PlayStation Vue vs Sling TV vs FuboTV vs DIRECTV NOW vs YouTube TV vs Philo vs Watch TV vs Hulu – Updated March 2019

With 8 very popular live TV services it is harder than ever to pick the right one and new cord cutters can feel very overwhelmed with all the changes. The truth is there is no one best services out there for everyone. Each person has different wants and needs. So we want to give you all the information and let you decided what is right for you. In this guide we look at Sling TV, Hulu’s live TVYouTube TV, Watch TV, FuboTV, PhiloDIRECTV NOW, 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 March 1st, 2019.

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 PlayerSling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHuluFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
RokuXX X XXXX
Fire TVXXX XXXX
Apple TVXXX XXXXX
ChromecastXXXXXX
iOSXXXXXXXX
Android Phones/TabletXXXXXXXX
Android TVX X X XX
Xbox OneX XX
PlayStation 4X

*DIRECTV Now offers a dedicated DIRECTV NOW box currently in beta powered by Android TV. For now, though no other Android TV device has a official DIRECTV NOW app.

Next what channels each service offers:

*Due to limitations of fitting all the information on the page we are limited to the top 8 live TV streaming services based on subscriber numbers.

ChannelSling TVHulu PS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
 AFRO X
 AXS TV X X X
A&EXXXXXX
AMCXXXX XXX
American Heroes ChannelXXXXX
Animal PlanetXXX XX
AspireXX
AudienceXX
Baby TVXX X X
BBC AmericaXXXX XXX
BBC World NewsX XX XXXX
BeIN Sports XX
BeIN Sports en EspanolX
BETX XXX
BET Her XX
Big Ten NetworkXXX XX
Blaze TVX
Bloomberg TelevisionX X XX
Sling TVHulu PS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
BoomerangX XX XX
BravoXXX XXX
Campus InsiderX
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimXXXX XXX
CBS Sports NetX X XX X
CBSNX
Cheddar XXXXX X
Cheddar Big NewsXXXXX
CinemaxX X XX
CMTX XX
CNBCXXXXXX
CNBC WorldXXX
CNNXXXX XXX
CNN InternationalXX
Comedy CentralXXXX
Comedy TVX
CometXXX
Cooking ChannelXXXXX
Cowboy ChannelXX
Sling TVHulu PS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
Cozi TVXX
Crime & InvestigationX
Destination AmericaXXXXX
DiscoveryXXXXXX
Discovery FamilyXXX X
Discovery LifeXXX X
Disney ChannelXXXXX
Disney JuniorXXXXX
Disney XDXXXXX
DIY NetworkX XXXX
Duck TVX
E!XXXXXX
El ReyX
Eleven Sports XX
EPIXX
EPIX Drive-InX
EPIX HitsXX
EPIX2X
ESPNXXXXX
Sling TVHuluPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
ESPN 2XXXXX
ESPN Bases LoadedX X
ESPN Deportes XX X
ESPN Goal LineXX
ESPN NewsX XXXX
ESPN UXXXXX
EuronewsX
Family ChannelX
Fla MaX
FMX
Food NetworkXXXXXXX
Fox BusinessXXXXX
Fox College SportsXX
Fox DeportesXX
Fox News ChannelXXXX X
Fox Regional Sports NetworksXXXX XX
Fox Soccer PlusXX
France 24X
Free SpeechX
Sling TVHuluPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
FreeFormX XXX X
FS1XXXXXX
FS2XXXXXX
FuboTV NetworkX
FuseX XX
FusionX XX
FXXXXXXX
FXMXXXXX
FXXXXXXXX
FYIXXXXXX
GalavisionXXX
Golf ChannelX XXX XX
Great AmericaX
GSN XXXX
Hallmark, Drama, &  MoviesX XX XXX
HBO XXX
HDNet MoviesX
HGTVXXXX XXX
HistoryXXXXXX
Sling TVHuluPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
Hi-Yah!X
HLNXXXX XXX
IFCXXXXXXX
Investigation DiscoveryXXXXXX
LifetimeXXXXXX
Lifetime MoviesXXXXXX
Local NowXXXX
LogoXXX
MachinimaX
MTV ClassicX
MLB Network XX X
MSG/MSG+ XX
MSNBCXXXX XX
MTVXXX
MTV 2XXXX
MTV LiveX
Nat GeoXXXXXX
Nat Geo WildXXXX XX
NBA TV XX X XX
Sling TVHulu PS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NBC Sports NetworkXXXXXX
NBC SportsnetX X X X XX
NDTVX
NESN X XX
News18X
NewsmaxX
NewsyXX X
NFL NetworkXXX X
NHL NetworkXX
Nick Jr.XXX
NickelodeonXX
NicktoonsXXXX
OAN / AWE X
Olympic Channel X XX XXX
Outdoor ChannelXX
Outside TVXXX
OvationX
OWNXXXX
OxygenXXXXXX
Pac-12X X
Sling TVHuluPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
ParamountXXX
PokerX
Pop XX X X X
Pursuit ChannelX
RevoltX XXX
RFDTVX X
Ride TVX
RT NetworkX
Science ChannelXXXXX
SEC NetworkXXXXX
Showtime X XX X XX
Start TVXX
SmithsonianXXXX
SNYXXXX
Sony Movie ChannelXX
SportsmanXXX
SproutXXX XX
StadiumXXX
Sundance TVXXX XXXX
SyFyXXXX XX
Sling TVHuluPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
TastemadeXXX
TBSXXXX XXX
TeenNickXXX X
Tennis ChannelX X X
TLCXXXXXX
TNTXXXX XXX
Travel ChannelXXXXXX
Tru TVXXXX XXX
Turner Classic MoviesXXX X XXX
TV LandXXX
UnimasXXX
UnivisionXX
Univision DeportesX
UP FamilyXX
USAXXXX XX
MotortrendXXXXXX
VH1XXXX
VibrantX
VicelandXXXXXx
WE tvXX XXXXx
Weather ChannelXX
WeatherNation XX
YES X X X X XX

*fuboTV has announced a deal to add Viacom networks but as of today they are not live on fuboTV.
*fuboTV, DIRECTV NOW, & Sling TV include several international packages.
*DIRECTV NOW now offers NFL Sunday Ticket in select markets.
*Most of the services offer local channels in different markets. You can find out what locals are available in your area by visiting their sites.
*Hulu also includes access to Hulu’s on-demand service.
*Found an error? Please email us and we will fix it.

Number of 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 inside your house. Outside your house, you can use 1 streaming player and up to 4 mobile devices at once. (You can learn more about PS Vue out of home rules HERE.)

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

fuboTV allows 2 streams at the same time or 3 streams with the Family Share option.

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

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

DIRECTV NOW offers two streams. (DIRECTV NOW also offers a $5 add-on for a 3rd stream.)

Watch TV is limited to just 1 stream.

DVR

DIRECTV NOW comes with 20 hours of DVR storage for free. Later this year DIRECTV NOW will add an option to buy 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.

FuboTV 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 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.

Watch TV has no DVR.

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 FuboTVSling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu, PhiloPlayStation Vue, Watch TV, 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.

We updated the story on 2/1/2019 to add some missing channels.

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