The language that streaming content is available in is an afterthought for most Americans cutting the cord. Still, there are many Americans who speak Spanish as their first language and want to have access to a wide selection of Spanish-language content. In this context, we are using Spanish-language content to refer to media where Spanish is the original language rather than provided via dub or subtitling. If you count yourself among these groups, read on for some helpful advice.
Live Streaming Services
Accessing Spanish-language channels that are streamed live is perhaps one of the bigger challenges that Spanish speakers face. Our recommendation is to look at four providers in particular: Sling TV, GoLatino TV, fuboTV, Pluto TV, and AT&T TV Now. Sling TV not only offers a free trial, but it has about 20 of the most-viewed Spanish-language live channels regardless of platform. The fuboTV service stands out for viewers seeking Spanish-language sports content. Pluto TV does not necessarily have the most popular channels, but it is free and offers more than 40 options, and AT&T TV Now is unparalleled with the sheer amount of Spanish-language content that it offers at more than 90 distinct channels.
On-Demand Streaming Services
If you are interested in on-demand streaming content, then we recommend four in particular to consider: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Peacock from NBC Universal. All four of these providers have massive libraries of content that was originally filmed in English but is available with an English dub or subtitles. However, as mentioned in the opener, we are judging based on original Spanish content.
Netflix is a clear leader in this regard. The reason for this is that they are investing a great deal of money in original content from countries throughout the world. That includes Spain, Mexico, and many other countries where Spanish is the prominent language. Amazon is not quite at the same level, but they are making strides and have licensed a great deal of Spanish content. Hulu is an excellent choice if you want Spanish-language television shows and do not mind watching them a day or more after they air. It also has a huge library of older Spanish-language content, which is also true of the Peacock streaming service from NBC Universal.
Opening Up Options With a VPN
VPN stands for the virtual private network. In this context and in a nutshell, a VPN is a service that can let you stream content as if you were located in another country. You can subscribe to a premium VPN service and only increase your monthly TV bill by $5 or less. That makes it an amazing deal for Americans who want to consume content from other countries than the U.S. There is a substantial amount of Spanish-language content that is not yet available in the U.S., but with a VPN, you will have access to it through services like Netflix, Hulu and so forth.
What About Univision and Telemundo?
Telemundo and Univision are the two most-watched Spanish-language channels in the world. Unfortunately, they are not widely available. Hulu+ does have Telemundo but not Univision. In fact, the only two options for both channels are AT&T TV and fuboTV. Pluto TV—your free option—regrettably has neither, and the fact that Sling TV has neither is one of the biggest knocks against a service that is otherwise an amazing option for people who consume Spanish-language content.