YouTube TV vs. Sling TV vs. Hulu + Live TV: Which live streaming service is right for you?

Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV are video streaming services that provide subscribers with access to live channels and on-demand content. Hulu and YouTube TV are premium streaming services, while Sling TV offers a budget cord-cutting alternative. All three have content add-ons subscribers can purchase to extend their viewing options.

Hulu + Live TV is the most popular provider in the growing live video streaming market, with 3.2 million subscribers. It provides access to more than 70 live TV channels and a wide range of on-demand movies and shows. Sling TV isn’t far behind with 2.8 million subscribers. It offers 3 distinct packages that enable viewers to live stream up to 53 channels. YouTube TV currently has more than two million subscribers in the US and delivers a cable-like experience with around 80 live channels — the exact number varies by location. 

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Plans and pricing for Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV

 Hulu + Live TVSling TVYouTube TV
Starting monthly price$54.99/mo.$30/mo.$64.99/mo.
Free trial length7 daysNone7 days
Number of channels7232 to 5380
Original content YesNoNo
Live sports streaming YesYesYes
Streaming quality4K Ultra HDHD4K HDR

Comparing the Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV experience

Cord cutters can expect a varied user experience from each of these three services. Here’s how they stack up on account personalization.

Accounts

Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both provide individual accounts for up to six users, each of which receives a personalized service that’s tailored to their preferences and interests. Sling TV offers one account per user and doesn’t enable users to create multiple profiles. 

Add-on features

Hulu + Live TV users can add channels such as Cinemax ($9.99/mo.), HBO ($14.99/mo.), Showtime ($10.99/mo.) or Starz ($8.99/mo.) to their package. The Entertainment ($7.99/mo.) and Espanol ($4.99/mo.) Add-ons are just a few of the other available choices. 

Sling TV subscribers can bolster their viewing options with several content add-ons, such as Showtime ($10/mo.) and Starz ($9/mo). Lifestyle Extra, Hollywood Extra, and News Extra all cost $5/mo. There’s also Sports Extra, which provides access to MLB Network and NHL Network. The package costs $10/mo. for Sling Blue subscribers and $15/mo. for those with Sling Orange & Blue. 

YouTube TV subscribers can also add additional content to the standard package with channels such as Showtime ($7/mo.) and Starz ($9/mo.) Sports fans have access to several sports-centered offerings, like FOX Soccer Plus ($15/mo.) and NBA League Pass ($40/mo.), and more. Other choices include Acorn ($6/mo.), AMC Premiere ($5/mo.), CuriosityStream ($3/mo.), and Sundance Now ($7/mo.)

Setting controls

All three streaming services let users manage content through settings controls. Hulu + Live TV users can create a Kids Profile, to limit viewing exclusively to shows in the service’s Kids Hub section. Sling TV provides parental control settings that enable users to lock specific content based on ratings and prevent in-app purchases like movie rentals or pay-per-view offerings. 

YouTube TV subscribers can create profiles that are restricted to specific types of programming, such as shows in the Kids Hub. They also have the ability to block content and restrict searches. All three also permit users to control closed captioning features, such as subtitle text color and size, background and window color, and opacity.

Device compatibility

Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV can be watched across devices that are compatible with the services’ apps. Here’s an overview of how to watch.

Streaming PlayerHulu+ Live TVSling TVYouTube TV
RokuXXX
Fire TVXXX
Apple TVXXX
ChromecastXXX
iOSXXX
Android Phones/TabletXXX
Android TVXXX
Xbox OneXXX
PlayStation 4  X

Features

YouTube TV has the best Cloud DVR storage option in the live streaming market, enabling users to store unlimited movies and TV shows for up to nine months. Hulu + Live TV subscribers can record up to 50 hours of content, which can be quadrupled to 200 hours for an extra $9.99/mo. with Enhanced Cloud DVR. They can also automatically record content by adding their favorite shows or sports teams to My Stuff

Sling TV offers 10 hours of Cloud DVR storage, which can be upgraded to 50 hours for an additional $5/mo. All three streaming services let users record multiple shows at the same time and fast-forward through stored content. Sling TV’s Blue & Orange package permits users to watch four streams simultaneously. Sling Orange only allows one simultaneous stream, and Sling Blue maxes out at three. 

YouTube TV provides three simultaneous streams, compared to the two available through Hulu + Live TV. However, Hulu subscribers can upgrade to unlimited home devices and 3 mobile streams with the Unlimited Screens Add-on for $9.99/mo.

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Hulu + Live TV vs. Sling TV vs. YouTube TV channels

 Hulu + Live TVSling TVYouTube TV
A&EYesYesNo
ABCYesNoYes
ACC NetworkYesYesYes
AMCNoYesYes
American Heroes ChannelYesYesNo
Animal PlanetYesNoYes
AXS TVNoYesNo
Baby TVNoYesNo
BBC AmericaNoYesYes
BBC World NewsNoYesYes
BeIN SportsNoYesNo
BETNoYesYes
Big Ten NetworkYesNoYes
Blaze TVNoYesNo
Bloomberg TelevisionNoYesNo
BoomerangYesYesNo
BravoYesYesYes
Campus InsiderNoYesNo
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimYesYesYes
CBSYesNoYes
CBS Sports NetYesNoYes
CheddarYesYesYes
Cheddar Big NewsYesYesYes
CinemaxYesYesNo
CMTNoYesYes
CNBCYesYesYes
CNBC WorldYesNoYes
CNNYesYesYes
CNN InternationalYesNoNo
Comedy CentralNoYesYes
CometNoYesYes
Cooking ChannelNoYesNo
Cowboy ChannelNoYesNo
Cozi TVNoNoYes
CWYesNoYes
Destination AmericaYesYesNo
DiscoveryYesYesYes
DiscoveryYesNoNo
Discovery LifeYesNoNo
Disney ChannelYesYesYes
Disney JuniorYesYesYes
Disney XDYesYesYes
DIY NetworkNoYesNo
Duck TVNoYesNo
E!YesYesYes
EPIXNoYesYes
EPIX Drive-InNoYesYes
EPIX HitsNoYesYes
EPIX2NoYesYes
ESPNYesYesYes
ESPN 2YesYesYes
ESPN Bases LoadedNoYesNo
ESPN DeportesNoYesNo
ESPN Goal LineNoYesNo
ESPN NewsYesYesYes
ESPN UYesYesYes
EuronewsNoYesNo
Fla MaNoYesNo
Food NetworkYesYesYes
FOXYesYesYes
FOX BusinessYesNoYes
FOX News ChannelYesNoYes
FOX Regional Sports NetworkYesNoYes
France 24NoYesNo
Free SpeechNoYesNo
FreeFormYesYesYes
FS1YesYesYes
FS2YesYesYes
FuseNoYesNo
FusionNoYesNo
FXYesYesYes
FXMYesNoYes
FXXYesYesYes
FYIYesYesNo
GalavisionNoYesNo
Golf ChannelYesYesYes
GSNNoYesNo
Hallmark Drama & MoviesNoYesNo
HBOYesNoNo
HDNet MoviesNoYesNo
HGTVYesYesYes
HistoryYesYesNo
HLNYesYesYes
IFCNoYesYes
Investigation DiscoveryYesYesYes
LifetimeYesYesNo
Lifetime MoviesYesYesNo
Local NowNoYesYes
LogoNoYesNo
MLB NetworkNoYesYes
MotortrendYesYesYes
MSNBCYesYesYes
MTVNoYesYes
MTV 2NoYesNo
Nat GeoYesYesYes
Nat Geo WildYesYesYes
NBA TVNoYesYes
NBCYesYesYes
NBC Sports NetworkYesYesYes
NBC SportsnetYesYesYes
NDTVNoYesNo
NESNNoNoYes
News18NoYesNo
NewsmaxNoYesNo
NewsyNoYesYes
NFL NetworkNoYesNo
NHL NetworkNoYesNo
Nick Jr.NoYesNo
NicktoonsNoYesNo
Olympic ChannelYesYesYes
Outdoor ChannelNoYesNo
Outside TVNoYesNo
OxygenYesYesYes
Pac-12NoYesNo
ParamountNoYesYes
PopYesNoYes
RevoltNoYesNo
RFDTVNoYesNo
Ride TVNoYesNo
RT NetworkNoYesNo
Science ChannelYesYesNo
SEC NetworkYesYesYes
ShowtimeYesYesYes
SmithsonianYesNoYes
SNYYesNoYes
SportsmanNoYesNo
SproutYesNoYes
Start TVNoNoYes
StadiumNoYesNo
Sundance TVNoYesYes
SyFyYesYesYes
TastemadeNoNoYes
TBSYesYesYes
TeenNickNoYesNo
Tennis ChannelNoNoYes
TLCYesYesYes
TNTYesYesYes
Travel ChannelYesYesYes
Tru TVYesYesYes
Turner Classic MoviesYesYesYes
TV LandNoYesYes
UnimasNoYesNo
UniversoNoNoYes
UP FamilyNoYesNo
USAYesYesYes
VH1NoYesYes
VibrantNoYesNo
VicelandYesYesNo
WE tvNoYesYes
WeatherNationNoYesNo
YESYesYesYes

The final cut

The busy live streaming market offers plenty of opportunities for people to cut the cord on cable — and save money in the process. Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all offer viable options with live channels and content add-ons that boost their viewing experiences.

Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV are premium streaming choices that offer a good range of live streaming channels, while Hulu also provides access to its huge library of on-demand content. Sling TV is more of a budget option — it’s available for less than half the monthly price of Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV. It features fewer live channels, but, like the other two streaming competitors, it has a wide range of content add-ons.

Cable cord-cutters can test the Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV services with seven-day free trials, while Sling TV offers new subscribers a $10 discount on the first month of service. 

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