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One streaming device, Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, is a popular choice for anyone who wants to stream content, download apps, play music on their TV and more. There are many live TV apps for Firestick, which are helpful if you cut cables and ditch your standard TV plan.
Below are 10 of the best live TV apps for Firestick to download.
1. Pluto TV
Pluto TV has quickly become a popular alternative to traditional cable TV because it’s entirely free. The ad-supported service offers over 250 live channels, but it also has on-demand TV shows and movies. It’s a good all-in-one streaming service — you don’t need to sign up with your email address or create an account to stream content on Pluto TV.
Tubi is another ad-supported over-the-top (OTT) streaming service that offers live TV channels. It has the biggest selection of any ad-supported streaming service, with 50,00 TV and film titles and over 200 live channels. Like Pluto TV, Tubi is completely free. There are no subscription fees, and you don’t have to enter your credit card information or sign up with an email address.
3. Roku Channel
Live TV on The Roku Channel is another app you can download from the Amazon store. Roku is a popular consumer electronics brand that makes smart TVs, streaming devices, wireless speakers and more. Live TV on the Roku Channel offers more than 350 free channels and has a simple and smooth guide for an easy surfing experience.
4. YouTube TV
While YouTube is commonly used to watch content like viral videos or helpful tutorials, you can also watch and record live TV using YouTube TV. YouTube TV, however, does come at a price. The basic plan starts at $72.99 per month and comes with live TV from over 100 channels, including live sports, news and entertainment. Most programs are available in English and Spanish. You can start with a free YouTube TV trial and if you choose to subscribe, you can cancel anytime.
Plex is another popular app people will use as a hub for streaming content. It offers ad-supported live TV channels and allows you to personalize your channel guide based on what you like to stream. Plex claims that 80% of its live channels are available worldwide, with some channels only available in certain countries. Additionally, you can sign up for Plex Pass, which offers some benefits like recording shows, fast-forwarding or rewinding, 4K support, parental controls and more.
With Xumo, you can tune into over 300 channels to stream live TV. Some popular channels available on Xumo include NBC News, ABC News Live, FOX Sports, Bloomberg, Funny or Die and more. Xumo has other content to stream, including different TV shows and movie genres.
NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock, launched in 2020 and has a selection of live TV programming to watch. As of February 2023, the service is no longer free — new subscribers have to choose one of two paid tiers. Still, Peacock’s plans are very affordable. A Peacock Premium subscription is $4.99 per month, and a Peacock Premium Plus subscription is $9.99 per month. You can choose to pay an upfront annual price to get 17% off your subscription.
8. Frndly TV
Frndly TV is another live and on-demand streaming service on your Fire TV Stick. It does require a subscription, which starts with a basic plan for $6.99 per month. In the basic plan, over 40 live TV channels are included, such as A&E, Lifetime, the History Channel, Vice and QVC. If interested, you can take advantage of a free trial with Frndly TV.
Philo has over 70 live TV channels on its app, and you pay a flat fee of $25 per month, no contract required. You can try it for free for seven days to help decide if it suits your needs. Some of the most popular channels on Philo include Comedy Central, TLC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, Hallmark Channel and AMC. It also offers extra ad-supported channels like USA Today and Fail Army through the standard plan.
10. Sling TV
Sling TV allows cable-cutters to access live TV for an affordable price. There are three Sling TV plans you can subscribe to, including:
- Orange plan: $40 per month for 31 channels, one device and 50 hours of DVR storage
- Blue plan: $40 per month for 39 channels, three devices and 50 hours of DVR storage
- Orange and blue plan: $55 per month with 43 channels, one to three devices and 50 hours of DVR storage
You can choose to add premium channels for an additional cost. Aside from paid plans, you can watch live and on-demand TV on Sling Freestream, with no credit card required. There are over 335 channels and over 41,000 on-demand movies and shows.
Other popular live TV apps include Hulu + Live TV, FuboTV and Paramount+. These apps will work with your Amazon Fire TV stick so you can stream with ease.
Level Up Your Streaming Game
If you’ve decided to cut ties with your cable provider, consider signing up for an affordable plan with one of these live TV apps for Firestick. Some apps offer free live TV streaming, which is ideal because you save a ton of money each month. Most of the paid subscriptions for these apps are still more affordable than traditional cable.
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