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2019 is shaping up to be a very competitive year for streaming services. For cord-cutters, this is very good news because it means lower prices and great channel availability. Six different streaming services now carry BBC World News. Read on to find out what your best options are.
When fuboTV first debuted, it was a niche streaming service that catered to fans of international soccer. Times have changed since fuboTV’s early years. Now, fuboTV is a complete cable replacement service with entertaining options for many different demographics, including fans of BBC news content. fuboTV carries two BBC channels: BBC World News and BBC America as well as a wide assortment of channels that you’d find in traditional cable subscription packages.
Channels and pricing
Here are the two main streaming packages that fuboTV offers:
Fubo: 80+ channels for $45/month
Fubo Extra: 100+ channels for $50/month
Both of the above packages include BBC America. To get BBC World News, get the Extra package. Extra is only $5 more and it comes with 20+ additional channels. The channels you get vary depending on your location.
In addition to BBC World News and BBC America, fuboTV also carries History, A&E, Discovery, TruTV, and many other entertainment channels. Notable sports networks include FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NBC Sports Network, beIN Sports, Big Ten Network, and more.
One of fuboTV’s most attractive features is its cloud DVR. This lets you record up to 30 hours of video. Some streaming services charge extra for DVR functionality, but fuboTV does not. If you need more than 30 hours of recording time, get the Cloud DVR Plus add-on. It’s only $10 more, and gives you the ability to record 500 hours’ worth of programming.
In addition, fuboTV has competitive account sharing features. For $6 extra, up to three people can stream from one fuboTV account at the same time. The default limit for simultaneous streaming is two devices.
fuboTV works with a large number of TV devices, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. Supported mobile devices include Android and iOS smartphones. And of course, you can access fuboTV channel feeds via the web through the fuboTV website.
The addition of new channels and features has helped fuboTV compete with other streaming services. fuboTV CEO David Gandler provided this comment about a recent uptick in user engagement:
“Fubo subscribers leaned into our innovative product launches and expanded programming last year spending significantly more time on the service. Our record user engagement proves consumers crave the kind of premium viewing experience that only a total cable replacement product can offer.”
Last year, fuboTV reported that it added 30,000 new subscribers. In September 2017, fuboTV told the press that it had surpassed the 100,000 user mark.
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Sling TV is another streaming service that carries BBC World News. One of the best things about Sling TV is its inexpensive base subscription packages. The bare-bones options don’t have quite as many channels as competing services. However, if you only want BBC World News and a few other basic channels, Sling TV may be your best option.
Channels and pricing
Sling TV’s plans start at just $25/month. There are two main bundles: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Choosing a plan isn’t an either/or option– you can get a $10 discount if you get both.
If BBC World News is your priority, get either plan and then purchase the News Extra add-on. It costs $5 extra per month, but it gives you access to a wide array of international news channels like France 24, Euronews, RT Network and more.
* You get one stream with Sling Orange and up to 3 simultaneous streams with Sling Blue.
Sling TV’s Blue subscription lets three people use your account to watch TV at the same time. Most other streaming services only allow two devices. On the other hand, you can only stream from one device at a time if you purchase Sling Orange. If you get both plans, your stream limit will be three streams for Sling Blue channels and one stream at a time for Sling Orange channels.
Sling TV does offer a 50-hour cloud DVR, but you have to pay $5 extra each month to unlock it.
Device support is quite good. Sling TV works with nearly every type of TV device, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and more. There are apps for Android and iOS smartphones as well.
If you own a Roku, you can stream free content from Sling TV by choosing the “browse as guest” option in the Sling TV app. Shows that you can stream for free on Roku include Billions, Shameless, Ray Donovan and more. However, there’s a catch: you can only stream one show for free. To access additional shows, you have to become a paid subscriber. Sling TV offers a 7-day free trial for any of its streaming packages.
Channels and pricing
Philo’s plans are much more straightforward compared to other streaming services. There are only two options to choose from:
43 channels for $16/month.
56 channels for $20/month.
In addition to BBC World News, Philo carries A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, MTV, Comedy Central and many other basic cable favorites.
Philo has been adding support for TV devices since it debuted. The most recent native app is Philo for Android TV. Philo apps are also available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, web, iOS, and Android Chrome.
Commercial skipping is another feature that Philo offers. You can’t skip ads when you watch live TV, but some of Philo’s on-demand content supports ad skipping. You can also begin recording live TV, let the feed buffer a bit and fast forward when commercials appear. A feature called 72-hour rewind lets you watch some shows up to 72 hours after they air.
Philo is preparing to further differentiate itself from rivals with the launch of a new feature that will allow viewers to watch shows together in real-time. With co-viewing, the company hopes to make a case for choosing Philo that goes beyond its affordability.
Co-viewing is an interesting Philo feature that’s still in development. Once Philo rolls out co-viewing, you’ll be able to share links to shows. This will let you invite friends and family to watch TV you. After you identify something you want to watch, you’ll be able to press a button that will share the link through a text message. After your friend opens the feed, Philo will link the two sessions together.
Originally, only PlayStation game console owners could access PlayStation Vue– but not anymore. The streaming service is now accessible on a wide variety of TV devices and available everywhere in the US.
Channels and pricing
PlayStation Vue’s subscriptions are slightly pricey, but the number of channels you can get with each package is impressive. Few other streaming services have this big of a menu.
Access: 45+ channels, $45/month
Core: 60+ channels, $50/month
Elite: 80+ channels, $60/month
Ultra: All Elite channels plus HBO/Showtime, $80/month
PlayStation Vue caters to families with its robust account-sharing features. You can configure up to 10 individual user profiles after you sign up– that’s more than enough flexibility to accommodate very large families. In addition, you can stream from up to 5 devices at once.
TV recording is also available. Each profile user gets a 28-day cloud DVR and unlimited recording time. That’s a much better DVR deal compared to what most other streaming services offer.
Supported devices include PlayStation, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. There’s also PlayStation Vue apps for iOS and Android mobile phones.
Another benefit of PlayStation Vue is that it doesn’t buffer as often as other cable replacers. Video analytics provider Conviva recently compared PlayStation Vue to several other streaming services. Playstation Vue had a rebuffering ratio of 0.36%. This put it under the industry benchmark of 0.4% well below the average buffer rate for streaming services– 1.12%.
Like most streaming services, PlayStation Vue offers a 5-day free trial.
YouTube TV is one of the newer streaming services to hit the market. Its user interface is slicker looking than most streaming services. The feature set and channel menu are competitive, as well.
Channels and pricing
There’s only one channel package that you can get through YouTube TV– a $40 plan that gives you access to 60+ channels, including BBC World News. Entertainment channels include FX, FXM, AMC, History, and BBC America. Sports channels include ESPN and FOX Sports.
Like PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV has tried to appeal to families with generous account sharing features. You can create six different user profiles and each profile has its own cloud DVR. Every user can record as much as they want– and the recordings will remain accessible for nine months. The simultaneous stream limit is three.
Supported devices include Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast and Xbox One. There are also native YouTube TV apps for Android and iOS.
YouTube TV is available with a 7-day free trial.
DirecTV Now is AT&T’s attempt to compete against Sling TV, fuboTV, Netflix and other streaming services. Because AT&T has offered many promotional deals on DirecTV Now to its existing customers, it has managed to reel in a large number of users in a short amount of time.
Channels and pricing
DirecTV Now’s plans start at $40. However, you have to order the $65 “Go Big” plan to get BBC World News.
Live A Little: 65+ channels, $40/month
Just Right: 85+ channels, $55/month
Go Big: 105+ channels, $65/month
Gotta Have It: 125+ channels, $75/month
DirecTV Now’s feature set is somewhat weak compared to other streaming services. There’s a two-device simultaneous streaming limit, which could be inconvenient if you have a large family. You can upgrade to three simultaneous streams, but you have to be willing to pay $5 extra each month.
The cloud DVR restricts you to 20 hours of recording time. Those recordings expire after 30 days.
On the bright side, DirecTV Now has recently managed to improve its TV device compatibility. Supported devices include Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast. Like most streaming services, DirecTV Now has developed smartphone apps for iOS and Android.
Google, PlayStation and AT&T are just some of the brands that have debuted over-the-top streaming services over the recent years. The growing competition is great for cord-cutters because it means you have more options than ever before. If you’re a fan of BBC World News, you now have six different ways to tune in without a cable subscription.
The best option for large families
PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV both have excellent account sharing features and excellent DVR support. However, PlayStation Vue has the edge. No other streaming service lets you stream from five different TV devices at the same time.
The best option for sports fans
The best choice here depends on your taste in sports. If you like soccer just as much as you enjoy BBC World News, fuboTV is a no brainer. No other streaming service offers as many soccer-centric channels. On the other hand, fuboTV still hasn’t struck a deal to broadcast ESPN. If you’re a fan of American sports, PlayStation Vue may be the best option. NFL junkies should check out PlayStation Vue’s RedZone add-on.
The most inexpensive way to stream BBC World News
If you want to save money, go with Philo. The $16-per-month bare-bones plan includes BBC World News and 42 other popular cable channels. Sling TV’s bundles are also quite competitive. The cheapest plans start at $25. With the news bundle add-on, you can get access to not only BBC World News but also all kinds of other news channels including France 24, Euronews, RT Network and more.