Which internet-only TV service is best for Apple device users?

“People truly wanting to cut the cord now have three major internet TV services to choose from: Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now,” Roger Fingas writes for AppleInsider. “All of them support iOS devices and the Apple TV, among other platforms — [to] which one, if any, should you consider subscribing?”

“At the moment PlayStation Vue seems to be the best overall choice, especially because of its DVR support,” Fingas writes. “Sling may still be worth checking out as the cheapest option, especially once it adds recording. DirecTV Now is best avoided unless it comes through in personal testing.”

Fingas writes, “Apple’s once-rumored service appears to have been stymied by negotiations, so don’t expect that anytime soon, if ever.”

Much more, with each service’s pros and cons detailed, in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: PlayStation Vue’s biggest problem is its name. It sounds like a gaming service, but it’s not.

Okay, cord-cutters, how are you doing it?

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21 Comments

  1. I have tried all three. DirecTV Now has the plus if you are an AT&T subscriber that it’s zero rated, meaning you can watch TV over the wireless network and it doesn’t count against your account. But that’s it. The service stinks. I had it for nearly three months. It failed too often. They don’t have a DVR feature. They have a really spotty, rarely working On-Demand offering with few titles. One of their features is 72-hour Rewind which lets you watch shows that aired within the last 72-hours. But it doesn’t work. They had to pull it because it didn’t work. If you are in a city where the networks own the local, you’re in some luck. DirecTV Now lacks CBS. And NBC only works on mobile devices, not Apple TV. There’s no CW or PBS. But you do have FOX and ABC and NBC on-demand for some shows.

    Sling is competent. But there is no DVR. I didn’t use it for long to get to know its quirks.

    PlayStation Vue needs to be rebranded as Sony Vue or something. But the service is pretty good. It has a cloud DVR feature that works pretty well. It will let you save most shows for 28 days. The one bad part of the service is the design of the UI is extremely confusing. You have to hit the menu button to bounce around in the features and it’s not always clear when that will cause the app to quit. The DVR is slightly buggy for me when it comes to skipping forward and backward, but mostly works. Many shows also have a catch up feature so that if come into a show late, you can start over, with limited abilities to skip. Cue has CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX. There’s no CW or PBS. And there are no A&E networks (A&E, History, Biography) and no Viacom channels (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, TV Land, Comedy Central, Spike, Logo etc.).

    1. DirecTV does have $5 HBO, which is nice. But the service is so awful. Another issue is third-party app signing. DirecTV has hardly any. Just HBO and some Disney owned channels. But Sling and Vue both have great sign-on support for most channels they carry.

  2. I have Amazon Prime because I order stuff all the time so I get the music and videos from there. I have DirecTV Now – the best bonus is HBO for $5 plus access to the only network app that DirecTV Now supports – HBO GO.

    I don’t get Netflix and I’ve called them to explain the error in their model. They cancelled their contract with EPIX to focus more on their original programming. That wouldn’t be so bad if not for 2 issues: 1) They are worldwide so a lot of their programming is now in foreign languages like Icelandic and I just don’t have the patience to work to watch tv and 2) with the lack of movies on the streaming side, I could cancel Netflix (which I have) and resubscribe any time for a couple of months and catch up on everything since their originals are released a season at a time.

    By far, I prefer Hulu because it gets the network shows the next day (except CBS which I’m boycotting because they have their own STUPID, WORTHLESS app that requires a subscription) and because Hulu shows more movies AND with HULU you can add Showtime at a big discount.

    So DTVN with HBO, Hulu with Showtime, and now and then I add Starz for their originals and some good movies. Netflix for a couple of months a year when I have time to binge. And screw CBS. If only DTVN would add access to the network apps. That’s the biggest downside. Screw a DVR. It’s all in the cloud and the network apps such as AMC and FXNOW and USANOW do just fine. Waiting for the second season of Animal Kingdom on TBS or TNT – I forget which. The cable networks are upping their game on series with Suits, Animal Kingdom, Taboo, Walking Dead, etc. while Netflix and Hulu seem to be trying to compete with HBO and Showtime series with who can push the envelope and be more edgy and just plain nasty. Anyway, there’s my take.

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