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YouTube TV vs. Hulu Live TV - Which Should You Choose?

Ben Bowman

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

Hulu clocks in at US$69.99 / month and YouTube TV is US$64.99 / month. But remember that Hulu Live TV automatically gives you Disney+ and ESPN+. That’s a great value for $5/month.

Winner on Overall Channels: Draw

Hulu includes 32 of the top 35 cable channels, which matches YouTube TV’s 32.

Overall, YouTube TV has 110 channels while Hulu offers 99.

YouTube TV offers these channels that Hulu doesn’t: AMC, Hallmark Channel and WE tv.

But Hulu will be your choice if you like to watch A&E, History and Lifetime

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“YouTube TV” “Hulu Live TV”
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US$64.99 US$69.99
A&E -
AMC -
BET
Bravo
Cartoon Network
CNN
Comedy Central
Discovery
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
E!
ESPN
Food Network
Fox News
Freeform
FX
FXX
Hallmark Channel -
HGTV
History -
Investigation Discovery
Lifetime -
MSNBC
MTV
Nickelodeon
Paramount Network
Syfy
TBS
TLC
TNT
Travel Channel
truTV
USA Network
VH1
WE tv -

Winner on Local Channels: Draw

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

Winner on Sports Channels: YouTube TV

Pro Sports Networks

YouTube TV offers access to MLB Network, NBA TV and NFL Network. For US$11/month, you can also add Sports Plus for beIN Sports, Billiard TV, Fox Soccer Plus, GOLTV, MAVTV, NFL RedZone, Outside Television, PlayersTV, PokerGO, SportsGrid, Stadium, TVG and VSiN. NFL RedZone is an absolute game-changer for any football fan.

Hulu Live TV includes NFL Network. NFL RedZone is included in brand-new $9.99 Sports Add-On, which also includes MAVTV, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, TVG and TVG2.

Regional Sports Networks

Both services offer the same 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

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

Winner on Included Features: Hulu Live TV

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 amount 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,” “Little Fires Everywhere,” “Palm Springs,” “PEN15,” “Shrill,” and a great rotating library of blockbuster movies.

YouTube TV offers no similar feature.

The Disney Bundle

Hulu Live TV now includes an automatic subscription to Disney+ and ESPN+. That means you’ll get on demand access to every Star Wars movie and almost every Marvel movie. Throw in Pixar and Disney’s animated classics and that’s a library that’s hard to beat. There are also wonderful original series like “The Mandalorian,” “WandaVision,” and “Loki.”

ESPN+ gives you MLB, NHL and MLS games, along with Bundesliga, LaLiga, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredevise, and more.

College sports fans will be able to watch thousands of games and events including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, track & field, gymnastics, swimming & diving, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, golf, and more.

DVR

Both services offer an unlimited DVR that can hold recordings up to 9 months.

Verdict

Thanks to Hulu’s recent upgrades of the included Disney bundle and an unlimited DVR, Hulu seems like the clear choice. Its on-demand offerings are far better than YouTube TV, and the inclusion of ESPN+ means you’ll have access to NHL events not available to YouTube TV subscribers. Throw in the Disney+ standouts of Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and the Disney animated library, and the value is outstanding.

Perhaps the only remaining reason to choose YouTube TV is if you’d like to save a little money, if you prefer the user interface, or you need a specific channel that Hulu doesn’t carry.