DirecTV Stream vs Xumo TV: which is better?

DirecTV Stream and Xumo TV represent two opposite sides of live television packages: paid and free. DirecTV Stream offers some of the most in-demand programs for a fee, while Xumo TV, although missing a couple of beloved channels, comes at zero cost. Of course, they each have their own set of pros and cons, but we're here to ask: which is the better service?

That depends on what you're looking for. Below, we discuss some key factors (including popularity, channel line-up, device availability, and more) that will help you settle on the best streaming option. 

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.

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Why get Xumo TV?

In addition to being free, Xumo’s users benefit from the typical streamer perks: you can watch from multiple devices at the same time, new content is added monthly, and viewers have access to a curated channel tailored to recommendations based on their watch history. It’s also easily accessible on streaming devices, Smart TVs, or right from the internet.

Go to Xumo TV

Devices: Xumo TV is more widely available than DirecTV Stream

Xumo TV is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, iOS, Panasonic, Roku, Samsung TV, Visio TV, webOS or Xfinity Flex.

Whereas DirecTV Stream is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Roku TV or Samsung TV. That's 2 less devices than Xumo TV.

Channel count: DirecTV Stream has 57 channels more than Xumo TV

DirecTV Stream's lineup includes 71 channels whereas Xumo TV has only 14 channels. Getting a subscription to DirecTV Stream will give you access to 57 more channels than Xumo TV. 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: Xumo TV does not offer a trial

Xumo TV does not offer a free trial.

Find out more on Xumo TV

DirecTV Stream's specialty

The specialties of DirecTV Stream are: Lifestyle, News, Sports.

Xumo TV's specialty

The specialties of Xumo TV are: News.

Channels on DirecTV Stream and not Xumo TV

The channels that DirecTV Stream has and which are not available on Xumo TV:

Channels on Xumo TV and not DirecTV Stream

The channels that Xumo TV has which are not available on DirecTV Stream:

  • ABC News Live
  • AccuWeather Now
  • CBC News
  • CBSN
  • Check with Xumo for the full channel lineup
  • Cheddar News
  • NBC News Now
  • NBCLX
  • PGA Tour
  • Today
  • USA Today

Channels on both Xumo TV and DirecTV Stream

The channels that are available on both Xumo TV and DirecTV Stream are:

  • History

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With titan subscription-based streaming services in the market, XumoTV reels streaming back to its roots –the audience, with its free ad-supported platform. It is steadily gaining momentum in the streaming landscape with its free live and on-demand content from over 190 channels on its roster. Access Xumo TV using Smart TVs, browse the web or download their app if you’re on the go. Take the hassle of monthly subscriptions and access Xumo TV even without signing up.

Price: free for 14 channels available

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, iOS, Panasonic, Roku, Samsung TV, Visio TV, webOS, Xfinity Flex

Channel lineup: ABC News Live, AccuWeather Now, Bloomberg, CBC News, CBSN, Check with Xumo for the full channel lineup, Cheddar News, Fox Sports, History, NBC News Now, NBCLX, PGA Tour, Today, USA Today

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