YouTube TV vs. Hulu Live TV vs. fuboTV - How to Choose a Live Streaming Service
The three most popular live TV streaming services are Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, and fuboTV. All three have similar prices, but there are significant differences among them. Don’t get frustrated while trying to decide — we’ll explore the differences to find your best bet.
Remember, there are less expensive options like Sling TV and Philo, so these are not your only options. If you’d like to find a service with your favorite channels, your best bet is The Streamable’s Service Matchmaker.
Winner on Price: YouTube TV
At $64.99 / mes, YouTube TV saves you $5 over fuboTV or Hulu Live TV (both $74.99 / mes).
Winners on Overall Channels: Hulu & YouTube TV
Hulu and YouTube TV include 33 of the top 35 cable channels - that tops fuboTV’s 25.
All three services offer BET, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, E!, ESPN, Food Network, Fox News, Freeform, FX, FXX, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, Investigation Discovery, MSNBC, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Syfy, TLC, Travel Channel, USA Network y VH1
Overall, fuboTV has 108 channels, Hulu offers 102, and YouTube TV offers 112.
Again, if this is confusing, just head over to the Service Matchmaker and punch in your favorite channels - we’ll provide your best option.
|“fubo”||“Hulu Live TV”||“YouTube TV”|
Each service allows you to add channels for an additional monthly fee. Each service allows you to add individual movie channels like Cinemax, HBO y Starz. For now, we’ll set aside sports and look at general entertainment. Hulu Live TV and fuboTV offer packages along those lines, while YouTube TV does not.
|Extra||$8/month||American Heroes, Baby TV, BET Her, BET Jams, BET Soul, Cooking Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, FXM, Great American Family, Great American Living, GINX Esports TV, Great American Country, GSN, Hallmark Drama, INSP, JusticeCentral.TV, LOGO, Magnolia Network, MTV Classic, MTV Live, MTV2, MTVU, Nat Geo Wild, Nick Music, Nicktoons, PeopleTV, PokerGO, Revolt, Science, Sony Movie Channel, TeenNick, XITE y Zona Futbol|
|News Plus||$2.99/month||AfricaNews, Bloomberg+, Cheddar, CNBC World, Euronews, i24 News, Law&Crime y NewsNet|
|Adventure Plus||$5/month||MAVTV, Outdoor Channel, Outside Television y Sportsman Channel|
Hulu Live TV upgrade
|Entertainment||$8/month||American Heroes, BET Her, CNBC World, Cooking Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY, Great American Family, Great American Country, Hallmark Drama, Magnolia Network, MTV Classic, MTV2, Nicktoons, Science y TeenNick|
Winner on Local Channels: Draw
Winner on Sports Channels: fuboTV
Pro Sports Networks
Hulu Live TV also includes free access to ESPN+. We’ll have more on that later, but the service provides a ton of value to sports fans, especially if you like hockey.
|“fubo”||“Hulu Live TV”||“YouTube TV”|
|MLB Network||^ $11||-||-|
|NBA TV||^ $11||-||•|
|NFL RedZone||^ $11||^ $10||^ $11|
|NHL Network||^ $11||-||-|
Each service provides extra sports channels if you’re willing to spend a bit more.
YouTube TV Sports Package
|Sports Plus||$11/month||beIN Sports, Billiard TV, Fox Soccer Plus, GOLTV, MAVTV, NFL RedZone, Outside Television, PlayersTV, PokerGO, SportsGrid, Stadium, TVG y VSiN|
fuboTV Sports Packages
|Sports Plus||$11/month||MLB Network, MLB Network Strike Zone, NBA TV, NFL RedZone, NHL Network, Pac-12 Network, SI TV, SportsGrid, Stadium, Stadium Plus, Tennis Channel, TVG2 y VSiN|
|International Sports Plus||$6/month||Chelsea TV, Fox Soccer Plus, GOLTV y TyCSports|
Hulu Live TV Sports Package
|Sports Add-On||$10/month||MAVTV, NFL RedZone, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, TVG y TVG2|
Regional Sports Networks
Of the three services, fuboTV offers the most regional sports networks. It will be your choice if you want Altitude, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, Marquee Sports Network, MSG, MSG Sportsnet, NESN y Root Sports Northwest.
Unfortunately, you cannot get any of the Bally Sports networks on Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, or fuboTV. If you want a regional sports network not listed here, your best option is DIRECTV STREAM.
|AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh||•||-||-|
|AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain||•||-||-|
|AT&T SportsNet Southwest||•||-||-|
|Marquee Sports Network||•||-||-|
|NBC Sports Bay Area||•||•||•|
|NBC Sports Boston||•||•||•|
|NBC Sports California||•||•||•|
|NBC Sports Chicago||•||•||•|
|NBC Sports Northwest||•||•||•|
|NBC Sports Philadelphia||•||•||•|
|NBC Sports Philadelphia+||•||•||•|
|NBC Sports Washington||•||•||•|
|NBC Sports Washington+||•||•||-|
|Root Sports Northwest||•||-||-|
College Sports Networks
We have minimal differences when it comes to college sports networks. Perhaps the biggest difference is that YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV include ESPNU in the base rate, while you will have to pay a little more to get it through fuboTV.
|ACC Network Extra||-||•||•|
|Big Ten Network||•||•||•|
|CBS Sports Network||•||•||•|
|Pac-12 Network||^ $11||-||-|
Winner on Included Features: Hulu
On Demand Library
Hulu Live users get access to Hulu’s vast library of on demand content, although you will see ads unless you’re willing to upgrade for another $6/month. That’s honestly a great deal for the number of movies and shows you’ll get. Normally, ad-free access to Hulu’s library would cost $14.99 / mes. You’ll be able to see “The Handmaid's Tale,” “Pam & Tommy,” “Only Murders in the Building,” “Little Fires Everywhere,” and a great rotating library of blockbuster movies. The Hulu documentary section is a special treat. And the TV library is truly deep.
The Disney Bundle
Subscribers to Hulu Live TV now get automatic access to Disney+ and ESPN+. That means you’ll be able to stream most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, every Star Wars film, Pixar movies, and classic Disney animation, along with the strong sports package on ESPN+, including tons of NHL games. It’s a staggering amount of content and it comes as part of your normal Hulu Live TV subscription.
Hulu and YouTube TV provide an unlimited cloud DVR. You can keep your recordings up to nine months.
FuboTV offers a 1,000-hour DVR.
To see 4K content on fuboTV, you’ll need to subscribe to the Elite plan (+$10/month). That upgrade also includes the 44 channels in the Extra plan and the 12 channels of News Plus (see above).
YouTube TV offers a 30-day free trial of its 4K package. From there, it’s $9.99/month for 12 months, rising to $19.99/month thereafter.
Hulu Live TV does not include 4K channels, but some Disney+ content is available in ultra high-definition.
There is a workaround that provides 4K, at least when it comes to 4K sports on Fox channels. Simply download the Fox Sports app and log in with any of these as your TV provider. You’ll be able to watch NFL football and more in 4K without the added cost.
FuboTV’s lookback feature lets you watch sports and entertainment shows that aired in the previous three days that aren’t available on demand. Some of these shows allow you to skip commercials.
Multiview and Fan View
If you have an Apple TV, fuboTV allows you to watch four channels at once. Fan View allows you to see in-game stats alongside sports broadcasts.
While the three services have many similarities, Hulu Live TV seems like the clear winner because of the Disney bundle. No other live TV service offers such a jaw-dropping bonus. Between the compelling dramas of Hulu on demand, the kid- and family-friendly content of Disney+, and the wall-to-wall sports of ESPN+, it’s a gigantic value for just $69.99/month. Choosing another service means leaving a lot of value on the table.
If you’re a sports fan, the optionality of fuboTV is hard to beat. Your ability to load up on sports packages and cut them loose month-to-month is a tempting offer. It also offers the best options for regional sports networks among these services. With so many upgrades available, fuboTV’s packages are ideal if you follow niche sports or if you need international coverage. The enhanced Apple TV features make it an attractive value for people who own that device.
Since fuboTV is the only one of these three to offer a free trial, it’s worth giving it a shot to see if you like the service.
YouTube TV is a very easy service to use. It has a smooth interface across platforms and features many of the most popular channels. But without Hulu’s Disney bundle or the option for niche sports channels, the value has diminished over time. You will save $5/month, so there is a marginal benefit.