The battle for live locals has been heating up with Hulu, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue and even fuboTV for access to locals streaming online. A year ago there was only a handful of locals streaming online now there are hundreds of locals streaming online.
So lets take at each service and what locals they have to offer.
PlayStation Vue has been a leader in streaming locals for some time. Being one of the first to offer locals they have been busy adding locals recently. Sadly though they have recently become rather unwilling to disclose a full list of every local they offer. The last time they sent out a full list of all locals was back in December 2016.
Thankfully with the help of our readers, we now know that Sony’s PlayStation Vue has 186 locals. If you want to see the full list of locals you can find it HERE.
Hulu well being the newest service on this list has the largest number of locals now. According to Hulu they now have 201 locals around the United States.
Hulu has been rolling out locals almost weekly recently just this week they added more Fox affiliates. You can find the full list of all locals Hulu offers HERE.
DIRECTV NOW has recently been adding a lot of locals but not making a lot of official statements about the additions. Back in July they released a official list but several locals have been added since the list went public.
As best we can tell DIRECTV NOW has at least 120 ABC, FOX, and NBC locals along with MyNetwork TV affiliates.
DIRECTV NOW did recently announce plans to add 55 more locals in the next few weeks. That should bring DIRECTV NOWs locals in the range of 180 and bring CBS affiliates to DIRECTV NOW. You can find the full list to the best of our ability HERE.
Sling TV currently has about 36 locals after recently adding the new Boston NBC affiliate.
Sling TV seems to be taking a different tactic when it comes to locals. Instead of rushing to get locals added to their service they are instead offering to come to your house and install a antenna inside or on the outside of your house.
Sling TV seems to want to keep their price down by not including locals. Only time will tell if this tactic will pay off for them.
YouTube TV just announced plans to expand to about half the United States. At the time of this posting, we do not know what locals will be added in the new markets. We are trying to work with YouTube to get that list and will update this story when we learn more.
For now this race is far from over. PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV NOW, and Hulu have all made it clear they have big plans. Well Hulu may have a temporary lead it seems clear that that could change at any time.
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