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Jennifer Van Grove: A streaming TV state of the union

Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune on

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PlayStation Vue -- $40 to $75 p/mo.

Don't be confused by the name, PlayStation Vue, from Sony doesn't require a PlayStation, and its channel lineup is actually quite impressive, even for people with very particular demands.

There are four different streaming packages, all of which include a cloud DVR, but I recommend the "Core" bundle for $45 per month. You'll get the live, local feeds for NBC, CBS and ABC, Fox series on demand, cable staples (Bravo, CNN, HGTV, ESPN, Food Network) and regional sports networks. If sports channels aren't necessary, give the $40 "Access" package a look.

Extras: A sports pack, costing $10 more per month, tacks on more sports channels. An Espanol package comes with Spanish-language stations for $5 a month.

Available on: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV (4th gen), Chromecast, iOS, Android, Roku, PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, and some smart TVs.

DirecTV Now -- $35 to $70 p/mo.

 

The most cable-like of the streaming pay TV services, AT&T's DirecTV Now starts at $35 a month for 60 channels (or $20 a month for AT&T unlimited subscribers) and climbs to $70 a month for people who everything. In San Diego, each bundle includes the local ABC, Fox and NBC affiliates, as well as on-demand CBS material.

Those who want sports stations, however, will need the pricier "Just Right" package, which costs $50 a month and comes with around 80 channels, including several sports offerings such as Fox Sports San Diego for locals and MLB Network.

Extras: HBO and Cinemax can be added on for $5 more each, while Showtime and Starz cost an additional $8 a pop.

Available on: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV (4th gen), Chromecast, iOS (beta), Android (beta), Roku (select models), and some smart TVs.

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