DirecTV Stream vs Pluto TV: which is better?
DirecTV Stream and Pluto TV are both popular television streaming options for cord-cutters, but that's pretty much where their similarity stops. DirecTV Stream offers the most in-demand channels for a somewhat reasonable price, while Pluto TV touts a decent line-up of shows at absolutely no cost.
Choosing one over the other, then, all comes down to need and preference: would you rather shell out for the best TV has to offer, or would you rather save up and simply tune in to the basics? In this article, we help you decide by providing a no-frills guide on how DirecTV Stream and Pluto TV measure up to one another.
Why get DirecTV Stream?
DirecTV Stream is a Live TV streaming platform with a twist: you can download the app on any of your existing devices, or for a $120, you can get a box with a custom remote control for the service. But without the box, DirecTV Stream functions like a Netflix or Hulu, allowing you to stream Live TV from anywhere by downloading the app. Within your home, you can stream on up to 20 devices (!), and from outside your home you can stream on up to three devices.
Go to DirecTV Stream
Why get Pluto TV Live?
I’ll say it again: it’s free! It’s also super easy to access. The app is available on most Smart TVs and streaming devices, and if you don’t have either of those, you can just pull up the website and watch from your computer.
Go to Pluto TV Live
Devices: Pluto TV Live is more widely available than DirecTV Stream
Pluto TV Live is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Roku, Virgin Media, Vizio SmartCast, webOS, Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S.
Whereas DirecTV Stream is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Roku TV or Samsung TV. That's 6 less devices than Pluto TV Live.
Channel count: DirecTV Stream has 43 channels more than Pluto TV Live
DirecTV Stream's lineup includes 72 channels whereas Pluto TV Live has only 29 channels. Getting a subscription to DirecTV Stream will give you access to 43 more channels than Pluto TV Live. That's quite a bit of channels.
Trial: DirecTV Stream offers a trial
DirecTV Stream has a trial. The trial duration is 5 days.
Find out more on DirecTV Stream
Trial: Pluto TV Live does not offer a trial
Pluto TV Live does not offer a free trial.
Find out more on Pluto TV Live
DirecTV Stream's specialty
The specialties of DirecTV Stream are: Lifestyle, News, Soccer, Sports.
Pluto TV Live's specialty
The specialties of Pluto TV Live are: Anime, News, Spanish-language content.
Channels on DirecTV Stream and not Pluto TV Live
The channels that DirecTV Stream has and which are not available on Pluto TV Live:
Channels on Pluto TV Live and not DirecTV Stream
The channels that Pluto TV Live has which are not available on DirecTV Stream:
- BBC Food
- BBC Home
- Bein Sports XTRA
- CBS Sports HQ
- Check with Pluto TV for the full channel lineup
- Cheddar News
- ET Live
- Food TV
- Major League Soccer
- NBC News Now
- NFL Channel
- People TV
- PGA Tour
- Pluto Channels
- Sky News
- Smithsonian Channel
- Stories AMC
- TV Land Drama
Channels on both Pluto TV Live and DirecTV Stream
The channels that are available on both Pluto TV Live and DirecTV Stream are:
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Streaming services do not come cheap. But what if you can access live TV streaming services for free? Enter Pluto TV Live, a free live TV streaming service that lets you watch around 250 different live TV channels without even needing you to sign up. This Viacom-owned live TV service may not have as nearly as the popular cables you’re used to, but it’s enough to serve as a supplement to your needs for news, sports, and entertainment without spending a dime.
Price: free for 29 channels available
Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Roku, Virgin Media, Vizio SmartCast, webOS, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Channel lineup: BBC Food, BBC Home, Bein Sports XTRA, Bloomberg Television, CBS Sports HQ, CBSN, Check with Pluto TV for the full channel lineup, Cheddar News, CNN, ET Live, Food TV, Fox Sports, Major League Soccer, MLB, NBC News Now, Newsmax, NFL Channel, Nosey, People TV, PGA Tour, Pluto Channels, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Stories AMC, TBN, Today, TV Land Drama, WeatherNation, WPT
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