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YouTube TV vs. FuboTV - Which Should You Choose?

Ben Bowman

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

FuboTV is $69.99 / month for its base package. YouTube TV is $64.99 / month, so YouTube TV gets the slight edge.

Winner on Overall Channels: YouTube TV

YouTube TV includes 32 of the top 35 cable channels, while fuboTV has 27.

Overall, YouTube TV has 111 channels while fuboTV offers 109.

YouTube TV offers these channels that fuboTV doesn’t: Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, TNT, and truTV. Those are some major points in YouTube TV’s favor.

Channel Upgrade Bundles

FuboTV offers an Entertainment add-on for $8/month. That addition gives you 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, and Zona Futbol.

YouTube TV offers an Entertainment Plus package with HBO Max, Showtime, and STARZ for $29.99 / month.

Both services allow for some individual channel add-ons at lower price points.

YouTube fuboTV
“YouTube TV” “fubo”
Sign Up Free Trial
$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
truTV -
USA Network
WE tv

Winner on Local Channels: Draw

Both services offer ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, The CW, and Univision.

Winner on Sports Channels: Split Decision

Pro Sports Networks

Your streaming preference for sports will greatly depend on which sports you follow. FuboTV has one major downfall for NBA fans: TNT is not available. You can get the channel on YouTube TV. You also won’t get MLB on TBS with fuboTV.

YouTube TV offers access to MLB Network, NBA TV, and NFL Network in its base package.

FuboTV’s base package includes NFL Network.

With YouTube TV, you can also add Sports Plus for $11/month to add beIN Sports, Billiard TV, Fox Soccer Plus, GOLTV, MAVTV, NFL RedZone, Outside Television, PlayersTV, PokerGO, SportsGrid, Stadium, TVG, and VSiN.

With fuboTV, another $11/month gives you Sports Plus for MLB Network, MLB Network Strike Zone, NBA TV, NFL RedZone, NHL Network, Pac-12 Network, SI TV, SportsGrid, Stadium, Stadium Plus, Tennis Channel, TVG2, and VSiN.

For $6/month, you can also add International Sports Plus to fuboTV for Chelsea TV, Fox Soccer Plus, GOLTV, and TyCSports.

Additionally, fuboTV has Adventure Plus for $5/month. That adds MAVTV, Outdoor Channel, Outside Television, and Sportsman Channel.

Again, this can get complicated, so consult The Streamable’s Service Matchmaker.

fuboTV YouTube
Free Trial Sign Up
$69.99 $64.99
beIN Sports ^ $11
Billiard TV - ^ $11
Fox Soccer Plus ^ $6 ^ $11
GOLTV ^ $6 ^ $11
MAVTV ^ $5 ^ $11
MLB Network ^ $11
MLB Network Strike Zone ^ $11 -
NBA TV ^ $11
NFL Network
NFL RedZone ^ $11 ^ $11
NHL Network ^ $11 -
Outside Television ^ $5 ^ $11
Pac-12 Network ^ $11 -
PlayersTV - ^ $11
PokerGO ^ $8 ^ $11
SI TV ^ $11 -
SportsGrid ^ $11 ^ $11
Stadium ^ $11 ^ $11
Stadium Plus ^ $11 -
Tennis Channel ^ $11 -
TVG ^ $11
TVG2 ^ $11 -
VSiN ^ $11 ^ $11

Regional Sports Networks

Both services offer these 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, and SportsNet NY

Only fuboTV offers Altitude, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, Marquee Sports Network, MSG, MSG Sportsnet, NBC Sports Washington+, NESN, and Root Sports Northwest

College Sports Networks

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

Only YouTube TV offers ACC Network Extra and ESPNU in its base package.

Winner on Included Features: FuboTV


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.

FuboTV offers a 1,000-hour DVR.


YouTube TV offers a 4K Plus plan for $19.99/month ($9.99/month for the first 12 months).

FuboTV is the only Live TV Streaming Service that includes 4K streaming as part of their subscription, at no extra charge. It is only in “beta” testing at this point. You will need to meet certain equipment requirements. FuboTV lists its upcoming 4K events here.


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.


FuboTV is the only live TV streaming service to offer Picture-In-Picture, so you can watch four live streams at the same time. On iPhone and iPad, the service allows you to navigate your device’s interface while still having a P.I.P. window, even after exiting the app.


If you’re a sports fan who needs lots of specific channels, fuboTV is hard to beat. Your ability to load up on channel packages and cut them loose month-to-month is a tempting offer. Not having to pay extra for 4K is also a powerful draw, provided there’s a 4K broadcast you want to watch.

YouTube TV’s inclusion of Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, TNT, and truTV will seal the deal for some people, while others might be swayed by the unlimited DVR.


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