- You can watch live TV and cable content on Roku without long-term contracts, or the need to buy new equipment.
- Streaming-only packages are available in channel packages similar to cable.
- It’s possible to watch cable on any screen that can connect to Roku.
- Cloud DVR lets you record live TV and watch later without extra equipment. Stored recordings are available wherever you are.
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Cord-cutters no longer miss out on live broadcast content when they subscribe to a service that offers live TV streaming. Watching live TV without a cable subscription is available through multiple services now.
Here’s a look at a few of the best ones available on Roku devices now.
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DirecTV Now is the streaming version of DirecTV. Stream more than 40 channels starting at $50 per month. HBO is included in the base package pricing. Additional premium channels such as Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz can be added starting at $11 per month.
Twenty hours of DirecTV’s new Cloud DVR service (currently in beta) is included with all packages. Select local channels and sports networks are available in some markets. DirecTV Now allows you to stream on two devices at once with all packages. Watch on Roku along with a range of other streaming devices and smart TVs. Android and iOS mobile devices are also supported.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV adds live TV to a Hulu Plus subscription. Stream more than 60 channels in addition to Hulu’s original programming starting at $44.99 per month (with ads). The ad-free package is priced at $50.99 per month. Premium channels such as Cinemax, HBO, Showtime, and Starz can be added starting at $8.99 per month.
Fifty hours of cloud DVR storage is included in both available packages. Hulu + Live TV limits you, however, by only letting you stream to two devices at the same time. Watch on Roku along with a wide range of streaming devices and smart TVs. Android and iOS mobile devices are also supported.
PlayStation Vue is PlayStation’s streaming service with packages starting at $44.99 per month. A large selection of channels are available to stream on supported PlayStation consoles and multiple streaming devices, including Roku. Premium channels such as HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax can be added either altogether, bumping the plan up to $79.99 a month, or individually for varying prices. Select add-on channels can be added starting at $5.99 per month.
PlayStation Vue allow you to watch on up to five screens at once. When it comes to cloud DVR, Sony doesn’t say how much it holds — only that it has “lots of storage space.”
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