Live Streaming Services Channel Comparison

Local Channels

Most services offer local ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC channels. The “Sling Orange” $25 plan doesn’t include any local channels.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
ABC - - - -
CBS - - -
Fox - -
NBC - -
Telemundo - - -
The CW - - - -
Univision - - - - - - -

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

PlayStation Vue “Access” $45 is the most comprehensive plan for the price, but is missing Viacom-owned channels like Comedy Central, MTV, & Nickelodeon — which are only available on fuboTV, Philo, DIRECTV NOW, and Sling TV. If you want to add your Local RSN and additional sports channels like NFL Network, you can upgrade to their “Core” Plan (+$5).

fuboTV ($55) has 28 Top Cable Channels, more than any other service, but is missing ABC & ESPN — which are on all services except Philo and Sling TV “Blue”.

Both Hulu Live TV ($45) and YouTube TV each offer 25-26 Top Cable Channels. With Hulu Live TV you get A&E, History, & Lifetime, while YouTube TV includes AMC, WE tv. Neither service offers channels from Viacom.

Since DIRECTV NOW 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 two best value offerings are Philo ($20) with 18 Top Cable Channels or Sling TV’s “Blue” plan, which includes 24 Top Cable Channels for just $25 a month.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
A&E - - -
AMC - -
BET - - ^ $5 -
Bravo - -
Cartoon Network -
CNN -
Comedy Central - - -
Discovery - -
Disney Channel - - -
Disney Junior - - ^ $5 -
E! - -
ESPN - - -
Food Network -
Fox News - - -
Freeform - - -
FX - -
FXX - -
Hallmark - ≥ $55 ^ $5 ^ $5 -
HGTV -
History - - -
Investigation Discovery -
Lifetime - - -
MSNBC - - ^ $5
MTV - - ^ $5 ^ $5 -
Nickelodeon - - - - -
Paramount Network $70 - - ^ $5 -
Syfy - -
TBS -
TLC - -
TNT -
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.

We recommend the PlayStation Vue “Core” $50 plan for sports fans. Unless you need NHL Network, it includes all the national sports channels, pro league channels, and college sports networks. You can also add NFL RedZone to PlayStation Vue for $10/month.

Most services have regional sports networks (RSNs) from NBC and Fox in many markets.

National Sports Channels

Most services include ESPN/ESPN2, NBCSN, FS1/FS2, TBS, and TNT in their basic packages.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
ESPN - - -
ESPN2 - - -
Fox Sports 1 - -
Fox Sports 2 $70 - -
NBC Sports Network - -
TBS -
TNT -

Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)

fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV “Blue”, and YouTube TV offer regional sports networks (RSNs) in their base plans. DIRECTV NOW and PlayStation Vue require an upgrade plan to access RSNs.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) $70 - ≥ $55 -

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

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
Altitude - - - - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh - - - - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain - - - - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Southwest - - - - - - -
Fox Sports Arizona $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports Carolinas - - ≥ $55 - -
Fox Sports Detroit $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports Florida $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports Indiana - - ≥ $55 - -
Fox Sports Kansas City - - ≥ $55 - -
Fox Sports Midwest $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports New Orleans - - ≥ $55 - -
Fox Sports North $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports Ohio $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports Oklahoma $70 - ≥ $55 - - -
Fox Sports Prime Ticket $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports San Diego $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports South $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports Southeast $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports Southwest $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports Sun $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports Tennessee - - ≥ $55 - -
Fox Sports West $70 - ≥ $55 -
Fox Sports Wisconsin $70 - ≥ $55 - -
LA FC Sports Network - - - - - - -
Longhorn Network $70 - - - ≥ $55 - - -
MASN - - - - - - - -
MASN2 - - - - - - - -
MSG $70 - - - - - -
MSG+ $70 - - - - - -
NBC Sports Bay Area $70 - ≥ $55 -
NBC Sports Boston $70 - ≥ $55 - -
NBC Sports California $70 - ≥ $55 -
NBC Sports Chicago $70 - ≥ $55 -
NBC Sports Northwest - - ≥ $55 - -
NBC Sports Philadelphia - - ≥ $55 - -
NBC Sports Philadelphia+ - - - - -
NBC Sports Washington $70 - ≥ $55 -
NBC Sports Washington+ - - ≥ $55 - - -
NESN - - - - - -
Orlando City SC Sports Network - - - - - - -
Root Sports Northwest - - - - - - - -
Seattle Sounders Sports Network - - - - - - -
Spectrum SportsNet - - - - - - - -
Spectrum SportsNet LA - - - - - - - -
SportsNet NY $70 - ≥ $55 - -
SportsTime Ohio $70 - ≥ $55 -
YES Network $70 - ≥ $55 -

Pro Sports

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

If you’re purely an NFL fan, Sling TV offers NFL Network as part of their “Sling Blue” $25 plan. You can add the Sling’s “Sports Extra” $10 package, which includes NBA TV, NFL RedZone, and NHL Network.

If you don’t need ESPN, then “Sling Blue” with “Sports Extra” might be the cheapest combo $35 for NFL and NHL fans.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
MLB Network - - - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 ^ $10
NBA TV - - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 ^ $10
NFL Network - - - ≥ $55 - -
NFL RedZone - ^ $9 - - ^ $10 - ^ $10 -
NHL Network - - - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 ^ $10 -

College Sports

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

Hulu Live TV ($45) and YouTube TV ($50) 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 ($70). The PlayStation Vue “Core” $50 plan offers Big Ten Network, ESPNU, and SEC Network.

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.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
ACC Network - - - ≥ $55 - - -
ACC Network Extra - - - - - -
Big Ten Network $70 - ≥ $55 - -
CBS Sports Network $70 - ≥ $55 - -
ESPNU $70 - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 -
Fox College Sports - ^ $9 - - ≥ $65 - - -
Longhorn Network $70 - - - ≥ $55 - - -
Pac-12 Network - - - - ^ $10 ^ $10 -
SEC Network $70 - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 -

Other Sports Channels

While fuboTV‘s doesn’t have ESPN, it’s 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.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
beIN Sports - - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 ^ $10 -
Eleven Sports - - - ≥ $65 - - -
ESPNEWS $70 - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 -
Fox Soccer Plus - ^ $6 - - ^ $15 - - ^ $15
Golf Channel $70 - ≥ $55 - ^ $10
Olympic Channel $70 - - ^ $10
Tennis Channel - ^ $9 - - ≥ $55 ^ $10 ^ $10

Premium Channels

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

PlayStation Vue include both HBO and Showtime ($26) as part of their $80 Elite Plan, meaning that if you were going to subscribe to them anyway, you would get the rest of the bundle for just $54.

DIRECTV NOW includes HBO in their PLUS plan and adds Cinemax in their MAX plan, which might be cheaper than what HBO offers directly with HBO NOW ($15).

YouTube TV is also the cheapest option for Showtime at $7/month. Although Hulu Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV offer Showtime for $10–$11 a month, you could subscribe to Showtime on Amazon for only $9/month.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
Cinemax $70 - ^ $9 - ^ $15 - - -
EPIX - - - - - ^ $5 ^ $5 ^ $6
HBO - ^ $15 - ^ $15 ($85) - - -
Showtime - ^ $11 ^ $11 - ^ $11 ($85) ^ $10 ^ $10 ^ $7
Starz - - ^ $9 - - ^ $9 ^ $9 ^ $9

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