DIRECTV NOW Competitors: Top 3 DIRECTV NOW Alternatives



DIRECTV NOW competitors are everywhere these days. With the original live streaming services (Sling TV and PlayStation Vue) and newcomers (Hulu and other streaming services), it seems you aren’t going to be short of options when/if you choose to cut the cord. That said, currently DIRECTV NOW is pretty popular. With packages that include anywhere from 60-120 channels, starting at $35/month and the ability to add HBO for just $5/month, it’s hard not to like DIRECTV NOW. They also have a guide that will remind you of cable, which is a plus for a lot of cord cutters.

As nice as DIRECTV NOW is, there could be several reasons why you’re looking for DIRECTV NOW alternatives. Maybe you want to find cheaper DIRECTV NOW alternatives or perhaps you’re looking for some DIRECTV NOW competition that has a channel that DIRECTV NOW doesn’t have. No matter what reason you’re looking for DIRECTV NOW competition, it’s out there and it’s worth it to consider other options in order to find the streaming service that works the best for you.


Are you here to Learn about DIRECTV NOW competitors or DIRECTV NOW?

If you’ve come across this guide looking for more details on DIRECTV NOW we recommend looking to our DIRECTV NOW review. Are you looking for channel options? If so, you can check our DIRECTV NOW channels list. There’s even details on how to cancel DIRECTV NOW, if you are interested in that.

This guide is specifically meant to give you details on DIRECTV NOW competitors. These competitors are live stream services. That means you won’t find Amazon Prime, Netflix, or any other option that does not have a standard live stream setup.


DIRECTV NOW Competitors: A Quick Look

Now that you know a little about DIRECTV NOW, let’s see what else is out there. The following three DIRECTV NOW competitors offer live stream services and various special features that vary from service to service. We recommend starting here and then learning more in the specific sections below.

Sling TV

  • A minimum of 30 channels, but as many as 100 depending on package
  • Plans that start at $20/month
  • Works with the majority of streaming devices
  • Works best for those that don’t want to spend too much money
  • Includes a seven-day trial

PlayStation Vue

  • Base package includes 45+ channels
  • Over 90 channels available in total
  • Plans starting at $30/month
  • Works with most streaming devices
  • A good choice if you own/use PlayStation
  • A free 5-day trial starts your membership


  • Included 45+ channels in the base package
  • Channel add-ons are available
  • Plans starting at $35/month
  • Streams on most devices
  • Works best for sports fans
  • A free 7-day trial is available

Now let’s give each specific service a more in-depth look so that you can find which, if any, of the DIRECTV NOW competitors are for you!


Sling TV

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The basic package for Sling TV is $20/month and provides 30+ channels. The Sling TV channel lineup includes many of the most popular TV shows, making this option a great deal. Some channels you will receive include AMC, CNN, ESPN, Comedy Central, Freeform, Cartoon Network, Disney, History, Food Network, BBC America, TBS, A&E, TNT, and IFC. While this package is great on its own, it gets better because you can add the channels you feel you’re missing for a small fee. Want more sports? Add the $5/month sports bundle. Need HBO? The entire catalog is available on-demand with the live stream for just $15/month. There are over 50 channels that can be added on!

Sling TV works on Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, mobile devices, and Xbox. A limited on-demand library is available so if you miss a popular show, you might find it’s available on-demand. New members will start their membership with a 7-day trial. You can also prepay for your Sling TV membership for a few months in order to get a free Roku and that’s just one of the special offers available. You can learn more about Sling TV when you read our Sling TV review.


PlayStation Vue

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PlayStation Vue is another DIRECTV NOW competitor. Despite the name having PlayStation in it, you don’t need a PlayStation to be a PlayStation Vue subscriber. You’ll get 45+ channels in one of four packages that start at $30/month. Some of the channels you’ll have include AMC, CNN, FOX News, Syfy, TNT, USA, BET, Discovery, History, and many other channels. You can also add channels like Showtime and/or HBO. Local channels are included on-demand. If you live in select cities, you may also receive local channels in live stream.

PlayStation Vue is available on PS3/PS4, iOS, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. If you watch on-the-go you might find the mobile restrictions to be limiting. To better use PS Vue on the go, we recommend using TV Everywhere apps. Apps like WatchESPN or FOX NOW can be used with your PS Vue login to watch shows when you’re away from home.

A 5-day trial is available to you when you signup. If you want to learn more, here’s our PlayStation Vue review.



fuboTV is one of the streaming services that specializes in sports streaming! Check out fuboTV’s free week trial, and see whether you like the fuboTV service or not. The price for fuboTV is $35 a month. That will pay for 50+ channels, which include stations like Eleven Sports, Lifetime Movie Network, El Rey, Nat Geo Wild, BeIN Sports, FS1, FS2, History, E!, and Chiller. Watch on all your favorite devices you use for streaming! Some of those options include Apple TV, Roku, mobile devices, and web browsers.

Local viewing is available for some channels in livestream, if it is available, and if you live in a major city. Everyone else can watch local channels on demand. You can even record them using the cloud-based DVR. Add-on channel bundles for an additional fee.

fuboTV offers a great way to try the service out for yourself. Do not forget to check out the free seven-day trial!

Details can be found in the fuboTV review!

DIRECTV NOW Competitors: Bottom Line

While these are the top three in terms of DIRECTV NOW competitors, there are new streaming services available all the time. The good news is that most streaming services offer a free trial ranging from a few days to a month, so you can try the services to learn which one is best for you.
Speaking of free trials, here are the offers for the DIRECTV NOW competitors we’ve been looking at:

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Ashtyn is a writer and filmmaker living in New York with her family and her spoiled Shih Tzu, Molly. When she's not writing she enjoys obsessing over her favorite television shows, watching movies, and cooking.
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