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Sling TV vs DIRECTV NOW vs PlayStation Vue vs Fubo TV vs Hulu vs YouTube TV – Updated November 2017


Teenager girl with remote control laying down and watching tv eating popcorn.Today we release our monthly side by side look at the major live TV streaming services. In this list we look at Fubo TVDIRECTV NOWSling TV, Hulu’s live TV betaYouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue with the hopes that we will make picking the right one easier.

*Note this list is up to date (as best as we can make it) as of November 4th 2017.

Are you on a mobile device? Struggling to see the chart? Here is a PDF you can download for easier viewing.

First you should look at which of these services works on the devices you own?

Streaming Player Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV NOW YouTube TV Hulu Beta Fubo TV
Roku X X  X X X
Fire TV X X X  X X
Apple TV X X X X X
Chromecast X X X X X X
iOS X X X X X X
Android Phones/Tablet X X X X X X
Android TV X  X  X  X
Xbox One X  X X
PlayStation 4 X

*Note: Chromecast will work on any Chromecast supported device like Android TV. We did not include YouTube TV on Android TV as there is no Android TV app for YouTube TV.

*Note: YouTube TV has announced plans to add support for Apple TV and Roku players.

All of the services offer local channels in different markets. You can find out what locals are available in your area by visiting their sites.

Next, you should check to see which service has the channels you want?

Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV NOW YouTube TV Hulu Beta Fubo TV
A&E X X X X
AMC X X X X
American Heroes Channel X X
Animal Planet X X
Audience  X X
Baby TV X  X  X
BBC America X X X X
BBC World News X  X X
Blaze TV X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV
BET X  X
Big Ten Network X X  X X X
Bloomberg Television X  X  X
Boomerang X X  X  X
Bravo X X  X X X X
Campus Insider X
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim X X X X
BeIN Sports en Espanol X
BeIN Sports  X X
Chiller X X X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV
Cinemax X  X X
Cheddar X
CBS Sports Net  X  X X X  X
CBSN X
CMT X  X
Comedy TV X
CNBC X X X X X X
CNBC World X X X
CNN X X X X
CNN International X
 AXS TV  X  X
NBC Sportsnet X  X  X  X  X X
Comedy Central X X
Crime & Investigatin X
Cooking Channel X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV  YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV
Destination America X X
Discovery X X
Discovery Family X X
Discovery Life X X
Disney Channel X X X X X
Disney Junior X X X X X
Disney XD X X X X X
DIY Network X X X
Duck TV X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV
E! X X X X X X
EPIX X
EPIX Drive-In X
EPIX Hits X X
EPIX2 X
ESPN X X X X X
ESPN 2 X X X X X
ESPN Bases Loaded X  X
Ride TV X
ESPN Deportes  X X  X
ESPN Goal Line X X
ESPN U X X X X X
ESPN News X X X X  X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV
El Rey X X X
 RFDTV  X  X
Eleven Sports  X X
Euronews X
FM X
Fla Ma X
FobuTV Netowrk X
Food Network X X X X X
Fox Business X X X X X
Fox College Sports X X
Fox News Channel X X X X  X
Fox Regional Sports Networks X X X  X X X
 Fox Deportes X X
Football Report TV X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV  YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV
France 24 X
FreeForm X X X  X  X
FS1 X X X X X X
FS2 X X X X X X
FX X X X X X X
FXM X X X X X
FXX X X X X X X
FYI X X X X
Fox Soccer Plus X
Fuse  X X
Golf Channel X X X  X  X X
Galavision X X
Great America X
Hallmark & Hallmark Movies X X  X
HBO X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV  YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV
 HDNet Movies  X
HGTV X X X X  X
History X X X X
Hi-Yah! X
HLN X X X X
 Fusion  X  X X  X
 GSN  X X
IFC X X X X
Investigation Discovery X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DirecTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV
Lifetime X X X X
Lifetime Movies X X X X
Local Now X X X
Logo X X
Machinima X
 OAN / AWE  X
MGM X
MSG/MSG+ X
MSNBC X X X  X X X
MTV X X
MTV 2 X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV
Nat Geo Wild X X X  X X X
Nat Geo X X X X X X
NESN X
MLB Network  X X
NBC Sports Network X X X X X X
 NBA TV  X X  X X
NFL Network X X  X
NDTV X
NHL Network X X
News18 X
Newsy X X
Nickelodeon X
Nick Jr. X X
Nicktoons X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV
One World Sports X
Outside TV X X
OWN X X
Oxygen X X X X X X
Pursuit Channel X
Pac-12 X  X
Poker X
 AFRO  X
Pop X  X  X  X
Revolt X
RT Network X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV
Science Channel X X
SEC Network X X X X X
Showtime  X X  X  X  X
Sony Movie Channel X
Spike X X
Sprout X X  X X X
Sundance TV X X X
SyFy X X X  X X X
TBS X X X X
TeenNick X X
TLC X X
TNT X X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV
Travel Channel X X X X  X
Tru TV X X X X
Turner Classic Movies X X  X X
TV Land X X
Olympic Channel X  X  X X
Unimas X X X
Univision X X X
Univision Deportes
USA X X X  X X X
Velocity X X
VH1 X X
Tennis Channel  X  X  X
Vibrant X
Viceland X X X X
WE tv X X  X X
Weather Channel X X
WeatherNation  X X
YES  X  X  X  X  X X

Number of Streams*YouTube TV also includes access to YouTube Red.
*fuboTV & Sling TV include several international packages.
*Hulu also includes access to Hulu’s on demand service.
*Comet TV recently announced plans to come to PlayStation Vue & YouTube TV
*Found a error? Please email us and we will fix it.

DIRECTV NOW offers two streams.

Sling TV will allow you to stream one or three streams at once depending on what package you sign up for. You can also use your Sling TV login for some apps such as WatchESPN.

PlayStation Vue will work on five devices at once but some channels will not work outside of your home network. You can use your PlayStation Vue login on different apps such as WatchESPN.

YouTube TV allows for 3 streams at once both inside and outside of your home.

fuboTV allows 2 streams at the same time.

Hulu live TV beta starts with 2 streams but you can add more for $14.99 a month.

DVR

DIRECTV NOW has a DVR in closed beta testing and currently offers 100 hours of storage.

PlayStation Vue offers a 28-day DVR and after 28 days the recording is removed.

Sling TV has a DVR and most of their channels have on-demand versions of the aired shows. Sling TV is offering 50 hours of DVR space with no time limit on how long you can keep a recording for $5 a month.

YouTube TV will keep shows for 9 months but replaces DVR recording with on-demand versions when available.

Fubo TV offers 30 hours of personal cloud DVR storage with no expiration and an Advanced DVR for $9.99/month, which includes 500 hours.

Hulu live TV beta starts with 50 hours of storage. If you want more storage or the ability to fast forward you can pay $14.99 a month to get that ability.

So what service should you pick?

Hopefully, this guide has helped you find the right service. If you are still wondering which is the best for you and your family the best thing to do is to try the free trial for Fubo TVDIRECTV NOWSling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu, and PlayStation Vue offer. Our suggestion is to give them a try and see if you like them. Check each service’s site for current prices because they keep changing.

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  • GMan524

    Left out MSG on Fubo

  • craig2web

    Too much money for too little worthwhile content IMO.

    • Spencer Karter

      Really?

      • Vegas Steve

        He must not have looked at cable bills… now THERE is too much $$$ for too little content.

        • craig2web

          Sure I have – been there, done that (regrettably). These live streaming services may not be quite as high as cable or satellite TV, but compared to Amazon Prime, Hulu basic and Netflix, they’re still very high, and I’m not seeing much that’s worthwhile that you get with the live services.

          • Vegas Steve

            If you can get what you want with those services, you are absolutely right. What’s nice about the streaming services (also Netflix, Amazon, etc) is you can ‘jump in – jump out’. Like right now I have SlingTV to watch NFL RedZone. After the season I drop it all. So in comparison to cable and their 2 year lock in agreements, one can save quite a bit.

      • craig2web

        Absolutely! Most of these are at least $35+, and I don’t see that much value given the content you get. But I do see a lot of value with the standard streaming services Amazon Prime, Hulu basic and Netflix, each of which can be had for $6-$8, and each one having thousands of movies and TV shows (and Prime even throws in music).

        • Spencer Karter

          We have two Fire TV Sticks as well. I know the 2010’s is not kind to Cable TV/Satellite. But Greed Stinks!

        • Malignar

          You must not be a big sports fan. If you were you would know that these streaming services are half the price of cable and offer access to required channels.

          • craig2web

            Thankfully, no – it’s a pretty expensive habit. But it seems like you can get a lot of sports w/o having to spend a lot. There’s a lot over the air for free, and Roku has over 140 sports channel apps. Granted, not all of those channel apps are free, but a lot are. And if you subscribe to Prime, they include Thursday Night Football.

  • brandtcantwatch

    Very helpful list. I think for a lot of people the use case of these services is live sports. For that purpose knowing the frame rate is essential. Including that info would be great, although it’s complicated (e.g. Sling is 30fps on Roku, while PSVue is 60fps, unless you’re watching PSVue on Fire in which case it’s 30fos etc etc) If you could gather that information though it would be fantastic, I haven’t yet found a comprehensive summary anywhere.

    • Fred Koot

      The fire stick is 30fps, the box is 60.

  • Derek

    YouTube TV has had Newsy and Tennis Channel for some months now.

    • Spencer Karter

      Fire TV Stick has NO JOY with YouTube TV. I’m still disappointed at the sorry CEO Susan Wojcicki. She don’t have common sense. They need to come to their senses and add it on FireTV Stick ASAP! Tired of Waiting and I hate Bad News with a passion. SMH! :'(

      • Kawshik Ahmed

        Fire TV don’t have Youtube TV because of multiple other reasons.
        1. Fire OS uses Non-Google certified Android OS. And according to Google policy they don’t support non-GMS certified devices.

        2. If you look closely even the standard Youtube app in FIre OS is not published by Google, so it doesn’t have the official Red Youtube logo.

        3. Amazon doesn’t want to launch a Universal Amazon Video app on Google’s Android TV platform, that is also a reason for no Youtube TV on Fire TV.

        • Spencer Karter

          Really? Thanks a lot for being the bearer of bad news Kawshik Ahmed! SMH!

  • Beth Eason

    Waiting for the one who finally gets the local stations where I live…Mobile, AL since some stations we get are in 3 different states…Pensacola, FL and Biloxi, MS….though for some reasons companies make us watch Pensacola and not Biloxi though the over air broadcast is occasionally available for both…emphasis on occasionally…

    • Spencer Karter

      I think Pensacola, FL and Biloxi, MS are ‘short markets’ meaning lack of one of more of the Big 4 networks in that market.

  • Spencer Karter

    SMH! Fire TV Stick still get NO JOY when it comes to YouTube TV. Why Susan Wojcicki???? >:(

  • Hiro Tomodachi

    I’ve tried DirecTV, Hulu, and YouTube TV so far. I found Hulu totally unacceptable. They need to absolutely scrap their interface and start again it was just way too confusing and they are way overpriced.

    I liked the traditional cable directoryof DirecTV however I didn’t like there autoplay of Fox News which you have no choice over and their channel lineup lacked CBS.

    Ultimately, I really like youtubes interface and app but it really needs to get an Amazon Fire TV app or some integration with Samsung TVs for me to be all in. I’m going to stick with it for at least a couple of months and then I’ll try sling TV but sling doesn’t have CBS. YouTube TV is also giving chromecast’s away with your first $35 payment. If YouTube TV would add more channels and create more apps for Roku, Apple TV, Etc then I think it would be the best choice so far.

  • Ig

    Thank you for the very though article. If you can add frame rate (60fps or not) I’d appreciate it.

    • Vegas Steve

      That would be awesome!

  • Rob H.

    SlingTV Blue with the 4 extras add-on gives you 80 or so channels for $35 a month.

    • Vegas Steve

      Kinda meh on those channels for me, but that’s what’s nice about SlingTV. You don’t HAVE to have channels you don’t want (for the most part).

  • Vegas Steve

    Nice chart, thanks. Still amazed that YouTube doesn’t support the ‘big 3’ streaming boxes. They must be trying to fail.

  • Ms. T

    I currently have Sling TV, and it’s not all that great. It will stop playing in the middle of a show and say that it’s currently unavailable. It kicks me out a lot, and I have tried it on different networks and different devices, same issue. I have tried Playstation Vue. It was great, but it cost too much for me for the channels I wanted. I figure if I am going to pay that much I may as well get cable back.

  • Aaron Quevedo

    Uh…………NECN is available for PS Vue. Also it’ll be great if DTVN is available for the PS4.

    • PaperCoyote

      Sony will not allow any competing service on their PlayStation platform so the PS4 will only get Vue.

  • John Burgess

    thanks for the updates. would still like to see the comparison of apps that accept cable credentials. thanks again.

  • John

    You have it wrong about fuboTV’s DVR. You get 30 hours of DVR for free, and you keep your recordings indefinitely unless you delete them.

    You can also pay an extra $9.99 a month and get a total of 500 hours of DVR that again you keep your recordings indefinitely unless you delete them.

  • Marc H

    Do any of them have the redzone channel?

    • Doug Turner

      FuboTV carries it as an add on

    • PaperCoyote

      Sling, Fubo and Vue offer the Redzone as add ons.

  • androidscales

    After trying DirecTV now, sling and PS Vue is the clear winner. PS Vue is the best streaming service. PS Vue has the best picture with 1080p streaming 60 fps on Android TV or Apple TV or ps4. PS Vue has the best sport package and most local channels by city. PS Vue has the best dvr with unlimited dvr

    My next pick is YouTube TV still new with lot of potential

    • PaperCoyote

      Vue (As well as all of these services) stream live TV at 720p not 1080p. 1080p is currently not a broadcast standard. The exception being DTVN streaming the 1080i feed of CBS Sports and the Olympic channel.

  • E Browne
  • SeaRover

    At this point, because of its excellent DVR technology, PS VUE is clearly the best. When Directv Now adds DVR technology, it may become the best because of its extensive channel selection – that is if it’s DVR technology is at least close to the PS VUE technology.

  • JasonDhalle

    I had Direct TV Now and it was ok, channel selection is good, and the price is comparable to other services but no real DVR(I know it’s coming), no real ability to rewind or pause or anything with live TV, no live on demand, meaning if you missed a show or tuned in late you have no way to watch it from the beginning, the stream was unreliable for us on our Roku, it would randomly say we weren’t connected to the internet and stop the stream and make us check the connection and ten it would say oh yea you are connected to the internet and would start streaming again.

    Tried Hulu Live for a few days on a free trial, the channel selection in our area is pitiful. It was missing channels we would use the most like AMC, Investigation Discovery and some others. If the channel selection was comparable to the other services we would be using this but it wasn’t so we aren’t.

    Went back to PS Vue and it’s as good as ever, tuned in late to the Walking Dead last night and just went to the show and started it from the beginning, has all the channels we want, streaming quality is fine, price is comparable with others and you get a few extra features on your Playstation 4 with PS Vue. The only problem we have with PS Vue is the occasional glitch in the streams picture but we had that with the cable companies cable box too so for now we are sticking with PS Vue.

  • Rikk Porter

    The list needs to be updated as I commented last month that Hulu Live has HBO & Cinemax options but not show in your list

  • K_Dot

    Can you do a channel lineup listing for Spectrum Stream TV so I know what they’re offering?

  • Gil Sanford

    There’s a great website at http://www.suppose.tv that compares all the TV options. You tell it which channels, including locals, you watch. It shows what each option costs and what channels are included. It’s free, and really helpful.

    • HeyRadar

      That is a very cool site. Thanks!

  • Devon

    FYI, youtube TV now has all 4 locals in the Louisville, KY market