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Sling TV vs DIRECTV NOW vs PlayStation Vue vs Fubo TV vs Hulu vs YouTube TV – Updated September 2017

Male hand holding TV remote control.Today we release our monthly side by side look at the major live TV streaming services. In this list we look at Fubo TVSling TV, Hulu’s live TV betaYouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW with the hopes that we will make picking the right one easier.

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
Roku X X  X  Soon 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
Android Phones/Tablet X X X X X X
Android TV X  X  X
Xbox One X X
PlayStation 4 X

*Hulu has started beta testing their new Roku Channel. This will bring Hulu’s live TV service to Roku players when it goes public.

*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 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 Hulu locals HERE.

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
A&E X X X X
AMC X X X X
American Heroes Channel X X
Animal Planet X X
Audience  X X
Baby TV X  X  X
BBC America X X X X
BBC World News X  X X
Blaze TV X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
BET X  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  X X
Chiller X X X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
Cinemax X  X X
Cheddar X
CBS Sports Net X X  X
CMT 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
Comcast Sportsnet X  X  X  X  X X
Comedy Central X X
Crime & Investigatin X
Cooking Channel X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV  YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
Destination America X X
Discovery X X
Discovery Family X X
Discovery Life 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
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
ESPN Buzzer Beater X  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
NOW  TV    
El Rey X X X
Esquire X
Eleven Sports  X X
Euronews X
FM X
Fla Ma X
Food Network X X X X X
Fox Business X X X X X
Fox College Sports X
Fox News Channel X X X X  X
Fox Regional Sports Networks X X X  X X X
Football Report TV X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV  YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
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
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
HBO X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV  YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
 HDNet Movies  X
HGTV X X X X  X
History X X X X
Hi-Yah! X
HLN X X X X
 Fusion  X  X X  X
 GSN  X X
IFC X X X X
Investigation Discovery X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DirecTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
Lifetime X X X X
Lifetime Movies X X X X
Local Now X X X
Logo X X
Machinima X
 OAN / AWE  X
MGM X
MSNBC X X X  X X X
MTV X X
MTV 2 X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
Nat Geo Wild X X X  X X X
Nat Geo X X X X X X
NECN X
MLB Network  X X
NBC Sports Network X X X X X X
 NBA TV  X X  X X
NFL Network X X
NDTV X
NHL Network X X
News18 X
Newsy X X
Nickelodeon X
Nick Jr. X X
Nicktoons X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
One World Sports X
Outside TV X X
OWN X X
Oxygen X X X X X X
Pursuit Channel X
Pac-12 X
Poker X
 AFRO  X
Pop X  X  X
Revolt X
RT Network X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
Science Channel X X
SEC Network X X X X X
Showtime  X X  X  X
Sony Movie Channel X
Spike X X
Sprout X X  X X X
Sundance TV X X X
SyFy X X X  X X X
TBS X X X X
TeenNick X X
TLC X X
TNT X X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
Travel Channel X X X X  X
Tru TV X X X X
Turner Classic Movies X X  X X
TV Land X X
Olympic Channel X  X  X X
Unimas X X X
Univision X X X
USA X X X  X X X
Velocity X X
VH1 X X
Tennis Channel  X
Vibrant X
Viceland X X X X
WE tv X X  X X
 Fox Deportes X
Weather Channel X X
WeatherNation  X X
YES  X  X  X  X  X X

fu*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 NBC Sports Networks (formally CSN) and Fox Sports Networks. Check each one of their serveries to find out what is offered in your area.

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.

DVR

DIRECTV NOW has no DVR, but many channels offer limited on-demand. AT&T has announced plans to launch a DVR in the fall of 2017.

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 10 days of cloud DVR and you can record 10 shows at once.

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 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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17 Responses to Sling TV vs DIRECTV NOW vs PlayStation Vue vs Fubo TV vs Hulu vs YouTube TV – Updated September 2017

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    Barcthespark September 5, 2017 at 8:52 am #

    Fox Soccer Plus is available on PlayStation Vue as a premium channel.

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    chenriii September 5, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    Did DirecTV Now remove the C-Span channels???!!! I’m a tad
    disappointed, because they were the only OTT service that included
    them. I’m on Vue at the moment since Vue has all the channels I want
    except for C-Span plus a very robust and convenient DVR. I was going to
    switch to DTV Now as soon as they offered a decent DVR (100 hours is
    ridiculous), but if DTV Now has removed the C-Span channels there’s
    no reason now for me to switch from Vue to DirecTV Now. Please advise;
    thanks!

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      mau47 September 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

      C-Span 1 and 2 are still there. I wouldn’t hold your breath for more than 100 hours without an upcharge if more storage is even an option. We don’t even know for sure what it will launch with, Sling tested 100 hours but launched with 50 for example.

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        chenriii September 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

        I’m even O.K. with an upcharge, depending on the amount. After all, I pay $40 a month with Vue and DTVN is $35 a month. So a $5 upcharge would simply leave me where I am now, so that would be fine. Even a $10 upcharge would leave me only at an additional $60 a year, which is fine with me. That simply cuts my savings from having switched from Verizon FIOS from $360 a year to $300 a year; not a deal-breaker.

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      Evan September 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

      Are they in your favorite channels? The Apple remote is very annoying to use and you may have inadvertently unhearted it. Go to All Channels to the left of the guide after you pull it up and you can heart it again.

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        chenriii September 5, 2017 at 9:34 pm #

        I guess I wasn’t clear. I see C-Span missing not on my own interface (I use Vue, not DirecTV Now). Rather I see C-Span missing in the list of channels above provided by Cord Cutters News. It was there the last time the DTVN channels were listed but now it’s gone. I don’t know whether DTVN removed them or whether Cord Cutters News screwed up. I’ve sent an email to Cord Cutters News for clarification. For now we wait (although one person has already said that DTVN has NOT removed those channels), but I’ve yet to read a second source confirming that DTVN has NOT removed those channels. So, for now, until Cord Cutters News steps in and confirms they made a mistake, the most likely assumption is that mau47 is wrong and Cord Cutters News is right; I sure hope the reverse is true, but we don’t have any independent source averring in one way or the other, which leaves things up in the air a bit for now.

        Hope that clears up the confusion.

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          Evan September 5, 2017 at 10:07 pm #

          DTVN only has C-Span 1 and C-Span 2. If you want to stream Supreme Court nominations use C-Span’s website or YouTube to stream them.

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    Collin Holycross September 5, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    PS Vue no longer offers their slim package variations. You should remove the blurb about the extra $10 in some markets

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    Think Like Ya Enemy September 5, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

    you would think with Directv’s NFL connections they’d have NFL Network on DirectvNow.

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    Respected Citizen September 5, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    Fubo has NFL Network (as of today?). I’m watching a Bret Favre commercial right now.

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    BrianH1972 September 5, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

    No ATT Sports Net even though Sportsnet is owned by ATT? What gives? I simply do not understand this. I have missed an entire season of Astros baseball and likely now a season of Rockets basketball. No streaming service provides ATT Sports.

    I am close to cutting the cord cutting if I cannot ever watch a local broadcast sports team.

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    Donnie September 5, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

    Having a functional DVR is priority to me. So far, none of the newcomers have tempted me away from PSVue.

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    Evan September 5, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

    I am using YouTube TV now. I’ll be doing HBO Now later this month too. DTVN lacks Fox Boston and I am sick of all the technical glitches. I had to finish a show tonight on YouTube TV. Why must Viacom beIN a platform as unstable as DTVN? Apple TV is awful with DTVN.

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    NotMyCombOver September 6, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    Have PS Vue and basic Hulu ($5.99 a month for a year deal), might be tempted to try Hulu Live after they get their Roku app up and running, and if they add a extra stream without trying to extort $15 (PS Vue gives you 5 as standard vs. HL paltry 2).

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    Russell Summers September 6, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

    Whats the deal with Hulu and their lack of ABC affiliate stations?

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    Bob September 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

    Will Hulu Live have a channel guide soon?

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    billinga October 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    Only Sling and Vue have NFL RedZone.