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

NOTE: To see a more recent update on this topic from September 2019, click HERE.

Last week YouTube TV added new channels and raised its price. DIRECTV NOW also made a few changes this month. So today we take a 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. Typically we wouldn’t post a mid month update like this but with so many changes this month we wanted to update this post with the latest channel lineup.

*Note this list is up to date (as best as we can make it) as of April 19th, 2019.

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

First what channels each service offers:

Notes:

*Almost all of the services offer locals including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC but they vary by where you live. Please check the website of services you want to try to see what locals are offered in your area.

*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.

*Note: fuboTV have announced plans to add Viacom networks. When they are added we will update this post. 

ChannelSling TVHuluPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
AccuWeatherX
 AFRO X
 AXS TV X X
A&EXXXXX
AMCXXX XXX
American Heroes ChannelXXXX
Animal PlanetXXX XX
AspireX
AudienceXX
Baby TVXX X
BBC AmericaXXX XXX
BBC World NewsX X XXXX
BeIN Sports XX
BeIN Sports en EspanolX
BETXXXX
BET HerX
Big Ten NetworkXXX XX
Blaze TVX
Bloomberg TelevisionX XX
Sling TVHuluPS 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 NewsXXXXXX
CinemaxX X XX
CMTXXX
CNBCXXXXXX
CNBC WorldXXXX
CNNXXXX XXX
CNN InternationalXX
Comedy CentralXXXX
Comedy TV
CometXXX
Cooking ChannelXXXX
Cowboy ChannelX
Sling TVHuluPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
Cozi TVXXX
Crime & Investigation
Destination AmericaXXXX
DiscoveryXXXXXX
Discovery FamilyXX X
Discovery LifeXX X
Disney ChannelXXXXX
Disney JuniorXXXXX
Disney XDXXXXX
DIY NetworkX XXX
Duck TVX
E!XXXXXX
El Rey
Eleven Sports XX
EPIXXX
EPIX Drive-InXX
EPIX HitsXXX
EPIX2XX
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
FM
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
FuseXX
FusionX X
FXXXXXXX
FXMXXXXX
FXXXXXXXX
FYIXXXXX
GalavisionXX
Golf ChannelX XXX XX
Great America
GSN XXX
Hallmark, Drama, &  MoviesX XX XXX
HBO XXX
HDNet MoviesX
HGTVXXXX XXX
HistoryXXXXX
Sling TVHuluPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
Hi-Yah!X
HLNXXXX XXX
IFCXXXXXX
Investigation DiscoveryXXXXXX
LifetimeXXXXX
Lifetime MoviesXXXXX
Local NowXXX
LogoXX
MachinimaX
MTV ClassicX
MLB NetworkX X X
MSG/MSG+XX
MSNBCXXXX XX
MTVXXXX
MTV 2XX
MTV LiveX
Nat GeoXXXXXX
Nat Geo WildXXXX XX
NBA TV XX XX
Sling TVHuluPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
NBC Sports NetworkXXXXXX
NBC SportsnetX X XX XX
NDTVX
NESN X XX
News18X
NewsmaxX
NewsyXX X
NFL NetworkXX X
NHL NetworkX
Nick Jr.XXX
NickelodeonXXX
NicktoonsXXX
OAN / AWE
Olympic Channel X XXXXX
Outdoor ChannelXX
Outside TVXXX
OvationX
OWNXXX
OxygenXXXXXX
Pac-12X X
Sling TVHuluPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
ParamountXXX
PokerX
Pop XX X X X
Pursuit Channel
RevoltX XXX
RFDTVX
Ride TVX
RT NetworkX
Science ChannelXXXX
SEC NetworkXXXXX
Showtime X XX XX
Start TVXX
SmithsonianXXXX
SNYXXXX
Sony Movie ChannelXX
SportsmanXX
SproutXXX XX
StadiumXXX
Sundance TVXX XXXX
SyFyXXXX XX
Sling TVHuluPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
TastemadeXXX
TBSXXXX XXX
TeenNickXX X
TelemundoX
Tennis ChannelX X
TLCXXXXXX
TNTXXXX XXX
Travel ChannelXXXXXX
Tru TVXXXX XXX
Turner Classic MoviesXXX X XXX
TV LandXXXX
UnimasXX
UniversoXX
UnivisionX
Univision DeportesX
UP FamilyXX
USAXXXX XX
MotortrendXXXXX
VH1XXXX
VibrantX
VicelandXXXXx
VMEX
WE tvXXXXXx
Weather ChannelX
WeatherNation X
YES X X XX XX

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

Note: DIRECTV has launch streaming versions of its satellite packages starting at $93 a month through the DIRECTV NOW app. For this guide, though we will focus on the DIRECTV NOW Plus and DIRECTV NOW Max, the two new DIRECTV NOW packages which have replaced older DIRECTV NOW packages. If you would like to learn more about the streaming version of DIRECTV’s satellite packages starting at $93 a month you can find more info here.

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 an official DIRECTV NOW app.
**YouTube TV is coming to the Fire TV but as of today it is not live on the Fire 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  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 with no storage space limits.

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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