Hulu + Live TV vs. YouTube TV Review 2022

Would you rather have a huge on-demand library or 20 extra channels?

Best On-Demand Content
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starting from
$69.99
/mo
  • Check
    Lifetime and HISTORY channels
  • Check
    Huge on-demand content library
Best Value
YouTube TV
YouTube TV
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Starting from
$64.99
/mo
  • Check
    MLB Network and NBA TV
  • Check
    Unlimited DVR storage space
Chantel Buchi
Staff Writer, TV & Streaming
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Published on January 12, 2022
6 min read

Is Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV the best option for you?

Both live TV streaming services are priced at $65, but YouTube TV has 20 more channels.

YouTube TV has the full package with more than 85 channels— including major sports channels—and an unlimited DVR storage space. 

But Hulu + Live TV is perfect for those who want live TV channels and access to all of Hulu's on-demand library. Streaming marathons, here we come.

Let’s get into the details to determine who’s the winner of this live TV streaming debate, shall we? (We shall.)

How do Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV compare in price?

Both services cost $65 per month, but there are a few catches

Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV have the same pricing, but which one gives you more bang for your buck?

YouTube TV gives you 20 more channels and an unlimited DVR storage space, and Hulu has a vast on-demand library and a few channels YouTube TV doesn't. 

If you want to watch Hulu’s on-demand library without any interruptions, you’re going to have to get that $71 per month plan (or else you may see two ads in a TV show and six in a movie).

Besides the on-demand library, Hulu Live allows you to bundle with ESPN+ and Disney+ for about $7 more on top of whichever plan you choose. Honestly, it’s the perfect entertainment bundle for the family.

How much does Hulu Live cost?
Plan
Price
TV channel count
Details
$69.99
/mo
75+
$75.99
/mo
75+

YouTube TV is our second favorite live TV streaming service and one of the best valued live TV streaming services in the industry.

This streaming service makes it simple with just one plan.

How much does YouTube TV cost?
Provider
Monthly price
Available channels
Learn more
$64.99*85
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 Hulu Live or YouTube TV have fees?

YouTube TV doesn’t have any fees, but Hulu Live sure does.

Most TV lovers would agree, 50 hours of DVR storage and two simultaneous streams are just not enough.

If you want 200 hours of DVR cloud storage and you would like to have an unlimited number of simultaneous streams for you and your family, then you’ll need to add $15 more to your bill.

How much are Hulu Live’s and YouTube TV’s fees?
Fee
Hulu Live
YouTube TV

Enhanced DVR (200 hrs.)

$9.99/mo.

N/A

Unlimited screens

$9.99/mo.

N/A

Enhanced DVR + Unlimited screen

$14.99/mo.

N/A

Data effective 11/30/2021.

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Which channels do Hulu Live and YouTube TV have?

YouTube TV has 20 more channels than Hulu Live, but Hulu Live does have some channels YouTube TV does not.

Besides the sports (more on that later), the biggest differences between the channel lineups are:

  • Hulu + Live TV has Lifetime for the based-on-a-true-story fans and the HISTORY channel for the Alone fans.
  • YouTube TV has PBS Kids while Hulu + Live TV has Disney Jr. for the kiddos.
  • Hulu + Live TV has Big Ten Network and Investigation Discovery (ID) for the adults.
  • YouTube TV has PBS, Hallmark Channel, and BBC America for the adults.
Which popular channels do Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV have?
Channel
Hulu Live
YouTube TV

Cartoon Network

Yes

Yes

Disney Channel

Yes

Yes

FOX News

Yes

Yes

Food Network

Yes

Yes

HGTV

Yes

Yes

Lifetime

Yes

No

MSNBC

Yes

Yes

Nickelodeon

Yes

Yes

TBS

Yes

Yes

Telemundo

Yes

Yes

Univision

No

Yes

Data effective 11/30/2021.

If you want to know the full channel lineup that each service has, check out our Hulu + Live TV Review and YouTube TV Review. You’ll also find more information on Hulu Live’s great on-demand content and originals.

Which local channels do Hulu Live and YouTube TV have?

The local channels Hulu Live and YouTube TV offer you will be based on the area you live in. We listed out all local channels both live TV streaming services have, but just know it could be different when you type in your ZIP code.

Check out Hulu + Live TV’s channel lineup and YouTube TV’s, so you don’t get any surprises.

Both Hulu Live and YouTube TV include the following local channels:

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • FOX
  • NBC

Which premium channels do Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV have?

YouTube TV has all of the live TV streaming services, but Hulu Live is missing EPIX.

The premium channel pricing for both services are pretty much the same, but if you love Condor or Chapelwaite, you’ll want to get YouTube TV.

How much are Hulu Live’s and YouTube TV’s premium channels?
Channel
Hulu Live price
YouTube TV price

HBO®

$14.99/mo.

$14.99/mo.

SHOWTIME®

$10.99/mo.

$11.00/mo.

CINEMAX®

$9.99/mo.

$9.99/mo.

STARZ®

$8.99/mo.

$9.00/mo.

EPIX®

Not available

$6.00/mo.

Data effective 11/30/2021.

Which sports channels do Hulu Live and YouTube TV have?

YouTube TV has 16 sports channels while Hulu Live has 13, which is why YouTube TV is the second best live TV streaming service for sports.

YouTube TV is the only live TV streaming service that includes NFL Network, MLB Network, and NBA TV for only $65 per month.

But if you love college sports, Hulu Live has ESPN College Extra and Big Ten Network in its channel lineup. 

Hulu + Live TV has the following sports channels:

  • ACC Network (ACCN)
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN, ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • ESPN College Extra
  • FS1, FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • Olympic Channel
  • SEC Network

YouTube TV has the following sports channels:

  • ACC Network (ACCN)
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN, ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FS1, FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • SEC Network

Does Hulu Live or YouTube TV have a better DVR?

YouTube TV has the best DVR in the industry. There is no other service that offers unlimited storage space and saves your recordings for nine months.

Hulu Live only gives you 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. We’re not sure if that’s the worst news or if this next part is: you have to pay an extra $10 per month for 200 hours of DVR storage.

That makes your bill $75–$81 per month, which is far more than Youtube TV. And with YouTube TV, not only do you have the greatest DVR, but you get those extra 20 channels and most of the major sports channels (in case we didn't mention that already).

How much DVR storage does Hulu Live and YouTube TV have?
DVR
Hulu Live
YouTube TV

DVR hours and storage

50 or 200 hours, saves indefinitely

Unlimited hours, saves for 9 months

Does Hulu Live or YouTube TV have a better interface?

Both Hulu Live and YouTube TV have a great, easy to use interface, but we’d like to highlight the most important live TV interface feature—the guide. And in this case, Hulu Live wins.

Hulu Live’s guide has convenient tabs at the top to quickly find what you want to watch while on your lunch break. Choose Recent, Sports, News, Movies, Kids, or All if you want to channel surf.

Hulu Live guide November 2021

As for YouTube TV, you don’t get those easy-click buttons to get you what you want in seconds.

YouTube TV might not have the categories to get you to the channel you’re looking for, but we do like the little video box of what is currently airing to give you a quick visual.

YouTube TV guide November 2021

Which devices can you watch Hulu Live and YouTube TV on?

Hulu Live and YouTube TV are compatible with pretty much every device.

But only two can stream Hulu Live at once unless you pay an additional $9.99 per month for an unlimited number of simultaneous streams. Three can stream on YouTube TV, which is perfect when you don’t want to watch your spouse’s HGTV show or your son’s Disney Channel movie.

You can stream Hulu Live on the train with one of these streaming devices:

  • iPhones and iPads
  • Android smartphones and tables
  • Apple TV (fourth generation and up)
  • Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Amazon Fire tablets
  • Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Roku and Roku Stick
  • Google Chromecast and Google Chromecast Ultra
  • Safari and Chrome web browsers
  • Samsung and LG Smart TVs
  • Nintendo Switch

You, your spouse, and your son can simultaneously stream YouTube TV 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

Recap: YouTube TV is the winner

Hulu Live has lots of on-demand content, but YouTube TV has most everything you want in a live TV streaming service

Hulu Live is number one when it comes to its on-demand library, including its excellent originals we all love to binge watch. And Hulu also offers the best entertainment bundle with ESPN+ and Disney+ for about $7 extra.

But YouTube TV has 20 more channels, including NBA TV and MLB Network, and an unlimited DVR storage.

  • Pricing: YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV are both $65 per month, but if you want to enjoy one of Hulu Live’s best features (the on-demand library) without any interruptions you’ll have to pay $71 per month. You’ll also have to tack on $15 if you want unlimited simultaneous streams and a 200-hour DVR storage instead of 50. YouTube TV is a clean $65 per month with an unlimited DVR storage space and three simultaneous streams.
  • Channels: This part might depend on the type of entertainment you like. Hulu Live has the Lifetime Channel, Big Ten Network, and Disney Jr. YouTube TV has 20 more channels, including PBS, BBC America, NBA TV, and MLB Network.
  • DVR: Did we mention we like YouTube TV’s DVR? It's unlimited and saves your recordings for nine months. Hulu Live gives you only 50 hours (c’mon Hulu).
  • User interface: Hulu Live takes the win on this one. Hulu Live’s guide makes it easier for you to find the channels you want in a jiffy.

Check out our full review on Hulu Live and YouTube TV if you’re still on the fence. You’ll find more details on add-ons, channels, and user interface.

Live TV streaming service
Monthly price
Available channels
Details
$64.99
/mo
85
$69.99–$75.99
/mo
75
Chantel Buchi
Written by
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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  • Terence Lewis

    This review is spot on. I stayed with Hulu live and suffered with freezing screens, recordings not playing, calls to tech support with no resolution. My last call to Hulu they were back logged and offered to call me back and they never called me. That was the last straw this weekend, which caused me to switch. I love You Tube TV!!! I’m also able to fast forward through commercials as one big perk. Hulu live as a long ways to go. Anyone recommending Hulu Live over You Tube TV has a bias for Hulu. I wanted to like Hulu live and stayed with them as long as I could bear it. This weekend was it as I mentioned before. I would say get a free trial of both streaming services and test them out side by side you will see what I am saying is accurate.

  • 2cc4

    You’ll need to update this. As of 10/01/20, YTTV is dropping Sinclair and all Fox Sports channels. That’s a HUGE loss and replaced only with NBC News. All recorded programs lost. YTTV is not reducing the price to reflect the losses.

    That makes YTTV a lousy deal now.

    Hulu is superior. Hulu has way more sports channels come October 1st, 2020 than YTTV.

    And don’t be confused by the unlimited YTTV DVR vs the Hulu 50 hours. YTTV offers unlimited, but only for 9 months and then it’s all deleted. Hulu allows one to delete programs they’ve already watched to free up space. YTTV does not. Besides, one can get Enhanced 200 hours with Hulu and still be less than YTTV.