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

BOB'S BURGERSFinding the right live TV streaming service is increasingly confusing as more and more services hit the market. Even in just the month since we last updated we posted there have been several major changes to both services. So we wanted to break them down once again and help you make the decision between DIRECTV NOWSling TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue more easily.

Because things keep changing here is your updated look at the DIRECTV NOW, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue as of April 5th 2017.

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

Streaming PlayerSling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TV
RokuXX
Fire TVXXX
Apple TVXXX
ChromecastXXXX
iOSXXXX
Android Phones/TablesXXXX
Android TVX 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.

Tech Support Options

Have a issue here are the ways you can get help with each service.

SupportSling TV PS VueDIRECTV NOW
PhoneXX
EmailXXX
Live ChatX X X
Social MediaXXX
ForumsXX

*We are unsure of YouTube TV support. We are waiting to hear back from YouTube PR.

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

All of the services services offer local channels in different markets. You can find a full list of Sling TV local channels and markets HERE. 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.)

ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TV
A&EXX
AMCXXXX
American Heroes ChannelXX
Animal PlanetXX
AudienceX
Baby TVX
BBC AmericaXXXX
BBC World NewsX XX
Blaze TVX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube 
NOW TV
BETX X
Big Ten NetworkXX X
Bloomberg TelevisionX
BoomerangXX
BravoXX XX
Campus InsiderX
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimXXX
BeIN Sports X XX
ChillerXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube
NOW TV
CinemaxX XX
CheddarX
CBS Sports NetX
CMTX X
Comedy TVX
CNBCXXXX
CNBC WorldXX
CNNXXX
 AXS TV X X
Comcast SportsnetX X X
Comedy CentralXX
Crime & InvestigatinX
Cooking ChannelXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV YouTube
NOW TV
Destination AmericaXX
DiscoveryXX
Discovery FamilyXX
Discovery LifeXX
Disney ChannelXXXX
Disney JuniorXXXX
Disney XDXXXX
DIY NetworkXXX
Duck TVX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube
NOW TV
E!XXXX
EPIXX
EPIX Drive-InX
EPIX HitsXX
EPIX2X
ESPNXXXX
ESPN 2XXXX
ESPN Bases LoadedX
ESPN Buzzer BeaterX
ESPN DeportesXX
ESPN Goal LineXX
ESPN UXXXX
ESPN NewsXXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube 
NOW TV
El ReyXX
EsquireX
EuronewsX
FMX
Fla MaX
Food NetworkXXX
Fox BusinessXXX
Fox College SportsX
Fox News ChannelXXX
Fox Regional Sports NetworksXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV YouTube
NOW TV
France 24X
FreeFormXXX X
FS1XXXX
FS2XXXX
FXXXXX
FXMXXX
FXXXXXX
FYIXX
Golf ChannelXXX X
Great AmericaX
Hallmark ChannelXX
HBOXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV YouTube
NOW TV
 HDNet Movies X
HGTVXXX
HistoryXX
Hi-Yah!X
HLNXXX
 GSN XX
IFCXXXX
Investigation DiscoveryXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDirecTVYouTube 
NOW TV
LifetimeXX
Lifetime MoviesXX
Local NowXX
LogoXX
MachinimaX
MakerX
MGMX
MSNBCXXX X
MTVXX
MTV 2XX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube 
NOW TV
Nat Geo WildXXX
Nat GeoXXXX
MLB TV XX
NBC Sports NetworkXXXX
 NBA TV XX X
NFL NetworkXX
NDTVX
NHL NetworkXX
News18X
NewsyXX
NickelodeonX
Nick Jr.XX
NicktoonsXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube 
NOW TV
One World SportsX
Outside TVXX
OWNXX
OxygenXXXX
Pursuit ChannelX
Pac-12X
PokerX
Polaris+X X
PopX
RT NetworkX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube 
NOW TV
Science ChannelXX
SEC NetworkXXXX
Showtime XX X
Sony Movie ChannelX
SpikeXX
SproutXX X
Sundance TVXXX
SyFyXXX X
TBSXXX
TeenNickXX
TLCXX
TNTXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTube 
NOW TV
Travel ChannelXXX
Tru TVXXX
Turner Classic MoviesXX X
TV LandXX
UniversalX X
UnimasXX
UnivisionXX
USAXXX X
VelocityXX
VH1XX
 Tennis Channel X
VibrantX
VicelandXX
WE tvXXX
 Fox DeportesXX
Weather ChannelX
WeatherNationX

*AMC owned channels are coming soon for YouTube TV
*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 4 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 30-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.

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.

Access Outside of Your House

PlayStation Vue limits access 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.

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

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