YouTube TV vs DIRECTV NOW vs PlayStation Vue vs Sling TV vs Philo vs FuboTV vs Watch TV vs Hulu – Updated August 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 8 very popular live TV services its harder than ever to pick the right one. 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 August 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
 AFRO X
 AXS TV X X X
A&EXXXXXX
AMCXXXX XXX
American Heroes ChannelXXX
Animal PlanetXX XX
AspireX
AudienceXX
Baby TVX X X
BBC AmericaXXXX XXX
BBC World NewsX XX XXXX
BeIN Sports XX
BeIN Sports en EspanolX
BETX XXX
BET Her XX
Big Ten NetworkXX XXX
Blaze TVX
Bloomberg TelevisionX X XX
Sling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
BoomerangXX X X
BravoXX XXXX
Campus InsiderX
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimXXX XXX
CBS Sports Net X XXX X
CBSNX
Cheddar XXXX X
Cheddar Big NewsXXX
CinemaxX XX X
CMTX XX
CNBCXXXXXX
CNBC WorldXXX
CNNXXX XXX
CNN InternationalX
Comedy CentralXXXX
Comedy TVX
CometX
Cooking ChannelXXXX
Cowboy ChannelXX
Sling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
Cozi TVX
Crime & InvestigatinX
Destination AmericaXXX
DiscoveryXXXX
Discovery FamilyXX X
Discovery LifeXX X
Disney ChannelXXXXX
Disney JuniorXXXXX
Disney XDXXXXX
DIY NetworkX XXXX
Duck TVX
E!XXXXXX
El ReyXX
Eleven Sports XX
EPIXX
EPIX Drive-InX
EPIX HitsXX
EPIX2X
ESPNXXXXX
Sling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
ESPN 2XXXXX
ESPN Bases LoadedX X
ESPN Deportes XX X
ESPN Goal LineXX
ESPN NewsXXXX X
ESPN UXXXXX
EuronewsX
Family ChannelX
Fla MaX
FMX
Food NetworkXXXXXXX
Fox BusinessXXXXX
Fox College SportsXX
Fox DeportesXX
Fox News ChannelXXXX X
Fox Regional Sports NetworksXXX XXX
Fox Soccer PlusX
France 24X
Free SpeechX
Sling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
FreeFormXXX X X
FS1XXXXXX
FS2XXXXXX
FuboTV NetowrkX
Fuse XX
Fusion X XX X
FXXXXXXX
FXMXXXXX
FXXXXXXXX
FYIXXXXXX
GalavisionXX
Golf ChannelXXX X XX
Great AmericaX
GSN XXXX
Hallmark, Drama, &  MoviesX XX XX
HBOXXX X
HDNet Movies X
HGTVXXXX XXX
HistoryXXXXXX
Sling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
Hi-Yah!X
HLNXXX XXX
IFCXXXXXXX
Investigation DiscoveryXXXX
LifetimeXXXXXX
Lifetime MoviesXXXXXX
Local NowXXX
LogoXXX
MachinimaX
MGMX
MLB Network XX X
MSG/MSG+ XX
MSNBCXXX XXX
MTVXXX
MTV 2XXXX
MTV LiveX
Nat GeoXXXXXX
Nat Geo WildXXX XXX
NBA TV XX X XX
Sling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch 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 XX XX XX
Outside TVXXX
OvationX
OWNXXXX
OxygenXXXXXX
Pac-12X X
Sling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
ParamountXXX
PokerX
PopX X X X X
Pursuit ChannelX
Revolt XX
RFDTV X X
Ride TVX
RT NetworkX
Science ChannelXXX
SEC NetworkXXXXX
Showtime XX X X X
SmithsonianXXX
SNYXXXX
Sony Movie ChannelXX
SportsmanXX
SproutXX XXX
StadiumXX
Sundance TVXXX XXXX
SyFyXXX XXX
Sling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOWYouTube TVHulu BetaFuboTVPhiloWatch TV
TBSXXX XXX
TeenNickXXX X
Tennis Channel X X
TLCXXXX
TNTXXX XXX
Travel ChannelXXXX XX
Tru TVXXX XXX
Turner Classic MoviesXX X XXX
TV LandXXX
UnimasXXX
UnivisionXX
Univision DeportesX
UP FamilyX
USAXXX XXX
VelocityXXXX
VH1XXXX
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

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 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. (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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