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How to find the TV channels you want online

Internet TV packages are multiplying, which makes choosing the right one hard. We’ve built a tool to help.

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Rani Molla is a senior correspondent at Vox and has been focusing her reporting on the future of work. She has covered business and technology for more than a decade — often in charts — including at Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

There are now seven services selling TV on the internet. That’s good, because it gives consumers more choice than ever.

But all of that choice is confusing, since each offers different groups of TV channels, at different prices.

Many of the services, for instance, feature sports channels like ESPN. But Philo, which just launched this week, doesn’t have any sports at all. Meanwhile, “Walking Dead” fans can find AMC on Philo and four other platforms — but not on Hulu’s live TV service.

Recode is here to help, with a simple way to see which streaming services offer the channels you want.

Type in and select channels from the search field below to see which internet TV service has them, and how much the base version of that service costs. If the channel is part of a premium package, we’ll note that as well.

Our calculator can handle multiple channels in the same query, which may help you narrow your choices down. So, for example, if you picked CBS, ESPN and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), you’d see that only PlayStation Vue offers all three as part of its base package.

Note: We love our phones as much as anyone else, so you can use this tool on your mobile device. But there’s a lot of information in a small space, so you may be better off using this tool on something with a bigger screen.

Happy hunting.

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