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YouTube TV vs. DIRECTV STREAM - Which Should You Choose?

Ben Bowman

If you’re looking for a new live TV streaming service, is YouTube TV or DIRECTV STREAM a better choice? The decision may depend on what you value most. Both are excellent streaming options with lots of pros and cons. If you’d like a quick comparison, check out The Streamable’s Service Matchmaker. Let’s dig in to compare your options.

Winner on Price: YouTube TV

YouTube TV is US$ 64,99 / maand, while DIRECTV STREAM starts at US$ 69,99 / maand and goes up from there.

Winner on Overall Channels: DIRECTV STREAM

DIRECTV STREAM’s most basic package includes 34 of the top 35 cable channels, which tops YouTube TV’s 32.

Overall, YouTube TV has access to 106 channels while DIRECTV STREAM offers 210.

DIRECTV STREAM offers every channel YouTube TV does, but also gives you access to A&E, History en Lifetime.

Channel Upgrade Bundles

DIRECTV STREAM offers a whopping four different tiers of services.

  • Entertainment: 80 channels for US$ 69,99 / maand
  • Choice: 173 channels for US$ 84,99 / maand
  • Ultimate: 206 channels for US$ 94,99 / maand
  • Premier: 210 channels for US$ 139,99 / maand

YouTube TV offers an Entertainment Plus package with HBO Max, Showtime, and STARZ for $29.99 / month.

Both services allow for some individual channel add-ons at lower price points.

YouTube DIRECTV STREAM
“YouTube TV” “Entertain.” “Choice” “Ultimate” “Premier”
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US$ 64,99 US$ 69,99 US$ 84,99 US$ 94,99 US$ 139,99
A&E -
AMC
BET
Bravo
Cartoon Network
CNN
Comedy Central
Discovery
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
E!
ESPN
Food Network
Fox News
Freeform
FX
FXX
Hallmark Channel
HGTV
History -
Investigation Discovery
Lifetime -
MSNBC
MTV
Nickelodeon
Paramount Network
Syfy
TBS
TLC
TNT
Travel Channel -
truTV
USA Network
VH1
WE tv

Winner on Local Channels: Draw

Both services offer ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, The CW en Univision.

Winner on Sports Channels: DIRECTV STREAM

Pro Sports Networks

The big differentiator here is whether you prefer the NFL or regional sports networks (RSNs).

YouTube TV offers access to MLB Network, NBA TV en NFL Network in its base package. You can add Sports Plus for US$ 11/month to add beIN Sports, Billiard TV, Fox Soccer Plus, GOLTV, MAVTV, NFL RedZone, Outside Television, PlayersTV, PokerGO, SportsGrid, Stadium, TVG en VSiN.

DIRECTV STREAM offers MLB Network en NBA TV starting at the “Choice” package for US$ 84,99 / maand. DIRECTV STREAM does not offer NFL Network or NFL RedZone.

DTV STREAM YouTube
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US$ 69,99 US$ 64,99
MLB Network ≥ US$ 84,99
NBA TV ≥ US$ 84,99
NFL Network -
NFL RedZone - ^ US$ 11
NHL Network ≥ US$ 94,99 -

Regional Sports Networks

This is the biggest benefit if you choose DIRECTV STREAM. It offers the widest access to RSNs of any live streaming service, though your price can escalate quickly to get them.

Only DIRECTV STREAM offers Altitude, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, Bally Sports Arizona, Bally Sports Carolinas, Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports Florida, Bally Sports Great Lakes, Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports Kansas City, Bally Sports Midwest, Bally Sports New Orleans, Bally Sports North, Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports Oklahoma, Bally Sports San Diego, Bally Sports SoCal, Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southeast, Bally Sports Southwest, Bally Sports Sun, Bally Sports Tennessee, Bally Sports West, Bally Sports Wisconsin, Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports New Orleans, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Sun, Fox Sports Tennessee, Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Marquee Sports Network, MASN, MASN2, MSG, MSG+, NESN, Root Sports Northwest, Spectrum SportsNet, Spectrum SportsNet LA, SportsTime Ohio en YES Network.

Both services offer these regional sports networks: NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Washington en SportsNet NY.

College Sports Networks

When it comes to college sports, both services are comparable. Both provide ACC Network, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPNU en SEC Network.

Only YouTube TV offers ACC Network Extra in its base package.

Winner on Included Features: YouTube TV

DVR

If you’re the kind of person who records a lot of TV, you will prefer YouTube TV and its unlimited cloud DVR. You can store recordings up to nine months.

DIRECTV STREAM’s included DVR only provides 20 hours of cloud storage. You can upgrade to Unlimited Storage for $10/month. In both cases, any recordings on your DVR will expire after 30 days. In a series recording, a maximum of 30 episodes will be stored (the oldest will be deleted first, which may be in less than 90 days).

4K

YouTube TV offers a 4K Plus plan for $19.99/month ($9.99/month for the first 12 months).

DIRECTV STREAM does not currently offer 4K.

Verdict

If you’re a sports fan who loves to follow a specific franchise, DIRECTV STREAM may be your only streaming option. That access does come at a premium price. This would also be your choice if you have to have A&E, History en Lifetime.

For people who don’t need the regional sports networks, YouTube TV offers a powerful package at a lower price point. For NFL fans, the inclusion of NFL Network and NFL RedZone make this a more attractive package. The included unlimited DVR is also a great feature.

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