Hulu with Live Vs Sling TV: Which is the Better Deal? We Take a Look…




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Cheerful family having popcorn while watching television at homeAll of the options for live TV streaming have their own unique benefits and choosing which one to subscribe to will depend on your personal preferences. In these posts, we compare two live TV streaming services to help you make the choice. Today, we’re taking a look at Hulu with Live TV and Sling TV.

Once again, for a fair comparison, we’re looking at the Sling Orange + Sling Blue combination.

Plans and Pricing

We’ve seen some changes with Hulu pricing in the last few months. Those changes have included lowering the price of the basic Hulu subscription with ads to just $5.99/month. For this post, we’ll be looking at Hulu with Live TV, which recently saw a price increase to $44.99/monthafter a 7 day free trial.

For a limited time, Sling is offering a deal on Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and the combo of the two. You can subscribe to either Orange or Blue for $15 each, or you can get the combination of Sling Blue and Sling Orange for $25/month. After this limited time deal, the price will go back up to $40/month for Sling Orange + Sling Blue.

(For more about when this deal might end, click HERE.)

Channel and Price Comparison

When you’re looking at the best value for your money, it can be helpful to break it down and look at how much you’re paying per channel.

When you subscribe to Hulu with Live TV, you’ll get 67 channels for $44.99, coming in at 67 cents per channel.

With the limited time deal, you can get 56 channels for $25 with the Sling Orange + Blue combo, bringing your total to 45 cents per channel. When the limited time offer ends, you’ll get 56 channels for $40, raising it to 71 cents per channel.

Keep in mind that channel lineups will vary slightly based on location.

Channel Lineups

Those price per channel comparisons won’t be especially helpful if the streaming service you choose doesn’t have the channels you love to watch, so we’re giving you the full list of channels for each, below.

Here’s what you’ll get with Hulu with Live TV:

  • ABC
  • ABC News Live
  • A&E
  • Animal Planet
  • Big Ten Network (BTN)
  • Boomerang
  • Bravo
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS
  • CBSN
  • CBS Sports Network
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • CNN International
  • CW
  • Cheddar
  • Cozi TV
  • Discovery Channel
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Jr
  • Disney XD
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPN College Extra
  • ESPN Bases Loaded
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • FOX
  • FOX Business
  • FOX News
  • Food Network
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • Freeform
  • HGTV
  • History Channel
  • Headline News
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • MotorTrend
  • NBC
  • NBC Golf
  • NBC SN
  • National Geographic
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • Olympic Channel
  • Oxygen
  • Pop
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • SyFy
  • TBS
  • TCM
  • Telemundo
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • Tru TV
  • Universal HD
  • USA
  • Viceland

These are the channels you’ll get with a Sling Orange + Sling Blue combination:

  • A&E
  • ACC Network Extra
  • AMC
  • AXS
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Bloomberg TV
  • Bravo
  • CNN
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar Business
  • Cheddar News
  • Comedy Central
  • Comet
  • Discovery
  • Disney
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • ESPN 3
  • Epix
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXX
  • Food Network
  • Fox (select markets)
  • Fox Sports (select markets)
  • Freeform
  • Fuse
  • HGTV
  • History
  • ID
  • IFC
  • Lifetime
  • Local Now
  • Motor Trend
  • NBC (select markets)
  • NBC Sports (select markets)
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NFL Network
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • National Geographic
  • Newsy
  • Nick Jr
  • Stadium
  • SyFy
  • TBS
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • Tribeca Shortlist
  • TruTV
  • USA
  • Viceland

Simultaneous Viewing

Hulu with Live TV allows you to watch on up to 2 screens at the same time. You can upgrade to Unlimited Screens for $9.99/month. With the Unlimited Screens add-on, you can also watch on up to 3 screens at once while on the go.

(Read more about the recent price cuts for Hulu with Live TV add-ons HERE.)

With the combination of Sling Blue and Sling Orange, you can watch 4 streams simultaneously. However, you can only have 1 Sling Orange stream and up to 3 Sling Blue streams playing at the same time.

Cloud DVR

With your Hulu with Live TV, you’ll get 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage. You can upgrade to Enhanced Cloud DVR for $9.99/month. With that add-on, you’ll get 200 hours of storage, along with the ability to record multiple shows at once, fast forward, and watch recorded content anywhere.

With Sling TV, Cloud DVR can be added on as an extra for an additional $5/month. When you add Cloud DVR 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. With the add on, your monthly cost (after the limited time offer) will be $45/month.

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

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