App Support Battle — DIRECTV NOW vs Hulu vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue


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Third-party app access is a big question we receive. When people want to sign up for a streaming service, they want to know not only what channels come with the service but also what apps they can access.

Today we are going to go head to head and look at who offers what apps. Now if you want to know about channels, DVRs, device support, and more you can find all of that information HERE.

So the following is a breakdown of each live TV services’ app authentication.

Sling TV DIRECTV NOW Hulu PS Vue Fubo TV
Adult Swim X
A&E X
ABC X X X
AMC X X
Animal Planet X
BBC America X X
BTN2GO X X X X
BET X
Bravo Now X X X X
Cartoon Network X
CMT X
CNN X
CNBC X X X
CSN Apps X
Cooking Channel X
Comedy Central X
Discovery Go X
Discovery Life Go X
Disney X X X
Disney Jr. X X X
Disney XD X X X
DYI X
E! Now  X X X X
WatchESPN X X X X
Fox News X
Fox Business X
FOX Now X X X X X
Fox Sports Go X X X X X
Freeform X X X
FX Now X X X X X
FXX X
FXM X
FYI X
Galavision X
Fusion TV X
Hallmark X
HGTV X
History X
HBO Go X
Lifetime X
IFC  X X
ID X
LOGO X
Max Go X
MSNBC Now X X X X
MTV X
NatGeo X X X X
NBC X X X X
NBC News X
NBC Golf X X
NBC Universo Now X X X
NBC Sports X X
NFL Network X X
Nick X
Nick Jr X
OWN X
Oxygen Now X X X
Science Channel X
Spike X
Sprout Now X X
Sundance TV X X
Syfy Now X X
Telemundo Now X
TLC X
TV Land X
Univision X
USA Now  X X X
Oxygen Now X
ViceLand X
VH1 X
Wetv X

This chart may surprise many because DIRECTV NOW with 42 apps is the live TV streaming service with the most app support. PlayStation Vue is in second place with 41 apps supported.

Remember that services have to pay for access to these apps. Several services have come out and said they would rather keep the content inside their apps so they don’t have to raise costs. Sling TV does this and recently added every Simpsons episode inside the Sling app along with hundreds of free movies.

Hulu also has a ton of on-demand content you would typically find inside apps. With Hulu’s live TV beta you get access to the Hulu on-demand content giving it a huge catalog of on-demand content.

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