One of the most common questions in cord cutting right now has been who has the most popular live TV streaming service. Now, according to Roku, Hulu, Sling TV, and YouTube TV are the top three live TV streaming services in America. What is slightly surprising is that PlayStation Vue has falling to last place behind fuboTV even though the service won’t shut down for over a month still. This is a huge fall from a service that at one point was in a tight fight with Sling TV to be the largest live TV streaming service.
This comes from Roku’s most popular Roku Channels list posted on its website. The list is made up from information Roku has about its users viewing habits.
According to Roku, here are the most popular live TV streaming services:
Now, it is important to note the Hulu ranking also includes people viewing Hulu’s on-demand content. Yet its place as #1 or #2 is supported by a recent MoffettNathanson study that says Hulu now has over 2.7 million subscribers just beating out Sling TV.
At the end of the third quarter of 2019 Sling TV reported that it had over 2.6 million subscribers. Yet Hulu is seeing strong growth as Disney claims it is the fastest growing live TV streaming service.
What is maybe most interesting is seeing PlayStation Vue at 7th place behind fuboTV and Philo. Recently, Philo announced that it has been setting records for new subscribers and August was its best month ever. This seems to have pushed Philo above PlayStation Vue.
AT&T TV includes AT&T TV in a few markets plus AT&T TV NOW (formerly called DIRECTV NOW.) Last year at this time it was predicted that DIRECTV NOW would become the largest live TV streaming service in the United States. That didn’t come to pass as DIRECTV NOW started to lose subscribers in the fourth quarter, and has continued to lose subscribers every quarter in 2019. So far though AT&T TV NOW is holding on to its 4th place.
It will be very interesting to see how this plays out in the years to come. Clearly, no one service has dominated cord cutting right now with Sling TV and Hulu both reportedly being within 200,000 subscribers of each other. YouTube TV also has reportedly been seeing strong growth. It is likely this list will look very different in a year or even just a few months from now, especially with new services like Frndly TV and Vidgo who are starting to grow their customer base.
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