Live Streaming Services Channel Comparison in 2020

Live TV Streaming Channel Comparison

With channels constantly changing, this is the most up-to-date channel comparison of those across the various Live TV Streaming Services. We compare locals, sports, news, entertainment, and top cable channels across services like AT&T TV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

This channel comparison is updated daily with the latest channels and pricing from various Live TV Streaming Services.

Recent updates this month include:

While we previously included PlayStation Vue they shut down the service in January 2020. We have put together a list of the best alternatives to PS Vue.

Local Channels

Most services offer local ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC channels. The “Sling Orange” $30 plan doesn’t include any local channels. fuboTV will be adding ABC to their service later this summer.

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The CW---

Local Availability

Even if a service offers live local channels, it may not offer the channels in your area. If you live in an area without live local channels, you still can still access the on demand content after it airs.

To see the local channels available in your area, we suggest that you enter your Zip Code in our Local Channel Finder.

Missing Channels

If you subscribe to a plan that doesn’t offer CBS, consider subscribing to CBS All Access $5.99. It’s a monthly subscription directly from CBS, which includes live streaming and on demand access for many of its shows.

You can get free access to CW shows with The CW apps with no subscription needed.

Top Cable Channels

Most Live TV Streaming Services include 25-35 Top Cable Channels from Disney, Discovery, ViacomCBS, Hallmark, A+E, and AMC.

fuboTV ($55) has 24 Top Cable Channels. They recently announced that they will be adding ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel, FX, Nat Geo in August, while dropped Turner-owned channels (TNT, TBS, CNN, etc.). With the new channels, they will have 29 of the Top 35 Cable Channels.

YouTube TV ($65) recently added channels from Viacom (MTV, Comedy Central, VH1), so they now offer 31 Top Cable Channels. They are missing channels from A&E, History, Lifetime, and Hallmark.

Hulu Live TV ($55) includes 26. They are missing channels from Viacom like MTV, Comedy Central, as well as AMC, WE tv, and Hallmark. At $55, they are $10 cheaper than YouTube TV and include Hulu Originals and on-demand library.

Since AT&T TV NOW ($55+) launched their new MAX and PLUS plan, they now have the weakest overall channel lineup, with just 23 of the Top 35 Cable Channels. The service is missing channels from AMC, A+E, and Discovery.

The two best value offerings are Philo ($20) with 18 Top Cable Channels or Sling TV’s “Blue” plan, which includes 25 top cable channels Top Cable Channels for just ($30+) a month.

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BET-^ $5
Cartoon Network--
Comedy Central-
Disney Channel---
Disney Junior--^ $5-
Food Network-
Fox News--
FXX---^ $5
Hallmark-^ $5^ $5-
Investigation Discovery-
MTV-^ $5^ $5
Paramount Network$80-^ $5
Travel Channel-
truTV--^ $5
USA Network--
VH1-^ $5^ $5
WE tv--^ $5^ $5

Sports Channels

Sports fans tend to have different needs; some want national sports channels like ESPN and TNT, but others want regional sports networks like YES Network, Fox Sports Detroit, or NBC Sports Bay Area.

With the shutdown of PlayStation Vue’s “Core” $55 plan, there fuboTV is the best replacement for most sports fans.

While fuboTV includes some RSNs including hard-to-get ones like MSG, NESN, and [AT&T SportsNet Houston], it’s currently without those from Fox Sports. It is also one of the only service with NFL Network, NFL RedZone, NBA TV, MLB Network, and NHL Network.

If you don’t need a Fox Sports RSN, TNT, or TBS, there is no better plan for sports than fuboTV.

Sling TV is the best budget option for sports fans but includes ESPN in Sling Orange and NBCSN, FS1, and NBC Sports RSNs in Sling Blue. You can also add the Sports Extra pack ($10) to add channels like NHL Network, College Sports networks like SEC Network, ACC Network, and Pac-12 Network.

They recently dropped NFL Network and NFL RedZone, but hope to add it by football season.

If you want to watch Fox Sports RSNs, you will need Hulu Live TV or AT&T TV NOW, which also include national sports channels like ESPN, FS1, NBCSN, TNT, and TBS. YouTube TV recently dropped YES Network, Fox Sports West, and Fox Sports Prime Ticket, but carry Fox Sports RSNs in some other markets.

National Sports Channels

Most services include ESPN/ESPN2, NBCSN, FS1/FS2, TBS, and TNT in their basic packages. fuboTV announced ESPN will be coming to the service this summer.

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Fox Sports 1--
Fox Sports 2$80--^ $10
NBC Sports Network--

Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)

fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV “Blue”, and YouTube TV offer regional sports networks (RSNs) in their base plans. AT&T TV NOW requires an upgrade plan to access RSNs.

Due to contract disputes, fuboTV and Sling TV currently carry Fox Sports RSNs. YouTube TV no longer carries some of those RSNs including YES Network, Fox Sports West, and Fox Sports Prime Ticket.

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Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)$80--

For the most part, RSNs are restricted to those from NBC Sports and Fox Sports. Some services like fuboTV, offer MSG/MSG+ (New York), AT&T SportsNet Houston, and NESN (Boston).

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AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh-------
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain-------
AT&T SportsNet Southwest------
Fox Sports Arizona$80----
Fox Sports Carolinas-----
Fox Sports Detroit$80----
Fox Sports Florida$80----
Fox Sports Indiana-----
Fox Sports Kansas City-----
Fox Sports Midwest$80----
Fox Sports New Orleans-----
Fox Sports North$80----
Fox Sports Ohio$80----
Fox Sports Oklahoma$80----
Fox Sports Prime Ticket$80-----
Fox Sports San Diego$80----
Fox Sports South$80----
Fox Sports Southeast$80----
Fox Sports Southwest$80----
Fox Sports Sun$80----
Fox Sports Tennessee-----
Fox Sports West$80-----
Fox Sports Wisconsin$80----
LA FC Sports Network------
Longhorn Network$80---^ $10--
Marquee Sports Network$80-----
NBC Sports Bay Area$80--
NBC Sports Boston$80---
NBC Sports California$80--
NBC Sports Chicago$80---
NBC Sports Northwest----
NBC Sports Philadelphia----
NBC Sports Philadelphia+----
NBC Sports Washington$80--
NBC Sports Washington+-----
Orlando City SC Sports Network------
Root Sports Northwest-------
Seattle Sounders Sports Network------
Spectrum SportsNet$80------
Spectrum SportsNet LA$80------
SportsNet NY$80---
SportsTime Ohio$80-----
YES Network$80-----

Pro Sports

Most services don’t offer pro sports networks in their base plan.

fuboTV is the most comprehensive option and includes NFL Network, NFL RedZone, NBA TV, MLB Network, and NHL Network as part of their $11 Sports Extra Add-on.

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MLB Network-^ $11--^ $10^ $10
NBA TV-^ $11--^ $10^ $10
NFL Network------
NFL RedZone-^ $11-----
NHL Network-^ $11--^ $10^ $10-

College Sports

The major college sports networks are ACC Network, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPNU, Pac-12 Network, and SEC Network.

Hulu Live TV ($55) and YouTube TV ($65) are strong options for college sports fans. Both services include Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPNU, and SEC Network. These four channels are also available on DIRECTV NOW, but only on their upgraded MAX plan ($85).

fuboTV and Sling TV are the only providers of Pac-12 Network. It’s included in fuboTV base Plan ($55) or as part of Sling TV’s “Sports Extra” $5/$10 pack.

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ACC Network$80--^ $10-
ACC Network Extra$80--^ $10-
Big Ten Network$80---
CBS Sports Network$80---
ESPNU$80--^ $10-
Fox College Sports-^ $11-----
Longhorn Network$80---^ $10--
Pac-12 Network---^ $10^ $10-
SEC Network$80--^ $10-

Other Sports Channels

fuboTV is the ideal streaming service for soccer fans. It includes beIN in its base ($55) plan. You can add Fox Soccer Plus for only $6, which is usually a $15 upgrade on other services.

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beIN Sports---^ $10^ $10-
Eleven Sports------
ESPNEWS$80--^ $10-
Fox Soccer Plus-^ $6----^ $15
Golf Channel$80--^ $10
Olympic Channel$80--^ $10
Tennis Channel-^ $11--^ $10^ $10

Premium Channels

Most of the streaming services offer premium channels like Cinemax, HBO Max, Showtime, Starz, and Epix as add-ons to your subscription.

AT&T TV NOW includes HBO Max and Cinemax in their MAX plan, which might be cheaper than what HBO offers directly with HBO Max ($15).

Hulu Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all offer Showtime for $10–$11 a month, or you could subscribe to Showtime on Amazon for the same price.

Philo now offers EPIX ($6) and STARZ ($9) as add-ons to the their service.

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Cinemax^ $11 ($80)-^ $9----
EPIX^ $6--^ $5^ $5^ $5^ $6
HBO^ $10 ($80)-^ $15----
Showtime^ $11^ $11^ $11-^ $10^ $10^ $11
Starz^ $11-^ $9^ $9^ $9^ $9^ $9

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