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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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YouTube TV -- $35 p/mo.

For the price, you get a lot with YouTube TV, including AMC, Bravo, Fox Sports San Diego, FX and all four of the broadcast networks. What you don't get are some cable favorites, most notably Turner's CNN, HGTV, TBS and TNT. There's also an unlimited cloud DVR, but fast-forwarding is sometimes tricky to navigate from a smartphone, which acts as the primary interface and remote for most TV viewing.

For now, shows are "cast" from the app to your TV by way of Google's Chromecast streaming stick or through Airplay on Apple TV, unless you have an Xbox or Android TV set. YouTube TV has promised a standalone app for both Apple TV and Roku devices, as well as Sony TV's, "in the coming months," but exact timing remains unclear.

Available on: Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox and some Android TVs.

Hulu with Live TV -- $40 p/mo.

Hulu with Live TV, an offshoot of the company's on-demand-only service, comes with an impressive selection of 50 popular broadcast, sports and cable networks, including all four broadcast networks in San Diego. Subscribers also get staples such as Food Network, Lifetime, FX, TNT, CNN, ESPN. NBC Sports Network and Fox Sports San Diego.

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A so-called DVR is included in the price, but the offering is really a glorified on-demand content library, unless you want to pay more to fast-forward through ads.

Extras: The enhanced DVR, with fast-forward ability, costs an additional $15 a month. To stream on more than two screens at once, customers will also have to pay $15 more per month.

Available on: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV (4th gen), iOS, Android, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox and select Samsung TVs.

fuboTV -- $40 p/mo.


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