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YouTube TV vs. Hulu Live TV - Which Should You Choose?

Ben Bowman

If you’re looking for a new live TV streaming service, is YouTube TV or Hulu Live TV 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: Draw

Hulu clocks in at 69,99 $ / Monat and YouTube TV is 64,99 $ / Monat, so there’s no benefit to one over the other. We’ll have to look elsewhere to make the choice.

Winner on Overall Channels: Draw

Hulu includes 32 of the top 35 cable channels, which tops YouTube TV’s 32.

Overall, YouTube TV has 106 channels while Hulu offers 97.

YouTube TV offers these channels that Hulu doesn’t: AMC, Hallmark Channel und WE tv.

But Hulu will be your choice if you like to watch A&E, History und Lifetime

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“YouTube TV” “Hulu Live TV”
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64,99 $ 69,99 $
A&E -
Cartoon Network
Comedy Central
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Food Network
Fox News
Hallmark Channel -
History -
Investigation Discovery
Lifetime -
Paramount Network
Travel Channel
USA Network
WE tv -

Winner on Local Channels: Draw

Both services offer ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo und The CW

Winner on Sports Channels: YouTube TV

Pro Sports Networks

YouTube TV offers access to MLB Network, NBA TV und NFL Network. For 11 $/month, you can also add Sports Plus for beIN Sports, Billiard TV, Fox Soccer Plus, GOLTV, MAVTV, NFL RedZone, Outside Television, PlayersTV, PokerGO, SportsGrid, Stadium, TVG und VSiN. NFL RedZone is an absolute game-changer for any football fan.

Hulu Live TV includes NFL Network. NFL RedZone is included in brand-new $9.99 Sports Add-On, which also includes MAVTV, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, TVG und TVG2.

Regional Sports Networks

Both services offer the same regional sports networks: 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 und SportsNet NY

College Sports Networks

When it comes to college sports, neither service offers an advantage over the other. Both provide ACC Network, ACC Network Extra, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPNU und SEC Network.

Winner on Included Features: Draw

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 amount of movies and shows you’ll get. Normally, ad-free access to Hulu’s library would cost 12,99 $ / Monat. You’ll be able to see “The Handmaid's Tale,” “Little Fires Everywhere,” “Palm Springs,” “PEN15,” “Shrill,” and a great rotating library of blockbuster movies.

YouTube TV offers no similar feature.


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.

Hulu includes a cloud DVR with 50 hours of capacity, though you can’t fast-forward through commercials. (Brutal, if you ask us.) You can upgrade to the Enhanced Cloud DVR for $9.99/month. That provides 200 hours of storage space and you can fast forward through ads.


There seems to be a pretty clear choice to be made, depending on what you watch.

If you’re more inclined toward entertainment channels and movies, Hulu makes more sense because you’ll get access to that great library, and the cost for the ad-free version of that service is very reasonable.

If you like sports, YouTube TV offers the most options.

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