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 / month and DIRECTV STREAM starts at US$69.99 / month 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 214.
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Channel Upgrade Bundles
DIRECTV STREAM offers a whopping four different tiers of services.
- Entertainment: 83 channels for US$69.99 / month
- Choice: 178 channels for US$89.99 / month
- Ultimate: 210 channels for US$104.99 / month
- Premier: 210 channels for US$149.99 / month
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.
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|Extra||US$8||BET Jams, BET Soul, GAC Living, GINX Esports TV, Hallmark Drama, INSP, MTV Live, MTVU, Nick Music, PeopleTV, Sony Movie Channel, XITE and Zona Futbol|
|Adventure Plus||US$5||MAVTV, Outdoor Channel, Outside Television and World Fishing Network|
|News Plus||US$2.99||AfricaNews, Bloomberg+, Euronews, i24 News, Law&Crime and NewsNet|
|Latino||US$15||beIN Sports, beIN Sports en español, CBeebies, Cine Sony, Discovery en Español, Discovery Familia, El Financiero, el gourmet, FOX Deportes, FOXlife, GOLTV, INTI Network, Más Chic, TyCSports, Vme Kids and Zee Mundo|
Winner on Local Channels: Draw
Winner on Sports Channels: DIRECTV STREAM
Pro Sports Networks
FuboTV includes NFL Network in its base package. Another US$11/month gives you the Sports Plus add-on, which means access to MLB Network, MLB Network Strike Zone, NBA TV, NFL RedZone, NHL Network, Pac-12 Network, SI TV, Stadium, Stadium Plus, Tennis Channel, TVG2 and VSiN.
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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 Altitude, Bally Sports Arizona, Bally Sports Carolinas, Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports Florida, Bally Sports Great Lakes, Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports Kansas City, Bally Sports Midwest, Bally Sports New Orleans, Bally Sports North, Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports Oklahoma, Bally Sports San Diego, Bally Sports SoCal, Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southeast, Bally Sports Southwest, Bally Sports Sun, Bally Sports Tennessee, Bally Sports West, Bally Sports Wisconsin, Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports New Orleans, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Sun, Fox Sports Tennessee, Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Wisconsin, MASN, MASN2, Spectrum SportsNet, Spectrum SportsNet LA, SportsTime Ohio and YES Network.
Both services offer these regional sports networks: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, Marquee Sports Network, MSG, MSG+, NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Washington, NESN, Root Sports Northwest and SportsNet NY.
College Sports Networks
Only DIRECTV STREAM offers ESPNU in its base package, however.
International Sports Networks
Winner on Included Features: fuboTV
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.
DIRECTV STREAM allows unlimited recording that will stay on the service for nine months. FuboTV offers a 1000-hour DVR.
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.
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&E, Cartoon Network, CNN, History, Lifetime, TBS, TNT and 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.