YouTube TV vs. Hulu + Live TV: Which is the better deal?

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Hulu + Live TV are both video streaming services that offer live entertainment, news, and sports channels. Hulu + Live TV recently became the leading provider in the live TV streaming market with 3.2 million subscribers, while YouTube TV is growing quickly and now has more than 2 million.

Both services enable users to record content for later viewing. YouTube TV comes with unlimited Cloud DVR access for up to 9 months and permits simultaneous streaming on multiple devices. The service also lets viewers create multiple personalizable profiles per account. Hulu + Live TV subscribers, on the other hand, benefit from access to Hulu’s library of on-demand content and original programming. 

Plans and pricing for YouTube TV vs. Hulu + Live TV

 

YouTube TV Hulu + Live TV
Monthly price $49.99 $54.99
Free trial length 7 days 7 days
Number of channels 80 72
Original content available?  No Yes
Live sports streaming available?  Yes Yes

Comparing YouTube TV vs. Hulu + Live TV

User experience

YouTube TV provides a simple user interface that is broken into three core tabs, Library, Home, and Live. Subscribers’ recorded content lives in the Library, Home provides a featured content overview, and Live is a TV guide of currently playing and upcoming shows. There is also a search bar at the top of every page, which makes it simple to find movies and shows. Users can skip ads on recorded programs, but not during live streams.

Hulu + Live TV also offers a simple user interface, with live shows arranged in a classic grid view. My Stuff contains recorded content with episodes displayed in visually appealing windows that make it easy to find things to watch. It is also possible to fast-forward or rewind through recorded movies and shows, but not live TV streams. 

Device compatibility

YouTube TV is available on the following devices:

  •         Amazon Fire TV
  •         Amazon Fire TV cube
  •         Amazon Fire TV stick
  •         Android L or later
  •         Android TV
  •         Apple iOS 11 or later
  •         Apple TV
  •         Google Chromecast
  •         HiSense TVs
  •         LG Smart TVs
  •         PlayStation
  •         Roku
  •         Sharp Smart TVs
  •         Vizio SmartCast TVs
  •         Web browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox
  •         Xbox One

Hulu + Live TV is compatible with these devices: 

  •         Amazon Echo devices
  •         Amazon Fire tablets
  •         Android 5.0 or later
  •         Android TV
  •         Apple iOS 12 or later
  •         Apple TV 4th generation or later
  •         Echo Show
  •         Google Chrome OS
  •         Google Chromecast
  •         Hisense TVs
  •         macOS X 10.9 or above
  •         Microsoft Windows 10
  •         Nintendo Switch
  •         Nvidia Shield
  •         PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
  •         Roku and Roku sticks
  •         Samsung Smart TVs
  •         Sony Bravia Android TVs
  •         Vizio SmartCast TVs
  •         Web browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari 
  •         Xbox 360 and Xbox One
  •         Xiaomi Mi Box

Personalization

YouTube TV subscribers can create six user profiles per account, with each receiving personalized show recommendations and a customizable live guide. Each profile gets its own recording space. Hulu + Live TV provides individual, personalized accounts for up to six users. Viewers can create profiles that restrict viewing to specific shows. They can also block content, restrict searches, and limit viewing options.

YouTube TV subscribers can increase their viewing options with a range of add-ons. These include Acorn ($6/mo.), AMC Premiere ($5/mo.), CuriosityStream ($3/mo.) and Sundance Now ($7/mo.) It also offers Showtime ($7/mo.) and Starz ($9/mo.) at a lower price point than Hulu + Live TV. Sports fans can add FOX Soccer Plus ($15/mo.) and NBA League Pass ($40/mo.) to their accounts. 

Hulu + Live TV features several add-on services that enable users to enhance and personalize their service — these include add-ons like Cinemax ($9.99/mo.), HBO ($14.99/mo.), Showtime ($10.99/mo.), and Starz ($8.99/mo.) There is also the Entertainment Add-on, which provides extra news and lifestyle content such as CNBC World, Cooking Chanel, and Lifetime Movies for $7.99/mo., and the Espanol Add-on, which gives subscribers access to a range of Spanish live streams and on-demand options for $4.99/mo. Users can also restrict the shows and movies available by creating a Kids Profile, which limits viewing options exclusively to shows in Hulu’s Kids Hub section. 

Features

YouTube TV’s Cloud DVR service enables subscribers to store unlimited content with no limits on simultaneous recordings. In comparison, Hulu + Live TV provides 50 hours of storage, which can be upgraded to 200 hours for an extra $9.99/mo. with the Enhanced Cloud DVR. A nice feature of the Hulu service is the option to add favorite shows or sports teams to My Stuff, which ensures all future episodes or matches will be recorded automatically.

YouTube TV enables users to watch on three simultaneous streams, compared to the two available through Hulu + Live TV. However, Hulu subscribers can upgrade to any number of home devices and 3 simultaneous mobile streams via the Unlimited Screens add-on for an extra $9.99/mo.

YouTube TV channels vs. Hulu + Live TV channels

YouTube TV Hulu Live TV
A&E No Yes
ABC Yes Yes
ACC Network Yes Yes
AMC Yes No
American Heroes Channel No Yes
Animal Planet Yes Yes
BBC America Yes No
BBC News World Yes No
Big Ten Network Yes Yes
Boomerang No Yes
Bravo Yes Yes
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Yes Yes
CBS Sports Net Yes Yes
Cheddar Yes Yes
Cheddar Big News Yes Yes
CNBC Yes Yes
CNBC World Yes No
CNN Yes Yes
CNN International No Yes
Comet Yes No
Cozi TV Yes No
CW Yes Yes
Destination America No Yes
Discovery Yes Yes
Discovery Family No Yes
Discovery Life No Yes
Disney Channel Yes Yes
Disney Junior Yes Yes
Disney XD Yes Yes
E! Yes Yes
EPIX Yes No
EPIX Drive-In Yes No
EPIX Hits Yes No
EPIX2 Yes No
ESPN Yes Yes
ESPN 2 Yes Yes
ESPN News Yes Yes
ESPN U Yes Yes
Food Network Yes Yes
FOX Business Yes Yes
FOX News Channel Yes Yes
FOX Regional Sports Networks Yes Yes
FreeForm Yes Yes
FS1 Yes Yes
FS2 Yes Yes
FX Yes Yes
FXM Yes Yes
FXX Yes Yes
FYI No Yes
Golf Channel Yes Yes
HBO No Yes
HGTV Yes Yes
History No Yes
HLN Yes Yes
IFC Yes No
Investigation Discovery Yes Yes
Lifetime No Yes
Lifetime Movies No Yes
Local Now Yes No
MLB Network Yes No
Motortrend Yes Yes
MSNBC Yes Yes
National Geographic Yes Yes
National Geographic Wild Yes Yes
NBA TV Yes No
NBC Yes Yes
NBC Sports Network Yes Yes
NBC Sportsnet yes Yes
NESN Yes No
Newsy Yes No
Olympic Channel Yes Yes
Oxygen Yes Yes
Pop Yes Yes
Science Channel No Yes
SEC Network Yes Yes
Showtime Yes Yes
Start TV Yes No
Smithsonian Yes Yes
SNY Yes Yes
Sprout Yes Yes
Sundance TV Yes No
Tastemade Yes No
TBS Yes Yes
Tennis Channel Yes No
TLC Yes Yes
TNT Yes Yes
Travel Channel Yes Yes
Tru TV Yes Yes
Turner Classic Movies Yes Yes
Universo Yes No
USA Yes Yes
Viceland No Yes
WE tv Yes No
YES No Yes

The final cut

YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV both offer solid live streaming options that enable cord cutters to save a bundle on entertainment. 

In addition to live TV, both services have a variety of features and experience-enhancing options. Hulu + Live TV subscribers gain access to the content available through Hulu’s on-demand streaming platform, which includes Hulu’s popular original programming. YouTube TV offers unlimited recording space for 9 months and 3 simultaneous streams, compared to Hulu + Live TV’s 50 hours of Cloud DVR space and 2 simultaneous streams. Both services let subscribers create six profiles per account and restrict the viewing options available to individual users. YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV have seven-day free trials.

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