Select TV Review
Pros and Cons
User experience is flawless. Subscribers will not have any difficulty finding the content they need.
Combines both free and paid content. Access everything you need from one central hub.
Great filters for content. Easily browse through various content types to discover titles.
Displays ads on the navigation screen despite subscription. This can be off-putting for those who would expect a subscription payment to eliminate such features.
Select TV does not actually have its own content. This means it is at a disadvantage compared with platforms like Hulu and Netflix who are known for their originals.
Subscription is an additional cost for streaming fans. Those who want to access multiple services in one place need to pay for the Select TV service in addition.
Genres and channels
As you would find with a regular cable subscription, the channels on Select TV are available around the clock, 7 days a week. While many of the channels available on the guide are genuinely live, others are pre-recorded and streamed to look live.
You can watch top TV shows from popular networks such as NBC, CBS, ABC, the History Channel and more. Furthermore, TV shows from the past few decades are also available to stream.
When you begin to stream a channel, Select TV will display its recommendation of channels showing similar kinds of content just below the media player. Alternatively, to access a broader list of available channels, you can click on “Browse All Channels” below the video player and select an option. Finally, you can use the search bar to find the channel of your choice.
In the SmartGuide section, you will have access to a toolbar, also found right below the video player. From there, you will be able to add the channel you’re viewing to your Favorites (the star icon). You can also switch between viewing modes, from Theatre View to Full Screen.
Here is how easy it is to access different channels:
- For sports channels, navigate to Channels > Sports. From here, you can choose between Headline Sports, Football, Baseball and more.
- For live sports, go to Live Streams > Live Events. Then, scroll down to access the calendar.
- For news, navigate to either the News section or the On-Demand category. National news can be accessed by going to Channels > National > Featured. From there, you can scroll down and explore the Live Streams section. Alternatively, you can go to News and select a state. For international news, Select TV has an “International” category under “Channels”.
- For entertainment shows, go to Channels > TV > Entertainment/Daily Buzz. This provides access to a wide variety of content in this genre.
Evidently, Select TV provides plenty of options when it comes to channels and genres. All you need to do is make use of the straightforward interface and it will be easy to find interesting channels to watch.
Top Select TV shows and movies
Select TV provides a vast collection of video content from all over the Internet, which is available via a user-friendly interface. You can either search for a movie or TV show or use the platform’s recommendations to find interesting content.
The media guide’s library covers more than 500,000 movies, TV shows, live sports, events, music videos, channels, games, radio stations and more. Keep in mind that Select TV is an aggregator. That means it collects content from other free or paid streaming services on the Internet. The platform collects new episodes directly from the networks, as soon as they appear. This means there is a good collection of content overall but a poor selection of episodes for those who want to binge watch previous seasons of a show.
While Select TV primarily focuses on free content, it is also possible to add your favorite premium streaming services to the platform so that you can watch content from more services in one place. Furthermore, while the platform offers thousands of live TV channels, most of the content is available on-demand. This means that you will be able to watch a new episode of a TV show soon after its premiere on cable television. Some services provide more full episodes than others, so expect differences in this regard from one network to another.
You can find a particular TV show on Select TV by using the search bar at the top of the page. The search engine will show you all the TV shows, videos, movies and so on which are connected to the search term you enter. When you spot your desired show, click on “Watch” to access the main show page. There, you will be able to read about the TV series and watch the latest free episodes if the show is available online for free.
After you select one episode, you will have access to various viewing options. You can either choose “All” to see all the available sources or “Free” to see only the free sources for the particular episode. “All” will display both free and premium sources, along with the required separate subscription where applicable.
For more TV shows, go to Channels > TV and select the category of your choice — “Broadcast Network,” “All TV,” and so on. Keep in mind that many of these networks only provide TV show clips and trailers, as opposed to full episodes.
The Select TV streaming media guide collects video content from free sources, such as YouTube, NBC, FOX, and more. Paid services like Amazon Prime, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, and so on can also be added. Users will find it straightforward to navigate between free and paid categories.
If you only want to view free content, you can select the corresponding filter using the platform’s interface. Those who want to see both free and paid videos can easily do that, and you will be able to compare different sources for the paid content to see which one is the best deal for you.
In short, Select TV offers a vast collection of free content that mostly comes from broadcast networks. Movies and on-demand TV series are available too, enhancing the platform’s library. Furthermore, Select TV has been known to gift a free digital antenna with every 1-year subscription for access to broadcast TV networks.
Users should not expect new TV shows and movies from Select TV, because this platform is only an aggregator hub. It is an organizer of the content which is available on the majority of streaming services which exist, whether they are free or premium.
That said, Select TV has functionality to connect its users to portals where they can purchase or rent online content. Users can watch premium content from the Google Play Store and iTunes as well as free content from sites like Popcornflix and other AVOD (ad-supported video on demand) services.
The streaming quality available with Select TV will vary according to the content chosen. Premium content as part of Hulu, Netflix or similar will most likely be available in 1080p or 4K if the service itself allows for this resolution. However, there is no guarantee that live streams from the free TV networks Select TV provides access to will be available in HD resolution.
Select TV offers excellent customer support across the board. They have a selection of FAQs, news, and even community-based support. Some of the main issues they tackle in their support section includes step by step guides on how to connect your computer to a TV or ChromeCast. Furthermore, they also offer mobile support for those who have troubles connecting the Select TV app to the Android device. Finding your way around, channels and TV shows on Select TV and common issues while registering are also addressed.
Select TV doesn’t offer a free trial. However, premium streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu and so on will often come with free trials. Select TV makes it easy for users to subscribe to these services and take advantage of whatever trial may be on offer.
Plans and pricing
The Select TV media streaming guide is not free, but it’s not that costly either. The platform can be accessed for $19.95 per year. However, to have the complete experience, you might have to subscribe to some premium streaming services. This may result in a higher monthly bill overall.
The subscription plans offered by Select TV are generally lower than their competitors’, and that’s a clear benefit of choosing this service. Plans and pricing are as follows:
- 1 year with a complete kit and special TV price for $19.95
- 2 years with a double discount and lock-in pricing for $39.90
- 5 years with a lifetime price guarantee and 1 free year for $79.80
- 5 years + extra antenna with a lifetime price for $99.75
One of the main competitors for Select TV is Sling TV. However, Select TV outperforms Sling in many ways, especially when it comes to the variety of TV shows, movies, and other content available. Many people consider that Sling TV is the best alternative to cable. It comes with live TV channels, live sports events, TV shows, movies, and add-ons such as Showtime and Starz. It also comes with personalized packages and availability on all of the major platforms.
In comparison with Select TV, Sling TV has a much smaller library of shows and movies. Many say that Sling TV offers higher quality content, but the subscription cost of $30 a month may put some people off. Furthermore, as Select TV streams local sports channels, this will likely result in sports fans choosing the platform over Sling TV.
Other platforms are also competing with Select TV and Sling TV in the increasingly growing streaming services market. The variety of content, lower annual fee and vast selection of live channels makes Select TV a better choice than Sling TV and others like it.
Is Select TV worth it?
If you are a Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now or Amazon Prime Video user, you may not see the point in adding another service to your monthly bill. However, keep in mind that you can connect your premium streaming accounts to the media guide, and have all of your favorite movies and TV shows in one organized place.
This platform offers millions of free TV shows, movies, and more — all for a relatively small annual subscription. As there are more and more streaming services launching for consumers across the globe, with recent times seeing Disney Plus, HBO Max, Peacock and Apple TV+ joining the industry, it will soon become challenging to manage all of your accounts separately. Therefore, a service like Select TV will prove to be highly useful.
If you’re not happy with the Select TV platform, you can easily cancel your subscription. All you have to do is to head to the service’s site, log in, go to My Account > Membership Status and click on the stop auto-renew button. Your subscription will be terminated when the billing cycle ends. This system matches the cancellation process seen with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and so on.
- Navigate to the Select TV website.
- Click on the Log In button.
- Enter your email address.
- Enter your password.
- Click on Log In again.
- Start streaming!
This function does not appear to be available at the time of writing.
Users can log into their existing accounts at a later date and purchase another plan in order to restart their subscription.
Sling TV offers a 30 day refund policy. A refund will be issued within this time frame if a user returns their kit via mail in an undamaged condition, along with a printed and completed RMA form. The only other situations when refunds are accepted are the following:
- Fraudulent charges due to card theft
- Double-spending in error
The best part about Select TV is that you can turn this service into a centralized hub for all of your streaming services. This makes it difficult for competition to be superior to Select TV. One alternative would be Sling TV, but it does not have the breadth of channels that Select TV offers to its users. Therefore, Select TV is ideal for any cord cutter who wants to manage all of their subscriptions with ease.
It is recommended to use Select TV in the US, as there is no guarantee that the service can be used in another location. Using a VPN to browse content from another part of the world is not recommended, as such activity could void the terms of the subscription agreement and result in your account being blocked or no longer active.
- Navigate to the Select TV website.
- Click on the Order Now button.
- Select your plan.
- Enter the quantity you would prefer.
- Check the box if you would prefer expedited handling.
- Enter your payment information.
- Enter your billing information – email, first name, last name, full address and phone number.
- Check the box if your shipping address is different than billing so you can enter these details.
- Click on Place Order.
- Start streaming!