's as close as you're going to get to only paying for the channels you actually want to watch.
If you're looking for something that costs a lot less, you need to check out Philo. You'll get 58 channels for just $20 a month. And, well, that's it. No add-ons to suck you in. Plus it's available on pretty much every major platform.
It really is just about the least-expensive option you can find.
Easy does it
A simple plan
Philo makes it easy — for just $20 a month you'll get nearly five dozen channels. That's it. And it's avilable on just about every platform out there.
YouTube TV is excellent for all kinds of reasons. There's the simple guide. Lots of channels. There's the single plan for $50 a month. There are the optional add-ons like NBA League Pass, Showtime, STARZ, Fox Soccer Plus, EPIX and more.
There's also the ability to share one subscription with up to six family members.
And YouTube TV doesn't mess around with the DVR. Each account has its own unlimited recording.
Google makes it easy
YouTube TV is one of the easiest streaming services to use, with a great menu and unlimited DVR. Plus it's got family accounts and is avialable pretty much everywhere.
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I suspect many of these cancellations were from people who just wanted an ATV for free. Yep, I signed on with Directv Now during the promo. Personally I find it to be pretty good and a bargain compared to my previous cable provider (Spectrum/Time-Warner). YMMV.
I know I definitely signed up just to get the free Apple TV but I stuck around a little longer until they hiked the price
After canceling DirecTV Now, I chose Silicon Dust Premium TV + Channels DVR app.
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