Confused about Streaming TV services?

We get that. Many popular options offer free trials so you can try it without risk to see what will work best for you. If you have questions please check out the information we have below.

Click here for some frequently asked questions.
Or scroll down for an overview of live and on-demand services.

Paid Live TV Services

We've researched several streaming TV services and found those below to be a great value for our members and a good place to start exploring streaming options.

DIRECTV STREAM DIRECTV STREAM combines the benefits of live TV and sports, on-demand movies and shows, a Cloud DVR, and access to premium channels like HBO.
YouTube TV 85+ top channels of entertainment, news, live sports, & more. Recording without storage limits and 6 accounts included.
fuboTV fuboTV is the world’s only sports-focused live TV streaming service with top leagues and teams, plus popular shows, movies and news for the entire household.
Hulu + Live TV 75+ live channels with the entire Hulu streaming library. 50 hours of DVR storage.
Sling TV Personalize your channel lineup & save: start with your base service, then pick Extras in your favorite genres like sports, comedy, kids, news & more. 
Philo Philo offers a package of top-rated television channels for just $25. Watch live, save unlimited shows to watch later, or browse content available on-demand.

Free Live TV Streaming

There are several streaming services that are free and often are ad-supported. These have live tv offerings listed below and some have on-demand as well. These are great options for access to a ton of great content for free, usually older programming and movies.

Pluto Free ad-supported service from Viacom/CBS offering older programming and movies either on Live TV or on-demand.
Tubi TV Free ad-supported service from FOX offering older programming and movies on-demand
Peacock TV Free ad-supported service from NBCUniversal, includes live and on-demand original programming, older programming and movies. Paid, ad-free version available.
STIRR Free ad-supported live local news, TV series, live sports, and movies. Owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group.
PBS/OPB Free live and on-demand content from the Public Broadcasting System. OPB Local station is available.

Paid On-Demand Streaming

The information below shows some of the most popular paid-for, on-demand streaming services. For the most part, this will be on-demand shows, movies and original content exclusive to the service.

Netflix Wide variety of ad-free, award-winning TV shows, movies, anime, documentaries, and more on thousands of devices.
Hulu Premium streaming service offering on-demand TV and movies, with and without ads.
Prime Video Included with Amazon Prime, popular movies and TV, award-winning originals and live events.
Disney+ Original content from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic and more.
Discovery+ The greatest real-life entertainment & exclusive originals. Stream HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, Animal Planet and more.
HBO Max Includes movie and episode content from HBO, Cartoon Network, DC Comics, Turner Classic Movies, Studio Ghimli, and Looney Tunes in one app.
Paramount+ Over 30,000 episodes and movies from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, Smithsonian Channel and more.

Free On-Demand

These are free services with on-demand only content. These, like most free services, are supported by advertisements.

Crackle Free ad-supported service offering older programming and movies on-demand.
Freevee Free ad-supported service from Amazon including TV shows and movies on-demand.

Please note, this is for informational purposes only. These are third-party services and are not billed or supported by SMTA. Information is subject to change without notice.



Frequently Asked Questions

What is streaming TV?

A streaming TV service delivers video programming, live or on-demand through an app or online website over the Internet.

The majority of these streaming TV services operate as a subscription-based model and require a monthly payment to access content. But most do not require a contract or long-term commitment.

What if I do not have Internet service from SMTA?

Some TV services may not require an Internet connection, like DISH. However, the majority of streaming TV platforms run over the Internet and a require a connected device to stream content. SMTA has the most reliable network and lowest everyday prices in town. We’ll be here to provide quality high-speed Internet connections able to power entertainment for your entire family. Give us a call to chat with us about your service needs.

Can I still watch local channels?

It depends on the service, some have local networks available in their main channel lineups or as add-on packages. See the charts above for more information about local channels.

Do I need to purchase new equipment?

Many of the available streaming services should work on the connected device(s) you already have in your home. Plus, pair one or more streaming services with SMTA's professional-grade Secure Router Maintenance and watch all your shows in every room without buffering or signal degradation. We even have equipment suitable for outdoor use with long range, letting you queue up a movie while relaxing in your backyard.

Will I need to upgrade my Internet speed?

Most streaming TV services recommend a minimum speed of 25 Mbps to allow for multiple streams and other connected devices to work simultaneously. Give our team a call to chat about your bandwidth needs to make sure you’re getting the most out of the services you subscribe to.

Can I watch live TV outside of my home?

It depends on the service, but most streaming TV options do support live viewing outside of the home. See the charts above for more information.