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Our experts spent thousands of hours researching and testing 16 top on-demand streaming services so you don't have to.

Price: $8.99–$17.99/mo. Simultaneous streams: 3 Video: 1080p, 4K


Price: $8.99–$12.99/mo. Simultaneous streams: 3 Video: 1080p, 4K


Price: Free–$9.99/mo. Simultaneous streams: 3 Video: 1080p, 4K


Price: $7.99/mo. Simultaneous streams: 5 Video: 1080p


Price: $9.99-$14.99/mo. Simultaneous streams: 4 Video: 1080p, 4K


Not surprisingly, Netflix won our Editor’s Choice award for best overall on-demand streaming service for the second year in a row. What can we say about the Big Red N that you already don’t know? Excellent originals? Check. Great rotating selection of movies and shows? ‘Nuff said.

If you already have Netflix or want to add another quality video streaming service, we also love Disney+ for families and HBO Max for original content. But we don’t stop there. Keep reading to find the best on-demand streaming service for you.


Best on-demand streaming TV services

  • Netflix – Editor’s choice ($8.99–$17.99/mo.)
  • Prime Video – Best value ($8.99–$12.99/mo.)
  • Hulu – Best on-demand/live TV streaming combo ($6.99–$75.99/mo.)
  • Peacock – Cheapest (Free–$9.99/mo.)
  • Disney+ – Best for families ($7.99/mo.)
  • HBO Max – Best for original content ($9.99–$14.99/mo.)
  • ESPN+ – Best for sports ($6.99/mo.)
  • Paramount+ – Deep TV and movies library ($4.99–$9.99/mo.)
  • Apple TV+ – Excellent original content ($4.99/mo.)
  • Discovery+ – Best for reality TV fans ($4.99–$6.99/mo.)

See what real customers are saying about these streaming services


Best on-demand streaming TV services in depth

We’ve given you a high-level rundown of the best streaming services, now let’s dig in a little deeper on why we recommend these on-demand streaming services.

Again, if you’re looking for live TV streaming, check out our expert guide, Best Live TV Streaming Services, for more recommendations.


Editor’s choice: Netflix

  • Massive variety of movies and TV shows
  • 4K Ultra capability
  • No live TV or sports
  • Long waits for non-Netflix shows

You know it, and you probably already have it—or at least a pal’s password.

Netflix has established itself as a relentless firehose of original programming and curated outside favorites, but live TV is nowhere on its radar. Well, not unless the Tiger King decides to relaunch his internet show, anyway.

We’ve named Netflix our best overall on-demand streaming service because of its commitment to original content for adults and kids. Sure, scrolling through Netflix’s movies and shows can be overwhelming, but no one wants to be underwhelmed—just ask Quibi.

Netflix compatible devices

Netflix is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, LG TVs, Nintendo consoles, PlayStation consoles, Roku, Samsung TVs, Vizio TVs, and Xbox consoles.


Best value: Prime Video

  • Included with Amazon Prime membership
  • Over 25,000 movies and TV shows
  • Limited original content
  • Less essential as a standalone service

If you like on-demand movies to go with your Amazon Prime free shipping, Prime Video is tough to beat: there are over 18,000 movies available on Prime Video, and most of them stream free with Prime membership. And you thought you were awestruck by Netflix (which carries around 4,500 movies, for comparison).

Amazon may be doubling down on original programming ambitions (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Jack Ryan are a power couple to reckon with), but live TV, not so much.

Prime Video does offer live TV streaming of select NBA and NFL games (including Thursday Night Football), but it’s still largely an on-demand service. We think it’s a killer value, considering what you get for $12.99 a month (or $8.99 a month, if you don’t want the Amazon Prime membership).


Prime Video compatible devices

Prime Video is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, LG TVs, PlayStation consoles, Roku, Samsung TVs, Vizio TVs, and Xbox consoles.

Best on-demand/live TV streaming combo: Hulu

  • Next-day streaming shows
  • Quality originals
  • Smaller library than the competition
  • Only 2 simultaneous streams

We’ve featured Hulu + Live TV more prominently on than Hulu because it’s a great value in live TV streaming (monthly, $69.99 with ads or $75.99 without ads on Hulu content). But that value comes mostly from Hulu, the on-demand side of the streamer.

For $6.99 (with ads) or $12.99 (without ads) a month, Hulu without the live TV channels still gives you plenty of entertainment, including next-day streaming of shows from channels like FOX, FX, ABC, and more.

Hulu’s original content is also a strong selling point, with series like The Handmaid’s Tale, Letterkenny, and Shrill, and movies and documentaries like Palm Springs, McCartney 3,2,1, and Boss Level. It may not have the sheer content quantity of Netflix or Prime Video, but the critical acclaim over Hulu’s quality output is consistent year-to-year.

And don’t forget FX originals, the cross-corporate deal that produces exclusive content for Hulu and brings next-day drops of FX shows to the streamer. Meaning, you don’t need cable to watch the latest episodes of What We Do in the Shadows or Mayans (if you can wait for 24 hours).

Another value prop: Hulu + Live TV (with ads or no ads) now includes the Disney+/ESPN+ bundle at no extra cost.

Hulu compatible devices

Hulu is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, LG TVs, Nintendo Switch, Roku, Samsung TVs, Vizio TVs, and Xbox consoles.


Cheapest: Peacock

  • Inexpensive plans
  • Exclusive NBCUniversal content
  • Limited original content
  • Lackluster interface

NBCUniversal’s Peacock jumped into the streaming wars during the summer of 2020, offering a big twist that set it apart from the others: an ad-supported free tier. Yes, you get more content with Peacock’s two paid tiers—but, in this time of too many subscription apps, a freebie is refreshing.

That said, Peacock’s paid tiers aren’t all that expensive. Peacock Premium (with ads) is $4.99 a month, and Peacock Premium Plus (no ads) is $9.99 a month. The Premium tiers give you access to 15,000 hours of total content from NBC, USA Network, Syfy, Bravo, MSNBC, and other NBCUniversal cable nets, where free Peacock limits you to 7,500 hours (still not bad).

Peacock compatible devices

Peacock is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, LG TVs, PlayStation consoles, Roku, Vizio TVs, Xbox consoles, and Xfinity Flex.


Best for families: Disney+

  • Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic all in one place
  • 4K Ultra HD video quality
  • Extra cost for same-day movie releases
  • Small lineup of original shows (so far)

Disney’s long-awaited streaming service arrived like a digital Deathstar in November 2019, dropping a handful of new originals (like the Star Wars–adjacent series The Mandalorian) and thousands of legacy shows and movies from the Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel vaults. If you haven’t heard of Disney+, where ya’ been?

Considering the sheer volume of content available, most expected Disney+ to cost more than other services like Netflix and Prime Video. Nope: at $7.99 a month (or $79.99 for a year), Disney+ is one of the cheaper on-demand streaming services—chalk one up for the Mouse (and Loki).

Disney+’s low price tag, generous multiple-streams allowance (up to 4), and overall kid-friendly vibe make it a gotta-have for families in our opinion. It’s not just for the little ones, either: Disney+’s mega-premieres of Hamilton and Black Widow prove the streamer aims to be more than just a babysitter.

Disney+ compatible devices

Disney+ is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, LG TVs, PlayStation consoles, Roku, Samsung TVs, and Xbox consoles.




In our annual customer satisfaction survey, we talked to over 5,000 internet users like you to find the best ISPs across the nation.

From gift cards to free subscriptions, internet service providers (ISPs) pull out all the stops to get you in the door when you’re signing up for a new plan. But which ISPs do the work to make you stick around?

For this year’s edition of’s annual internet customer satisfaction survey, we talked to internet subscribers across the nation to see how they really feel about their ISPs. Read on to see which providers offer the best customer service.

Overall customer satisfaction

Customer service ultimately boils down to one thing: do your customers like you or not?

Our polling showed that more often than not, name-brand ISPs like Verizon, AT&T, and Xfinity are name brands for a reason. With resources ranging from legions of call center employees to retail stores, these ISPs have the tools to solve your problem.

What is your overall satisfaction with your internet service?


Verizon held onto its spot as the best ISP in overall satisfaction for another year, while AT&T narrowly overtook Xfinity for our second-place spot.

For Verizon customers, the ISP’s excellent fiber network and no-contract service helped it maintain top billing against the competition.

It’s also why Verizon Fios earned the Editor’s Choice award in our fiber internet provider rankings.

What is your overall satisfaction with your internet service?


Provider                                                                                                                     Extremely or very satisfied

How effective was your ISP at meeting your needs?

In this year’s customer satisfaction polling, we generally saw a split between national ISPs being strong performers and regional ISPs getting lackluster ratings. Big ISPs like Verizon, Xfinity, and AT&T can be far from perfect, but they’ll frequently have troubleshooting resources like 24/7 chat, retail stores, and technicians that you can turn to for help.

By comparison, smaller ISPs might be able to staff a call center only during regular business hours or have a limited help section on their website.

Hear from real Verizon customers

[Verizon provides] reliable service and I have not had any major issues. When we have had issues in the past, Verizon was quick to send someone to resolve the issue.

How enjoyable were your interactions with your ISP?

As these scores show, no one loves having to talk to their ISP if they don’t have to. Verizon took first place with a tepid 59% of polled customers, while AT&T and Xfinity followed by relatively narrow margins. But the best ISPs make it a relatively pain-free process.

Verizon lets you provide a callback number so you don’t have to wait on hold all day. AT&T has its phone numbers easily listed on its contact page. Xfinity’s customer service phone number isn’t publicly available on its site, but you can still get support through Xfinity’s chat, retail stores, and social media channels.

How easy was it to work with your ISP?

When you’re an ISP’s customer, more help resources are always better than fewer resources. For example, chat and phone bots are never fun to deal with, but they quickly send customers to the right department and keep you from hopscotching between customer support agents.

“There was a problem with my internet and I contacted the automated service telephone of AT&T,” wrote one customer. “Through that process it was determined the modem was faulty. A [technician] arrived the next day, even during the Covid lockdown and fixed the problem immediately. Very easy.”

How likely are you to recommend your ISP to a friend or colleague?


These standings were largely the same as other poll questions although Verizon took first place over AT&T by a sizable 7% margin.

But one interesting point came from reversing the question: finding the customers who had such a bad experience with an ISP, they’d avoid recommending them to others.

Verizon’s sterling customer satisfaction scores continued here with only 12% of surveyed customers giving poor marks to the ISP, which was the second-best mark among our evaluated ISPs.

But more than 30% of Optimum and Suddenlink customers said they’d hardly recommend or would not recommend either ISP to others.

ISP employees certainly aren’t immune to the occasional bad day. But whether it’s through quick follow-up appointments or simply giving you enough apology monthly bill discounts, the best ISPs work to make things right before things go too far south.

By comparison, customers at our bottom-ranked ISPs were regularly left hanging. One common thread we saw among these respondents was how they were settling for an ISP due to a lack of local options.

Although single-ISP neighborhoods are generally rarer outside of rural areas, most places will have one or two cable ISPs and some older DSL providers. Ideally, you’ll have a decent fiber or cable ISP nearby that’ll service your address.

But if you’re stuck with a cable or DSL ISP with dismal customer service? Well, we’d understand the impulse to bad-mouth them online.

How likely are you to recommend your ISP to a friend or colleague?


ProviderCompletely or very likelyHardly or not at all

How well did your ISP compare with the ideal?

Customers simply want a fast internet plan that works properly. Unsurprisingly, our best ISPs delivered when it comes to performance, cost, and consistency.

As with the ISP’s size, our survey results generally went hand-in-hand with the type of internet (fiber, cable, or DSL) that each ISP offers. Fiber internet offers the best performance for customers, while cable internet has wide availability and decent upload speeds. DSL internet is serviceable in a pinch, but it’ll be slower than cable or fiber internet.

Verizon and AT&T earned strong scores thanks to their stellar fiber internet plans, while cable ISPs Spectrum and Cox landed in fifth and sixth place. As primarily DSL providers, Frontier and Earthlink landed in the bottom third of our survey.

Features and functionality

Internet plans start with the price tag, but the top ISPs separate themselves from the pack by delivering on day-to-day requirements like fast download speeds and an internet connection that won’t drop out on you.


How satisfied are you with your internet speed?

Internet speed was one of the few subjects capable of shaking up our top standings. Xfinity and Verizon tied for first at 69%, while Spectrum managed to narrowly overtake AT&T for third place.

While AT&T’s fiber internet plans are great, much of its internet network is still DSL-based.

With DSL, your home’s maximum download speed depends on what the ISP supports locally and it’ll often be less than 100 Mbps. Frontier and CenturyLink are similar ISPs with growing fiber support and legacy DSL networks.

Cable and fiber ISPs don’t have the same speed ceiling as DSL plans, and most of our evaluated providers offer plans with download speeds of up to 940 Mbps.

But in practice, your internet can slow down if there’s a lot of network traffic in your neighborhood. Top ISPs like Xfinity, Verizon, and Spectrum manage their network traffic to ensure that your download speeds remain consistently high.

How satisfied are you with your internet speed?


ProviderExtremely or very satisfied

video editing

Best Free Video Editing Software Solutions You Must Know in 2022

Best Free Video Editing Software Solutions You Must Know in 2022

You don’t have to be an expert video editor to bring your ideas to life in 2022. But surprisingly 90% of marketers and business owners still feel like video editing is a super complex arena. They either outsource this and spend 4X the cost or drop the idea of creating videos altogether and lose out on a valuable marketing tool in the bargain.
But what if there’s a way out wherein you can actually create videos online in minutes even if you’ve never edited a video before? That’s exactly what we’ll cover in this article, where we put together Best online video editors that you can get started with.

1. InVideo

Are you looking to create a business presentation or maybe a music video? InVideo is a super-intuitive video creation platform that will enable you to create professional quality videos in minutes, even if you’ve never edited a video before.

InVideo comes pre-built with everything you need to create amazing, professional videos, from templates to stock footage to a super user-friendly editor.

There are many other video editors that claim to have fully-customisable templates, but the special part about InVideo is the sheer number of assets it has. A user can go ahead and change the structure of the entire template, if that’s what they want to. You have the freedom to pick up an ice cream template in InVideo, and transform it into a shoe ad. Here’s a quick GIF to give you a look at the transformation:

Watch the video below if you want to see a step-by-step breakdown of how it was done:

With InVideo, you can also mix and match scenes from different templates all within the same project. No need to restrict yourself to a single style! Check this out in action below, where we mixed a corporate testimonial scene with another for a food-related service.

Ideal for? InVideo works equally well for professional and personal use and it is a great video editor for Windows as well as Mac users since it’s cloud based/ Whether you’re a social media marketer, a business owner, or a YouTube creator —InVideo caters to your needs with over 5,000 templates and over 8 million stock videos and photos that cover almost every use-case and industry.
You can sign up for your free account here.

InVideo features

– 5,000+ fully-customizable ready-to-edit templates – An unmatched library of stock assets consisting of images, videos, and music clips – Share videos directly to your social media channels after production – Allows one-click repurposing of collateral like articles into videos – Streamlined video creation with branding presets that ensure branding consistency across videos – 24*7 instant chat support ensures frictionless workflow – Cloud storage of up to 100GB on the paid version – Paid membership gives you full access to the Filmr – Video Editor and Video Maker mobile app.
  1. – Ease of use. – 5000+ completely customisable video templates.
  2. – Free in-built stock media library with 8M+ royalty-free images and video clips.
  3. – Good for beginner and seasoned users alike.
  4. – Includes many features like automated voice-overs, HD resolution, speed adjustment, video stabilization and more.
  5. – Automated text-to-speech. – Unlimited team members and team sharing.
  6. – Brand presets such as color palettes, logos, and fonts are available.
  7. – 24×7 priority support.
  8. – Up to 100GB cloud storage.
  1. – Video duration capped at 15 minutes.


Free Plan: Set yourself up on InVideo with a free account to explore the features and edit videos with the InVideo watermark until you’ve determined if it’s a good fit for your gameplay editing toolkit.
Business: $15/month: The business plan includes everything offered for free plus the option to remove the InVideo watermark, 60 video exports per month, 10GB cloud storage, 10 iStock media per month, 1M+ premium media, and access to Filmr Pro.

Unlimited: $30/month: The unlimited plan includes all features of the free plan plus unlimited video exports, 100GB cloud storage, 120 iStock media per month, 1M+ premium media, and access to Filmr Pro.

To get an overview of all plans and their features, head over to the InVideo pricing page.

fuboTV Review

FuboTV Review

fuboTV’s ever-growing channel selection finally looks formidable, and the experience is better than ever — but elite live TV streaming doesn’t come cheap

Streaming services run the gamut from free to expensive, with Fubo TV at the upper end of the market. It’s expensive, but it might be the right cord-cutting choice if you want a lot of channels and if you like to watch sports.

FuboTV launched in 2015 with a focus on soccer, but it has evolved since then into a great cable TV alternative. The lowest tier Starter plan costs $65 and comes with over 120 channels, including the major broadcast and cable networks, and supports 4K streaming for select content (some of its competitors do not).

FuboTV’s interface is slick and well-designed and comes with 250 hours of Cloud DVR. Ultimately, this FuboTV review concludes that it’s right for you 



  • Tons of live sports and on-demand entertainment content
  • Reliable streaming
  • Excellent web interface
  • Capable DVR functionality
  • Some 4K content


  • Costly add-ons and packages
  • No A&E, Bally Sports, or Turner channels
  • Most live streams limited to 720p


Starting Price$64.99 per month
Concurrent Streams3 or 10
Sports CoverageInternational, National, & Regional

Cutting the cord doesn’t mean you can’t watch live sports or prime-time shows; a video streaming service can replicate—and often improve on—the cable TV experience. FuboTV offers tons of sports, news, and entertainment channels, easy-to-use DVR capabilities, and reliable performance. Its main strength is that it covers most major sports and leagues at the local, national, and international levels. FuboTV’s biggest downside is that most of its live streams are capped at 720p. The service also lacks Bally Sports regional sports networks (RSNs), as well as A&E- and Turner-owned channels. Still, for cord-cutters looking to stream the widest variety of sports, fuboTV is a top option.

Sports Channels Galore

One of the top reasons to consider fuboTV is its sports streaming lineup. The Starter plan offers national and local sports programming from broadcast affiliates, such as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC; sports channels such as BTN, CBS Sports Network, FS1, FS2, fubo Sports Network, NBA TV, NBC Sports Network, NFL Network, and The Golf Channel; and international sports channels such as beIN Sports, GOL TV, and TUDN.


FuboTV review: Availability and platforms

FuboTV is available on most major platforms: 

  • Web browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox)
  • Most iPhones and iPads (iOS 10 and later)
  • Most Android phones and tablets (OS 5.0 and later)
  • Apple TV (4th gen and later)
  • Roku (model 3600X and later)
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • Fire TV (all models)
  • Vizio Smartcast TVs
  • All Chromecast devices
  • Xbox consoles

The only typical streaming device missing is PlayStation 4 (which has Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV).

FuboTV review: Interface

Fubo’s interface is slick and well-designed. The black, gray, and white color palette is more attractive than YouTube’s stark, utilitarian look, though not quite as pleasing as Philo’s interface.

The menu is divided into a handful of tabs (which differ slightly between platforms). On the web, those tabs are Home, Sports, Shows, Movies, Guide, and Recordings. On mobile, the Shows and Movies sections are combined into Entertainment, while Recordings is labeled My Fubo. 

The Home tab is broken down into sections, like Live TV, 4K on Demand, Live Sports, Popular Shows, and Popular Movies. The Sports tab shows all the games that are airing that day or on future days. The Shows and Movies tab highlights popular titles and content on-demand.

The Guide tab features the typical cable-like grid with a vertical list of networks and horizontal times. The networks are not alphabetized, so you may need to hunt for your preferred channels. But you can also favorite channels, so they always live at the top of the Guide.

The Recordings tab houses all the shows and movies you have recorded as well as a marker for how much Cloud DVR storage you’ve used.

FuboTV’s search functionality is very fast, with results populating as you type, but it isn’t as extensive as YouTube TV (which pulls in related video content from regular YouTube) or even Philo (which includes episodes as well as shows in results).

The show profile pages are fairly typical. They display upcoming episodes and give the option to record the series. (And you can choose to record all episodes or just new episodes.) And the playback window features the usual controls

FuboTV review: Content and channels

Fubo’s channel lineup is huge. The largest among the higher-priced streaming services, FuboTV includes almost all of the local networks as well as top cable brands. In summer 2020, they added Disney-owned channels like ABC and ESPN, but took away Turned-owned channels like CNN and TNT. Fubo is also lacking the A&E networks.


Fubo does offer the Viacom-owned networks, like MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. For their full channel lineup, 


The add-ons include two premium channels and several packages geared toward different interests, primarily niche sports. The service recently added MLB Network + MLB StrikeZone and the NHL Network.


Here’s a look at the add-on packages you can get from Fubo:

  • Showtime ($10.99)
  • AMC Premiere ($4.99)
  • $10.99 for Sports Plus (NFL Red Zone, NBA TV, Tennis Channel, GolTV)
  • $11.99 for Fubo Cycling
  • $5.99 for International Sports Plus (Zona Futbol, Fox Soccer Plus)
  • $4.99 for Adventure Plus (Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, Outside TV)
  • $7.99 for Latino Plus
  • $7.99 for Rai Italia
  • $14.99 for Portuguese Plus
  • $4.99 for Entretenimiento Plus
  • $5.99 for Fubo Extra (Cooking Channel, Game Show Network, Logo, TeenNick)

Fubo also lacks original programming, which two of its competitors — YouTube TV and Hulu With Live TV — have. Those services are similarly priced yet offer original shows (and in Hulu’s case, award-winning titles like The Handmaid’s Tale). Not to say Fubo should get in the originals game — honestly, there’s too much stuff out there anyway — but it does make that high cost a bit less justifiable.

FuboTV review: DVR

One of the main knocks against Fubo used to be the low amount of Cloud DVR storage. But a recent package overhaul changed for several of the plans. Now, the Family Plan comes with 250 hours. But consider that YouTube TV and Philo both give unlimited storage. 


Like Sling, Fubo allows you to delete recordings, but it starts at only 50 hours, and makes you pay $5 per month for 200 hours. 

Fubo’s Recordings tab has a handy tracker to gauge how much DVR space you are using.

FuboTV review: Video quality

FuboTV supports up to 1080p, depending on the channel and program. Most of the content I watched was only available up to 720p. 

Fubo also offers limited events in 4K (currently more than 130 of them) and only on devices that can stream 4K content such as the Apple TV 4K, Chromecast Ultra, FireTV Stick 4K, Roku Premiere and Android mobile phones with HDR10 displays. 

The 4K content is not available to be recorded. None of the other live TV services stream in 4K. Philo offers 720p streaming and 1080p on-demand content, while the other companies don’t say.

FuboTV review: Verdict

Fubo is a decent option for cord cutters looking to get rid of cable television. And while it used to be one of the most expensive streaming services in the market, competitors have now risen in price to match that $65 a month family plan. None of the three streamers is the complete package; they all lack something, be it certain channels or enough DVR storage. Basketball fans will raise an eyebrow at the lack of TNT in Fubo, for example.

As this FuboTV review explains, it offers a ton of channels and storage with its Family plan and flexibility with add-ons. If you’re looking for something cheaper, then go with Sling or Philo — just know that you won’t have access to many networks. But if your preferred channels are only in Fubo’s lineup, it may be the best cable replacement service for you. 



We’ve researched the best surround sound systems for beginners and compiled this guide to help you shop.
Klipsch 7.2.2 System

Klipsch 7.2.2 System
Price: $6,146.00
Subwoofer: 12" (x2)
Receiver: sold separately

Klipsch 7.2.2 Sy

Elac Debut 2.0-5.1 System
Price: $1,829.90
Subwoofer: 10"
Receiver: included

Paradigm Cinema 100 CT 5.1 Home Theater System

Paradigm Cinema 100 CT
Price: $1,069.90
Subwoofer: 8"
Receiver: sold separately

SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Package

SVS Prime Satellite 5.1
Price: $999.99
Subwoofer: 12"
Receiver: sold separately

Monoprice 10565 Premium

Monoprice 10565 Premium 5.1
Price: $206.87
Subwoofer: 8"
Receiver: sold separately


There’s a lot to choose from when picking out a surround sound system. If you want the very best sound for your home theater setup, we recommend the high-end Klipsch 7.2.2 System. It delivers a smooth, multi-dimensional Dolby Atmos sound that even some movie theaters can’t live up to.Because high end also means high in price, we’ve laid out several other options that might fit your budget more appropriately.

Is a surround sound system worth it?

In TV and film, sound adds dimension to a scene. It lets you know where sounds are coming from, drawing you deeper into what you’re watching. So good on you for upgrading your to surround sound—your home theater is about to sound more like a real cinema.

Here’s a preview of our picks from most expensive to most affordable. Click the links to jump straight to each system’s section.

What’s surround sound?

A surround sound system makes watching movies at home like watching movies . . . at the movies. Systems consist of five or more speakers and a subwoofer, and they require an audio/video receiver (AVR)—sold separately—to function.

Surround sound system parts

  • Audio/video receiver (AVR): This splits your TV’s audio signal into separate channels and sends it to its matching speaker.
  • Center speaker: This carries sounds that come from the center of your screen (like dialogue).
  • Front speakers: These play sounds coming from the corresponding sides of your screen.
  • Rear speakers: These play sounds that appear to come from behind you.
  • Subwoofer: It’s all about the bass.

There are many possible speaker configurations, but the most common is 5.1 channel, consisting of five speakers and a subwoofer. A 7.2.2 channel system has seven speakers and two subwoofers—and the third number tells you that two of the speakers (not the subs) should be installed above ear level for a 3D effect.

We discuss configs more below in the section about audio/video receivers.

Top surround sound systems for beginners

With sound systems, you get what you pay for. But just because you can’t spend a fortune doesn’t mean you can’t get a great sound system.Then again, if you have the extra money, there are some sweet setups out there that’ll enhance your home theater experience and shake your neighbors’ teeth loose.

Best surround sound systems at a glance


What about soundbars?

A soundbar is an all-in-one speaker that sits in front of, and plugs directly into, your TV—no AVR required. Some offer “virtual surround sound” with an included subwoofer or the ability to add extra speakers.

Actual surround sound systems, however, have superior sound. And you can find surround systems like the Monoprice 10565 Premium 5.1 for the same price as some higher-end soundbars.

If you can handle self-installation (or the cost of pro installation), we recommend going with a surround sound system instead of a soundbar.

Editor’s choice: Klipsch 7.2.2 Reference Premiere Home Theater System with Marantz Receiver

  • 7.2.2 channel Dolby Atmos for 3D surround sound
  • Marantz receiver included
  • High price

This Klipsch surround sound system is the biggest and baddest on our list—and the only one to include an A/V receiver. But its price makes it the best pick for only the most well-heeled home theater junkies.

We could’ve recommended a bigger and more expensive rig, but this 7.2.2 Dolby Atmos configuration is already an awesomely ridiculous starter setup.

Included components:

  • (2) Klipsch RP-8060FA floorstanding speaker with Dolby Atmos
  • (1) Klipsch RP-504C center-channel speaker
  • (2) Klipsch RP-502S Reference Premiere surround speakers
  • (2) Klipsch R-120SW 12″ subwoofers
  • (1) Marantz SR7013 9.2-Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Amazon Alexa and HEOS

Best bang for your buck: ELAC Debut 2.0–5.1 System

  • High quality for a great price
  • Higher price (for most budgets)

Moderately priced for such an advanced sound system, the ELAC Debut 2.0 sound system brings together some of the highest-rated ELAC speakers on Amazon. It’s also the best system for those who want premium power for a good price—even if that price is still a little high.

At nearly $2,000, it’s still on the expensive end—but the quality justifies the price. It’s probably a much better choice for your first system. Save the extra $4,000 for your next one.

Included components:

  • (2) 6-½” F6.2 floorstanding speakers
  • (1) 6-½” C6.2 center speaker
  • (2) 6-½” B6.2 bookshelf speakers
  • (1) 10” Sub3010 subwoofer

Best for small spaces: Paradigm Cinema 100 CT 5.1

  • Great for small apartments and dorms
  • No dedicated center-channel speaker

It can be hard to find a surround sound system that’s not too cumbersome or loud for apartments, dorms, and roommate situations. But this compact and robust system offers the best of both worlds.

It comes with five identical satellite speakers that can work in any position, including center channel. We’d prefer that it had a dedicated speaker designed expressly for the center channel instead of the same speaker in every position—but this is fine for starters.

Included components:

  • (5) 3-½” Cinema 100 satellite speakers
  • (1) 8” Cinema Sub subwoofer

Best for mid-sized rooms: SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Speaker System

  • Power enough for mid-sized rooms
  • Bigger subwoofer than comparable systems
  • Possibly too powerful for smaller spaces

Another compact system, the SVS is similar to the Paradigm in that it’s great for smaller spaces—but maybe a little too loud for them since it has a bigger, more powerful subwoofer.

That beefy sub means that the SVS will be fine for apartments and dorm rooms—but it’s gonna get loud. To keep the peace in your building, use this in a house instead of an apartment.

Included components:

  • (5) Prime Satellite speakers
  • (1) 12” SB-1000 subwoofer

Best budget system: Monoprice 10565 Premium 5.1

  • Incredible sound for low, low price
  • Enough power to bug the neighbors

Like its two predecessors, the Monoprice 10565 Premium 5.1 rig is also perfect for smaller spaces—but it’s also great for smaller budgets since it’s about $800–$900 less expensive. Students should dig that.

It’s still plenty powerful, though, so maybe don’t crank it to 11 ‘cause it’ll trigger your neighbors.

Included components:

  • (4) 3” satellite speakers w/ ¾” dome tweeters
  • (1) 3” center channel speaker
  • (1) 8” subwoofer

Necessary accessories

When you level up your home theater sound system, you’ll need some extra gear: an audio/video receiver (AVR) and some speaker wire.

Audio/Video Receiver (AVR)

Now that you’re home-theater-ing on a whole ‘nother level, you should know something: surround sound systems aren’t plug-and-play. You’re managing extra speakers, all of which perform different functions and operate on individual channels. That’s where an AVR comes in handy.For a 5.1 system, which has five speakers and one subwoofer, you’ll need at least a 5.1 channel AVR. But you could use a 5.2 or 7.1 channel AVR with a 5.1 channel system if you plan to add speakers or subwoofers later on.

What does 5.1 channel surround sound mean?

  • First number: This tells you how many of your system’s speakers should sit at ear level. So 5.1 has five, while 7.2 has seven.
  • Second number: This counts subwoofers—5.1 has one, and 7.2 has two. These go on the floor.
  • Third number: This tells you how many of the included speakers should sit above ear level to create a 3D effect. Our recommended Klipsch 7.2.2 channel system has two.

Speaker Wire

Surround systems don’t include speaker wire—and you’re gonna need that to connect speakers to your AVR.To see how much wire you need, use this checklist:


Measure distance (and, if wall-mounting, height) from your AVR to each speaker location. Add a couple of extra feet to each measurement so you’ll have some slack to work with during installation. Add all the numbers, plus an extra 20% in case you ever need to move a speaker or repair a connection.

Wire type

If you plan to hide your wires under carpet, you’ll need to buy flat, insulated wire. If you intend to run your wires behind your walls, you’ll need UL rated (CL3) wire.

In these cases, most beginners will want to hire a professional to do the installation.

Gauge (thickness)

For most installs, the most common wire gauge is 16-gauge. But the following situations require thicker-gauge wire:

  • Speakers that sit further than 50 ft. from your AVR
  • Low-impedance speakers
  • Higher-powered systems

Again, since you’re a beginner, we recommend that you consult a professional if any of the above apply to your system.

What to look for in a surround sound system

There are a few things you should consider before dropping hard-won dough on a surround sound system.


With speakers, you usually get what you pay for. Still, an inexpensive sound system is loads better than your TV speakers.

As far as AVRs go, conventional wisdom would suggest you can cut costs by going with a cheaper one. The differences between cheap and expensive AVRs are less noticeable than the differences between cheap and expensive speakers.

Room size

For smaller rooms, you’ll be fine with a 5.1 surround sound system. Larger rooms might require an additional subwoofer, so a 5.2 system would work. For really large spaces, consider 7.2 or higher.

Install and setup

Setting up your first surround sound system can be tricky—it entails taking multiple measurements, drilling holes, running wires (possibly in sneaky places).

You can find beginner-friendly guides on YouTube, and self-installation can save you a good chunk o’ change. But there’s no shame in asking a handy friend or relative for help—or even hiring a pro.


Make sure your receiver of choice has enough ports to connect all your gear. Many modern options also offer wireless connectivity, such as Bluetooth, which makes streaming music from your phone super simple.

Final take

With a new sound system, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of great shows to enjoy in your home theater. Imagine being fully immersed in Game of Thrones—and hearing Tyrion Lannister’s booming voice—on the big screen with surround sound.

And if you’re gonna watch Game of Thrones, you’ll need HBO® or HBO Max. We can help you find a great deal on a new cable (or satellite or fiber or streaming) TV package. Enter your zip code below to find a provider in your area.

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Paramount+ is loaded with shows and movies from CBS, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, and more, and features some promising originals. But is it worth a subscription? Check out our expert P+ review.

Is Paramount Plus good?

Paramount+ is a rebrand of CBS All Access, which was a scattershot of originals, older shows, random movies, and stacks upon stacks of Star Trek. In our review of CBS All Access, we suggested that CBS All Access could just as easily be titled Star Trek+, but Paramount+ spreads the entertainment love more evenly and widely.

In all, Paramount+ features around 30,000 shows from its CBS, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, BET, MTV, VH1, and other channels, and hundreds of movies from the Paramount Pictures library. It’s a lot like CBS All Access, plus more.

CBS All Access fans won’t find anything to complain about with Paramount+, and newcomers will probably be less confused—it’s not just about CBS TV shows. We thought CBS All Access was OK; Paramount+ comes much closer to good (but not quite perfect) with more content from all of ViacomCBS’s networks.

Paramount Plus pros and cons

  • Deep library of TV shows and movies
  • Local CBS livestream ($9.99 version)
  • Limited sports and movies
  • Small lineup of originals

Paramount Plus free trials and deals

Paramount+, like CBS All Access before it, offers a seven-day free trial period to try out the service. You can also sign up for a full year of Paramount+ for 50% off, which adds up to $36.94 for 12 months of the ad-supported version, or $54.94 for commercial-free.

Paramount Plus plans and pricing

Paramount+ recently dropped its ad-supported tier by a dollar, from $5.99 a month to $4.99 a month. The new, cheaper Essential plan also dropped local CBS station live TV streaming, as well as offline downloads for mobile viewing.

Also, be aware that “no ads” on the Premium plan only applies to on-demand content—you’re still going to see ads on live TV, because it’s live.

Shows and movies on Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus shows and movies

With over 30,000 TV shows and around 650 movies at our count, Paramount+ can hold its own against corporate vault streamers like Peacock and HBO Max. Like those two, Paramount+ features content-specific hubs: CBS, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Smithsonian Channel. You can also find shows, movies, and live TV through the top menu.

You’re able to watch the latest episodes of CBS shows the day after they’ve aired on CBS live TV, including comedies, dramas, late-night talk shows (like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden), and news (like 60 Minutes, Face the Nation, and 48 Hours).

There’s also a deep trove of shows and stand-up specials from Comedy Central, as well as all 10 seasons of VH1 staple RuPaul’s Drag Race, and every Star Trek series and movie from the ‘60s forward. Previously aired CBS specials as The Grammy Awards can also be found on Paramount+.

The biggest MIA show: popular Paramount Network drama Yellowstone, which streams exclusively on Peacock. If you’re looking for Kevin Costner’s Sons of Anarchy on a Ranch, it’s not on Paramount+. A close runner-up: former CBS series The Big Bang Theory (it’s on HBO Max).

The Paramount+ live TV streaming channels (Premium plan only) are composed of CBS (your local station), CBSN (24/7 news), CBS Sports HQ (around-the-clock sports analysis and live games), and ET Live (Entertainment Tonight on a perpetual loop).

Shows on Paramount Plus (partial list):

  • Young Sheldon
  • Evil
  • The Neighborhood
  • FBI
  • Mom
  • Love Island
  • Chappelle’s Show
  • Daria
  • Bar Rescue
  • Wings
  • Tosh.0
  • Key & Peele
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • All Rise
  • CSI
  • Survivor
  • The Good Wife
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • Big Brother
  • Star Trek series

Kids’ shows on Paramount Plus (partial list):

  • Peppa Pig
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • The Fairly Oddparents
  • Blue’s Clues
  • Bob the Builder
  • The Backyardigans
  • Bubble Guppies
  • CatDog
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  • Clarissa Explains it All
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Doug
  • Crashletes
  • iCarly
  • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Super Mario World
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • The Thundermans

Kids’ shows on Paramount Plus (partial list):

  • Peppa Pig
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • The Fairly Oddparents
  • Blue’s Clues
  • Bob the Builder
  • The Backyardigans
  • Bubble Guppies
  • CatDog
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  • Clarissa Explains it All
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Doug
  • Crashletes
  • iCarly
  • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Super Mario World
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • The Thundermans

Movies on Paramount Plus (partial list):

  • Indiana Jones movies
  • Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
  • Sin City
  • From Dusk till Dawn
  • Grease
  • The Uninvited
  • Vanilla Sky
  • Failure to Launch
  • Minority Report
  • Black Sheep
  • Election
  • Kingpin
  • Nacho Libre
  • Scrooged
  • Sahara
  • Snow Day
  • Up in Smoke
  • Aeon Flux
  • Comedy Central standup specials
  • Star Trek movies

Paramount Plus original shows and movies

The Paramount+ roster of exclusive originals is small but growing, and includes critical hits like The Good Fight, Why Women Kill, and the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. There’s also a trifecta of excellent Star Trek series, and a new crime thriller, Mayor of Kingstown.

On the other side of the reviews, Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone revival has received mixed reactions, and so-so series Strange Angel and Tell Me a Story were both canceled after two seasons. Apart from a small but growing number of gems, the value of Paramount+ isn’t yet in the originals.

  • Mayor of Kingstown
  • 1883
  • Guilty Party
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks
  • Star Trek: Prodigy
  • The Game
  • The Good Fight
  • Why Women Kill
  • Tooning Out the News
  • iCarly
  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • Star Trek: Picard

Live sports on Paramount+ is limited to what’s carried by CBS TV and cable’s CBS Sports Network (again, Premium plan only). NFL games (including the Super Bowl on select years), NCAA March Madness games (excluding those aired on TBS, TNT, and truTV), Masters golf, and college hockey (yes, it’s a thing) can be found on Paramount+.

Paramount+ also features a healthy lineup of UEFA (Union of European Football Association) soccer matches, and National Women’s Soccer League coverage. It probably won’t cater to all of your sports needs, but Paramount+ has a bit more than most other on-demand streaming services.

You get exactly one local channel with Paramount+: a live feed of your area CBS affiliate ($9.99 tier only). Since all CBS shows are available on-demand, Paramount+ doesn’t offer a cloud DVR to record anything from its live feed.

Also, the live schedule doesn’t include any local or news programming, just CBS’s primetime series. You’ll have to find The Drew Barrymore Show on your own.

Like the local channel selection, Paramount+’s add-on options are singularly slim—but it is cheap: ViacomCBS cousin SHOWTIME for $5.99 a month, which is about half the usual rate for the premium channel.

Paramount+ carries over the same specs and features from CBS All Access; no major overhauls came with the rebrand.

Multiple streams

Along with its plans and pricing changes, Paramount+ also upped its simultaneous streams from two to three, which is the average for most streaming services (what’s up with two, Hulu?).

The Premium tier of Paramount+ allows for offline downloads of most content for viewing on-the-go, minus Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Smithsonian, and some Nickelodeon shows; Essentials does not.

Video and audio quality

Paramount+ streams at 1080p HD on-demand, though live TV is more in the 720p range due to the nature of livestreaming. As we mentioned in our CBS All Access review, it’s kind of a shame that shows like Star Trek: Discovery can’t get the 4K treatment, but Paramount+’s 1080p resolution still looks (dilithium) crystal clear.


The Paramount+ home screen is fairly easy to navigate, with a top menu, six channel (or “Brand”) hubs, and descending rows featuring “Latest Full Episodes” from CBS, “Trending Shows,” “Recently Added Shows,” “On Now” livestreams, “Sports,” and more.


While the shows and movies sections are neatly sortable by genre, like “Comedy,” “Drama,” “Documentary,” etc., the hubs don’t offer the same navigation. Sure, it would be redundant to search “Comedy” within the Comedy Central hub, but some specific options (like “Standup” or “Animation”) would be nice.

Paramount+ streams in standard 2.0 stereo audio.

Final take: Is Paramount Plus worth it?

If you were already a CBS All Access subscriber, you now have Paramount+, so it’s not like we have to convince you to switch—it’s the same service, but with more shows. For those who were on the fence about CBS All Access, however, Paramount+ is easier to define: it’s not just NCIS and Star Trek reruns.

The real selling point of Paramount+ is its deep catalog of shows from CBS, Comedy Central, BET, Nickelodeon, and MTV—that’s a gold mine of content by itself. The original shows are getting better all the time, but Paramount+ is going to have to step up production to compete with Netflix and Hulu.

Lastly, Paramount+ doesn’t offer much for sports or movie fans. Unless you’re into European soccer and dusty flicks you haven’t watched since the last time you visited a Blockbuster Video, that is.




Had it with rising subscription fees? We’ve collected 11 inexpensive and no-cost streaming services you can enjoy right now.

We’re all about the bang for your buck here at, but how about bang for no bucks? Expensive premium streaming services are cool and all, but discovering free and cheap entertainment is a small victory that’s (mostly) priceless.

We’ve rounded up 11 of those small victories for your streaming enjoyment, a mix of inexpensive and totally free services to help take the edge off your subscription fatigue.

Peacock (Free–$9.99/mo.)

NBCUniversal-owned Peacock features a limited, but free, basic tier with over 7,500 hours of TV shows and movies. For a few more bucks, its Premium paid tiers ($4.99 a month with ads, or $9.99 a month without) give you over 15,000 hours of content. Xfinity customers can even get Peacock Premium for free or discounted.

Apple TV+ ($4.99/mo.)

For five bucks, Apple TV+ delivers a monthly array of exclusive TV series and movies of near-HBO (or at least near-SHOWTIME) quality. The multi-award-winning Ted Lasso, as well as The Morning ShowMythic QuestThe Problem with Jon StewartFoundationPhysical, and more make up Apple TV+’s roster of over 70 originals. If you’ve recently bought an Apple Device, you can get three months of Apple TV+ for free.

Pluto TV (Free)

ViacomCBS-owned Pluto TV features hundreds of looping “channels” loaded with TV shows and movies from MTV, SHOWTIME, Comedy Central, Animal Planet, AMC, Investigation Discovery, and many others, all free (with ads, of course). Most of the content is also available on demand, and some of the news and weather channels are live—but not the sports channels, unfortunately.

Tubi (Free)

Like Pluto TV, Tubi (owned by FOX) features some “live” channels of looping content, but it’s really all about on-demand entertainment—over 50,000 hours of it. Tubi’s towering movie selection features older titles from Paramount, Lionsgate, MGM, and 20th Century Fox, as well as full seasons of TV shows from FOX, A&E, Syfy, and others. It’s like a Blockbuster Video in an app (for those who remember Blockbuster).

Xumo (Free)

Xfinity’s Xumo is another free, ad-supported service that features nearly 200 looping channels of content, an on-demand library of TV shows and movies, and a smattering of live news and sports. Channels and content hubs include NBC News, Funny or Die, TMZ, Billboard, FOX Sports, Shout! Factory, Hallmark Movies, and even a 24/7 Nashville channel.

Sling Free (Free)

Live TV streaming service Sling TV’s offshoot Sling Free is similar to Pluto TV and Xumo, with ad-supported looping channels and an on-demand library of movies and TV shows (check out the perpetual Bob Ross Channel). Also, like Pluto TV and Xumo, Sling Free requires no signup or login. You can also rent current and classic TV shows and movies through Sling Free.

The Roku Channel (Free)

The Roku Channel isn’t just for Roku users; it can be accessed through Android and iOS devices, Amazon Fire TV devices, Samsung TVs, and web browsers. The service features over 150 channels of looping content, an on-demand section, and dozens of original series (including several acquired from Quibi, like the Reno 911! Reboot). You can also manage premium subscriptions to SHOWTIME, STARZ, EPIX, and others through The Roku Channel.

Crackle (Free)

Longtime on-demand streaming service Crackle, co-owned by Sony, features over 800 movies and TV shows, a decent mix of older blockbusters, cult flicks, and originals like StartUpThe Oath, and Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy. Crackle also produced an Extraction action movie years before Netflix did (minus Chris Hemsworth). Like the other services listed here, Crackle is ad-supported and doesn’t require a login.

The CW and CW Seed (Free)

The CW isn’t available on all cable, satellite, or live TV streaming services—but its shows are free to anyone. The CW app and website serve up current network series, like In the Dark and Superman & Lois, 24 hours or less after broadcast. They also feature full seasons of some recent shows.

If you’re looking for classics from The CW and other related networks, the separate CW Seed app/site has full seasons of older shows and some originals.

IMDb TV (Free)

Amazon-owned IMDb TV is a free service with thousands of TV episodes (including all seven seasons of Mad Men) and movies, including releases you’ve actually heard of (like the Hunger Games franchise). The ad-supported IMDb TV also produces original series, like the Leverage: Redemption reboot, and is available through Prime Video or as a standalone app.

Plex (Free)

Featuring thousands of movies and live TV loops of content, Plex also collects web series, podcasts, music, and can even be used to collect your own digital media. The channels and content hubs are similar to those of Pluto TV and Xumo, but the on-demand movies section is an impressively eclectic blend of hits, classics, and obscurities laid out in a sleek and simple interface.

Plex is the under-the-radar service of this list—check it out.

Lifetime WATCH



Women-led movies and reality shows featuring plots from comedic to chilling are what you get with Lifetime. If twists and turns are your cups of TV tea—along with 35 new holiday movies—we’re here to help you watch Lifetime all year long.

Price: $84.99/mo.**
250+ channels
200 hrs. of cloud DVR storage

sling tv

Price: $35–$50/mo.
95+ channels
30 hrs. of cloud DVR storage

philo tv

Price: $25.00/mo.
60+ channels
Unlimited cloud DVR storage


100 classic Lifetime movies.
7-day free trial


**for 12 mos plus taxes. Autopay & Paperless bill read. Prices are higher in 2nd year. Regional Sports Fee up to $9.99/mo. is extra & applies.

The Lifetime channel loves to embrace the seasonal spirit. Cable, satellite, and streaming all offer ways to watch this channel designed to give you all the feels.

This year, they’re releasing 35 new holiday movies, starting weekly in November. When December hits, there’s one new movie every night. Yes, you read that right. Every. Single. Night.

Miracle in Motor CitySecretly Santa, and Hot Chocolate Holiday are just a few of the titles dropping this year. That alone is enough to inspire thoughts of curling up on the couch with a warm beverage and soaking up the Christmas-y cinema.

When holiday flicks aren’t dominating its schedule of shows, Lifetime Channel also offers plenty of other movies—many of the mysterious variety, featuring sinister plots and twisty storylines.

Reality TV shows loaded with drama and fun are also part and parcel of the Lifetime Channel. “I don’t even like dancing, I’m just here because my mom said she would buy me tacos.” That’s a direct quote from one of the participants in the Lifetime original series, Dance Moms.

How to watch the Lifetime channel

Philo is one of the cheapest live TV streaming services on the market, and it has the Lifetime channel, as well as Lifetime Movie Network (LMN). If lifestyle and entertainment channels are your jam, Philo is a really good value—the cherry on top is its unlimited cloud DVR.

Sling TV is also a great option for Lifetime streaming. Keep in mind that all of Sling TV’s plans have the Lifetime channel and you can add on the Lifestyle Extra package—which has LMN and three Hallmark channels—for just $6 a month. Since Sling TV is pretty cheap, to begin with, that add-on won’t break the bank.

If you want a supersized channel lineup (including the Lifetime channel and LMN) and premium features, we recommend DIRECTV’s Ultimate Package. It will cost you a little extra, but it’s worth it. In addition to Lifetime, it has two Hallmark channels, plenty of channels for sports fans, and lots of kids’ content—including, count ’em, three Nickelodeon channels.

Finally, if Lifetime movies are all you want, on-demand streaming service Lifetime Movie Club is your best option. Your subscription allows you to watch it on a desktop or an iOS or Android mobile device.

Now that we’ve given you an overview of what’s out there, let’s dig a little deeper into our top picks for watching Lifetime Channel.


Philo is the cheapest option out there for live-streaming TV. For only $25 a month, you get 60+ cable channels, including the Lifetime channel and Hallmark Channel, which is often another fave with Lifetime viewers.

We love that most of the other channels included with your plan are popular favorites like OWN and Food Network.

Pro tip: You can always just add an inexpensive OTA digital antenna to cover your local news and some nationally televised sports.

What puts Philo over the top for most Lifetime lovers, in our opinion, is its unlimited cloud DVR. That means no bulky cable box and the ability to record everything you want from the Lifetime channel.

If you want the most Lifetime possible, pair Philo with Lifetime Movie Club, and you’ll have the vast majority of Lifetime movies and shows currently available online for less than $30 per month.

If there are cons with a Philo subscription it’s that it doesn’t carry local stations—so don’t expect to get your ABC, CBS, and NBC fix. It also doesn’t offer sports channels. If you’re looking for ESPN or sports channels, in general, to accompany Lifetime, this may not be the way to go.

Sling TV

The most you can spend a month on a Sling TV plan is $50 for its combo Orange + Blue plan. But if you want to get Lifetime, you can spend $35 for its Blue or Orange plan, which is $35 each, monthly. They both have Lifetime.

Many Lifetime fans also dig what the Hallmark Channel has to offer. If that’s true for you, grab your box of tissues and spend $6 a month on Sling TV’s Lifestyle Extra add-on option.

With the Sling TV packages, you can get anywhere from 32 to 51 channels. The Lifestyle Extra gets you nine channels, including Lifetime Movie Network, Hallmark Channel, and Hallmark Drama. That’s a combination guaranteed to provide hours’ worth of tears and fears.

Since prices are pretty low with Sling TV, the add-ons won’t make your wallet feel like it’s in a vice. Sports fans may dig the Sports Extra add-on option which gets you MLB Network, NHL Network, ESPNEWS, and the PAC-12 Network, to name a few.

It’s $6 Comedy Extra is a fun add-on, and it includes some great additions like Logo and Paramount Network.

Bottom line: if anyone in your home has mixed feelings about Lifetime movies and shows, Sling TV is a moderately priced streaming option.

It has okay features that might work for you and enough channels and add-on options to give everyone a decent—and inexpensive—viewing experience.


DIRECTV is all about the premium TV experience. If you want a slew of popular channels on top of your Lifetime fix, including local TV stations and regional sports networks, then DIRECTV is for you.

Lifetime lovers, we recommend DIRECTV’s Ultimate package. Its more-than-125-channels get you Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, the Hallmark Channel, and a range of Lifestyle content—from Investigation Discovery (ID) to Freeform and FXX—for $94.99 a month.

The package includes DIRECTV’s DVR, Genie, which offers 200 hours of cloud DVR storage. That’s plenty of room to build your ultimate Lifetime library for binge-watching.

For the first three months of this plan, you also get HBO Max, CINEMAX, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and EPIX free.*

If there are sports fans in your household, a real treat is getting NFL SUNDAY TICKET at no extra cost.**

The two-year contracts are a downside of DIRECTV, with higher prices the second year. No, it’s not the cheapest way to watch Lifetime, but we think DIRECTV has some real pluses, like huge channel counts and a great DVR.

Stream Lifetime movies on demand

Streaming the Lifetime channel on demand is an affordable way to scratch your comfort TV itch.

The best way to stream this movie-filled channel is to go directly to Lifetime. The download is free, but to watch anything on the Lifetime channel via the app, you’ll need your TV provider login and password information.

Lifetime Movie Club

If you want Lifetime movies on demand, you can stream plenty of them by subscribing to the Lifetime Movie Club for a very cheap $3.99 per month.

Or, you can stream a decent amount of Lifetime movies, shows, and clips for free using the Lifetime app on your favorite device.

Lifetime channel on Netflix

Lifetime doesn’t currently have any movies on Netflix. There are Lifetime-like movies on Netflix, including Netflix Originals like A Perfect Fit and Crazy About Her, along with a ton of movies produced by rivals, such as Brain Power Studios and MarVista Entertainment.

Netflix does, however, own, which has dozens of Lifetime movie titles on DVD. Plans start at only $7.99 per month, so if you don’t mind DVDs (and USPS), you may as well sign up for a 30-day free trial.

Lifetime channel on Hulu

The Hulu + Live TV plan includes Lifetime among its 75+ channels for $64.99 a month. Frankly, there are cheaper options to get Lifetime, but if you’re gonna spend that much dough, you will get a heartier channel lineup.

If you want to spend $6.99–$12.99 a month for one of Hulu’s streaming plans, you can add Lifetime Channel for an extra $6.99 a month.

Lifetime channel on Roku

Lifetime movies and shows are not included with the purchase of a Roku streaming device, unfortunately.You have to download the Lifetime app or subscribe to Lifetime Movie Club and download the app to watch Lifetime on Roku.

Final take

Whether you pick Philo for affordable livestreaming and unlimited cloud DVR storage or Sling TV to get Lifetime and add on the Lifestyle Extra package for LMN and more, it’s easy to stream Lifetime content you crave.

If you’re cool to spend a little extra money for premium TV, DIRECTV’s Ultimate package offers a great channel lineup with Lifetime Channel and LMN.

Whatever your choice, sign up and start binge-watching today.


Lifetime channel FAQ

Lifetime Movie Network—often referred to as LMN—is Lifetime’s sister channel and it’s there to deliver movies to viewers 24/7. The Lifetime channel breaks up the daily roster with original and syndicated fictional shows and reality TV programs.

The Lifetime Channel isn’t “on” Amazon Prime, but you can rent hundreds of Lifetime Channel movies and shows if you have Prime Video.



There are too many Lifetime movies to count. If we had to venture a guess, it’d be somewhere around 500. But don’t expect it to stop there. In fact, this holiday season, the channel is dropping 35 new holiday movies in addition to other flicks with a variety of themes.

Lifetime Channel is popular and its titles appeal to a wide range of fans, from those who like romance to true crime fanatics. By genre, here are a couple of top favorites.

Currently, it looks like falling in love takes the top slot with Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, about two high school students who get smitten while stranded on an island. You have to find something to do while you’re awaiting rescue, right?

The number two slot gets a little more creepy with A Secret Adoption, where A-list celebs Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig jump into the Lifetime realm to play a couple who take in a pregnant woman so they can adopt her unborn child.

We’re not going to lie—there are a lot of similarities between Christmas Lifetime movies.

Don’t be surprised to find a woman escaping the chaos of the big city to revisit her hometown where she finds new wineries, old friends—sometimes enemies—and, of course, romance. And it all happens around the Christmas holiday.

It’s not all totally predictable. Holiday themes also include ghost stories, musicals, and seasonal pageants. Prepare to feel as warm and fuzzy as that blanket you’re wrapped up in.

firestick 4k



Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K is a powerful streaming device, but you’ll want Prime Video for the full experience.
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Is Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K good?

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K, like most streaming sticks and dongles on the market, is good for those who want the benefits of a set-top streaming box without, well, the box. The Fire TV Stick 4K is particularly good for Amazon Prime subscribers, as it’s optimized to work with Prime Video and features Alexa voice remote integration.

If you’re in a tight space like a dorm room, or just want to free up more counter space for pictures of your dog (he’s a very good boy), a space-saving streaming device like the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is the way to go. It supports most apps and services, but you’ll want access to Amazon’s Prime Video to take full advantage of the Fire TV Stick 4K.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K pros and cons

  • 4K UHD capability
  • Alexa integration
  • No Ethernet internet connectivity
  • Frequent Prime Video promotion

Amazon Fire TV Stick deals and promotions

As of the time of writing, there are no deals on the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, but you can get $5 off the Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite. Also, check Amazon’s deals page for other current offers.

Amazon Fire TV Stick vs. the competition

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Roku Streaming Stick 4K
Chromecast with Google TV
TiVo Stream 4K
Price Video Audio  
$33.99 1080p, 4K 2.0 stereo, Dolby Atmos, Dolby 5.1 surround sound  
$44.99 1080p, 4K 2.0 stereo, Dolby 5.1 surround sound  
$49.99 1080p, 4K 2.0 stereo, Dolby Atmos, Dolby 5.1 surround sound  

1080p, 4K 2.0 stereo, Dolby Atmos, Dolby 5.1 surround sound  

If your streaming relationship with Prime Video is a casual one—maybe you see each other only on weekends or holidays—Roku Streaming Stick 4K or Chromecast with Google TV are both solid mini-device options for about the same price. But only the Fire TV Stick 4K has Alexa voice integration; that’s another plus for Prime people.

Amazon Fire TV Stick specs and features

Besides Alexa, another feature that sets the Fire TV Stick 4K apart from the crowd is its 8 GB of internal storage space and 1 GB of memory. That’s double the capacity of Roku’s Streaming Stick 4K and makes for faster app loading.

Amazon Fire TV Stick specs

  • Price: $33.99
  • Size: 3.9”
  • Video: 1080p, 4K UHD, HDR10, HDR10+
  • Audio: Dolby Atmos, Dolby 5.1 surround sound, standard 2.0 stereo
  • Storage: 8 GB
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • Wi-Fi: Dual-band/dual-antenna 802.11
  • Remote: Alexa Voice Control Remote (included), Fire TV app (download)

Included equipment

  • Fire TV Stick 4K
  • Alexa Voice Remote
  • USB power cable
  • AC power adapter
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • HDMI extender

Equipment you’ll need

  • HDTV or 4K TV with HDMI port
  • Wi-Fi network

Device setup

Setting up the Fire TV Stick 4K is easy, at home or on the go—sticks are great for traveling, btw. Why let a vacation or business trip interfere with your Marvelous Mrs. Maisel binge?

Simply plug the Fire TV Stick 4K into an HDMI port, connect to your Wi-Fi network, sign in to (or create) your Amazon account, and start watching. Since the Fire TV Stick 4K is a bit fatter than a cable that would usually be plugged into an HDMI input, the included HDMI extender can alleviate port crowding.

Fortunately, the Fire TV Stick is powered with an AC adapter, not a TV USB port like older streaming stick models—this is preferable because it remains “on” all the time. USB port power shuts off when the TV does, so you used to have to wait for the stick itself to power up again with the television the next time you turned it on. Time is TV, people.

Once you’re in, you’ll be greeted with a screen filled with TV shows, movies, and app recommendations, headlined along the top with Search, Home, Movies, TV Shows, Apps, and Settings. Navigate via buttons the old-fashioned way or press the microphone icon and tell Alexa what you’re looking for.

Unlike Roku or Chromecast with Google TV, the Fire TV Stick 4K isn’t neutral in its search functionality and program recommendations. Amazon content is always front-and-center—kind of like how “Amazon’s Choice” for socks is always above the pair you really want.

But, if you’re buying a Fire TV Stick 4K, you’re probably already an Amazon fan and its brand-heavy interface won’t be all that obnoxiously off-putting.

Remote control

The Fire TV Stick’s controller is sleek and dead-simple, concentrated on the most basic functions. Amazon probably assumes you’ll be using Alexa Voice Control, indicated by the microphone button.

Speaking—get it?—of that Alexa Voice Control, it’s the best way to use the Fire TV Stick 4K (and any other Amazon Fire TV products). It grasps voice commands with impressive accuracy, as you’d expect from Alexa.

If you want to go the manual button-mashing route, the Fire TV Stick 4K remote—which looks slightly Apple-like—also gets the job done. The area inside the navigation wheel acts as the Select command. Back, Home Menu, Fast-Forward, Play/Pause, Rewind, and Mute round out the buttons, along with a volume up/down rocker.

Available apps and channels

As with shopping on Amazon, Fire TV has pretty much any channel or app you might be looking for—including, of course, Prime Video. Both live TV (like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and Sling TV) and on-demand (like Netflix, Disney+, and HBO Max) streaming apps are supported on Fire TV Stick 4K.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K TV and video apps (partial list)
  • Prime Video
  • Netflix
  • Hulu/Hulu + Live TV
  • Disney+
  • HBO Max
  • Paramount+
  • Peacock
  • YouTube TV
  • fuboTV
  • EPIX
  • ESPN+
  • Philo
  • Pluto TV
  • Tubi
  • Plex
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K entertainment and games apps (partial list)
  • Amazon Music
  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • Tidal
  • Sirius XM
  • NPR One
  • Facebook
  • TikTok
  • Twitch
  • YouTube
  • Jackbox Party Pack
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • SEGA Classics
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Quiplash
  • Crossy Road
  • Hill Climb Racing

Final take: Is Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K worth it?

The Fire TV Stick 4K is an excellent 4K device with Alexa voice command that’s optimized to work with Prime Video. If you’re a Prime Video power user, you’ll want this stick in your streaming live, even more so if you’re a 4K lover—the picture quality is stunning.

But, if you’re just not that into Alexa, or you’d rather not have Prime Video promoted in your face constantly, a Roku or Chromecast device might be a better match.


Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K FAQ

You don’t need an Amazon Prime membership to use the Fire Stick 4K because it functions as an independent streaming device, just like a Roku Stick or Chromecast does. But, since Fire devices are optimized for Prime Video, you’ll probably want a Prime membership or standalone Prime Video subscription to get the full experience.

There’s no monthly fee to use the Fire TV Stick 4K, just a one-time purchase of $33.99. Amazon Prime membership, which includes access to Prime Video, costs $12.99 a month or $119.00 a year. A Prime Video subscription by itself costs $8.99 a month.

Free movie and TV apps available on Fire TV Stick 4K include Pluto TV, Tubi, The Roku Channel, Plex, The CW, CW Seed, Xumo, Crackle, FilmRise, IMDb TV, and Red Bull TV.

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We’ve made a step-by-step guide that will help you pair, program, and reset your DIRECTV remote and receiver.

Directv is one of the best choices for making your viewing experience great. Directv has two types of remote control – Universal DirecTV remote and Genie DirecTV both the remotes have quite different functions from each other.  It depends upon the users what type of DirecTV device you are using.

If you bought up a new DirecTV system and are tired of controlling its remote functions. Here is the step-by-step guidance on how to program DirecTV remote.

Directv Genie Remote


Automatic Pairing

Directv genie remote is more than a standard version with the model of AT&T cable tv. It controls your Tv with all the devices like audio devices, soundbar, blue ray, and DVD players. Follow these steps if you do not know how to program DirecTV remote.

  1. Locate the remote at your genie device then press the mute and select button until the green light blinks two times.
  2. Then your Tv screen will display the message “Applying IR/RF setup” after completion
  3. Switch on the device then pair with the remote
  4. Tap the menu button from genie remote
  5. Go to the setting – remote control- program remote
  6. Select the device that you want to pair.


Manual Pairing

  1. Again take your genie remote in front of your cable box
  2. Hold the mute and select option together until the light blinks
  3. Tap the 960 code from the remote keypad
  4. Press the button “channel up”
  5. After pressing enter your tv screen will pop up message of “ your remote is set up for RF then select ok
  6. Open the device that you want to pair
  7. Tap the menu button on your remote
  8. Select the settings option – remote control- program control
  9. Choose the device you want to pair

Program Your Directv Ready TV With Directv Genie Remote


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Directv genie remote has a slightly different feature for the ready tv. It gives you an extra feature of the receiver, that lets you watch the Directv. So, you don’t need to buy the genie mini for each room to enjoy the Directv.  There is already an inbuilt wireless receiver.

Where you can program DirecTV remote It provides similar functions as the Roku tv does except one tv is connected with the genie remote for all of them to work properly. So, here are some easy steps if you pair Directv ready with genie remote.

  1. Bring your Directv genie remote closer to the HD wireless genie or genie mini.
  2. Hold the mute and enter the button until the green light blinks twice above your remote.
  3. Then your Tv screen will display “ applying IR/RF setup”.
  4. Switch on your ready Directv
  5. Then repeat step 2 again
  6. Tap the 5 digit code from the screen for Samsung device – 54000, Sony -54001 and Toshiba – 54002 and for other manufacture users visit the Directv website.
  7. Pairing successful
Note: With AT&T plans you can now stream up to unlimited channels for entertainment.

Outline of Genie Directv Remote

  1. Power on and off – switching on the Tv when your receiver automatically turns off. Enter the power off button
  2. Switch mode – It controls all the receiver, tv, and other equipment.
  3. List – programs list for purchase
  4. Exit – return on your programming of Directv
  5. Menu – list of settings and other functions
  6. Info – channel program and information
  7. Select and navigate – select and guide with the arrow keys
  8. Channel up and down – You can change your channel using the up and down arrows in your remote
  9. Guide – see the onscreen guidelines
  10. Active – get in touch with the services, news, and information
  11. Function keys – Programmed your remote to equipment, with DVR system you can pause your live content
  12. Tv input – functions different inputs of your TV.
  13. Power keys – Directv can access to different devices at the same time. View the started card of your code.
  14. Previous – Return to the channel you are watching previously
  15. Advance- press the button till 30 seconds to end the live recording
  16. Replay- you can watch your favorite dialogue again with the replay option
  17. Fast forward – Increase the speed of the content up to 5X times more
  18. Mute – mute the current live show anytime with your remote
  19. Record – Record your program instantly.
*Note – For replacing your Directv remote the non-RF model charge – $15 and RF model – $25.

How to set up a Genie remote

Program remote for your HDTV or audio device

Below is the most common way to program a Genie remote. If these steps don’t work for you, follow the next set of steps to program a remote manually.

  1. Point the remote at your Genie HD DVR, Genie Mini, or Wireless Genie Mini. 
  2. Press and hold the MUTE and ENTER buttons. Stop when the green light at the top of the remote blinks twice.
  3. When the TV screen displays Applying IR/RF setup, you are in RF mode and ready to program the remote.
  4. Power on the device you want your remote to control.
  5. Press MENU on your remote.
  6. Select Settings Remote Control > Program Remote.
  7. Select the device you wish to control with the remote.
  8. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete programming.

Heads up: The DIRECTV remote powers on your TV and controls the volume while watching DIRECTV. To adjust TV settings or access third-party apps, use the remote control that came with your TV.

Program remote manually for your HDTV or audio device

  1. Point the remote at your Genie HD DVR, Genie Mini, or Wireless Genie Mini. 
  2. Press and hold the MUTE and SELECT buttons while continuing to point the remote at a Genie device. Stop when the green light at the top of the remote blinks twice.
  3. Use the buttons on your Genie remote to enter code 961.
  4. Press the channel up button once.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Select OK when the TV screen displays Your Remote is now set up for RF
  7. Power on the device you want you’re remote to control.
  8. Press MENU on your remote.
  9. Select Settings > Remote Control > Program Remote.
  10. Select the device you wish to control with the remote.
  11. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete programming. The directions vary for different devices.

Program remote for a DIRECTV Ready TV

  1. Point the remote at your Genie HD DVR, Genie Mini, or Wireless Genie Mini. 
  2. Press and hold the MUTE and ENTER buttons while continuing to point the remote at a Genie device. Stop when the green light at the top of the remote blinks twice.
  3. When the TV screen displays Applying IR/RF setup, you are in RF mode and ready to program the remote.
  4. Power on your DIRECTV Ready TV.
  5. On your remote, press and hold the MUTE and SELECT buttons. Stop when the green light at the top blinks twice. 
  6. Enter the appropriate manufacturer’s code. If you don’t see your TV or device listed, use the code lookup tool to find the 5-digit code.
    • For Samsung DIRECTV Ready TVs, enter 54000
    • For Sony DIRECTV Ready TVs, enter 54001
    • For Toshiba DIRECTV Ready TVs, enter 54002
  7. The Genie remote is now set up for your DIRECTV Ready TV

Universal DirecTV Remote


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It is very simple to program Directv remote using a variety of components such as DVR, TV’s VCR, DVD players, game console, soundbars, and more. Instead of using multiple remotes quickly control all the devices with the help of one remote. Just slide the mode switch on top of your remote and select the device.

Steps For “HD DVR or HD Receiver” Users

  1. Tap the menu button on your remote
  2. Select the settings and help option
  3. Go to the settings
  4. Choose the remote control option
  5. Tap the program remote option
  6. Choose your device that you want to program (TV, audio or DVD)
  7. Follow the onscreen steps to complete the procedure
DirecTV H25-100 HD Receiver

Follow Steps For “Standard DVR and Hd Remote Receiver”

  1. Tap the menu button on your remote
  2. Select the parental favs and setup option
  3. Choose the system setup
  4. Select the remote control
  5. Choose “Program remote”.
  6. Select the device you want to program

Steps of Manual Programming

  1. Switch on the receiver and the Tv
  2. Search the five-digit code using your Directv official website
  3. Verify the mode switch on your remote and slide it to the Tv position
  4. Hold the mute and select button until you get the flash signal of green light twice
  5. Enter the 5 digit code
  6. Then check your connection by pressing the volume high
  7. Repeat all the steps mentioned above if your volume has not increased
  8. Again hold the mute and select button for a green light for flashing two times
  9. Enter code 960 from your remote wait for the green light to flash two times
  10. Set the switch mode to DirecTV positions
  11. Directv is now pairing smart tv

Outline of Universal DirecTV Remote

  1. Menu – pressing menu will let you enter to the home screen where you can search the programs by tapping the browse option. Easy to manage your DVR recording and check your playlist. Set the parental control by clicking on the settings options
  2. Power on and off – Enter the power button from your Tv to Stream the device.
  3. Recorder  – R access to record the programs if you press two times then it will record the full series or episode
  4. Info- It gives all the details of the current channels
  5. List – It shows all the recorded programs on the list. (Press the red circle to delete the recorded shows)
  6. Guide – You can see the listing channels or rewind. Use rewind, forward button or back up for 12 hours.

Instructions & Info

Program a Universal remote and change the input source

The Universal remote can control up to four devices. These include TVs, sound systems, game consoles, or DVD players. Slide the mode switch at the top of your remote to pick the device you want to control (DIRECTV, AV1, AV2, and TV). If you can’t adjust the TV’s volume, you need to program your TV using the steps below before changing the TV’s input source. 

Heads up: The DIRECTV remote powers on your TV and controls the volume while watching DIRECTV. To adjust TV settings or access third-party apps, use the remote control that came with your TV.

If you have a Genie remote, follow the steps in Program your DIRECTV remote control-Genie.

Program remote for an HD DVR or HD receiver

  1. Press MENU on your remote.
  2. Select Settings > Remote Control Program Remote.
  3. Choose the device (TV, audio, DVD) you wish to program. If you don’t see your TV or device listed, use the code lookup tool to find the 5-digit code.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete programming.

Program remote for a Standard DVR or SD receiver

  1. Press MENU on your remote.
  2. Select Parental Favs & Setup > System Setup > Remote or Remote Control > Program Remote.
  3. Choose the device (TV, audio, DVD) you wish to program. If you don’t see your TV or device listed, use the code lookup tool to find the 5-digit code.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the programming.

Change your TV’s input source

  1. At the top of the remote, slide the mode switch to TV.
  2. Press and hold the MUTE and SELECT buttons at the same time. Stop when the green light at the top of your remote flashes twice.
  3. Enter 960 using the keypad on the remote control. The green light should flash twice again.
  4. At the top of the remote, slide the mode switch to the DIRECTV logo.


DIRECTV charges $15–$25 for a new remote, depending on whether you have the universal remote (the white one) or the Genie remote. If you have DIRECTV’s protection plan, the company will replace your remote free.

You can, however, find DIRECTV’s remotes on for far less than $15–$25. A two-pack of DIRECTV RC73 IR/RF Genie remotes is currently $11.75. A DIRECTV IR/RF Universal Remote Control (model RC66RX) is $6.75, and a two-pack of the same remote is $12.00. Both include free shipping through Amazon Prime.

Be sure you know which remote you need—and which receiver you have—before purchasing one. Here’s where you can find that information.

You can use your phone or tablet as a DIRECTV remote via the DIRECTV app, which currently supports the receiver models HR20, HR21, R22, HR23, HR24, HR44, H21, H23, H24, and H25. Find out which DIRECTV receiver model you have.

Reasons that your DIRECTV remote might not work include dead batteries, stuck buttons, faulty parts, incorrect mode settings, receiver location, blocked sensors, and other problems. We suggest visiting DIRECTV’s remote troubleshooting page for solutions.

You can use the DIRECTV remote code lookup tool to find the codes used to pair your DIRECTV remote with your TV.

For example, to program your DIRECTV remote for a Samsung TV, you would follow these instructions (link leads to the list in this article). In Step 3, you’ll use the lookup tool to find the TV codes make and model of your television. It’s not unusual to have several codes for the same television. Try each code until one works.

To troubleshoot your DIRECTV remote, visit DIRECTV’s remote troubleshooting page.

DIRECTV does not have voice remotes, but there is limited voice functionality in the DIRECTV app. You can also control DIRECTV through your Alexa device (Echo, Dot, or Tap).