DIRECTV NOW vs PlayStation Vue vs Sling TV vs Fubo TV vs Hulu vs YouTube TV We Break Them Down For You

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With 6 live TV streaming options finding the right for you is increasingly confusing. So we wanted to break them down once again and help you make the decision between Fubo TVDIRECTV NOWSling TV, Hulu’s live TV betaYouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue more easily.

Now we plan to do our best to keep this guide updated and now have it added to the menu at the top of the site. For now this list is as accurate as we can make it as of June 5th 2017 with all the latest updates.

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

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

Streaming PlayerSling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHulu BetaFubo TV
RokuXX XX
Fire TVXXXX
Apple TVXXXXX
ChromecastXXXXXX
iOSXXXXXX
Android Phones/TabletXXXXXX
Android TVX X X
Xbox OneXX
PlayStation 4X

*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.

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

You can find a full list of PlayStation Vue local channels and markets HERE. You can find the local channels for DIRECTV NOW here. (All 5 markets YouTube TV is i in offers local channels.)

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

ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHulu BetaFubo TV
A&EXXXX
AMCXXXX
American Heroes ChannelXX
Animal PlanetXX
AudienceX
Baby TVX X
BBC AmericaXXXX
BBC World NewsX XX
Blaze TVX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube Hulu BetaFubo TV
NOW TV  
BETX X
Big Ten NetworkXX XXX
Bloomberg TelevisionX X X
BoomerangXX X X
BravoXX XXXX
Campus InsiderX
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimXXXX
BeIN Sports X XX
ChillerXXXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFubo TV
NOW TV  
CinemaxX XX
CheddarX
CBS Sports NetXX
CMTX X
Comedy TVX
CNBCXXXXXX
CNBC WorldXXX
CNNXXXX
CNN InternationalX
 AXS TV X X
Comcast SportsnetX X X X XX
Comedy CentralXX
Crime & InvestigatinX
Cooking ChannelXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV YouTubeHulu BetaFubo TV
NOW TV  
Destination AmericaXX
DiscoveryXX
Discovery FamilyXX
Discovery LifeXX
Disney ChannelXXXXX
Disney JuniorXXXXX
Disney XDXXXXX
DIY NetworkXXX
Duck TVX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFubo TV
NOW TV  
E!XXXXXX
EPIXX
EPIX Drive-InX
EPIX HitsXX
EPIX2X
ESPNXXXXX
ESPN 2XXXXX
ESPN Bases LoadedX
ESPN Buzzer BeaterX
ESPN DeportesXX
ESPN Goal LineXX
ESPN UXXXXX
ESPN NewsXXXX X
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube Hulu BetaFubo TV
NOW TV  
El ReyXXX
EsquireX
Eleven SportsX
EuronewsX
FMX
Fla MaX
Food NetworkXXXXX
Fox BusinessXXXXX
Fox College SportsX
Fox News ChannelXXXX X
Fox Regional Sports NetworksXXX XXX
Football Report TVX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV YouTubeHulu BetaFubo TV
NOW TV  
France 24X
FreeFormXXX X X
FS1XXXXXX
FS2XXXXXX
FXXXXXXX
FXMXXXXX
FXXXXXXXX
FYIXXXX
Fox Soccer PlusX
Fuse XX
Golf ChannelXXX X XX
GalavisionX
Great AmericaX
Hallmark ChannelXX
HBOXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV YouTubeHulu BetaFubo TV
NOW TV  
 HDNet Movies X
HGTVXXXX
HistoryXXXX
Hi-Yah!X
HLNXXXX
 Fusion XX
 GSN XX
IFCXXXX
Investigation DiscoveryXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDirecTVYouTube Hulu BetaFubo TV
NOW TV  
LifetimeXXXX
Lifetime MoviesXXXX
Local NowXXX
LogoXX
MachinimaX
 OAN / AWE X
MGMX
MSNBCXXX XXX
MTVXX
MTV 2XX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube Hulu BetaFubo TV
NOW TV  
Nat Geo WildXXX XXX
Nat GeoXXXXXX
NECNX
MLB Network XX
NBC Sports NetworkXXXXXX
 NBA TV XX XX
NFL NetworkXX
NDTVX
NHL NetworkXX
News18X
NewsyXX
NickelodeonX
Nick Jr.XX
NicktoonsXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube Hulu BetaFubo TV
NOW TV  
One World SportsX
Outside TVXX
OWNXX
OxygenXXXXXX
Pursuit ChannelX
Pac-12X
PokerX
PopX X
RevoltX
RT NetworkX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube Hulu BetaFubo TV
NOW TV  
Science ChannelXX
SEC NetworkXXXXX
Showtime XX X X
Sony Movie ChannelX
SpikeXX
SproutXX XXX
Sundance TVXXX
SyFyXXX XXX
TBSXXXX
TeenNickXX
TLCXX
TNTXXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube Hulu BetaFubo TV
NOW TV  
Travel ChannelXXXX
Tru TVXXXX
Turner Classic MoviesXX XX
TV LandXX
UniversalX XX
UnimasXXX
UnivisionXXX
USAXXX XXX
VelocityXX
VH1XX
Tennis Channel X
VibrantX
VicelandXXXX
WE tvXXX
 Fox DeportesXX
Weather ChannelXX
WeatherNationX
YES X X X X XX

*YouTube TV also includes access to YouTube Red.
*Hulu also includes access to Hulu’s on demand service.
*CSN in some markets is now NBC Sports [region] all CSN channels will be changing over in the next few months.
*Found a error? Please email us and we will fix it.

Regional Sports Networks:

All 6 major streaming services offer regional sports networks. Including CSN (being renamed NBC Sports Networks) and Fox Sports Networks. Check each one of their serveries to find out what is offered in your area.

DVR

DIRECTV NOW has no DVR, but many channels offer limited on-demand. Yet many of them miss random episodes.

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.

Fubo TV offers 72 hours of cloud DVR.

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.

Number of Streams

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.

Fubo TV 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.

Access Outside of Your House

PlayStation Vue limits access outside of your home network. Mobile apps work if you had at one point used them inside your home networks for many channels. You will not be able to use streaming players like Roku outside of your home network. You can use the PlayStation Vue login on many networks apps, such as Fox Sports GO and WatchESPN, for access outside of your home network.

Sling TV allows subscribers to login from anywhere in the United States. Sling also works with WatchESPN and has announced that FOX apps will soon also be supported.

DIRECTV NOW offers streaming outside of your house but some local channels and sports channels are limited to your home area.

YouTube TV allows for access outside of your home network.

Fubo TV allows access at home and outside of your home network.

Hulu will work both at home and away.

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 TVSling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW 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. (Note: The PlayStation Vue charges an extra $10 a month for some markets.)

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