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DirecTV Now vs Sling TV

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DirecTV Now or Sling TV

There are two newer service packages that are on the market today and it can be confusing as to which one is better than the other. That is why it has been important to take the time to review and research both of them in order to make a more informed decision as to which one to become a loyal member of. The two service packages are Sling TV and DirecTV Now and have very different features.

DirecTV Now is an internet based live TV service that has hundreds of channels and will come in at a cost under forty dollars when it is available. That package is known as the base package for DirecTV Now. It is somewhat customizable for local markets in which channels are subscribed to. But I was not convinced that it was the right package for me as I only watch a handful of channels and it seemed to be more than I really needed to have at my fingertips.

Since I was already a frequent flier of Amazon Prime, I was already getting some of the movies as well as various TV shows on my laptop. And with the price point being as high as it was, it gave me further pause. Plus, I also knew that I could subscribe to Hulu Plus for a fairly low price of $7.99 and that would give me even more options to pick from.
I am not one to be in front of my TV when my favorite shows come on. It is quite the opposite; I generally like to binge watch my shows when I have the time to do so. They appear on the listing the following day and then they are ready to be watched when it is convenient for me and not the other way around.

It was not long ago that I noticed a new player on the scene and that was called Sling TV. They claimed to offer live TV from several sources. The bonus initially seemed to be that I did not have to sign up or register for a long term subscription in order to get the services for myself. They gave me access to things like the sports channels, the History Channel, as well as the home improvement shows. It seemed like a pretty good deal to me.

The live streaming was the primary component that I was interested in. And when that aspect is gained in parallel with a movie app like Hulu it is pretty useful to have. I like having the sporting channels to be able to watch all of the ongoing games. I am also privy to the TNT channel and that has its own inherent benefits as well. It appeared to me that the user interface seemed relatively easy to use and that was important to me to have as I am not great with electronics. I noticed a few on demand shows as well and I did not mind those either. I found it to essentially be a similar program to a cable service, but one that was far less binding in nature.

The price point at which it was listed, just below forty dollars, seemed highly reasonable at first. But then when I started thinking of all of the other fees that are associated with getting everything that I needed, it all started to add up faster than I had originally thought. There was a seemingly hidden fee in that there were additional costs when I wanted to have a few more channels. There was an additional five – dollar fee for each one that I wanted to add. That was obviously very high.

It did take longer than I thought to get the hang of using it because it was not as simple as it seemed at first glance. When I hit the down arrow it showed a channel selection and then when I hit the up arrow it showed the on-demand feature come up. It will take some getting used to. And after experiencing those problems I have been hearing that some of the content is potentially being restricted now and that is a cause to pause on. I did not see anything personally, but others are reporting it to be true.

The price point of the listing was not as reasonable as I initially had thought but it still seemed to be less than the larger packages with cable and satellite dealers. Some have had problems with their connections as well and that can mean there might be delays in the data transaction. Overall, there was plenty of channels in the basic package to keep me satisfied for now. I plan to keep it for an extended period of time and reevaluate at a later time.

DirecTV Now, on the other hand, had its own pros and cons of its own. I found that there were far more channels offered in any given package than with other service providers. That meant I would always have plenty of Tvs to watch. But I could not help but to realize that the price that I would need to pay in order to get all of those channels was a big chunk of change.
So, at that point, I did not know which one would be better for me. I liked all of the channels but I did not want to shell out that much money every single month in order to keep it turned on for the long haul. There were channels that I could not get with the other program and that was good for a while right up until the bill arrived in my mailbox.

At the end of the day, I believe I would choose to go with DirecTV Now as my personal service provider. There were fewer problems involved with their service delivery and it seemed easier to learn how to work it. There was a sizable price difference that threw me for a loop at first, but the more that I used the service the more that I liked it all the more. So, for a better service package try using DirecTV Now as you will be able to customize which channels that you get based on your local market. Their customer service department is also one of the better ones than ones I have had to use before.

Channel Lineup Comparison:

Channel List DirecTV Now Package Sling TV Package
A&E Live a Little Orange, Blue
ABC Yes or VOD Broadcast extra
AMC Live a Little Orange, Blue
American Heroes Go Big Not Available
Animal Planet Live a Little Not Available
Audience Live a Little Not Available
AXS TV Live a Little Orange, Blue
Baby TV Not Available Kids extra
BBC America Live a Little Orange, Blue
BBC World News Go Big News extra
beIN Sports Not Available Sports extra
BET Live a Little Blue (Orange lifestyle extra)
Bloomberg TV Live a Little Base
Boomerang Gotta Have It Kids extra
Bravo Live a Little Blue
BTN Just Right Not Available
Campus Insiders Not Available Sports extra
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Live a Little Orange, Blue
CBS Not Available Not Available
CBS Sports Not Available Not Available
Centric Go Big Not Available
Cheddar Not Available Orange, Blue
Chiller Gotta Have It Not Available
Cinemax PREMIUM ($5/month) PREMIUM
Cloo Gotta Have It Not Available
CMT Live a Little Comedy extra
CNBC Live a Little News extra Blue
CNBC World Just Right Not Available
CNN Live a Little Orange, Blue
Comedy Central Live a Little Orange, Blue
Comedy.TV Just Right Not Available
Cooking Channel Just Right Lifestyle extra
CSPAN Live a Little Not Available
Destination America Go Big Not Available
Discovery Channel Live a Little Not Available
Discovery Family Go Big Not Available
Discovery Life Go Big Not Available
Disney Channel Live a Little Orange
Disney Junior Live a Little Kids extra Orange
Disney XD Live a Little Kids extra Orange
DIY Go Big Lifestyle extra
Duck TV Not Available Kids extra
E! Live a Little Lifestyle extra Blue
El Rey Network Gotta Have It Orange, Blue
Encore Gotta Have It Not Available
EPIX Not Available Hollywood extra
EPIX Drive-in Not Available Hollywood extra
EPIX Hits Not Available Hollywood extra
EPIX2 Not Available Hollywood extra
ESPN Live a Little Orange
ESPN 2 Live a Little Orange
ESPN Bases Loaded Not Available Sports extra Orange
ESPN Buzzer Beater Not Available Sports extra Orange
ESPN Deportes Not Available Spanish TV extra Orange
ESPN Goal Line Not Available Sports extra Orange
ESPNEWS Just Right Sports extra Orange
ESPNU Just Right Sports extra Orange
Esquire Not Available Not Available
Euro News Not Available World News Extra
Flama Not Available Orange, Blue
Food Network Live a Little Orange, Blue
Fox Yes or VOD Blue
Fox Business Live a Little Not Available
Fox College Sports Atlantic Not Available Not Available
Fox College Sports Central Not Available Not Available
Fox College Sports Pacific Not Available Not Available
Fox News Live a Little Not Available
Fox Sports 1 Live a Little Blue
Fox Sports 2 Go Big Blue
Fox Sports Prime Ticket Just Right Not Available
France 24 Not Available World News Extra
Freeform Live a Little Orange
Fuse Just Right Not Available
Fusion Just Right World News Extra
FX Live a Little Blue
FXM Go Big Not Available
FXX Live a Little Blue
FYI Go Big Lifestyle extra
Galavision Live a Little Orange, Blue
Golf Channel Go Big Sports extra Blue
GSN Just Right Comedy extra
Hallmark Live a Little Lifestyle extra
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Not Available LIfestyle extra
HBO PREMIUM ($5/month) PREMIUM
HDNet Movies Not Available Hollywood extra
HGTV Live a Little Orange, Blue
Hi-Yah Not Available Not Available
History Live a Little Orange, Blue
HLN Live a Little News extra
HSN Not Available Not Available
IFC Just Right Orange, Blue
Ion Not Available Not Available
Impact Not Available Not Available
Investigation Discovery Live a Little Not Available
JusticeCentral.TV Just Right Not Available
Lifetime Live a Little Orange, Blue
LMN Just Right Lifestyle extra
Local Not Availablew Not Available Orange, Blue
LOGO Go Big Comedy extra
Longhorn Network Just Right Not Available
Machinima Not Available Not Available
Maker Not Available Orange, Blue
MGM-HD Not Available Not Available
MLB Network Just Right Not Available
Motors TV Not Available Sports extra
MSNBC Live a Little News extra Blue
MTV Live a Little Comedy extra
MTV Classic Go Big Not Available
MTV2 Live a Little Comedy extra
Nat Geo Wild Go Big Blue
National Geographic Live a Little Blue
NBA TV Go Big Sports extra
NBC Yes or VOD Blue
NBC Sports Network Just Right Blue
NDTV 24/7 Not Available World News Extra
News 18 India Not Available World News Extra
Newsy Not Available Orange, Blue
NFL Network Not Available Blue
NFL Red Zone Not Available Sports extra (Blue)
NHL Network Go Big Sports extra
Nick Jr. Live a Little Blue
Nickelodeon Live a Little Not Available
Nicktoons Live a Little Kids Extra Blue
ONE World Sports Not Available Not Available
Outdoor Channel Not Available Not Available
Outside Television Not Available Sports extra
OWN Just Right Not Available
Oxygen Just Right Lifestyle extra Blue
Palladia Not Available Not Available
PBS Not Available Not Available
Poker Central Not Available Not Available
Polaris Not Available Orange, Blue
POP Not Available Not Available
QVC Not Available Not Available
Revolt Go Big Not Available
RFD TV Live a Little Not Available
Russia Today Not Available World News Extra
Science Just Right Not Available
SEC Network Just Right Sports extra Orange
Showtime Not Available Not Available
Spike Live a Little Comedy extra
Sprout Go Big Not Available
Starz Gotta Have It PREMIUM
Sundance TV Go Big Hollywood extra
Syfy Live a Little Blue
TBS Live a Little Orange, Blue
TCM Live a Little Hollywood extra
Teen Knick Live a Little Kids extra Blue
Telemundo Live a Little Not Available
Tennis Channel Go Big Not Available
The Weather Channel Live a Little Not Available
TLC Live a Little Not Available
TNT Live a Little Orange, Blue
Travel Channel Just Right Orange, Blue
truTV Live a Little Blue (Orange comedy extra)
TV Land Live a Little Comedy extra
TVG Go Big Not Available
Universal HD Not Available Not Available
Univision Live a Little Blue (Orange Broadcast extra)
Univision Deportes Gotta Have It Sports extra
Univision Mas Just Right Blue (Orange Broadcast Extra)
USA Network Live a Little Blue
Velocity HD Live a Little Not Available
VH1 Live a Little Lifestyle extra
VH1 Classic Not Available Not Available
Vibrant TV Not Available Lifestyle extra
Viceland Live a Little Orange, Blue
WE tv Live a Little Lifestyle extra
WeatherNation Live a Little Not Available