Hulu with Live vs YouTube TV vs DIRECTV STREAM vs Sling TV vs fuboTV vs Philo – Updated November 2021

Whether you’re new to the world of cord cutting or just shopping around for a new streaming service, you may be wondering what each service has to offer and which is the right choice for you. There is no one service that will work for everyone, so we’re here to compare seven of the best live TV streaming services to help you make your choice. In this guide, we’re looking at Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, DIRECTV STREAM, Sling TV, fuboTV, and Philo.

Device Compatibility

First, let’s look at which services work with the devices you own:

Streaming PlayerHulu with LiveYouTube TVDIRECTV STREAMSling TVfuboTVPhilo
Roku✓*
Fire TV
Apple TV
Chromecast
iOS
Android
Android TV
Xbox
PlayStation

*Available if you already have the app downloaded on your device. Not available for new downloads at this time.

Streaming Local Channels

Most live TV streaming services are a good option for watching your local channels. Sling only offers limited locals in select areas and Philo does not offer locals in its affordable streaming package. Both services suggest that subscribers use an antenna to access their locals.

ChannelHulu with LiveYouTube TVDIRECTV STREAMSling TVfuboTVPhilo
ABC
CBS
FOX✓*
NBC✓*
PBS
CW

*in select areas

Streaming Top Cable Channels

When choosing a live TV streaming service, it’s important to make sure you’ll have access to your favorite channels. Below, we’re looking at some of the most popular channels, according to viewers. To see the full list of channels you’ll get with each streaming service, go to the service’s homepage and enter your zip code to see everything that’s available in your area.

ChannelHulu with LiveYouTube TVDIRECTV STREAMSling TVfuboTVPhilo
A&E
AMC
Bravo✓*
Cartoon Network
CNN
Comedy Central
Discovery
Disney✓*
E!
ESPN
Food Network
Fox News
FX
Hallmark
HGTV
Hulu with LiveYouTube TVDIRECTV STREAMSling TVfuboTVPhilo
History
Lifetime
MSNBC
MTV✓*
Nickelodeon
Paramount Network✓*
PBS Kids
Smithsonian✓*
SyFy
TBS
TLC
Travel Channel✓*
USA
VH1✓*
WE tv✓*

*Requires an add-on

Streaming Sports

Streaming subscribers can watch many nationally televised games with a live TV streaming service. Because of carriage disputes, most streaming services do not carry regional sports networks (RSNs). You can find Bally Sports Networks (formerly Fox Sports Networks) on DIRECTV STREAM but Hulu, YouTube TV, and fuboTV all carry NBC Sports Networks. Again, we recommend entering your zip code on the homepage of each service to see exactly which channels you’ll get in your area.

ChannelHulu with LiveYouTube TVDIRECTV STREAMSling TVfuboTVPhilo
ESPN
ESPN2
FS1
FS2✓*✓*
TBS
TNT
Golf Channel✓*✓*
Tennis Channel✓*✓*✓*
Olympic Channel✓*✓*

Number of Streams

Hulu with Live allows you to watch on up to two screens at a time. If you want to watch simultaneously on more than two devices, you can add the Unlimited Screens option for $9.99/month.

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

DIRECTV STREAM allows you to watch on up to 20 screens at once, if connected to your home network, and 3 screens at once outside of the home.

Sling TV will allow you to stream on one device at a time for Sling Orange, 3  devices at once for Sling Blue, or 4 devices at once with a Sling Orange + Sling Blue subscription.

fuboTV allows 2 streams at once or 3 streams with the Family Share Add-On for $5.99 per month.

Philo allows 3 streams at once both inside and outside of your home.

DVR

Hulu with Live starts with 50 hours of storage. If you want more storage or the ability to fast forward you can pay $9.99 a month.

YouTube TV has unlimited DVR storage and will keep shows for 9 months.

DIRECTV STREAM comes with 20 hours of DVR storage. You can upgrade to unlimited storage for $10/month.

Sling TV offers 50 hours of DVR storage for all subscribers. You can upgrade to DVR Plus to get 200 hours of storage for $5/month.

fuboTV accounts come with 250 hours of Cloud DVR space at no extra charge.

Philo includes an unlimited 365-day DVR.

Which Streaming Service Should You Choose?

Hopefully looking at the channels and features for each live TV streaming service can help you make your decision. Before subscribing, be sure to take advantage of free trials to see how you like the interface of each; how it looks on your TV, computer, and mobile devices; and which offers the user experience that works best for you.