DirecTV Stream vs Paramount+: which is better?

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 Paramount+ Premium?

Soccer fans can enjoy every UEFA Champions League game and every UEFA Europa League game on Paramount+. Football fans can enjoy many NFL and College Football games on CBS Sports. Plus, there are CBS local channels that cover most of the United States.

Go to Paramount+ Premium

Popularity: Paramount+ Premium is more popular than DirecTV Stream

Paramount+ Premium has 42,000,000 subscribers whereas DirecTV Stream has 788,000 subscribers. This means that Paramount+ Premium has 41,212,000 more subscribers than DirecTV Stream. That's a pretty big difference.

Price: Paramount+ Premium is cheaper than DirecTV Stream

Paramount+ Premium's costs $10 whereas DirecTV Stream costs $70. Getting DirecTV Stream instead of Paramount+ Premium will set you back $60 more every month.

Devices: Paramount+ Premium is more widely available than DirecTV Stream

Paramount+ Premium is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, LG TV, PlayStation 4, Portal TV, Roku, Samsung TV, Vizio, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X 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 8 less devices than Paramount+ Premium.

Channel count: DirecTV Stream has 66 channels more than Paramount+ Premium

DirecTV Stream's lineup includes 70 channels whereas Paramount+ Premium has only 4 channels. Getting a subscription to DirecTV Stream will give you access to 66 more channels than Paramount+ Premium. 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: Paramount+ Premium offers a trial

Paramount+ Premium has a trial. The trial duration is 7 days.

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DirecTV Stream's specialty

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

Paramount+ Premium's specialty

The specialties of Paramount+ Premium are: Movies, TV shows.

Channels on DirecTV Stream and not Paramount+ Premium

The channels that DirecTV Stream has and which are not available on Paramount+ Premium:

Channels on Paramount+ Premium and not DirecTV Stream

The channels that Paramount+ Premium has which are not available on DirecTV Stream:

  • CBS local channels
  • CBS Sports HQ
  • CBSN
  • ET Live

Channels on both Paramount+ Premium and DirecTV Stream

The channels that are available on both Paramount+ Premium and DirecTV Stream are:

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    Paramount plus is mostly a Netflix-style streaming service, offering movies and TV shows on-demand like The Good Fight or Yellowstone. 

    The premium plan of Paramount Plus gives you access to Live TV from CBS: CBS local channels, CBS News (CBSN), CBS Sports, ET live, and some live sporting events like NFL on CBS Live. It also offers on-demand access to programming from Comedy Central, MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Pictures and Smithsonian Channel.

    Price: $9.99/month

    Free Trial: 7 days

    Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, LG TV, PlayStation 4, Portal TV, Roku, Samsung TV, Vizio, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, Xfinity Flex

    Channel lineup: CBS local channels, CBS Sports HQ, CBSN, ET Live

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