Hulu + Live TV vs. YouTube TV Review 2020

Would you rather have a huge on-demand library or 20 extra channels?
Best On-Demand Content
Extra ESPN channels
Huge on-demand content library
Best Value
MLB Network and NBA TV
Unlimited DVR storage space

So … is Hulu Live or YouTube TV the best?

Both may seem somewhat similar besides the pricing and the channel count, but we’re pretty sure you’ll leave here knowing exactly which live TV streaming service is the right one for you.

When you first look at the prices of these services, you may wonder why YouTube TV is $10 more. Well, YouTube TV has the full package.  And we’ll explain how. (Yes, we already gave away the winner.)

Let’s get into the details to find out why, shall we? (We shall.)

How do Hulu Live and YouTube TV compare in price?

There’s a $10 difference, but both are fairly priced in terms of what they offer.

With both Hulu Live and YouTube TV, you get what you pay for.

If you only need 65 channels, you can save $10 by going with Hulu Live’s limited-ads plan.

Limited ads refer to Hulu’s on-demand library where you may see two ads in a TV show and six in a movie (yes, you get access to all of Hulu’s on-demand content too!).

If you absolutely can’t stand ad breaks, just pay an extra $5 for the no ads plan.

Another option with Hulu Live: you can bundle with ESPN+ and Disney+ for about $6 more on whichever plan you choose. Honestly, it’s the perfect entertainment bundle for the family.

How much does Hulu Live cost?
PlanMonthly priceChannel countDetails
Hulu Live (limited ads)$54.99/mo.65+View Plan
Hulu Live (no ads)$60.99/mo.65+View Plan

Data effective 7/27/2020.

YouTube TV recently hiked its prices $15, but it’s still the best valued live TV streaming service in the industry.

If you want major sports channels (like NBA TV and MLB Network) and an unlimited DVR, you’ll want to spend $65 per month for these luxuries on YouTube TV.

(We should mention that Hulu Live’s advertised pricing only comes with 50 hours of DVR storage. Not. Enough. At. All.)

And YouTube TV makes it easy with just one plan.

How much does YouTube TV cost?
PlanMonthly priceChannel countDetails
YouTube TV$64.99/mo.85+View Plan

Data effective 7/27/2020.

Does Hulu Live or YouTube TV have hidden fees?

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

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.

Because if you’re like us, you’re going to agree with this statement: 50 hours of DVR storage and two simultaneous streams are just not enough.

How much are Hulu + Live TV’s fees?
FeeHulu LiveYouTube TV
Enhanced DVR (200 hrs.)$9.99/mo.N/A
Unlimited screens$9.99/mo.N/A
Enhanced DVR + Unlimited screens$14.99/mo.N/A

Data effective 7/27/2020.

Which channels do Hulu Live and YouTube TV have?

YouTube TV recently added ViacomCBS channels.

YouTube TV has 20 more channels than Hulu Live, 14 of which have been recently added.

The biggest differences between the channel lineups (besides the sports, which is further down):

  • Hulu + Live TV has Lifetime for the based-on-true-story fans.
  • YouTube TV has PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and Nick Jr. for the kiddos.
  • YouTube TV has Paramount Network, PBS, BET, Comedy Central, and BBC America for the adults.

But both Hulu Live and YouTube TV don’t have the Hallmark Channel (grabs face like Kevin from Home Alone).

Which popular channels do Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV have?
ChannelHulu LiveYouTube TV
Cartoon NetworkYesYes
Disney ChannelYesYes
FOX NEWSYesYes
Food NetworkYesYes
HGTVYesYes
LifetimeYesNo
MSNBCYesYes
NickelodeonNoYes
TBSYesYes
TelemundoYesYes
UnivisionNoNo

Data effective 7/27/2020.

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.

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’s and YouTube TV’s local channels include the following:

  • 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 Britannia or Godfather of Harlem, you’ll want to get YouTube TV.

How much are Hulu Live’s and YouTube TV’s premium channels?
ChannelHulu Live priceYouTube 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 7/27/2020.

Which sports channels do Hulu Live and YouTube TV have?

YouTube TV has 20 sports channels while Hulu Live has 18, but that’s only one reason why YouTube TV is the best live TV streaming service for sports.

YouTube TV is the only live TV streaming service that includes MLB Network and NBA TV for only $65 per month. fuboTV has both, but you’ll have to pay $85 per month.

Hulu Live will give you extra ESPN channels like ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN College Extra, and ESPN Goal Line (if you prefer those).

Hulu + Live TV has the following sports channels:

  • ACCN
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPN U
  • ESPN College Extra
  • ESPN Bases Loaded
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • NBC Sports Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • SEC Network

YouTube TV has the following sports channels:

  • ACCN
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPN U
  • FS1
  • Golf Channel
  • Local MLS channel (i.e., LAFC)
  • MLB Game of the Week
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports
  • NBC Sports Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • SEC Network
  • Tennis Channel

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 $65–$71, the same price as 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.

How much DVR storage does Hulu Live and YouTube TV have?
DVRHulu LiveYouTube TV
DVR hours and storage50 or 200 hours, saves indefinitelyUnlimited 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

As for YouTube TV, you don’t get those easy-click buttons to get you what you want in seconds (first world problems, amirite?).

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.

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 $6 extra.

But YouTube TV has 20 more channels, including NBA TV and MLB Network (two major sports that are currently on TV), and an unlimited DVR storage.

  • Pricing: YouTube TV looks like the most expensive option of the two, but not quite. Hulu Live starts at $55 per month, but that includes ads. If you want 200 hours of DVR storage space instead of 50 and you want unlimited simultaneous streams for everyone in the family, you’ll have to add $15 to your bill (or just $10 for the extra DVR storage). YouTube TV is a clean $65 per month with no ads, unlimited DVR storage, and three simultaneous streams.
  • Channels: Hulu Live may have the Lifetime Channel and three more ESPN channels, but YouTube TV has Nickelodeon, PBS, BBC America, Paramount Network, and more sports channels.
  • DVR: Did we mention we like YouTube TV’s DVR? A few words: 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 jiff.

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.

What do you think?

Do you have Hulu Live or YouTube TV? What’s your experience with it been? Or do you like a different streaming service better? Drop us a comment below!