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What Live Streaming App Do You Use?

  • Playstation Vue

    Votes: 6 25.0%
  • Sling

    Votes: 2 8.3%

    Votes: 9 37.5%
  • Other (explain)

    Votes: 7 29.2%

  • Total voters


macrumors 603
Original poster
May 6, 2008
I wanted to get a sense for those who subscribe to live TV streaming apps. While we don't know what Hulu's service will offer, I wanted to list the three major services and see which app people are using.

If you can provide a brief explanation as to why you are using a specific service, that would help out as well.

I'm sure some people are still in their prepaid period with DIRECTV Now if they signed up for the ATV promotion, so I have allowed you to change your response should your situation change a couple months down the road.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 23, 2012
"We" pretty much do know what Hulu will offer, it's been in beta for a while now and there are demo videos of it in use. Personally, I think with the commercial free add-on for non-live and the integration of live broadcast will make Hulu the one to beat.
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macrumors 65816
Nov 26, 2006
The only live TV I watch is news and American football, with some occasional European football thrown in. So, at the moment I'm just watching news on CBS News. However, sometimes I do want something on in the back ground and in that case I'll put on the Discovery live feed.


macrumors 68030
Feb 23, 2016
Livestream, SkyNews, RT News all offer live TV. The other apps I use is ABC and NBC for watching TV shows for free. NBC is the best as they have just about every show available for viewing and the stream rate is pretty good too.

ABC offers a ton of their shows for free but stream rate is hit and miss. Sometimes you'll have to deal with quite a bit of buffering and other times you rarely see it.

I don't subscribe to any of the paid streaming services as I cut the cable cord over 10 years ago and paying for something I can get for free defeats the purpose especially when it's already free OTA.


macrumors member
Sep 19, 2013
I use PS Vue. I really like it, only thing I don't like is the guide which scrolls horizontally and sometimes loses your place. I would prefer vertical scrolling for that. I tried DirecTV Now but it was very poor, at least I got a free AppleTV out of it!

I used to be on DirecTV satellite, totally cut the cord now. Averaging 950gb per month so just below the comcast 1000gb limit. Thats with no changing to my families viewing habits with Netflix a big chunk of our viewing anyway.

I would recommend PS Vue, good service at a good price


macrumors 6502a
Dec 29, 2014
Still waiting....

I was ready to jump to DIRECTVNow, but it was a dumpster fire. I was hopeful Apple would have something that would deliver locals by now, but that doesn't look promising either. Maybe Hulu can. For now we kept DIRECTV with the absolute basic package and use the authorization to stream from apps to other rooms on ATVs, plus the CBS app. This let us dump the extra charge for receivers outside of the main viewing area which covers CBSs fee and shaved about $21 worth of equipment off the bill.

I sat back about six months ago and started to look at what had become of the monthly bill and decided we weren't watching $160 a month worth of TV. Between Directv and streaming it's all under $80 now. Not sure we're watching that, but getting the locals off an antenna to feed something like HomeRun or TiVo is impossible around here due to terrain so we're stuck. If someone can deliver locals, it would really be the end all.

In the end we are watching less and less. It seems most people are. If we didn't like Football and a couple of programs on ABC and CBS locals wouldn't matter much. Will be interesting to see what happens to linear television in the coming years. Probably 4K with widespread failure of all these sub channels of reality TV. Could be a good thing.
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