Channel Surfing Man

Philo vs DIRECTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue vs Fubo TV vs Hulu vs YouTube TV – Updated January 2018


Channel Surfing ManToday we update our side by side look at the major live TV streaming services. This month we looked at Fubo TV, PhiloDIRECTV NOWSling TV, Hulu’s live TV betaYouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue with the hopes that we will make picking the right live TV streaming service easier.

*Note this list is up to date (as best as we can make it) as of January 1st 2018.

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 Philo
Roku X 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 X
Android Phones/Tablet X 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 Philo
A&E X X X X X
AMC X X X X X
American Heroes Channel X X X
Animal Planet X X  X
Audience  X X
Baby TV X  X  X
BBC America X X X X X
BBC World News X  X X X
Blaze TV X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV Philo
NOW  TV
BET X  X X
BET Her 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
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV Philo
NOW  TV
Cinemax X  X X  X
Cheddar X X
CBS Sports Net  X  X X X  X
CBSN X
CMT X  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  X
NBC Sportsnet X  X  X  X  X X
Comedy Central X X X
Crime & Investigatin X
Cooking Channel X X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV  YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV Philo
NOW  TV
Destination America X X X
Discovery X X X
Discovery Family X X  X
Discovery Life X 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 Philo
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 Philo
NOW  TV
El Rey X X X
 RFDTV  X  X
Eleven Sports  X X
Euronews X
Family Channel X
FM X
Fla Ma X
FobuTV Netowrk X
Food Network X 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 Philo
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 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  X
HBO X X X  X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV  YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV Philo
NOW  TV
 HDNet Movies  X
HGTV X X X X  X X
History X X X X X
Hi-Yah! X
HLN X X X X
 Fusion  X  X X  X
 GSN  X X X
IFC X X X X X
Investigation Discovery X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DirecTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV Philo
NOW  TV
Lifetime X X X X X
Lifetime Movies X X X X X
Local Now X X X
Logo X X X
Machinima X
 OAN / AWE  X
MGM X
MSG/MSG+  X X
MSNBC X X X  X X X
MTV X X X
MTV 2 X X X
MTV Live X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV Philo
NOW  TV
Nat Geo Wild X X X  X X X
Nat Geo X X X X X X
NESN  X  X 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 X
Nick Jr. X X X
Nicktoons X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV Philo
NOW  TV
One World Sports X
Outside TV X X
OWN X 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 Philo
NOW  TV
Science Channel X X X
SEC Network X X X X X
Showtime  X X  X  X  X
Sony Movie Channel X
Paramount X X X
Sprout X X  X X X
Sundance TV X X X X
SyFy X X X  X X X
TBS X X X X
TeenNick X X X  X
TLC X X X
TNT X X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV Philo
NOW  TV
Travel Channel X X X X  X X
Tru TV X X X X
Turner Classic Movies X X  X X
TV Land X 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 X
VH1 X X X
Tennis Channel  X  X  X
Vibrant X
Viceland X X X X X
WE tv X X  X X X
Weather Channel X X
WeatherNation  X X
YES  X  X  X  X  X X


DIRECTV NOW
offers two streams.Number of Streams*YouTube TV also includes access to YouTube Red.
*fuboTV & Sling TV include several international packages.
*Spike TV has been updated to Paramount as it will change its name this month.
*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.

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.

Philo includes an unlimited 30-day DVR, plus on-demand programming.

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, Philo, 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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  • Fred Koot

    Let’s get ready to rumble

    • bellsfolly

      I was asking you about Philo awhile back…because it wouldn’t work on my old Roku 2. Over Christmas, I upgraded to an Ultra, and installed Philo, and am just finishing up the free week today. I like it overall…I know you have said it’s mostly reality tv, and that’s true. Which is fine with me, that’s what we watch mostly on ‘cable’ channels….with the exception of TWD. Our scripted shows we like come mostly from the UK, via Netflix, Acorn, or Britbox.
      Having said that…I’m not ready to pull the plug on PSV yet and switch to Philo. Just not quite ready for prime-time yet, I don’t think. It definitely needs app logins, which we hear are coming soon. A more traditional guide, and hopefully a few more channels….a sports and/or news ADD-ON package would be good, as well. They sharpen things up a bit, and I will probably jump ship. Discovery is a must, so at present my options are limited. And not a DTVN fan, at all.

  • John

    Twice you’ve done this and twice you’ve state Philo doesn’t offer Discovery Family or Discovery Life. They do offer both channels.

  • rich g

    I don’t see DIY listed on the PSV web site. what package is it under?

    • Leo Bones

      DIY has been removed from all PS Vue packages.

      • rich g

        Thanks. should be taken off this list then.

      • Tom Austen

        This is not correct. I still have DIY…it’s up and running right now on my PS4.

        • Leo Bones

          Hmmm… I had a chat session with a PS Vue customer service person, who said they had removed DIY from all packages. DIY has also disappeared from the package listings on PS Vue’s website. But if you still have it, maybe there is some transition going on (either adding or removing DIY).

  • Leo Bones

    To compare all the channels, including local ones, you can use http://www.suppose.tv. It will combine offers (with add-ons or from different providers) if that’s the best solution.

    • LWS

      Thanks. Very cool and helpful!

    • Malignar

      Nice site! Youtube TV and Philo combo is what I should be with per the website. I agree.

  • Fred Koot

    Philo includes an unlimited 30-day DVR, plus on-demand programming.

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

    What, so Philo has a 30 day Dvr that’s not deleted like Vue? Also Vue doesn’t have on demand?

    • Tom Austen

      According to the Philo website, programs are deleted after the 30 days expire. On Vue, if you don’t watch the program before the 28 days expire, the show will be re-saved to your My Shows list the next time it airs.

      Many programs are available on Vue via on-demand. Vue also has a feature called catch-up which lets you watch a program up to 3 days after the original air date. On-demand and catch-up are only available on certain channels.

      • Fred Koot

        Right, so why word it that way? Seems like Philo offers better, but its the same.

        • Tom Austen

          That’s why I often direct people to the Vue website and FAQ pages. They are more complete, if not more accurate.

        • bellsfolly

          Exactly. Well, almost…Philo gives you 2 more days? 😉 I’m sure Luke isn’t deliberately trying to slant it, but it does come off that way. Looks like Philo has a better DVR function than PSV.
          And while we’re on the subject…why is DTVN at the top of the list, when they *still* don’t have DVR function to 99 percent of their customer base?
          Why not put them in the order of say…best to worst…something, anything.
          But don’t mind me, I’m just grouchy because it’s been so damn cold! 😛

  • S. Mays

    After Vue’s big price hike, we are moving to Philo. Sorry, Sony, we like the service, but $40 a month is inching up to what I could pay for cable or satellite…

  • charles perry

    It is good that you gave full details on how to get MSNBC and FNC in separate posts, but you should have included CNN in that group. I noticed you blocked posts on both stories, I suspect it was because you were afraid of trolling by the opposers of both channels.

  • Doug Turner

    Sling will not work on Chromebook unless you can run the Android app. Fubo runs like a champ.

  • James Grayson

    You can use DirectV Now to sign into more than 50 app, such as WatchESPN.

  • slimegoat

    All i need to do, to know that I made the right choice by going with DTVN, is to run down the list of unavailable channels. There is not one channel on that list that I care about not having.

  • Cisop Sixpence

    FYI – Although this article implies that it is updated as of January 2018, I see channels that I have with YouTube TV, like BBC World News, that are shown as not being available in the chart above.

  • JonJ

    The Olympic Channel is listed above as not available on Hulu, but it is showing up on mine.

  • stumpy579

    Philo is ok for an add on for people with Vue or Hulu live who can’t live without the Viacom nonsense and a boatload of reality garbage. Butthurt Viacom created Philo to try to counter Vue and Hulu telling them to piss off. $16 month way too much for the crap on Philo about half that price would be about right. The Viacoms of the world are the real problem in keeping down costs because they overvalue their product and expect large annual price increases.

  • Shortly after it became available, I got DTVN. I kept it six or seven months despite seemingly never-ending tech issues. Lately I’ve been looking at trying a streaming TV service. PS Vue looks very attractive to me. In terms of stability/reliability, on a scale of one to ten (with one being “Horrible” & ten being “Great”) how does PS Vue compare with DTVN?

    • Tom Austen

      With the premise that no streaming TV service is perfect (there are things that all of them could improve on), I would rate Vue as 9 or 10 after 2 years of usage. The fact that I’ve stuck with Vue for that long should tell you a lot. I haven’t tried DTVN, but I had Sling briefly and was disappointed. There were technical issues, and the DVR service didn’t exist yet. In terms of device support, my best experience with Vue has been with Roku Ultra and PS4, although other users have been satisfied with other supported platforms.

    • delow24

      DTVN, I would rate as a 3-4. AT&T seems to have the attitude that DTVN should be on the cutting edge of obsolescence. Going this long with no DVR, serious buffering issues any time they sign up more than one more customer and general poor interfaces are the way the service operates. The lack of DVR would not be too bad, but the shows I watch are very strange with the on demand offerings. Most of the channels will put the first episode out there, maybe skip the second and third episode, then populate the third and fourth, skip another episode and so on. If I were not only paying $35 for what I had been paying $120 for a year ago then I would possibly leave. Nevertheless, I have been seriously thinking about trying out Sling or PS Vue. I would definitely not recommend until you can be sure the service has become more stable, added some basic features, and can cope with signing up a number of customers as they grow.

    • skeletonkeyz

      I cut the cord with DirecTV on December 31, 2017 and now have the PS VUE Ultra package roughly a 50% cost reduction over DTV. So far I have zero complaints other than the PS3 interface is kind of clunky but I plan to replace it with a ROKU. On a scale of 1-10 technically I would give it a 9.5, on a personal happiness experience I would give it a 9.5, compared to DirecTV Now it is light years ahead.

      • Tom Austen

        I had the same problem with Vue on the PS3, but it works better now than it used to thanks to software updates from Sony. Vue really shines on the PS4, as the later model console has much more horsepower. I believe it’s currently the only platform that allows multi-channel viewing (up to 3 channels at once). I also have good luck with Vue on the Roku Ultra.

  • Gina B

    I had PSVue for almost 2 years. It was great until they hiked my rate $10 more ($44 for the Core Plan). They added no additional channels, too many boring channels and way too many sports channels, increased the rate and still with no local channels. I dropped PSVue because of the rate hike and went to Sling TV, which has way more channels that I like (mostly the channels that PS Vue dropped after my first year with them, ie: Comedy Central, BET, A&E, Tvland, Cooking) Sling TV also has LMN… and I pay $15 LESS than PS Vue. So far, no technical issues, but I’m just in the first week of trial…… still analyzing.

  • Scott in Fairfax

    As a AT&T mobile customer with an unlimited data plan, I get DirectvNow with 60 channels plus HBO for only $10 per month. No other streaming service can beat that price period. Once DTVN adds DVR service, I can finally return the last cable box that offers DVR. Also I have found that DTVN is the only streaming provider in my area (DC) to offer my local channels ABC, FOX and NBC. Currently CBS is on demand only.

    • Old Friend

      I also pay $10 for DTVN, plus free HBO, but the buffering needs to stop. It’s bad, especially after 6 pm.

  • DoubleG

    I am currently using PSVue and have been enjoying it but I’ve been looking at Hulu Live recently since I also use the ‘non-Live’ version for On-Demand and their Original shows. I see that Hulu (and others) offer NBC Sports but I cannot seem to find information on whether this includes the NBC REGIONAL Sports stations (E.g. such as NBC Sports Philadelphia).

    I live in Central Florida but being originally from the Philly area it was a big benefit to see that PSVue provides access to the regional (out of market) NBC Sports station.

    Can anyone that has any of the other services (such as Hulu) shed light on whether they receive out-of-market NBC Sports stations?

    Thx!