If you’re looking for a new live TV streaming service, is fuboTV 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 starts at US$69.99 / month and fuboTV is US$69.99 / month, so there’s no benefit one way or the other.
Winner on Overall Channels: Hulu
When it comes to the base tiers, both services are quite comparable. Hulu includes 32 of the top 35 cable channels, which tops fuboTV’s 27.
Overall, fuboTV has 109 channels while Hulu offers 99.
Both services allow you to get add a package of additional channels for US$8/month.
Both upgrade packages give you American Heroes, BET Her, Cooking Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY, GAC Family, Great American Country, Magnolia Network, MTV Classic, MTV2, Nicktoons, Science and TeenNick.
But the fubo Extra package is a far better value, since you’d also get Baby TV, BET Jams, BET Soul, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, FXM, GAC Living, GINX Esports TV, GSN, Hallmark Drama, INSP, JusticeCentral.TV, LOGO, MTV Live, MTVU, Nat Geo Wild, Nick Music, PeopleTV, Revolt, Sony Movie Channel, XITE and Zona Futbol.
You won’t get those channels with Hulu Live TV’s Entertainment Add-on, but it does give you the edge if you prefer CNBC World.
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Winner on Local Channels: Draw
Winner on Sports Channels: fuboTV
Pro Sports Networks
For US$11/month, you can add Sports Plus to fuboTV for 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.
Hulu Live TV also includes free access to ESPN+. We’ll have more on that later, but the service provides a ton of value to sports fans, especially if you like hockey.
Regional Sports Networks
Both services offer 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, NBC Sports Washington+ and SportsNet NY.
College Sports Networks
Winner on Included Features: Hulu
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 number of movies and shows you’ll get. Normally, ad-free access to Hulu’s library would cost US$12.99 / month. You’ll be able to see “The Handmaid's Tale,” “Pam & Tommy,” “Only Murders in the Building,” “Little Fires Everywhere,” “Palm Springs,” “PEN15,” “Shrill,” and a great rotating library of blockbuster movies.
FuboTV offers no similar feature.
The Disney Bundle
Subscribers to Hulu Live TV now get automatic access to Disney+ and ESPN+. That means you’ll be able to stream most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, every Star Wars film, Pixar movies, and classic Disney animation, along with the strong sports package on ESPN+, including tons of NHL games. It’s a staggering amount of content and it comes as part of your normal Hulu Live TV subscription.
Hulu provides an unlimited DVR. You can keep your recordings up to 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.
If you’re a sports fan, the optionality of fuboTV is hard to beat. Your ability to load up on sports packages and cut them loose month-to-month is a tempting offer. With almost any upgrade package available, fuboTV’s packages give you more bang for your buck.
If you’re more inclined toward general entertainment and movies, Hulu makes more sense because you’ll get access to that great library, everything from Disney+, the excellent sports package from ESPN+, and the cost for the ad-free Hulu upgrade is very reasonable.