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.
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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 56 channels more than Xumo TV
DirecTV Stream's lineup includes 70 channels whereas Xumo TV has only 14 channels. Getting a subscription to DirecTV Stream will give you access to 56 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.
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Trial: Xumo TV does not offer a trial
Xumo TV does not offer a free trial.
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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:
- Animal Planet
- AXS TV
- Baby First TV
- BBC America
- Bloomberg Television
- Cartoon Network
- CNN en Espanol
- Comedy Central
- Disney Channel
- Disney Jr
- Disney XD
- E! Entertainment
- Food Network
- Fox Business Network
- Fox News Channel
- Fox Sports 1
- Gem Shopping Network
- Hallmark Channel
- Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
- Home Shopping Network
- Investigation Discovery
- One America News
- Paramount Network
- TV Land
- Univision East
- USA Network
- WE 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
- Check with Xumo for the full channel lineup
- Cheddar News
- NBC News Now
- PGA Tour
- USA Today
Channels on both Xumo TV and DirecTV Stream
The channels that are available on both Xumo TV and DirecTV Stream are:
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With people overwhelmed by the onslaught of mammoth streaming services, companies like Xumo are having a moment. A free, ad-supported hub for both live and on-demand content, Xumo is gaining ground in the streaming landscape.
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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