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


We often get asked what is the best live TV streaming service. 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 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 May 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 BetaFubo TVPhilo
A&EXXXXX
AMCXXXX XX
American Heroes ChannelXXX
Animal PlanetXX X
AudienceX
AspireX
Baby TVX X X
BBC AmericaXXXX XX
BBC World NewsX XX XX
Blaze TVX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFubo TVPhilo
NOW TV
BETX XX
BET Her XX
Big Ten NetworkXX XXX
Bloomberg TelevisionX X X
BoomerangXX X X
BravoXX XXXX
Campus InsiderX
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimXXX XX
Cheddar XXX X
CometX
BeIN Sports en EspanolX
BeIN Sports XX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFubo TVPhilo
NOW TV
CinemaxX XX X
CBS Sports Net X XXX X
CBSNX
CMTX XX
Comedy TVX
Cowboy ChannelXX
CNBCXXXXXX
CNBC WorldXXX
CNNXXX XX
CNN InternationalX
 AXS TV X X X
NBC SportsnetX X X X XX
Comedy CentralXXX
Crime & InvestigatinX
Cooking ChannelXXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV YouTubeHulu BetaFubo TVPhilo
NOW TV
Destination AmericaXXX
DiscoveryXXX
Discovery FamilyXX X
Discovery LifeXX X
Disney ChannelXXXXX
Disney JuniorXXXXX
Disney XDXXXXX
DIY NetworkX XXX
Duck TVX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFubo TVPhilo
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 BetaFubo TVPhilo
NOW TV
El ReyXXX
 RFDTV X X
Eleven Sports XX
EuronewsX
Family ChannelX
FMX
Fla MaX
FobuTV NetowrkX
Food NetworkXXXXXX
Fox BusinessXXXXX
Fox College SportsXX
Fox News ChannelXXXX X
Fox Regional Sports NetworksXXX XXX
 Fox DeportesXX
Football Report TVX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV YouTubeHulu BetaFubo TVPhilo
NOW TV
France 24X
FreeFormXXX X X
FS1XXXXXX
FS2XXXXXX
FXXXXXXX
FXMXXXXX
FXXXXXXXX
FYIXXXXX
Fox Soccer PlusX
Fuse XX
Golf ChannelXXX X XX
GalavisionXX
Great AmericaX
Hallmark & Hallmark MoviesX XX X
HBOXXX X
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV YouTubeHulu BetaFubo TVPhilo
NOW TV
 HDNet Movies X
HGTVXXXX XX
HistoryXXXXX
Hi-Yah!X
HLNXXX XX
 Fusion X XX X
 GSN XXX
IFCXXXXX
Investigation DiscoveryXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDirecTVYouTubeHulu BetaFubo TVPhilo
NOW TV
LifetimeXXXXX
Lifetime MoviesXXXXX
Local NowXXX
LogoXXX
MachinimaX
 OAN / AWE X
MGMX
MSG/MSG+ XX
MSNBCXXX XXX
MTVXXX
MTV 2XXX
MTV LiveX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFubo TVPhilo
NOW TV
Nat Geo WildXXX XXX
Nat GeoXXXXXX
NESN X XX
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 BetaFubo TVPhilo
NOW TV
One World SportsX
Outside TVXX
OWNXXX
OvationX
OxygenXXXXXX
Pursuit ChannelX
Pac-12X X
PokerX
 AFRO X
PopX X X X X
Revolt XX
RT NetworkX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFubo TVPhilo
NOW TV
Science ChannelXXX
SEC NetworkXXXXX
Showtime XX X X X
SmithsonianX
Sony Movie ChannelX
SNYXXXX
ParamountXXX
SproutXX XXX
Sundance TVXXX XX
SyFyXXX XXX
TBSXXX XX
TeenNickXXX X
TLCXXX
TNTXXX XX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTVYouTubeHulu BetaFubo TVPhilo
NOW TV
Travel ChannelXXXX XX
Tru TVXXX XX
Turner Classic MoviesXX X XX
TV LandXXX
Olympic Channel XX X XX
UnimasXXX
UnivisionXXX
Univision Deportes
UP FamilyX
USAXXX XXX
VelocityXXX
VH1XXX
Tennis Channel X X X
VibrantX
VicelandXXXXX
WE tvXX XXX
Weather ChannelXX
WeatherNation XX
YES X X X X XX

*YouTube TV also includes access to YouTube Red Originals. (You will still need to buy YouTube Red if you want the ad-free experience.)
*fuboTV & Sling TV include several international packages.
*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 BetaFubo TVPhilo
RokuXX X XXXX
Fire TVXXX XX
Apple TVXXX XXX
ChromecastXXXXXX
iOSXXXXXXX
Android Phones/TabletXXXXXXX
Android TVX X X X
Xbox OneX XX
PlayStation 4X

*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.)

DVR

DIRECTV NOW has a DVR in closed beta testing and currently offers 20 or 100 hours of storage. According to AT&T DIRECTV NOW will add their DVR in Spring 2018.

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 TVSling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu, PhiloPlayStation 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.

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