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The Best TV Streaming Services in 2021 – For Live TV, Sports and Kids

 

There is a huge demand for TV streaming services than ever before. Mainly due to the huge amount of exciting TV programs that are available for viewing over the internet and at low subscription rates.

Instead of having a DVR device placed on a TV stand in your home, you can stream your favorite shows, movies, sports, cartoons and musical programs from anywhere on your Internet ready mobile phone or tablet.

You simply download the mobile app provided by the TV streaming service provider you have chosen and you are good to go!

In this article, we will reveal our pick for the overall best streaming TV. While highlighting our choice of the overall best TV streaming service and live streaming service providers.

There is also the best TV streaming service for sports, for kiddies’ programs. And finally that TV streaming service provider that offers the best value for your money.

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The Overall Best TV Streaming Service Provider: Netflix

 If there is one TV streaming service mobile app that is installed on the smartphone or tablet of almost everyone on this planet, it is Netflix.

Netflix is the king of original TV programming although it does not offer live streaming, at least not yet.

Netflix offers 1080p, 4k resolution and simultaneous streams for up to 4 devices and loads of exciting kiddies and adult original content to keep you preoccupied for a whole day.

You can binge on newly released movies and popular TV shows till you run out of data or battery life.

The sheer volume of original movies, shows, documentaries, and cartoons on Netflix can sometimes be overwhelming. But it is better to be spoilt for choice than to be without sufficient programming options to choose from. Netflix offers as many as 4,500 movies to keep you thoroughly entertained.

What's even more interesting is that Netflix is compatible with a large number of apps, devices and video game consoles.

These include; Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, LG TVs, Samsung TVs, Google Chromecast, Roku, Vizio TVs, Xbox video game consoles, PlayStation video game consoles and Nintendo video game consoles.

Netflix will cost you between USD$8.99 to USD$17.99 per month which is really affordable considering the amount of value-added entertainment you would get for subscribing to their services.

 

The Best Live TV Streaming Service: YouTube TV

 Netflix may be the overall best TV streaming service provider, but our overall best live TV streaming service provider is YouTube TV.

Similar to Netflix, YouTube TV is compatible with Google Chromecast, Xbox video game consoles, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Vision TVs, LG TVS, Samsung TVs and Roku. However, unlike Netflix, YouTube TV is quite pricey with a monthly subscription of USD$64.99.

YouTube TV uses Google integration to provide you with one of the world's best live streaming TV search functions around and offers both PBS Kids and PBS.

In addition, you get as many as 13 premium channels including FOX Soccer Plus, HBO Max, NBC Sports Network, Big Ten Network, FS1, FS2, NBA TV, MLB Network, ESPN and ESPN2.

With YouTube TV you also have access to unlimited cloud DVR storage capacity which allows you to save up your favorite TV shows and programs for as long as 9 months.

 

Best TV Streaming Service for Sports: ESPN+

 ESPN+ is an inexpensive live streaming TV that offers you a chance to catch live streaming content that you may not get on cable TV. Users can get to watch live MLS, NHL, MLB and even UFC.

There are also college sports as well as loads of international tennis, boxing and soccer available for live viewing at a subscription rate of only USD$5.99 per month.

ESPN+ comes with a 720p resolution and allows you to stream on as many as 5 different devices at the same time.

In addition to the streaming of live sporting events, you can also get to watch original shows, such as; Ariel & the Bad Guy, The Boardroom, Peyton’s Places and so on.

Also, don't miss out on the 30 for 30 sports documentaries on show. If you are fond of fantasy league, you can easily manage your team on ESPN+. And also get to view sports articles and analysis from the best sportswriters around.

ESPN+ is compatible on Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, LG TVs, Samsung TVs, Google Chromecast, Roku, Xbox video game consoles and Sony PlayStation video game consoles.

 

Best TV Streaming Service for Kiddies: Disney+

 For the best streaming TV service for kiddies we have Disney+. Disney+ comes with a 1080p, 4k resolution and allows you to stream on 4 different devices at the same time.

Speaking of devices, Disney+ is compatible with Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, LG TVs, Samsung TVs, Google Chromecast, Roku, Xbox video game consoles and Sony PlayStation video game consoles.

For a price just USD$6.99 per month, you can get to watch a number of Disney movies, legacy shows and originals like The Mandalorian.

In truth Disney+ is not just the best TV stream for kids, but also for the entire family. Disney+ is a must-have for family friendly programs and entertainment this forthcoming holiday season.

 

Best Value for your Money TV Streaming Service Provider: Amazon Prime video

 Although we rate Netflix as our overall best streaming TV, it is equally worth mentioning that when it comes to the best value for your money, we have to hand it Prime Video from Amazon/my TV.

Prime Video offers you a chance to watch the NFL and NBA live. You can also get to catch up with Thursday Night Football and for movie lovers there are more than 18,000 exciting on-demand movies to choose from. The price when you subscribe to Prime Video for just USD$12.99 per month.

Prime Video allows you to stream programs on 3 different devices with a 1080p, 4k resolution.

Prime Video is also very compatible with a number of apps, devices and video game consoles, such as; Vizio TVs, LG TVs, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Samsung TVs, Google Chromecast, Roku, Xbox video game consoles and Sony PlayStation video game consoles.

 

Other recommendations

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV offers one of the best live TV streaming service delivery around. And plays home to many original comedies, dramas, and miniseries. Also, Hulu + Live TV brings a variety of live sporting events from top sports channels. These are NBC Sports Network, FS1, FS2, ESPN, ESPN 2, TNT and TBS.

Hulu + Live TV offers about 60 live cable TV channels. And it is also compatible with a number of devices, such as;

  • Google Chromecast,
  • Samsung TVs,
  • LG TVs,
  • Vizio TVs,
  • Apple TV,
  • Android TV,
  • Amazon Fire TV,
  • Roku,
  • Xbox video game console
  • and Nintendo Switch video game console.

However, Hulu is quite pricey with a monthly subscription of USD$54.99.

 

Philo

 Philo offers a wide range of channels for just about every taste and preference. You have channels like Discovery for lovers of documentary. AlsoComedy Central for anyone looking for laughs, Food Network for would-be chefs abound cooking.

You also have access to popular channels like BBC America, HGTV, A&E, Hallmark, VICE, AMC and lots more for USD$20 per month. Philo is compatible with Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV.

 

AT&T TV NOW

 With AT&T NOW, you have access to many on-demand films and movies similar to DIRECTV its satellite cable TV equivalent.

There is a MAX package available for a rather pricey subscription of USD$80 per month. And offers you as many as 60 channels including HBO Max.

You can have access to AT&T TV NOW channels on Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV.

 

In Closing

  •  Our overall best TV streaming service provider is Netflix.
  • While our overall best live streaming TV is YouTube TV.
  • Netflix offers original content and more than 4,500 movies to choose from.
  • With YouTube TV you can store movies and shows for up to 9 months using the cloud DVR storage facility.
  • Our best TV streaming service for sports is ESPN+ and you can get to live stream MLS, NHL, MLB and UFC.
  • Prime Video is our choice for the best value for your money TV streaming service. And it offers more than 18,000 movies with live streaming of NFL and NBA.
  • Kiddies are not left out and we rate Disney+ as our best TV streaming service for kiddies.

 

All these TV streaming service providers offer monthly subscriptions.

ESPN+ offering the cheapest monthly subscription at USD$5.99 while YouTube TV is the most expensive at USD$64.99.

 

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