Major networks: ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS
Where it’s winning: The sports interface is a dream, particularly the feature that allows you to click one button to record every game by a team (even when they’re on different channels). The recent addition of the Turner Networks (TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies) greatly expands your viewing options.
How it falls short: It isn't compatible on Amazon's Fire TV player. And it’s not available in every U.S. market.
Cool feature: It just expanded its partnership with Major League Baseball, bringing the sport’s mothership channel, MLB Network, to its lineup. Access to the ever-growing list of YouTube Red originals is included with your subscription.
The DVR factor: The clear winner in this category. It doesn’t charge extra, nor does it set storage limits. Allows you to skip commercials! Its cloud keeps shows for 9 months, although it will replace recordings when on-demand versions become available.
Supported devices: Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Chromecast-enabled TVs, iOS, Roku, Xbox One, smart TVs from LG and Samsung
Streaming capabilities: Allows for three streams at once, both inside and outside of your home.
Wild card: You can stream your entire library wherever you go.
Bottom line: The stream quality is impossible to differentiate from cable. The buffering issues that plague competitors don’t occur. Channels load in a few seconds. With included channels such as NBC Sports, CBS Sports, NBA TV, the YES Network, Golf Network and The Tennis Channel, it’s the preferred pick for hardcore sports buffs.
Entry-level package per month: $40
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars