Directv Now vs Sling – Which Is The Better Choice?

Jason Loomis
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DirecTV Now vs Sling Pricing

In the world of over-the-top (OTT) streaming, there are a few options that are close today but could end up head to head over the next few months. However, DirecTV Now and Sling TV are two options that are currently standing on their own, with a few great incentives.

DirecTV Now (AT&T) and Sling TV (Dish Network) are very similar choices when it comes to streaming TV channels in your house. Sling TV has the edge when it comes to outside the home viewing as it offers a bit more on its head-to-head channel offerings, but DirecTV Now is gaining ground.

When comparing the basic DirecTV Now choose your favorite channels plan to Sling TV’s “best of LIVE TV” package, you will see the difference. DirecTV Now starts with a little more and also gives you the option of add-ons if you need more channels, while Sling TV gives you the 30 channels but at a bit of a higher price. Sling TV’s price is on the rise as well, so DirecTV might soon be cheaper.

DirecTV Now vs Sling Channels

Now, let’s talk about channels. There are many different channels available on each of these two streaming services. Some of the big networks are available with both. That said, there are a few key differences that you should consider before choosing which service works best for you.

  • Sling has more small and independent channels, but it costs as much as a bigger package on DirecTV Now.
  • DirecTV Now has more 4K Ultra HD channels and a larger selection of local TV channels. Check local availability by zip code.
  • Both DirecTV Now and Sling offer a free seven day trial, but only DirecTV Now offers a free iPhone streaming device.

What Devices Are Supported?

Directv Now – devices: You'll be able to stream Directv Now on your iPhone, iPad (including iPad mini), Mac, PC, Chromecast, and Android phones and tablets (Android OS 4.4 or higher). Game consoles and smart TVs should be compatible, but you'll want to confirm this with the manufacturer.

DirecTV Now vs Sling On-Demand Content

The breadth of live and on-demand content offered by DirecTV Now and Sling is one of the major differentiators between the two services.

While Sling TV probably wins the live TV content battle, with options to watch notable channels such as AMC, CNN, ESPN, and more, DirecTV Now wins the on-demand content battle with an available library of HBO content not offered on Sling TV.

Fortunately, with DirecTV Now, you have access to HBO content, as well as a variety of on-demand movies and shows from other popular channels.

With both services, the content you have access to will heavily depend on the package you purchase, as well as whether you are watching your content live or choosing on-demand content.

With both of these services, content is available when you want it and where you want it. You can stream HBO content using DirecTV Now when you are stuck at home, or if you’re in the mood to binge watch your favorite television show, it’s available right when you’re ready to start streaming.