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 US$69.99 / month for its base package. YouTube TV is US$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 110 channels while fuboTV offers 109.
Channel Upgrade Bundles
FuboTV offers an Entertainment add-on for US$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, GAC Family, GAC 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, Revolt, Science, Sony Movie Channel, TeenNick, XITE and Zona Futbol.
Both services allow for some individual channel add-ons at lower price points.
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Winner on Local Channels: Draw
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.
FuboTV’s base package includes NFL Network.
With YouTube TV, you can also add Sports Plus for US$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 US$11/month gives you Sports Plus 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.
Again, this can get complicated, so consult The Streamable’s Service Matchmaker.
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|Billiard TV||-||^ US$11|
|Fox Soccer Plus||^ US$6||^ US$11|
|GOLTV||^ US$6||^ US$11|
|MAVTV||^ US$5||^ US$11|
|MLB Network||^ US$11||•|
|MLB Network Strike Zone||^ US$11||-|
|NBA TV||^ US$11||•|
|NFL RedZone||^ US$11||^ US$11|
|NHL Network||^ US$11||-|
|Outside Television||^ US$5||^ US$11|
|Pac-12 Network||^ US$11||-|
|SI TV||^ US$11||-|
|Stadium||^ US$11||^ US$11|
|Stadium Plus||^ US$11||-|
|Tennis Channel||^ US$11||-|
|VSiN||^ US$11||^ US$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
College Sports Networks
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.