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FuboTV vs. DIRECTV STREAM - Which Should You Choose?

Ben Bowman

If you’re looking for a new live TV streaming service, is fuboTV 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: Draw

FuboTV’s base package is US$ 69.99 / 月 and DIRECTV STREAM starts at US$ 69.99 / 月 and goes up from there. With no price difference, we’ll look elsewhere for a winner.

Winner on Overall Channels: DIRECTV STREAM

DIRECTV STREAM’s most basic package includes 34 of the top 35 cable channels, which tops fuboTV’s 27.

Overall, fuboTV has access to 109 channels while DIRECTV STREAM offers 213.

DIRECTV STREAM offers every major channel fuboTV does, but also gives you access to A&ECartoon NetworkCNNHistoryLifetimeTBSTNT 、と truTV. That alone may be enough to make your decision.

fuboTV DIRECTV STREAM
“fubo” “Entertain.” “Choice” “Ultimate” “Premier”
無料トライアル 無料トライアル 無料トライアル 無料トライアル 無料トライアル
US$ 69.99 US$ 69.99 US$ 89.99 US$ 104.99 US$ 149.99
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

Channel Upgrade Bundles

DIRECTV STREAM offers a whopping four different tiers of services.

  • Entertainment: 84 channels for US$ 69.99 / 月
  • Choice: 178 channels for US$ 89.99 / 月
  • Ultimate: 209 channels for US$ 104.99 / 月
  • Premier: 209 channels for US$ 149.99 / 月

FuboTV counters those packages by offering several smaller add-ons. In many cases, this gives you access to channels DIRECTV doesn’t offer. For specific channel availability, you can enter your favorites in The Streamable’s Service Matchmaker.

FuboTV Add-on Price/Month Channels Not on DIRECTV STREAM
Extra US$ 8 BET JamsBET SoulGreat American LivingGINX Esports TVHallmark DramaINSPMTV LiveMTVUNick MusicPeopleTVPokerGOSony Movie ChannelXITE 、と Zona Futbol
Adventure Plus US$ 5 MAVTVOutdoor Channel 、と Outside Television
News Plus US$ 2.99 AfricaNewsBloomberg+Euronewsi24 NewsLaw&Crime 、と NewsNet
Latino US$ 15 beIN SportsbeIN Sports en españolCBeebiesCine SonyDiscovery en EspañolDiscovery FamiliaEl Financieroel gourmetFOX DeportesFOXlifeGOLTVINTI NetworkMás ChicTUDNxtraTyCSportsVme Kids 、と Zee Mundo

Winner on Local Channels: Draw

Both services offer ABCCBSFoxNBCTelemundoThe CW 、と Univision.

Winner on Sports Channels: DIRECTV STREAM

Pro Sports Networks

One important choice for viewers is whether they want to watch the NBA on TNT or MLB on TBS. If so, DIRECTV STREAM is the service you’d need.

FuboTV includes NFL Network in its base package. Another US$ 11/month gives you the Sports Plus add-on, which means access to MLB NetworkMLB Network Strike ZoneNBA TVNFL RedZoneNHL NetworkPac-12 NetworkSI TVSportsGridStadiumStadium PlusTennis ChannelTVG2 、と VSiN.

DIRECTV STREAM offers MLB NetworkNBA TV starting at the “Choice” package for US$ 89.99 / 月. DIRECTV STREAM does not offer NFL Network or NFL RedZone.

DTV STREAM fuboTV
無料トライアル 無料トライアル
US$ 69.99 US$ 69.99
MLB Network ≥ US$ 89.99 ^ US$ 11
NBA TV ≥ US$ 89.99 ^ US$ 11
NFL Network -
NFL RedZone - ^ US$ 11
NHL Network ≥ US$ 104.99 ^ US$ 11

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 Bally Sports ArizonaBally Sports CarolinasBally Sports DetroitBally Sports FloridaBally Sports Great LakesBally Sports IndianaBally Sports Kansas CityBally Sports MidwestBally Sports New OrleansBally Sports NorthBally Sports OhioBally Sports OklahomaBally Sports San DiegoBally Sports SoCalBally Sports SouthBally Sports SoutheastBally Sports SouthwestBally Sports SunBally Sports TennesseeBally Sports WestBally Sports WisconsinFox Sports ArizonaFox Sports CarolinasFox Sports DetroitFox Sports FloridaFox Sports IndianaFox Sports Kansas CityFox Sports MidwestFox Sports New OrleansFox Sports NorthFox Sports OhioFox Sports OklahomaFox Sports Prime TicketFox Sports San DiegoFox Sports SouthFox Sports SoutheastFox Sports SouthwestFox Sports SunFox Sports TennesseeFox Sports WestFox Sports WisconsinMASNMASN2Spectrum SportsNetSpectrum SportsNet LASportsTime Ohio 、と YES Network.

However, fuboTV wins if you need these channels: NBC Sports NorthwestNBC Sports PhiladelphiaNBC Sports Philadelphia+ 、と NBC Sports Washington+.

Both services offer these regional sports networks: AltitudeAT&T SportsNet PittsburghAT&T SportsNet Rocky MountainAT&T SportsNet SouthwestMarquee Sports NetworkMSGMSG SportsnetNBC Sports Bay AreaNBC Sports BostonNBC Sports CaliforniaNBC Sports ChicagoNBC Sports WashingtonNESNRoot Sports Northwest 、と SportsNet NY.

College Sports Networks

When it comes to college sports, both services are comparable. Both provide ACC NetworkBig Ten NetworkCBS Sports NetworkESPNU 、と SEC Network.

Only DIRECTV STREAM offers ESPNU in its base package, however.

International Sports Networks

For fans of international sports, fuboTV can provide Chelsea TVFox Soccer PlusGOLTV 、と TyCSports for an additional US$ 6.

Winner on Included Features: fuboTV

4K

FuboTV offers 4K included in its base package. See this list of upcoming 4K events. You’ll usually see sports events on NBC, FOX, FS1, and Big Ten Network available in ultra high-definition.

DIRECTV STREAM does not currently offer 4K.

DVR

DIRECTV STREAM allows unlimited recording that will stay on the service for nine months. FuboTV offers a 1000-hour DVR.

Lookback

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.

Verdict

DIRECTV STREAM will appeal to people who want the maximum number of channels at any price. The service offers almost twice as many channels. If you’re a sports fan who loves to follow a specific franchise, DIRECTV STREAM may be your only streaming option. That access doesn’t come cheap, however. This would also be your choice if you have to have A&ECartoon NetworkCNNHistoryLifetimeTBSTNT 、と truTV.

If you’re okay with a smaller channel lineup, fuboTV offers a lot to like. Included 4K is a great benefit for those with high-end TVs. The inexpensive channel add-ons allow a lot of flexibility as well. For NFL fans, the inclusion of NFL Network and NFL RedZone make this a more attractive package. The included unlimited DVR is also a superior feature.

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