Watch TV vs YouTube TV vs DIRECTV NOW vs PlayStation Vue vs Sling TV vs Philo vs FuboTV vs Hulu – Updated July 2018

Father curled up on the sofa with his two daughters. They are watching a movie with popcorn.We often get asked what is the best live TV streaming service with the launch of Watch TV from AT&T that question hass been very popular this week. The truth is there are no best services out there. 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 looked at Watch TV, FuboTV, 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 July 1st, 2018.

Are you on a mobile device? Struggling to see the chart? Here is a PDF you can download for easier viewing.

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.

First what channels each service offers:

ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
A&EXXXXXX
AMCXXXX XXX
American Heroes ChannelXXX
Animal PlanetXX XX
AudienceXX
AspireX
Baby TVX X X
BBC AmericaXXXX XXX
BBC World NewsX XX XXXX
Blaze TVX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NOW TV
BETX XX
BET Her XX
Big Ten NetworkXX XXX
Bloomberg TelevisionX X XX
BoomerangXX X X
BravoXX XXXX
Campus InsiderX
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimXXX XXX
Cheddar XXXX X
Cheddar Big NewsXXX
Cozi TVX
CometX
BeIN Sports en EspanolX
BeIN Sports XX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NOW TV
CinemaxX XX X
CBS Sports Net X XXX X
CBSNX
CMTX XX
Comedy TVX
Cowboy ChannelXX
CNBCXXXXXX
CNBC WorldXXX
CNNXXX XXX
CNN InternationalX
 AXS TV X X X
NBC SportsnetX X X X XX
Comedy CentralXXX
Crime & InvestigatinX
Cooking ChannelXXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOW YouTube TVHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
Destination AmericaXXX
DiscoveryXXXX
Discovery FamilyXX X
Discovery LifeXX X
Disney ChannelXXXXX
Disney JuniorXXXXX
Disney XDXXXXX
DIY NetworkX XXXX
Duck TVX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NOW TV
E!XXXXXX
EPIXX
EPIX Drive-InX
EPIX HitsXX
EPIX2X
ESPNXXXXX
ESPN 2XXXXX
ESPN Bases LoadedX X
Ride TVX
ESPN Deportes XX X
ESPN Goal LineXX
ESPN UXXXXX
ESPN NewsXXXX X
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NOW TV
El ReyXX
 RFDTV X X
Eleven Sports XX
EuronewsX
Family ChannelX
FMX
Fla MaX
FuboTV NetowrkX
Food NetworkXXXXXXX
Fox BusinessXXXXX
Fox College SportsXX
Fox News ChannelXXXX X
Fox Regional Sports NetworksXXX XXX
 Fox DeportesXX
StadiumXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV YouTubeHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NOW TV
France 24X
Free SpeechX
FreeFormXXX X X
FS1XXXXXX
FS2XXXXXX
FXXXXXXX
FXMXXXXX
FXXXXXXXX
FYIXXXXXX
Fox Soccer PlusX
Fuse XX
Golf ChannelXXX X XX
GalavisionXX
Great AmericaX
Hallmark, Drama, &  MoviesX XX XX
HBOXXX X
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV YouTubeHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NOW TV
 HDNet Movies X
HGTVXXXX XXX
HistoryXXXXXX
Hi-Yah!X
HLNXXX XXX
 Fusion X XX X
 GSN XXXX
IFCXXXXXXX
Investigation DiscoveryXXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDirecTVYouTubeHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NOW TV
LifetimeXXXXXX
Lifetime MoviesXXXXXX
Local NowXXX
LogoXXX
MachinimaX
 OAN / AWE X
MGMX
MSG/MSG+ XX
MSNBCXXX XXX
MTVXXX
MTV 2XXX
MTV LiveX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NOW TV
Nat Geo WildXXX XXX
Nat GeoXXXXXX
NESN X XX
NewsmaxX
MLB Network XX X
NBC Sports NetworkXXXXXX
 NBA TV XX X XX
NFL Network/NFL RedzoneXX X
NDTVX
NHL NetworkXX
News18X
NewsyXX X
NickelodeonXX
Nick Jr.XXX
NicktoonsXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NOW TV
SportsmanXX
Outside TVXXX
OWNXXXX
OvationX
OxygenXXXXXX
Pursuit ChannelX
Pac-12X X
PokerX
 AFRO X
PopX X X X X
Revolt XX
RT NetworkX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NOW TV
Science ChannelXXX
SEC NetworkXXXXX
Showtime XX X X X
SmithsonianX
Sony Movie ChannelXX
SNYXXXX
ParamountXXX
SproutXX XXX
Sundance TVXXX XXXX
SyFyXXX XXX
TBSXXX XXX
TeenNickXXX X
TLCXXXX
TNTXXX XXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NOW TV
Travel ChannelXXXX XX
Tru TVXXX XXX
Turner Classic MoviesXX X XXX
TV LandXXX
Olympic Channel XX XX XX
UnimasXXX
UnivisionXX
Univision DeportesX
UP FamilyX
USAXXX XXX
VelocityXXXX
VH1XXX
Tennis Channel X X
Sling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
VibrantX
VicelandXXXXXx
WE tvXX XXXXx
Weather ChannelXX
WeatherNation XX
YES X X X X XX

*YouTube TV also includes access to YouTube Premium Originals. (You will still need to buy YouTube Premium if you want the ad-free experience.)
*fuboTV, DIRECTV NOW, & Sling TV include several international packages.
As of today Univision channels are blacked out on Sling TV over a price fight.
*Hulu also includes access to Hulu’s on-demand service.
*Found an error? Please email us and we will fix it.

Next, you should look at which of these services works on the devices you own:

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

**Note: Philo has announced plans to add Apple TV & Fire TV this summer.*Note: Chromecast will work on any Chromecast supported device like Android TV.

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 beta starts with 2 streams but you can add more for $14.99 a month.

DIRECTV NOW offers two streams. (DIRECTV NOW has announced they will be increasing that to 3 streams at a later date.)

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 a option to buy 100 hours of storage. (Roku support is expected “soon” according to DIRECTV NOW.)

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 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.

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.

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