Comcast Xfinity TV vs. YouTube TV Review 2022

What’s in your future? Cable TV or live TV streaming?

Best for an Abundance of Channels
Xfinity TV
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Monthly price
$49.99$59.99
Available channels
185
Best for Your Wallet
YouTube TV
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Monthly price
$64.99
Available channels
85
Chantel Buchi
Staff Writer, TV & Streaming
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Published on January 25, 2022
7 min read

Xfinity TV is one of the best cable TV providers on the market, and YouTube TV is one of the best live TV streaming services. But they’re both very different TV providers.

Xfinity is a cable provider widely available across the US and has inexpensive TV plans with excellent channel lineups. But beware of the lengthy list of fees.

YouTube TV streams your favorite channels wherever you’d like on almost every device, and you get an unlimited amount of DVR storage hours. But you’ll only get half the channels you could get with Xfinity.

Before we get into the details, we’ll start by saying this epic battle was a close one. But let us dive in to see which is the right choice for you.

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Data effective 12/10/2021. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
*Offer ends 1/10/2021. Limited time offer. Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. New residential customers only. Limited to Blast! and Gigabit. Offer requires enrollment in both automatic payments and paperless billing. Must enroll within 30 days of placing the order. Cards issued by MetaBank®, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa® U.S.A. Inc. Cards will not have cash access and can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.
**Offer ends 01/10/2022. Limited time offer. Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. New residential customers only. Limited to Superfast. Paperless Billing and Automatic Payments with bank account required, otherwise monthly service charge automatically increases by $10 (or $5 if enrolling with credit or debit card information). Discount will appear on statement within 45 days of enrollment. 1-year minimum term contract required.
†Offer ends 01/10/2022. Limited time offer. Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. New residential customers only. Limited to Connect. Paperless Billing and Automatic Payments required. Discount will appear on statement within 45 days of enrollment. 1-year minimum term contract required. Cards issued by MetaBank®, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa® U.S.A. Inc. Cards will not have cash access and can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.

How do Xfinity TV and YouTube TV compare in price?

With both TV providers, you get what you pay for

YouTube TV keeps it simple with one plan and one price—$65 per month.

Xfinity TV doesn't make the  choice hard either with only two plans: Popular TV and Ultimate TV.

With Xfinity TV's packages, you'll have to sign a 1-year commitment to get this promotional pricing. When your contract is over, your monthly bill will increase by $20–$30 for the remainder of your service. 

But that second-year pricing isn't the worst compared to our other favorite cable TV providers.

How much does Xfinity TV cost?
Plan
Price
Channel count
Details
Popular TV$49.99*125+
Ultimate TV$59.99*185+
Data effective 12/13/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* for the first 12 mos with 1-Year Agreement. Includes $10/mo. automatic payments and paperless billing discount.

Xfinity TV offers more channels than YouTube TV, so you’ll get to enjoy more entertainment and variety. But YouTube TV doesn't require you to sign a contract.

YouTube TV only has 85 channels in its lineup, but if you scroll down to the channels section, you might realize that’s all you need.

How much does YouTube TV cost?
Monthly price
Available channels
Learn more
YouTube TV$64.9985
Data as of 11/11/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
Data as of 11/11/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

Does Xfinity TV or YouTube TV have a contract?

Xfinity TV requires its customers to sign a 1-year contract.

You'll only have to pay $50–$60 per month with Xfinity’s Popular TV and Ultimate TV packages, but your bill will increase to $71 and $89 in year two and onward.

On the other hand, YouTube TV has no contract whatsoever (just like the rest of the live TV streaming services in the industry). You won’t have to worry about your price increasing at any point.

Does Xfinity TV or YouTube TV have fees?

To put it bluntly, Xfinity TV has the most fees among any other TV service in the industry, while YouTube TV has zero.

Let’s give you an idea of how much you’ll need to budget for Xfinity fees:

You’ll likely need a TV box for the TV room ($7.50/month), an additional TV box for your bedroom ($7.50/month), 150-hour DVR storage ($10/month), news channels ($24.95/month), and sports channels ($19.15/month).

We’re aiming high for the news and sports channels just in case, but you could be looking at paying up to $69 more per month. So we encourage you to double-check how much you’ll be paying in fees based on your location.

While Xfinity could learn a thing or two from good ol’ YouTube, these fees aren’t necessarily outrageous in the cable TV world (Xfinity is still one of the best cable TV providers).

How much are Xfinity TV’s and YouTube TV’s fees?
Fee
Xfinity TV
YouTube TV

First TV box

$7.50/mo.

N/A

Additional X1 TV box

$7.50/mo.

N/A

DVR fee

$0–$20.00/mo.

N/A

Broadcast fee

Up to $24.95/mo.

N/A

Regional sports fee

Up to $14.45/mo.

N/A

Data effective 1/25/2022. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

YouTube TV doesn’t have any fees, which is unique in the TV world. It’s a well-rounded service that doesn’t need a DVR or simultaneous streams added on like Sling TV or Hulu + Live TV.

And if you want to take a break without losing all of your Schitt’s Creek recordings, you can pause your YouTube TV membership for up to six months and come back to watch the sibling rivalry between David and Alexis.

Are you interested in bundling the internet with your Xfinity TV plan?
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If you like the idea of paying one bill for your internet, TV, and phone service, Xfinity has some affordable bundles to choose from. Our internet expert, Catherine McNally, takes you through some steps to find the best bundle for you and your home.

Which channels do Xfinity TV and YouTube TV have?

YouTube TV has most popular channels, but Xfinity TV has more

Xfinity TV easily wins first prize when it comes to channels.

This cable TV provider nets you 125–185+ channels (it’s a given that you’re going to find more of your favorite channels with Xfinity).

Since YouTube TV only has 85 channels in its lineup, you won’t find channels like DIY Network or Tennis Channel (but maybe you're not a DIY or tennis fan).

If you need more information, check out Xfinity’s and YouTube TV’s websites to see which channel lineup and price works best for you.

PS: We assure you that both TV providers have your local channels, and if you scroll down a little, you’ll see the sports channels you’ll get front row seats to.

Which popular channels do Xfinity TV and YouTube TV have?
Channel
Xfinity TV
YouTube TV

CNN

All packages

Yes

Disney Channel

All packages

Yes

ESPN

All packages

Yes

Food Network

All packages

Yes

Fox News

All packages

Yes

Hallmark Channel

All packages

Yes

HGTV

All packages

Yes

Investigation Discovery (ID)

All packages

Yes

MSNBC

All packages

Yes

Nickelodeon

All packages

Yes

Telemundo

All packages

Yes

Univision

All packages

Yes

USA

All packages

Yes

Data effective 1/25/2022. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

We like how Xfinity’s entry-level packages have most of the popular channels you love and want (or need).

We do recommend upgrading to the Ultimate TV package if you’re a fan of the most popular sports, your spouse loves movie channels, and your kids love cartoons.

Xfinity TV also has your local channels (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC) in all of its packages, as does YouTube TV.

Which premium channels do Xfinity TV and YouTube TV have?

It’s somewhat rare for a TV service to offer all of the premium channels, yet both Xfinity TV and YouTube TV do!

Most of the prices are the same, but YouTube TV charges a little less for SHOWTIME and CINEMAX. YouTube TV also has an HBO Max, SHOWTIME, and STARZ bundle that will save you money if you enjoy Made for Love, Billions, and Black Sails.

Xfinity TV and YouTube TV premium channels
Channel
Xfinity TV price
YouTube TV price

HBO Max

$15.00/mo.

$14.99/mo.

SHOWTIME

$12.00/mo.

$4.99/mo. (for the first 6 months), $11.00/mo.

CINEMAX

$12.00/mo.

$9.99/mo.

STARZ

$8.99/mo.

$9.00/mo.

EPIX

$5.99/mo.

$6.00/mo.

Entertainment Plus (HBO Max, SHOWTIME, STARZ)

N/A

$29.99/mo.

Data effective 1/25/2022. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

Which sports channels do Xfinity TV and YouTube TV have?

If you’re after sports channels, YouTube TV might be the No. 1 pick for you.

You get 17 sports channels among the 85 total channels on your TV for $65 per month. YouTube TV is the only live TV streaming service that gives you all of the major sports networks for this low price.

YouTube TV also tends to the sports fans who love college sports as it has a more complete college-channel lineup than Xfinity TV (it's just missing the PAC-12 Network channel).

Xfinity’s entry-level plan gives you nine sports channels, and the upgraded package gives you 23.

If you’re a fanatic of the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL, you’re going to like the Ultimate TV plan. 

Xfinity TV’s Popular TV plan has the following sports channels:

  • AT&T SportsNet
  • ESPN, ESPN2
  • FS1, FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • PAC-12 Network
  • Local Sports
  • Tennis Channel

Xfinity TV’s Ultimate TV plan has all of the sports channels above and the following:

  • ACC Network (ACCN)
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • NFL Network
  • NHL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • Outdoor Channel
  • SEC Network
  • Sportsman Channel
  • TUDN
  • Zona Fútbol

YouTube TV has the following sports channels:

  • ACC Network (ACCN)
  • Big Ten Network (BTN)
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN, ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FS1, FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • MLB Game of the Week
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports Network (NBCSN)
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • SEC Network

Does Xfinity TV or YouTube TV have a better DVR?

YouTube TV wins in the DVR department as it has the biggest storage space in the industry with unlimited.

If you’d like, you can record every NBA game this season, every episode of Storage Wars, and every Anderson Cooper 360 episode. And you’d still have plenty of room to spare, and then some.

With any cable TV provider, you have to expect to pay DVR service fees.

Xfinity TV charges $7.50/month for each set-top box and $0–$20/month for the DVR service.

Although Xfinity’s X1 DVR only holds 150 HD hours, one upside to Xfinity’s DVR is that it stores your recordings indefinitely. Unlike with YouTube TV, you won’t have to worry about your recordings erasing after nine months.

How much DVR storage does Xfinity TV and YouTube TV have?
DVR
Xfinity TV
YouTube TV

DVR hours and storage

150 HD/300 SD hours, saves indefinitely

Unlimited hours, saves for nine months

Set-top box price

$7.50/mo. each

N/A

DVR fee

$0–$20.00/mo.

N/A

*Data effective 1/25/2022.

On which devices can you stream Xfinity TV and YouTube TV?

You probably want to watch Murder Chose Me to kill time (pun intended) waiting in line at the drive-through car wash. Or maybe you’ll find yourself needing to distract the little ones with Bluey while you’re grocery shopping.

Either way, you’ll need to know which devices are compatible with the Xfinity Stream and YouTube TV apps.

You can stream Xfinity TV on these streaming devices:

  • Amazon Fire TVs
  • Roku TVs
  • Roku Ultra, Roku Express, Roku Premiere
  • Roku 2, 3, and 4
  • Roku Smart Soundbar
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • LG smart TVs

Stream YouTube TV all day long on these streaming devices:

  • iPhone, iPad
  • Android smartphone, Android tablet
  • Apple TV
  • Android TV
  • Roku TVs, Roku smart soundbar
  • Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Express, Roku Premiere
  • Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cubes
  • Vizio SmartCast TVs
  • Samsung & LG smart TVs
  • HiSense TVs
  • Chrome, Safari

You can stream on five separate devices at once with Xfinity TV, and you can stream on three different devices simultaneously with YouTube TV.

Recap: YouTube TV is the winner

Xfinity TV has more channels, but YouTube TV is contract-free with unlimited DVR storage space
  • Pricing: YouTube TV has one straightforward price at $65 per month. Xfinity TV has two plans to choose from, and both require a 1-year contract. Popular TV will be $50/month for your first year then will increase to $71 for the rest of your service time. Ultimate TV will cost $60/month and then increase to $89 for year two and forward.
  • Contracts and fees: A contract and fees are non-existent with YouTube TV. As described above, Xfinity TV requires its customers to sign a 1-year agreement. As for fees, Xfinity has a long list of them. You could potentially spend $69 per month on these extra costs, but it depends on your location. We strongly recommend that you double-check during your checkout process or chat with an Xfinity Advisor.
  • Channels: This one is a tie because this will depend on what your personal preferences are. Xfinity TV has channel lineups complete with most of the popular channels. And if you want the most channels, Xfinity is for you. If you’re looking for a consistent price, want all of your major sports networks in a $65/month plan, and you like what you see in YouTube TV’s channel lineup, YouTube TV will be a great choice.
  • DVR: YouTube TV’s DVR has unlimited storage space that saves your recordings for nine months. Xfinity TV’s X1 DVR gives you 150 HD/300 SD storage hours and keeps your recordings indefinitely. You’ll just have to budget for those extra DVR service fees with cable TV providers.

Check out our full reviews on Xfinity TV and YouTube TV if you're still on the fence.

We go more in-depth on which Xfinity TV plan or bundle is best for you, and we’ll explain why we like YouTube TV’s user interface.

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Chantel Buchi
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Chantel Buchi
Chantel is all about finding the best tv or streaming service to watch as many football games as possible to keep her Fantasy Football team in check. Prior to being a TV and Streaming Tech Reporter for Reviews.org, she worked for NFL Network and The Alliance of American Football. Before that, she received a B.A. of Communication at the University of Utah and an M.S. in Sports Journalism at USC. Go Utes and Fight On. Contact her at chantel@reviews.org

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