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


BOB'S BURGERSUpdate: With the help of many great readers we have fixed a few errors and added more detail. We also removed a few channels that have been dropped.

Finding 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  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
 OAN / AWE  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
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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  • Bill Eastman

    I don’t see AWE and OAN on the list, both of which I know are on DIRECTV NOW. I don’t know if they are on other providers.

  • Scott

    I have tried to convince myself to try other services, but just can’t bring myself to ditching Vue. Vue, in my opinion, is the best bang for your buck and isn’t as expensive as the others can end up being. (Except for those paying more for locals.)

    I can’t really speak to what YouTube TV has to offer, as they haven’t gone nationwide yet. But as far as the others, Direct TV gets too high once you get past first two packages, Sling is playing the cable game by splitting up popular channels by category, and Hulu TV has ridiculous conditions with their DVR.

    I might be a little biased, having used Vue for so long, but I don’t think there are enough compelling reasons for me to jump ship.

    • ChanceDM

      After spending some time with Sling, Vue, and DTV Now, I think Vue is the way to go as it’s the cheapest way to get both ESPN and Fox Sports networks, and Disney Jr. is important as well.

  • Robert Anthony Hartzell

    I’ve pretty much tried them all, and Vue just can’t be beat. The DVR is a powerhouse and it comes with your subscription for free. It’s not a gimped out version like Hulu or Sling, where they want you to pay extra for it. The channel lineup is solid. Both Fox News and MSNBC. MLB/NFL/NBA Networks, FS1/2, and the most of the major ESPN channels. Most of the competitors with DVR don’t have a combination of all those. Directv Now may have the upper hand with it’s networks, but still no DVR. Even when they do finally get their DVR, they’ll just charge extra like Sling and Hulu, and it will probably still be a watered down version.

  • comicflash1

    PlayStation Vue simply has the most well rounded and mature feel. It is the only service that offers enough simultaneous streams to be a legitimate substitute for cable TV for a family. Think about it. When you had cable did you have to keep track of how many TV’s we’re turned on?

    Article after article continues to misstate how many simultaneous streams Sling allows. It is 1 to 3 depending on the package AND THE CHANNELS. The Disney owned channels are ONE stream only, ALWAYS. So you CANNOT have ESPN playing in the kitchen and the living at the same time so you and/or friends over never miss a moment of the big game. Your kids can’t watch Disney at the same time in their separate rooms. This is a big deal, Sling hides it in the fine print and even sites like Cord Cutters – which ought to be the experts – fail to understand and properly report it.

    Direct TV should not even be on the list IMHO. Like a child throwing a temper tantrum, they should be ignored until the behave better. Or in this case have a service that actually works all the time

  • Sunny Rain

    I think On Demand should have it’s own section and it should address the quantity of content, how regularly it’s updated and whether you can fast-forward. Right now, the article makes it look like Sling and DirecTV Now are the only ones with On Demand content, when in fact they have the poorest On Demand content compared to PS Vue, YouTube TV and Hulu.

    PS Vue On Demand is more up-to-date than Sling and contains all shows from all major broadcast networks. And they’re all available the night after they air…. unlike Sling and DirecTV Now which either miss some shows or their episodes are very late. PS Vue has all the latest 5 episodes for all shows; and some shows have over 10 episodes or even the entire season. PS Vue On Demand lets you fast-forward through commercials on almost all shows. So far, FX shows are the only ones where I can’t FF through ads. Hulu doesn’t have rights to some shows and doesn’t let you fast forward through commercials even on DVR, making PS Vue more superior.

    It would be nice to cover all these in articles like these to help in decision making. We shouldn’t favor one service and try to make it better than the others. We’re better than Fox News.

  • BrianH1972

    You forgot TVG horse racing channel on DTV NOW. For us horse players this is a big consideration.

  • Rogers

    DirecTV Now’s 72-hour “rewind” is back on many channels. Implementation is different (but similar) depending on the platform used.

  • Trident

    Tried them all, like Vue is the best as of today, no contracts make it great though, u can bounce around if another takes the lead.

  • Richard smith

    This article seems to hint Vue is going to offer the Viacom non sports package.

    https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/22/15676312/sports-free-streaming-bundle-viacom-amc-discovery-report

  • TV Barrington

    Vue really sounds like the way to go in so many ways, and I’d really like to chose it as my steaming service, *BUT* for me and from general appearances, Vue won’t allow me to take my Roku to such places as a rented vacation house to watch shows or on the road in a RV, and it has a short 28 day window to hold onto recorded DVR’d shows. There are some great shows that I watch within a week or so, but there are some shows that I really like, but I record and bank them up to binge watch several months later.

    For the time being unfortunately, it looks like I’ll soon be choosing Sling as a streaming service. Luckily, the whole streaming service sector is much like the wild west and is in a constant state of flux, so additions of popular channels like AMC and A&E, along with better DVR cloud and channel grinds, as well as being able watch your favorite device like Roku anywhere will constantly lure customers back and forth.

    A better DVR service could be seen as a tool to help keep a customer longer, since people will bank more shows and save them longer before finally watching them. Being able to take your major device like Roku anywhere on vacations could be seen as another tool to attract customers.