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Should You Switch From YouTube TV to AT&T TV For Bally Sports RSNs, YES Network, or NESN?

Jason Gurwin

In October, YouTube TV dropped NESN and Fox Sports RSNs, which will soon be rebranded to Bally Sports, after losing YES Network, Fox Sports Prime Ticket (soon to be Bally Sports SoCal), and Fox Sports West last March. While other services like Hulu Live TV, fuboTV, and Sling TV – also don’t carry Bally Sports RSNs, you do still have one option.

In January, AT&T TV introduced new no-contract plans, which include Bally Sports RSNs, NESN, and YES Network in their Choice Package. For $84.99 a month, you will also get all Top 35 Cable Channels, as well as MLB Network and NBA TV.

YouTube TV vs. AT&T TV

To help you understand the pros and cons of AT&T TV vs. YouTube TV, we compared features like simultaneous streams and DVR, video and sound quality, as well as channel line-up.

Channels

As with any Live TV Streaming Service, you want to make sure that they have your channels. In the case of Bally Sports/Fox Sports RSNs – your only option is AT&T TV. So if you want to watch your favorite team’s games on channels like YES Network, NESN, Marquee Sports Network, and Bally Sports like Bally Sports West, or Bally Sports Detroit – switching is a no brainer.

AT&T TV carries more channels than YouTube TV, so you’ll also gain A&E, Hallmark Channel, History og Lifetime, but you’ll lose NFL Network. If you’re a College Sports fan, you’ll also get ACC Network, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPNU og SEC Network.

A full comparison of channels is below.

Video Quality and Audio Quality

This is one area where AT&T TV really shines. They probably have the best video quality of any Live TV Streaming Service, streaming in 1080p and 60fps, and are the only one that offers Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound on most channels.

Playback times from your DVR and on-demand will be faster on YouTube TV, but channel switching on live are similar.

DVR and Simultaneous Streams

YouTube TV is known for their Unlimited DVR, which is probably their best feature. You can literally store as much as you want on it for 9 months. If you sign-up for AT&T TV no-contract plan, it includes 20 Hour DVR, but it can be upgraded to Unlimited (for 3 months) for $10 a month.

In both cases, you can fast-forward through recorded content. The biggest advantage to the AT&T TV DVR is that you can actually delete watched programs from your DVR library, which makes it easier to keep it orderly and remove recordings you no longer want.

YouTube TV supports “pause on live”, which is only supported on AT&T TV on select devices Apple TV, Fire TV, and custom Android TV device. This might be a hang-up if you plan to pause and watch later, but you could always record the show and stream it from your DVR (which it’s still recording).

Both AT&T TV and YouTube TV offer 3 simultaneous streams while traveling, but AT&T TV now includes a near “Unlimited” (20 Simultaneous Streams) on devices inside your home.

Guide and Profiles

Both services have a nice grid guide, each with its own pros and cons. YouTube TV has more customization, while AT&T TV has better ability to access recently watch channels – and keeps them ordered alphabetically.

One of the best features of YouTube TV is that you can create up to six user profiles, while AT&T TV doesn’t. That means you will have to share your DVR with all members of your household.

Pricing

At $64.99 a month, YouTube TV is cheaper than AT&T TV which starts at $69.99 a month, or $84.99 if you want your local RSN. But, with no sign that Bally Sports or NESN is coming back to YouTube TV, it’s good to know that there is at least an option for stream your favorite teams.

Comparison of Channels Across Live TV Streaming Services

Top Cable

AT&T TV fuboTV Hulu Philo YouTube Sling TVision Vidgo
“Choice” “fubo” “Hulu Live TV” “Base” “YouTube TV” “Combo” “Live Zone” “VIBE” “Core”
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USD 84,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 16 USD 64,99 USD 50 USD 60 USD 10 USD 54,99
A&E - - -
AMC - -
BET
Bravo - - -
Cartoon Network - - - -
CNN - - - -
Comedy Central
Discovery
Disney Channel - -
Disney Junior - ^ USD 6 -
E! - - -
ESPN - -
Food Network
Fox News - -
Freeform - -
FX - -
FXX - ^ USD 6 -
Hallmark Channel - - ^ USD 6
HGTV
History - - -
Investigation Discovery
Lifetime - - -
MSNBC - - -
MTV ^ USD 6
Nickelodeon -
Paramount Network ^ USD 6
Syfy - - -
TBS - - - -
TLC
TNT - - - -
Travel Channel
truTV - - - -
USA Network - - -
VH1 ^ USD 6
WE tv - ^ USD 6 -

Locals

AT&T TV fuboTV Hulu YouTube Philo Sling TVision Vidgo
“Choice” “fubo” “Hulu Live TV” “YouTube TV” “Base” “Combo” “Live Zone” “VIBE” “Core”
Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Sign Up Sign Up Sign Up Sign Up
USD 84,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 16 USD 50 USD 60 USD 10 USD 54,99
ABC - - -
CBS - - - - -
Fox - -
NBC - - -
Telemundo - - - -
The CW - - - - -
Univision - - - - - - -

Regional Sports

AT&T TV fuboTV Hulu YouTube Philo Sling TVision Vidgo
“Choice” “fubo” “Hulu Live TV” “YouTube TV” “Base” “Combo” “Live Zone” “VIBE” “Core”
Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Sign Up Sign Up Sign Up Sign Up
USD 84,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 16 USD 50 USD 60 USD 10 USD 54,99
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) - - - -
AT&T TV fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
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USD 69,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 20 USD 35 USD 35 USD 64,99
Altitude ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Southwest ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - -
Bally Sports Arizona ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Carolinas ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Detroit ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Florida ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Great Lakes ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Indiana ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Kansas City ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Midwest ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports New Orleans ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports North ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Ohio ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Oklahoma ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports San Diego ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports SoCal ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports South ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Southeast ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Southwest ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Sun ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Tennessee ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports West ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Wisconsin ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Arizona ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Carolinas ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Detroit ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Florida ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Indiana ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Kansas City ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Midwest ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports New Orleans ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports North ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Ohio ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Oklahoma ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Prime Ticket ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports San Diego ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports South ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Southeast ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Southwest ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Sun ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Tennessee ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports West ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Wisconsin ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
LA FC Sports Network - - - - - -
Longhorn Network - - - - ^ USD 11 - -
Marquee Sports Network ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - -
MASN ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
MASN2 ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
MSG ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - -
MSG+ ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - -
NBC Sports Bay Area ≥ USD 84,99 - - -
NBC Sports Boston ≥ USD 84,99 - - -
NBC Sports California ≥ USD 84,99 - - -
NBC Sports Chicago ≥ USD 84,99 - - -
NBC Sports Northwest - - - -
NBC Sports Philadelphia - - - -
NBC Sports Philadelphia+ - - - -
NBC Sports Washington ≥ USD 84,99 - - -
NBC Sports Washington+ - - - - -
NESN ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - -
Root Sports Northwest ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Spectrum SportsNet ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
Spectrum SportsNet LA ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
SportsNet NY ≥ USD 84,99 - - -
SportsTime Ohio ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -
YES Network ≥ USD 84,99 - - - - - -

National Sports

AT&T TV fuboTV Hulu YouTube Philo Sling TVision Vidgo
“Choice” “fubo” “Hulu Live TV” “YouTube TV” “Base” “Combo” “Live Zone” “VIBE” “Core”
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USD 84,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 16 USD 50 USD 60 USD 10 USD 54,99
ESPN - -
ESPN2 - -
Fox Sports 1 - -
Fox Sports 2 - - ^ USD 15 -
NBC Sports Network - - -
TBS - - - -
TNT - - - -

Pro Sports

AT&T TV fuboTV Hulu YouTube Philo Sling TVision Vidgo
“Choice” “fubo” “Hulu Live TV” “YouTube TV” “Base” “Combo” “Live Zone” “VIBE” “Core”
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USD 84,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 16 USD 50 USD 60 USD 10 USD 54,99
MLB Network ^ USD 11 - - ^ USD 15 - - -
NBA TV ^ USD 11 - - ^ USD 15 - -
NFL Network - - - -
NFL RedZone - ^ USD 11 - ^ USD 11 - ^ USD 15 - -
NHL Network - ^ USD 11 - - - ^ USD 15 - - -

College Sports

AT&T TV fuboTV Hulu YouTube Philo Sling TVision Vidgo
“Choice” “fubo” “Hulu Live TV” “YouTube TV” “Base” “Combo” “Live Zone” “VIBE” “Core”
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USD 84,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 16 USD 50 USD 60 USD 10 USD 54,99
ACC Network - ^ USD 15 -
ACC Network Extra - - - ^ USD 15 - -
Big Ten Network - ^ USD 15 -
CBS Sports Network - - - - - -
ESPNU ^ USD 8 - ^ USD 15 -
Fox College Sports - ^ USD 11 - ^ USD 11 - - - - -
Longhorn Network - - - - - ^ USD 15 -
Pac-12 Network - ^ USD 11 - - - ^ USD 15 - -
SEC Network - ^ USD 15 -

Other Sports

AT&T TV fuboTV Hulu YouTube Philo Sling TVision Vidgo
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USD 84,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 64,99 USD 16 USD 50 USD 60 USD 10 USD 54,99
beIN Sports - - - - ^ USD 15 - -
Eleven Sports - - - - - - - -
ESPNEWS ^ USD 8 - ^ USD 15 -
Fox Soccer Plus - ^ USD 6 - ^ USD 11 - - - - -
Golf Channel - - ^ USD 15 - -
Olympic Channel - - ^ USD 15 - -
Tennis Channel ^ USD 11 - - - ^ USD 15 - - -

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