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YouTube TV Vs. Sling TV: Which is the Better Deal? We Take a Look (Updated July 2019)

Watching TV, Watching, Living Room, Domestic Life, SmilingRecently, we’ve seen some big changes in streaming services, from pricing to channel lineups to new deals for better value. That’s why we’re back with updates to our streaming service comparison posts.

Today, we’re looking at YouTube TV vs Sling Blue with Sling’s new Total TV deal.

Plans and Pricing

YouTube TV has remained at $49.99/month since a price increase in April. The streaming service only has one plan available and before starting your monthly subscription, you can try it out with a 5-day free trial.

Recently, Sling introduced the Total TV Deal. That deal offers seven of Sling’s add-on channels, along with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage for an extra $20/month. That brings the total of Sling Blue and the Total TV Deal to $45/month. (You’ll pay the same price for Sling Orange + the Total TV Deal.)

Channel and Price Comparison

If you’re looking for the best value in a streaming service, it can be helpful to look at how much you’re paying per channel.

With YouTube TV, you’ll pay $49.99/month for 85 channels, bringing the cost to about 59 cents per channel.

With Sling Blue + the Total TV Deal, you’ll pay $45 per month for 107 channels. That brings the cost per channel to $0.42 per channel.

Channels

While comparing cost per channel can be helpful, it’s the channel breakdown that will help you make sure you’re getting the content you want from your streaming service. When reviewing the lists, keep in mind that channels will vary slightly based on your location, so local channels will depend on where you live.

Here’s what you’ll get with your YouTube TV subscription:

  • AMC
  • ABC
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • Bravo
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS
  • CBS Sports
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar Business
  • Cheddar News
  • CNBC
  • CNBC World
  • CNN
  • Comet
  • Cozi
  • CW
  • Discovery
  • Disney
  • Disney XD
  • Disney Junior
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • ESPN U
  • ESPN News
  • ESPN SEC
  • Food Network
  • Fox
  • Fox Business
  • Fox News
  • Fox Sports
  • Freeform
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • HGTV
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • ID
  • Local Now
  • Los Angeles Football Club
  • MLB Network
  • Motor Trend
  • MSNBC
  • My TV
  • National Geographic
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • NBA TV
  • NBC
  • NBC Golf
  • NBC Sports
  • NBC SN
  • Neon
  • NESN
  • Newsy
  • Olympic Channel
  • Orlando City SC
  • Oxygen
  • Pop
  • Seattle Sounders
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • SNY
  • Start TV
  • Sundance TV
  • SyFy
  • Tastemade
  • TBS
  • Telemundo
  • Tennis Channel
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • Travel Channel
  • Tru TV
  • Universal Kids
  • Universo
  • USA
  • WE TV
  • YES
  • TYT
  • Youtube Originals

These are the channels you’ll get with Sling Blue + the Total TV Deal. (Note: while the 7 add-ons are the same with the Sling Orange + Total TV Deal, the channels you’ll get will vary slightly.)

  • A&E
  • AMC
  • AXS TV
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Bravo
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar Business
  • Cheddar News
  • CNN
  • Comedy Central
  • Comet
  • Discovery
  • E!
  • Epix Drive-In
  • Food Network
  • Fox (Select Markets)
  • Fox Sports (Select Markets)
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Fuse
  • FX
  • FXX
  • HGTV
  • History Channel
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • Local Now
  • National Geographic
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • NBC (Select Markets)
  • NBC Sports (Select Markets
  • NBCSN
  • Newsy
  • NFL Network
  • Nick Jr.
  • Paramount Network
  • Stadium
  • SyFy
  • TBS
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • Tru TV
  • USA
  • Viceland

Sports Add-On

  • MLB Strikeout Zone
  • MLB Network
  • NFL Red Zone
  • NBA TV
  • NHL Network
  • NBC Golf
  • BeIn Sports
  • Pac12 Network
  • Stadium Plus
  • Outside TV
  • Olympic Channel
  • Tennis Channel

Kids Add-On

  • Nick Toons
  • Teen Nick
  • Boomerang
  • Baby TV
  • Duck TV

News Add-On

  • MSNBC
  • CNBC
  • BBC World News
  • The Blaze
  • HLN
  • W
  • Euro News
  • France 24
  • News 18
  • NDTV 24×7
  • RT America
  • CGTN
  • Sci
  • NewsMax TV
  • FS TV

Lifestyle Add-on

  • VH1
  • Oxygen
  • Cooking Channel
  • DIY Network
  • FYI
  • Hallmark Channel
  • WE TV
  • Lifetime Movies
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Z Living

Heartland Add-On

  • World Fishing Network
  • Sportsman Channel
  • Outdoor Channel
  • Ride TV
  • RFD TV
  • Pixl
  • Cowboy Channel
  • American Heroes Channel
  • Destination America

Hollywood Add-On

  • Reelz
  • HDNet Movies
  • Sundance TV
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • CineMoi
  • Film Detective

Comedy Add-On

  • MTV
  • MTV2
  • CMT
  • Logo
  • Game Show Network
  • TV Land
  • Revolt

Simultaneous Viewing

YouTube TV allows you to stream simultaneously on up to 3 devices. You’ll also have the option to set up 6 profiles for each account, so everyone in the family can personalize their profile with their favorite content.

Sling Blue allows for up to 3 streams at the same time. If you were to combine Sling Blue and Sling Orange, you would add 1 additional simultaneous stream to that.

Cloud DVR

Your YouTube TV subscription comes with a Cloud DVR with unlimited storage. You can record shows simultaneously and watch from any of your devices.

One of the best part of the Sling TV Total TV Deal is the addition of 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage. With that add-on, you’ll be able to record and watch live TV, fast forward through commercials, keep your recordings for as long as you’re a customer, and record multiple shows at once.

Which of these two streaming services do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!

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