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Fubo TV vs Hulu vs Sling vs DIRECTV NOW vs PlayStation Vue, vs YouTube TV We Break Them Down For You


Group of young people watching soccer matchFinding the right live TV streaming service is increasingly confusing as more and more services hit the market. Even in just the month since we last updated we posted there have been several major changes and Hulu’s new live TV service came out along with Fubo TV adding new features. So we wanted to break them down once again and help you make the decision between Fubo TVDIRECTV NOWSling TV, Hulu’s live TV betaYouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue more easily.

Because things keep changing here is your updated look at the Fubo TV, DIRECTV NOW, YouTube TV, Sling TV, Hulu, and PlayStation Vue as of May 11th 2017.

First you should look at which of these services works on the devices you own?

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

Streaming Player Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV NOW YouTube TV Hulu Beta Fubo TV
Roku X X X
Fire TV X X X X
Apple TV X X X X X
Chromecast X X X X X X
iOS X X X X X X
Android Phones/Tablet X X X X X X
Android TV X  X  X
Xbox One X X
PlayStation 4 X

*Note Chromecast will work on any Chromecast supported device like Android TV. We did not include YouTube TV on Android TV as there is no Android TV app for YouTube TV.

All of the services services offer local channels in different markets. You can find out what locals are available in your area by visiting their sites.

You can find a full list of PlayStation Vue local channels and markets HERE. You can find the local channels for DIRECTV NOW here. (All 5 markets YouTube TV is i in offers local channels.)

Next, you should check to see which service has the channels you want?

Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV NOW YouTube TV Hulu Beta Fubo TV
A&E X X X X
AMC X X X X
American Heroes Channel X X
Animal Planet X X
Audience X
Baby TV X
BBC America X X X X
BBC World News X  X X
Blaze TV X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
BET X  X
Big Ten Network X X  X X X
Bloomberg Television X  X  X
Boomerang X X  X  X
Bravo X X  X X X X
Campus Insider X
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim X X X X
BeIN Sports  X  X X
Chiller X X X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
Cinemax X  X X
Cheddar X
CBS Sports Net X X
CMT X  X
Comedy TV X
CNBC X X X X X X
CNBC World X X X
CNN X X X X
CNN International X
 AXS TV  X  X
Comcast Sportsnet X  X  X  X  X X
Comedy Central X X
Crime & Investigatin X
Cooking Channel X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV  YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
Destination America X X
Discovery X X
Discovery Family X X
Discovery Life X X
Disney Channel X X X X X
Disney Junior X X X X X
Disney XD X X X X X
DIY Network X X X
Duck TV X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
E! X X X X X X
EPIX X
EPIX Drive-In X
EPIX Hits X X
EPIX2 X
ESPN X X X X X
ESPN 2 X X X X X
ESPN Bases Loaded X
ESPN Buzzer Beater X
ESPN Deportes X X
ESPN Goal Line X X
ESPN U X X X X X
ESPN News X X X X  X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
El Rey X X X
Esquire X
Eleven Sports X
Euronews X
FM X
Fla Ma X
Food Network X X X X X
Fox Business X X X X X
Fox College Sports X
Fox News Channel X X X X
Fox Regional Sports Networks X X X  X X X
Football Report TV X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV  YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
France 24 X
FreeForm X X X  X  X
FS1 X X X X X X
FS2 X X X X X X
FX X X X X X X
FXM X X X X X
FXX X X X X X X
FYI X X X X
Fox Soccer Plus X
Fuse  X X
Golf Channel X X X  X  X X
Galavision X
Great America X
Hallmark Channel X X
HBO X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV  YouTube Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
 HDNet Movies  X
HGTV X X X X
History X X X X
Hi-Yah! X
HLN X X X X
 Fusion  X X
 GSN  X X
IFC X X X X
Investigation Discovery X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DirecTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
Lifetime X X X X
Lifetime Movies X X X X
Local Now X X X
Logo X X
Machinima X
Maker X
MGM X
MSNBC X X X  X X X
MTV X X
MTV 2 X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
Nat Geo Wild X X X  X X X
Nat Geo X X X X X X
NECN X
MLB Network  X X
NBC Sports Network X X X X X X
 NBA TV  X X  X X
NFL Network X X
NDTV X
NHL Network X X
News18 X
Newsy X X
Nickelodeon X
Nick Jr. X X
Nicktoons X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
One World Sports X
Outside TV X X
OWN X X
Oxygen X X X X X X
Pursuit Channel X
Pac-12 X
Poker X
Polaris+ X  X
Pop X  X
Revolt X
RT Network X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
Science Channel X X
SEC Network X X X X X
Showtime  X X  X  X
Sony Movie Channel X
Spike X X
Sprout X X  X X X
Sundance TV X X X
SyFy X X X  X X X
TBS X X X X
TeenNick X X
TLC X X
TNT X X X X
Channel Sling TV PS Vue DIRECTV YouTube  Hulu Beta Fubo TV
NOW  TV    
Travel Channel X X X X
Tru TV X X X X
Turner Classic Movies X X  X X
TV Land X X
Universal X  X X
Unimas X X X
Univision X X X
USA X X X  X X X
Velocity X X
VH1 X X
Tennis Channel  X
Vibrant X
Viceland X X X X
WE tv X X X
 Fox Deportes X X
Weather Channel X X
WeatherNation X
YES  X  X  X  X  X X

*AMC owned channels are coming soon to YouTube TV.
*YouTube TV also includes access to YouTube Red.
*Hulu also includes access to Hulu’s on demand service.
*CSN in some markets is now NBC Sports [region] all CSN channels will be changing over in the next few months.
*Found a error? Please email us and we will fix it.

Regional Sports Networks:

All 6 major streaming services offer regional sports networks. Including CSN (being renamed NBC Sports Networks) and Fox Sports Networks. Check each one of their serveries to find out what is offered in your area.

DVR

DIRECTV NOW has no DVR, but many channels offer limited on-demand. Yet many of them miss random episodes.

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.

Fubo TV offers 72 hours of cloud DVR.

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.

Number of Streams

DIRECTV NOW offers two 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 but some channels will not work outside of your home network. You can use your PlayStation Vue login on different apps such as WatchESPN.

YouTube TV allows for 3 streams at once both inside and outside of your home.

Fubo TV allows 2 streams at the same time.

Hulu live TV beta starts with 2 streams but you can add more for $14.99 a month.

Access Outside of Your House

PlayStation Vue limits access outside of your home network. Mobile apps work if you had at one point used them inside your home networks for many channels. You will not be able to use streaming players like Roku outside of your home netowrk. You can use the PlayStation Vue login on many networks apps, such as Fox Sports GO and WatchESPN, for access outside of your home network.

Sling TV allows subscribers to login from anywhere in the United States. Sling also works with WatchESPN and has announced that FOX apps will soon also be supported.

DIRECTV NOW offers streaming outside of your house but some local channels and sports channels are limited to your home area.

YouTube TV allows for access outside of your home network.

Fubo TV allows access at home and outside of your home network.

Hulu will work both at home and away.

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 Fubo TVDIRECTV NOWSling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu, and PlayStation Vue 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. (Note: The PlayStation Vue charges an extra $10 a month for some markets.)

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  • Richard smith

    The Fubo tv has some odd rules. NO Roku or Apple tv support, but has Fire tv support You have to wait 30 minutes after the program airs to watch, but you can record the whole program even if you hit record before the program ends.

  • Sunny Rain

    Please correct the line that says “PlayStation Vue offers a 30-day DVR and after 28 days the recording is removed.” Make them both “28”

  • lowis chacon

    DirecTV Now has Boomerang

  • Festi Madrid

    SLING DOES NOT HAVE, NOR HAS IT EVER HAD, FOX DEPORTES

  • Tara Woodward

    Directv Now and Sling both have RFDTV

  • carl_steve

    I’m reposting my PlayStation Vue comments from last week when the above chart first appeared.

    DEVICES: PS Vue also runs on the PS3, but it runs better on the PS4. It also runs on a personal computer (both Windows and iMac).

    CHANNELS: I’m on the PS Vue Ultra Slim plan which includes CSN, CSN PLUS, ELEVEN SPORTS, ESPORTS TV, FOX PRIME TICKET, FUSION, IMPACT, ON DEMAND ABC, ON DEMAND FOX, ON DEMAND NBC, and TELEMUNDO. Some of the channels listed in the above chart I don’t have. I assume these discrepancies are due to regional differences in the channel line-ups.

  • Rob

    Can you add a section about commercial skipping for each service? It would be handy to have that info included here as well!

  • Doug_in_SF

    DirecTV Now has Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel

  • Kel

    Do any of them offer C-SPAN?