Streaming TV is a continuous stream of content delivered via the internet. There is no dish or cable needed, except of course an internet connection of some type. It functions a lot like regular TV, in that there are channels to choose from, and some shows still air at specific times. But streaming TV offers way more flexibility and choice when it comes to where and when you “tune in.” Most of your streaming TV options do not require contracts, like many cable and satellite providers do, and you can cancel anytime. Additionally, there is no need for professional installation — with a little guidance, you can do it all yourself. The only catch is, there’s so much to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start!
Live TV streaming services: These streaming services function like traditional TV, with live channels, guides, DVR functions and more. Live streaming TV is ideal for viewing the latest games, local content and concerts in real time. Some examples of live streaming services are YouTube TV, Philo, Fubo TV, Sling TV and Vidgo.
Subscription video on demand (SVOD) services: These streaming services have all your favorite shows, movies, documentaries, comedy specials, etc. Rather than airing "live" or at a pre-set time, you select from a library of video content and view your selections "on demand" or anytime you want, on any device. Examples include Netflix, Starz, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime, and Amazon.