Streaming Service Channel Comparison Review

Thinking of cutting the cord but don’t want to miss out on your favorite shows? We’ve got the 101 on which channels TV streaming service providers have—like Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube TV.
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Sling TV vs. DIRECTV NOW vs. fuboTV vs. PlayStation Vue vs. Hulu with Live TV vs. YouTube TV—Channel Comparison

We know that picking the best TV streaming service option can be hard—like, Bachelor-finale-who-will-he-give-the-rose-to hard. So we’ve compiled an updated overview of the various channels, premium packages, and add-ons that Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube TV offer.

If you’re trying to decide between The Walking Dead and Iron Chef, or between watching your favorite sports team play live and getting your Kardashian fix (it’s a thing), we have the lowdown on which TV service you should choose.

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Sling TV packages, pricing, and channels

If you’re not picky about missing traditional cable, Sling TV’s affordable packages can save you dough on subscription TV.

Here’s the deal: between commercials and subpar local channel offerings, Sling TV’s plans aren’t perfect. But with an updated cloud DVR service and a variety of add-ons, we can’t help but like it—especially with how good the prices are.

One thing to note, though: Sling TV splits up the most desirable channels between two base packages (Sling Orange and Sling Blue). Because of this, if you’re torn between, say, ESPN and National Geographic, you’d have to get the most expensive package (Sling Orange+Blue) to get the best of both worlds.

Sling TV channels and packages

ChannelsSling Orange ($20.00)Sling Blue ($25.00)Sling Orange+Blue ($40.00)
A&EYesYesYes
ABC*YesNoYes
AMCYesYesYes
AXS TVYesYesYes
BBC AmericaYesYesYes
BETYesYesYes
Bloomberg TVYesYesYes
BravoNoYesYes
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimYesYesYes
CheddarYesYesYes
CNNYesYesYes
Comedy CentralYesYesYes
Disney ChannelYesNoYes
El ReyYesYesYes
EPIX Drive-InYesYesYes
ESPNYesNoYes
ESPN2YesNoYes
ESPN3YesNoYes
FlamaYesYesYes
Food NetworkYesYesYes
FOX*NoYesYes
FreeformYesYesYes
FS1NoYesYes
FS2NoYesYes
fuseYesYesYes
FXYesYesYes
FXXYesYesYes
GalavisionYesYesYes
HGTVYesYesYes
HISTORYYesYesYes
IFCYesYesYes
Local NowYesYesYes
LifetimeYesYesYes
Nat Geo WILDNoYesYes
National Geographic ChannelNoYesYes
NBC*NoYesYes
NBC Regional Sports Networks*NoYesYes
NBCSNNoYesYes
NewsyYesYesYes
Nick Jr.YesYesYes
SyfyNoYesYes
TBSYesYesYes
TNTYesYesYes
Travel ChannelYesYesYes
Tribeca ShortlistYesYesYes
truTVNoYesYes
UniMas*YesYesYes
Univision*YesYesYes
USA NetworkNoYesYes
VicelandYesYesYes
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Channels
A&E
ABC*
AMC
AXS TV
BBC America
BET
Bloomberg TV
Bravo
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
Cheddar
CNN
Comedy Central
Disney Channel
El Rey
EPIX Drive-In
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPN3
Flama
Food Network
FOX*
Freeform
FS1
FS2
fuse
FX
FXX
Galavision
HGTV
HISTORY
IFC
Local Now
Lifetime
Nat Geo WILD
National Geographic Channel
NBC*
NBC Regional Sports Networks*
NBCSN
Newsy
Nick Jr.
Syfy
TBS
TNT
Travel Channel
Tribeca Shortlist
truTV
UniMas*
Univision*
USA Network
Viceland
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*Available in select areas only

Heads up, AT&T-ers: If you have the AT&T Unlimited Choice Plan, you’re eligible for a $15 per month credit on your DIRECTV NOW account. This would take the total cost of your DIRECTV NOW Live a Little subscription down to 20 bucks a month.

DIRECTV NOW packages, pricing, and channels

Nationwide coverage, solid channel selections, and decent on-demand options done right.

DIRECTV NOW’s streaming quality is so-so, as is its DVR, but it has tons of channels like ABC and ESPN even in its most basic package— and we think it’s decently priced.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that DIRECTV NOW offers premium channels add-ons like HBO for as little as $5 a month—a steal if we’ve ever seen one.

DIRECTV NOW channels and packages

ChannelsLive a Little ($40/mo.)Just Right ($55/mo.)Go Big ($65/mo.)Gotta Have It ($75/mo.)
AWENoYesYesYes
A&EYesYesYesYes
ABCYesYesYesYes
AMCYesYesYesYes
American HeroesNoNoYesYes
Animal PlanetYesYesYesYes
AspireNoNoYesYes
AudienceYesYesYesYes
AXS TVYesYesYesYes
Baby FirstYesYesYesYes
BBC AmericaYesYesYesYes
BBC World NewsNoNoYesYes
BETNoNoNoNo
BET HerNoNoYesYes
Bloomberg TVYesYesYesYes
BoomerangNoNoNoYes
BravoYesYesYesYes
BTNNoYesYesYes
C-SPANYesYesYesYes
C-SPAN2YesYesYeaYes
Cartoon NetworkYesYesYesYes
CBSYesYesYesYes
CBS Sports NetworkNoNoYesYes
CMTYesYesYesYes
CNBCYesYesYesYes
CNBC WorldNoYesYesYes
CNNYesYesYesYes
Comedy CentralYesYesYesYes
Comedy TVNoYesYesYes
Cooking ChannelNoYesYesYes
The CWYesYesYesYes
Destination AmericaNoNoYesYes
DiscoveryYesYesYesYes
Discovery Family ChannelNoNoYesYes
Discovery LifeNoNoYesYes
Discovery ChannelYesYesYesYes
Disney JuniorYesYesYesYes
Disney XDYesYesYesYes
DIY NetworkNoNoYesYes
E!YesYesYesYes
El ReyNoNoNoYes
ESPNYesYesYesYes
ESPN2YesYesYesYes
ESPNEWSNoYesYesYes
ESPNUNoYesYesYes
FMNoNoYesYes
Food NetworkYesYesYesYes
FOXYesYesYesYes
Fox Business NetworkYesYesYesYes
Fox News ChannelYesYesYesYes
FOX Sports 1YesYesYesYes
FOX Sports 2NoNoYesYes
FreeformYesYesYesYes
FuseNoYesYesYes
FusionNoYesYesYes
FXYesYesYesYes
FX Movie ChannelNoNoYesYes
FXXYesYesYesYes
FYINoNoYesYes
GalavisionYesYesYesYes
Golf ChannelNoNoYesYes
GSNNoYesYesYes
Hallmark ChannelYesYesYesYes
Hallmark Movies & MysteriesYesNoNoNo
HGTVYesYesYesYes
HISTORYYesYesYesYes
HLNYesYesYesYes
IFCNoYesYesYes
Investigation DiscoveryYesYesYesYes
Justice CentralNoYesYesYes
LifetimeYesYesYesYes
LMNNoNoYesYes
LogoNoNoYesYes
MLB NetworkNoYesYesYes
MSNBCYesYesYesYes
MTVYesYesYesYes
MTV2YesYesYesYes
MTV ClassicNoNoYesYes
Nat Geo WILDNoNoYesYes
National Geographic ChannelYesYesYesYes
NBA TVNoNoYesYes
NBCYesYesYesYes
NBCSNYesYesYesYes
NHL NetworkNoNoYesYes
Nick Jr.YesYesYesYes
Nickelodeon/Nick at NiteYesYesYesYes
NicktoonsNoYesYesYes
Olympic ChannelNoNoYesYes
One American NewsYesYesYesYes
OvationYesNoYesYes
OWNNoYesYesYes
OxygenNoNoYesYes
Paramount NetworkYesYesYesYes
PopNoYesYesYes
REELZYesYesYesYes
REVOLT TVNoNoYesYes
RFD-TVYesYesYesYes
Science ChannelNoYesYesYes
SEC NetworkNoYesYesYes
Sportsman ChannelNoNoYesYes
STARZ ENCORE ActionNoNoNoYes
STARZ ENCORE BlackNoNoNoYes
STARZ ENCORE EastNoNoNoYes
STARZ ENCORE FamilyNoNoNoYes
STARZ ENCORE ClassicNoNoNoYes
STARZ ENCORE SuspenseNoNoNoYes
STARZ ENCORE WestNoNoNoYes
STARZ ENCORE WesternsNoNoNoYes
SundanceTVNoYesYesYes
SyfyYesYesYesYes
TBSYesYesYesYes
TCMYesYesYesYes
TeeNickYesYesYesYes
TelemundoYesYesYesYes
Tennis ChannelNoYesYesYes
TLCYesYesYesYes
TNTYesYesYesYes
Travel ChannelNoYesYesYes
TruTVYesYesYesYes
TV LandYesYesYesYes
TVGNoNoYesYes
TV OneNoYesYesYes
UniMásNoYesYesYes
UniversoNoNoYesYes
UnivisionYesYesYesYes
Universal KidsNoNoYesYes
Univision Deportes NetworkNoNoNoYes
UpNoYesYesYes
USA NetworkYesYesYesYes
VelocityYesYesYesYes
VH1YesYesYesYes
VICELANDYesYesYesYes
WE tvYesYesYesYes
The Weather ChannelNoYesYesYes
WeatherNationYesYesYesYes
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AWE
A&E
ABC
AMC
American Heroes
Animal Planet
Aspire
Audience
AXS TV
Baby First
BBC America
BBC World News
BET
BET Her
Bloomberg TV
Boomerang
Bravo
BTN
C-SPAN
C-SPAN2
Cartoon Network
CBS
CBS Sports Network
CMT
CNBC
CNBC World
CNN
Comedy Central
Comedy TV
Cooking Channel
The CW
Destination America
Discovery
Discovery Family Channel
Discovery Life
Discovery Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
DIY Network
E!
El Rey
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPNEWS
ESPNU
FM
Food Network
FOX
Fox Business Network
Fox News Channel
FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 2
Freeform
Fuse
Fusion
FX
FX Movie Channel
FXX
FYI
Galavision
Golf Channel
GSN
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HGTV
HISTORY
HLN
IFC
Investigation Discovery
Justice Central
Lifetime
LMN
Logo
MLB Network
MSNBC
MTV
MTV2
MTV Classic
Nat Geo WILD
National Geographic Channel
NBA TV
NBC
NBCSN
NHL Network
Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite
Nicktoons
Olympic Channel
One American News
Ovation
OWN
Oxygen
Paramount Network
Pop
REELZ
REVOLT TV
RFD-TV
Science Channel
SEC Network
Sportsman Channel
STARZ ENCORE Action
STARZ ENCORE Black
STARZ ENCORE East
STARZ ENCORE Family
STARZ ENCORE Classic
STARZ ENCORE Suspense
STARZ ENCORE West
STARZ ENCORE Westerns
SundanceTV
Syfy
TBS
TCM
TeeNick
Telemundo
Tennis Channel
TLC
TNT
Travel Channel
TruTV
TV Land
TVG
TV One
UniMás
Universo
Univision
Universal Kids
Univision Deportes Network
Up
USA Network
Velocity
VH1
VICELAND
WE tv
The Weather Channel
WeatherNation
Live a Little ($40/mo.) Just Right ($55/mo.) Go Big ($65/mo.) Gotta Have It ($75/mo.)
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*Available in select areas only

Heads up, AT&T-ers: If you have the AT&T Unlimited Choice Plan, you’re eligible for a $15 per month credit on your DIRECTV NOW account. This would take the total cost of your DIRECTV NOW Live a Little subscription down to 20 bucks a month.

fuboTV packages, pricing, and channels

If you’re a big international soccer fan or are into niche sports, fuboTV is your plug for watching sports online.

fuboTV’s DVR capabilities and niche sports programming take the cake but be warned that it strangely doesn’t have ESPN, and you have to be cautious of misleading fees.

For example, the introductory rate for both packages is $19.99 for the first month, but then they’ll spike up to their original prices after the month is up.

fuboTV channels and packages

Channelsfubo ($44.99/mo)fubo Extra ($49.99/mo)
A&EYesYes
AMCYesYes
BabyTVNoYes
BBC AmericaNoYes
BeIN SportsYesYes
beIN Sports 2YesYes
beIN Sports 3YesYes
beIN Sports 5YesYes
beIN Sports 6YesYes
beIN Sports 7YesYes
beIN Sports 8YesYes
beIN Sports 9YesYes
beIN Sports 10YesYes
beIN SPORTS en EspañolYesYes
Benfica TVYesYes
Big Ten NetworkYesYes
BravoYesYes
CBS*YesYes
CBS Sports NetworkYesYes
CBSNYesYes
Chelsea TVYesYes
Cine Sony TelevisionYesYes
CNBCYesYes
CNBC WorldYesYes
Cooking ChannelNoYes
The CWYesYes
DIY NetworkNoYes
E!YesYes
El ReyYesYes
Eleven SportsYesYes
ElgourmetYesYes
Fight NetworkYesYes
FNTSY Sports NetworkYesYes
Food NetworkYesYes
FOX*YesYes
Fox Business NetworkYesYes
Fox College Sports AtlanticYesYes
Fox College Sports CentralYesYes
Fox College Sports PacificYesYes
Fox LifeYesYes
Fox News ChannelYesYes
FOX Soccer PlusYesYes
FOX Sports 1YesYes
fubo CyclingYesYes
fuboTV NetworkYesYes
FuseYesYes
FusionYesYes
FXYesYes
FX Movie ChannelYesYes
FXXYesYes
FYIYesYes
GalavisionYesYes
Golf ChannelYesYes
GolTV EnglishYesYes
GolTV SpanishYesYes
GSNNoYes
Hallmark ChannelYesYes
Hallmark DramaNoYes
Hallmark Movies & MysteriesYesYes
HGTVYesYes
HISTORYYesYes
IFCYesYes
INSPNoYes
LifetimeYesYes
Lifetime Movie NetworkYesYes
Local NowYesYes
Mas ChicYesYes
MAVTVYesYes
Motorsport TVYesYes
MSNBCYesYes
Nat Geo MundoYesYes
Nat Geo WILDYesYes
National Geographic ChannelYesYes
NBA TVYesYes
NBC*YesYes
(NBC) UniversoYesYes
NBCSNYesYes
NFL NetworkYesYes
NFL RedZoneYesYes
Olympic ChannelYesYes
Outdoor ChannelYesYes
Outside TelevisionYesYes
OxygenYesYes
PAC-12 NetworkYesYes
Pac -12 ArizonaYesYes
Pac-12 Bay AreaYesYes
Pac-12 Los AngelesYesYes
Pac-12 MountainYesYes
Pac-12 OregonYesYes
Pac-12 WashingtonYesYes
People TVNoYes
PopYesYes
RevoltNoYes
RTP InternacionalYesYes
SHOWTIMEYesYes
SHOWTIME 2YesYes
SHOWTIME BeyondYesYes
SHOWTIME ExtremeYesYes
SHOWTIME Family ZoneYesYes
SHOWTIME NextYesYes
SHOWTIME ShowcaseYesYes
SHOWTIME WomenYesYes
SHOWTIME WestYesYes
Sony Movie ChannelNoYes
Sports Illustrated TVYesYes
Sportsman ChannelYesYes
StadiumNoYes
Stadium 1NoYes
Stadium 2NoYes
Stadium 3NoYes
SundanceTVYesYes
SyfyYesYes
TelemundoYesYes
Travel ChannelYesYes
TyC SportsYesYes
UniMasYesYes
UnivisionYesYes
Univision Televisa Deportes Network (TDN)YesYes
USA NetworkYesYes
Universal KidsYesYes
VicelandYesYes
WE tvYesYes
World FIshing NetworkYesYes
Weather ChannelYesYes
XITEYesYes
XITE.rockNoYes
XITE.VIBENoYes
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Channels
A&E
AMC
BabyTV
BBC America
BeIN Sports
beIN Sports 2
beIN Sports 3
beIN Sports 5
beIN Sports 6
beIN Sports 7
beIN Sports 8
beIN Sports 9
beIN Sports 10
beIN SPORTS en Español
Benfica TV
Big Ten Network
Bravo
CBS*
CBS Sports Network
CBSN
Chelsea TV
Cine Sony Television
CNBC
CNBC World
Cooking Channel
The CW
DIY Network
E!
El Rey
Eleven Sports
Elgourmet
Fight Network
FNTSY Sports Network
Food Network
FOX*
Fox Business Network
Fox College Sports Atlantic
Fox College Sports Central
Fox College Sports Pacific
Fox Life
Fox News Channel
FOX Soccer Plus
FOX Sports 1
fubo Cycling
fuboTV Network
Fuse
Fusion
FX
FX Movie Channel
FXX
FYI
Galavision
Golf Channel
GolTV English
GolTV Spanish
GSN
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HGTV
HISTORY
IFC
INSP
Lifetime
Lifetime Movie Network
Local Now
Mas Chic
MAVTV
Motorsport TV
MSNBC
Nat Geo Mundo
Nat Geo WILD
National Geographic Channel
NBA TV
NBC*
(NBC) Universo
NBCSN
NFL Network
NFL RedZone
Olympic Channel
Outdoor Channel
Outside Television
Oxygen
PAC-12 Network
Pac -12 Arizona
Pac-12 Bay Area
Pac-12 Los Angeles
Pac-12 Mountain
Pac-12 Oregon
Pac-12 Washington
People TV
Pop
Revolt
RTP Internacional
SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME 2
SHOWTIME Beyond
SHOWTIME Extreme
SHOWTIME Family Zone
SHOWTIME Next
SHOWTIME Showcase
SHOWTIME Women
SHOWTIME West
Sony Movie Channel
Sports Illustrated TV
Sportsman Channel
Stadium
Stadium 1
Stadium 2
Stadium 3
SundanceTV
Syfy
Telemundo
Travel Channel
TyC Sports
UniMas
Univision
Univision Televisa Deportes Network (TDN)
USA Network
Universal Kids
Viceland
WE tv
World FIshing Network
Weather Channel
XITE
XITE.rock
XITE.VIBE
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*Available in select areas only

For a limited time, fuboTV is offering a discounted price of $19.99 for your first 30 days of service. Run, don’t walk—that’s the cheapest monthly rate of any streaming service.

PlayStation Vue packages, pricing, and channels

PlayStation Vue has steep rates, but its noteworthy streaming quality and DVR make it worth the bill.

You don’t actually have to own a PlayStation 3 (PS3) or a PlayStation 4 (PS4) to reap the benefits of PlayStation Vue’s high channel count and awesome playback features.

PlayStation Vue’s top-notch streaming quality, flexibility with add-ons, and a strong DVR to boot can make the moola worth it.

PlayStation Vue channels and packages

ChannelAccess ($44.99/mo.)Core ($49.99/mo.)Elite ($59.99/mo.)Ultra ($79.99/mo.)
ABCYesYesYesYes
AMCYesYesYesYes
American HeroesNoNoYesYes
Animal PlanetYesYesYesYes
BBC AmericaYesYesYesYes
BBC World NewsNoNoYesYes
Big Ten NetworkNoYesYesYes
BoomerangNoNoYesYes
BravoYesYesYesYes
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimYesYesYesYes
CBSYesYesYesYes
CBS Sports NetworkNoYesYesYes
Cine Sony TelevisionYesYesYesYes
CINEMAXYesYesYesYes
CNBCYesYesYesYes
CNBC WorldNoNoYesYes
CNNYesYesYesYes
CNN en EspañolYesYesYesYes
Cooking ChannelNoYesYesYes
DecadesYesYesYesYes
Destination AmericaYesYesYesYes
DiscoveryYesYesYesYes
Discovery en EspañolYesYesYesYes
Discovery FamiliaYesYesYesYes
Discovery Family ChannelNoNoYesYes
Discovery LifeNoNoYesYes
Disney ChannelYesYesYesYes
Disney JuniorYesYesYesYes
Disney XDYesYesYesYes
DIY NetworkNoYesYesYes
E!YesYesYesYes
Eleven SportsNoYesYesYes
EPIX HitsYesYesYesYes
ESPNYesYesYesYes
ESPN2YesYesYesYes
ESPN3YesYesYesYes
ESPN Bases LoadedNoYesYesYes
ESPN ClassicNoYesYesYes
ESPN DeportesNoNoYesYes
ESPN Goal LineNoYesYesYes
ESPNEWSNoYesYesYes
ESPNUNoYesYesYes
ESportsTVNoNoYesYes
Food NetworkYesYesYesYes
FOXYesYesYesYes
Fox Business NetworkYesYesYesYes
Fox College Sports AtlanticNoYesYesYes
Fox College Sports CentralNoYesYesYes
Fox College Sports PacificNoYesYesYes
Fox DeportesYesYesYesYes
Fox LifeYesYesYesYes
Fox News ChannelYesYesYesYes
Fox Regional Sports NetworkNoYesYesYes
Fox Soccer PlusYesYesYesYes
FOX Sports 1YesYesYesYes
FOX Sports 2YesYesYesYes
FreeformYesYesYesYes
FusionNoNoYesYes
FXYesYesYesYes
FX Movie ChannelNoNoYesYes
FXXYesYesYesYes
Ginx ESports TVNoNoYesYes
Golf ChannelNoYesYesYes
Hallmark ChannelNoYesYesYes
Hallmark DramaNoNoYesYes
Hallmark Movies & MysteriesNoNoYesYes
HBOYesYesYesYes
HGTVYesYesYesYes
Hi-YAH!YesYesYesYes
HLNYesYesYesYes
IFCNoYesYesYes
ImpactNoNoYesYes
Investigation DiscoveryYesYesYesYes
LHN (Longhorn Network)NoYesYesYes
MachinimaNoNoYesYes
MGM HDNoNoYesYes
MLB Bases LoadedNoYesYesYes
MLB NetworkNoYesYesYes
MLB Strike ZoneNoYesYesYes
MSNBCYesYesYesYes
myTVYesYesYesYes
National Geographic MundoYesYesYesYes
Nat Geo WILDNoNoYesYes
National Geographic ChannelYesYesYesYes
NBA TVNoYesYesYes
NBCYesYesYesYes
NBC Regional Sports NetworksNoYesYesYes
(NBC) UniversoYesYesYesYes
NBCSNYesYesYesYes
NESNNoYesYesYes
NFL NetworkNoYesYesYes
NFL RedZoneNoYesYesYes
Olympic ChannelNoYesYesYes
Outside TelevisionNoYesYesYes
OWNYesYesYesYes
OxygenYesYesYesYes
PopYesYesYesYes
Science ChannelYesYesYesYes
SEC NetworkNoYesYesYes
SHOWTIMEYesYesYesYes
Sony Movie ChannelNoNoYesYes
SundanceTVNoYesYesYes
SyfyYesYesYesYes
TBSYesYesYesYes
TCMNoYesYesYes
TelemundoYesYesYesYes
TLCYesYesYesYes
TNTYesYesYesYes
Travel ChannelYesYesYesYes
TruTVYesYesYesYes
USA NetworkYesYesYesYes
Universal KidsNoNoYesYes
VelocityNoNoYesYes
WE tvYesYesYesYes
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Channel
ABC
AMC
American Heroes
Animal Planet
BBC America
BBC World News
Big Ten Network
Boomerang
Bravo
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
CBS
CBS Sports Network
Cine Sony Television
CINEMAX
CNBC
CNBC World
CNN
CNN en Español
Cooking Channel
Decades
Destination America
Discovery
Discovery en Español
Discovery Familia
Discovery Family Channel
Discovery Life
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
DIY Network
E!
Eleven Sports
EPIX Hits
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPN3
ESPN Bases Loaded
ESPN Classic
ESPN Deportes
ESPN Goal Line
ESPNEWS
ESPNU
ESportsTV
Food Network
FOX
Fox Business Network
Fox College Sports Atlantic
Fox College Sports Central
Fox College Sports Pacific
Fox Deportes
Fox Life
Fox News Channel
Fox Regional Sports Network
Fox Soccer Plus
FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 2
Freeform
Fusion
FX
FX Movie Channel
FXX
Ginx ESports TV
Golf Channel
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HBO
HGTV
Hi-YAH!
HLN
IFC
Impact
Investigation Discovery
LHN (Longhorn Network)
Machinima
MGM HD
MLB Bases Loaded
MLB Network
MLB Strike Zone
MSNBC
myTV
National Geographic Mundo
Nat Geo WILD
National Geographic Channel
NBA TV
NBC
NBC Regional Sports Networks
(NBC) Universo
NBCSN
NESN
NFL Network
NFL RedZone
Olympic Channel
Outside Television
OWN
Oxygen
Pop
Science Channel
SEC Network
SHOWTIME
Sony Movie Channel
SundanceTV
Syfy
TBS
TCM
Telemundo
TLC
TNT
Travel Channel
TruTV
USA Network
Universal Kids
Velocity
WE tv
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Hulu with Live TV packages, pricing, and channels

Hulu with Live TV gets you access to the largest volume of local channels nationwide and the original Hulu streaming library.

If you’re already a heavy Hulu user and love nostalgic throwbacks like Seinfeld, look no further. Adding Hulu with Live TV to Hulu’s already solid original content gives it an edge over competitors like YouTube TV, whose original content is, let’s be honest, only subpar.

Keep in mind, though, Hulu with Live TV comes with a frustrating user interface to navigate, and its add-on and DVR upgrade costs rack up fast.

See which local channels are available in your ZIP code here.

Hulu with Live TV channels and packages

ChannelsHulu Limited Commercials with Live TV ($39.99/mo.)Hulu (No Commercials) with Live TV($43.99/mo.)
A&EYesYes
ABCYesYes
Big Ten NetworkYesYes
BoomerangYesYes
BravoYesYes
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimYesYes
CBSYesYes
CBS Sports NetworkYesYes
CINEMAXYesYes
CNBCYesYes
CNNYesYes
CNN InternationalYesYes
Disney ChannelYesYes
Disney JuniorYesYes
Disney XDYesYes
E!YesYes
ESPNYesYes
ESPN2YesYes
ESPN3YesYes
ESPN Goal LineYesYes
ESPNEWSYesYes
ESPNUYesYes
Food NetworkYesYes
FOXYesYes
Fox BusinessYesYes
Fox News ChannelYesYes
FOX Sports 1YesYes
FOX Sports 2YesYes
FreeformYesYes
FXYesYes
FX Movie ChannelYesYes
FXXYesYes
FYIYesYes
Golf ChannelYesYes
HBOYesYes
HGTVYesYes
HISTORYYesYes
HLNYesYes
LifetimeYesYes
Lifetime Movie NetworkYesYes
MSNBCYesYes
Nat Geo WILDYesYes
National Geographic ChannelYesYes
NBCYesYes
NBCSNYesYes
Olympic ChannelYesYes
OxygenYesYes
PopYesYes
SEC NetworkYesYes
SHOWTIMEYesYes
SyfyYesYes
TBSYesYes
TCMYesYes
TelemundoYesYes
TNTYesYes
Travel ChannelYesYes
TruTVYesYes
USA NetworkYesYes
Universal KidsYesYes
VICELANDYesYes
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A&E
ABC
Big Ten Network
Boomerang
Bravo
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
CBS
CBS Sports Network
CINEMAX
CNBC
CNN
CNN International
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
E!
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPN3
ESPN Goal Line
ESPNEWS
ESPNU
Food Network
FOX
Fox Business
Fox News Channel
FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 2
Freeform
FX
FX Movie Channel
FXX
FYI
Golf Channel
HBO
HGTV
HISTORY
HLN
Lifetime
Lifetime Movie Network
MSNBC
Nat Geo WILD
National Geographic Channel
NBC
NBCSN
Olympic Channel
Oxygen
Pop
SEC Network
SHOWTIME
Syfy
TBS
TCM
Telemundo
TNT
Travel Channel
TruTV
USA Network
Universal Kids
VICELAND
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If you’re a big ABC fan, know this: Hulu with Live TV has the best ABC offerings of any other service.

YouTube TV packages, pricing, and channels

YouTube TV is the best in the game for DVR, and its local channels are pretty brag-worthy, too.

Not only is it available in 85 markets nationwide, YouTube TV has unlimited DVR that lets you save recordings for up to nine months (it’s the only service that offers this, btw), and it’s more accommodating for multiple-home families.

Unlike other TV streaming services, YouTube TV allows you to create multiple profiles outside your home network. Plus, YouTube TV is killing it on the local channel front, so unless you live in the boonies, you should all be good to go.

YouTube TV channels and packages

ChannelsYouTube TV ($40/mo.)
ABCYes
AMCYes
BBC AmericaYes
BBC World NewsYes
Big Ten NetworkYes
BravoYes
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimYes
CBS*Yes
CBS SportsYes
CheddarYes
Cheddar Big NewsYes
CNBCYes
CNNYes
CometYes
The CWYes
DecadesYes
Disney ChannelYes
Disney JuniorYes
Disney XD*Yes
E!Yes
ESPNYes
ESPN2Yes
ESPN3Yes
ESPNEWSYes
ESPNUYes
FoxYes
Fox Business NewsYes
Fox News ChannelYes
Fox Regional Sports NetworkYes
Fox Soccer PlusYes
FOX Sports 1Yes
FOX Sports 2Yes
FreeformYes
FXYes
FX Movie ChannelYes
FXXYes
Golf ChannelYes
HLNYes
IFCYes
Los Angeles Football ClubYes
MLB NetworkYes
MSNBCYes
myTVYes
Nat Geo WILDYes
National Geographic ChannelYes
NBA TVYes
NBC Regional Sports NetworksYes
(NBC) UniversoYes
NBCSNYes
NECNYes
NewsyYes
Olympic ChannelYes
Orlando City SCYes
PopYes
Seattle SoundersYes
SEC NetworkYes
SHOWTIMEYes
ShudderYes
Smithsonian ChannelYes
SportsNet New York (SNY)Yes
Sundance TVYes
SyfyYes
TastemadeYes
TBSYes
TCMYes
TelemundoYes
Tennis ChannelYes
TNTYes
truTVYes
TYT NetworkYes
USA NetworkYes
Universal KidsYes
WE tvYes
YESYes
YouTube RedYes
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If a show has aired anytime in the last week or two, the on-demand version will be available for a limited time on YouTube TV, but because its DVR lets you save recordings for up to nine months, there’s no rush to finish that rom-com you’ve been eyeing.

What now?

With all the options, it can be hard to choose.

If only one streaming TV service has your must-have channel, then your decision is already made for you. But if you still want to explore your options, we recommend signing up for a free trial—we did it, and it took all of two seconds.

Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV,  and YouTube TV offer seven-day trials, while PlayStation Vue offers a fourteen-day trial (excluding the Ultra Package). Pay attention to those end dates, though, as some of the services will charge you the minute you extend over.

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PSA

If you have a local channel you can’t live without, you can always snag an HD TV antenna for a fair price. Read more here.

Get a free trial before you buy

ServiceTry it out
Sling TVFree trial
DIRECTV NowFree trial
fuboTVFree trial
Hulu with Live TVFree trial
YouTube TVFree trial

Add-ons, premium channels, and DVR options

Getting a few add-ons can enhance your entire streaming experience. 

Want to know which of the six TV streaming services get premium channels, and for what price? We got you.

Premium channel add-ons for top TV streaming service providers

ProvidersCINEMAXEPIXHBOSHOWTIMESTARZ
Sling TV$10/mo.$5/mo.$15/mo.$8.99/mo.$9/mo.
DIRECTV NOW$5/mo.N/A$5/mo.$8/mo.$8/mo.
fuboTVN/AN/AN/A$10.99/mo.N/A
PlayStation Vue$15/mo.$13.99/mo.$15/mo.$10.99/mo.N/A
Hulu with Live TV$9.99/mo.N/A$14.99/mo.$8.99/mo.N/A
YouTube TVN/AN/AN/A$11/mo.N/A
Providers
Sling TV
DIRECTV NOW
fuboTV
PlayStation Vue
Hulu with Live TV
YouTube TV
CINEMAX EPIX HBO SHOWTIME STARZ
$10/mo. $5/mo. $15/mo. $8.99/mo. $9/mo.
$5/mo. N/A $5/mo. $8/mo. $8/mo.
N/A N/A N/A $10.99/mo. N/A
$15/mo. $13.99/mo. $15/mo. $10.99/mo. N/A
$9.99/mo. N/A $14.99/mo. $8.99/mo. N/A
N/A N/A N/A $11/mo. N/A

Just so you know

Overall, we recommend DIRECTV NOW as the best for streaming movies. It has an awesome selection, and HBO or CINEMAX for only $5/mo.? Take that, Subway.

  • DIRECTV NOW’s SHOWTIME channel is actually SHOWTIME East, meaning broadcasts for the eastern time zone. SHOWTIME West is the same channel—it’s just time-delayed three hours to match Pacific time.
  • You can pair CINEMAX with HBO in PlayStation Vue’s in Max Pack for $21.99/mo. (versus paying $30/mo. for both).
  • Save $15 by coupling PlayStation Vue’s EPIX HITS package with SHOWTIME in the Premium Pack for $13.99/mo.

Customize those add-ons

Do you enjoy watching TV in a different language? Do you love to watch a specific sport? Add-ons can help you customize your plan.

Sling TV add-ons

Sling TV add-ons

ChannelPrice
Sports Extra$5/mo.
News Extra$5/mo.
Kids Extra$5/mo.
Best of Spanish TV$5/mo.
Arabic Mini$10/mo.
Chinese Mini$5/mo.
Lifestyle Extra$5/mo.
Sudamérica$5/mo.
México$5/mo.
Centroamérica$5/mo.
Caribe$5/mo.
Curiositystream$6/mo.
Telugu Mini$5/mo.
Tamil Mini$5/mo.
Polish Mini$15/mo.
Heartland Extra$5/mo.
Hollywood Extra$5/mo.
Hindi Mini$5/mo.
Francais Mini$5/mo.
Epsaña$5/mo.
Arabic Mini.$10/mo.
Deutsch Mini$5/mo.
Italiano Mini$10/mo.
UP Faith & Family$5/mo.

DIRECTV NOW add-ons

ChannelPrice
HBO$5/mo.
CINEMAX$5/mo.
STARZ$8/mo.
SHOWTIME$8/mo.
Channel
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STARZ
SHOWTIME
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$8/mo.
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fuboTV add-ons

ChannelPrice
Adventure Plus$4.99/mo.
International Sports Plus$5.99/mo.
Mundo Plus$5.99/mo.
Sports Plus$8.99/mo.
fubo Cycling$11.99/mo.
fubo Latino$12.99/mo.
Portuguese Plus$14.99/mo.
Channel
Adventure Plus
International Sports Plus
Mundo Plus
Sports Plus
fubo Cycling
fubo Latino
Portuguese Plus
Price
$4.99/mo.
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PlayStation Vue add-ons

ChannelPrice
Español Pack$4.99/mo.
Sports Pack$10.00/mo.
Fox Soccer Plus Standalone$14.99/mo.
Sports Plus$8.99/mo.
HI-YAH! Standalone $2.99/mo.
Channel
Español Pack
Sports Pack
Fox Soccer Plus Standalone
Sports Plus
HI-YAH! Standalone
Price
$4.99/mo.
$10.00/mo.
$14.99/mo.
$8.99/mo.
$2.99/mo.

YouTube TV add-ons

ChannelPrice
Fox Soccer Plus Standalone$14.99/mo.
Shudder$5.00/mo.
Sundance TV$7.00/mo.

DVR features

We’ve briefly touched on DVR features, but we wanted to give you an overall breakdown for each streaming service too.

Sling TV

  • DVR option: Only if you upgrade
  • Upgrade cost: $5/mo. for fifty hours
  • Time available: 0 hours

DIRECTV NOW

  • DVR option: Yes
  • Upgrade cost: N/A
  • Hours available: 20 hours

fuboTV

  • DVR option: Yes, but average
  • Upgrade cost: $9.99/mo. for 500 hours
  • Time available: 30 hours

PlayStation Vue

  • DVR option: Unlimited
  • Upgrade cost: N/A
  • Time available: 28 days

Hulu with Live TV

  • DVR option: Yes
  • Upgrade cost: $14.99/mo. for 200 hours
  • Time available: 50 hours

YouTube TV

  • DVR option: Unlimited
  • Upgrade cost: N/A
  • Time available: 9 months

We can’t stress enough how good YouTube TV’s DVR is. It’s the best TV streaming service for DVR capabilities, and its “Recommended for You” section uses Google’s tracking algorithm, so it’s crazy accurate.

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Before you go

Check out our specific reviews on Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, and PlayStation VueHulu with Live TV and YouTube TV.

If you have any lingering questions, let us know in the comments.

  • Ron

    HGTV is available on sling, FYI

    • http://dev-reviewsorg.pantheon.io Scott T.

      Doh! Fixed that.

  • Ron

    HGTV is also available on FuboTv…I’d delete that entire section of your review.

    • http://dev-reviewsorg.pantheon.io Scott T.

      Holy cow! Thanks for catching that. We fixed it.

  • http://dev-reviewsorg.pantheon.io/ Trevor Wheelwright

    Yes Doug, that’s our recommendation!

    The interface caters to sports more, which helps you find what you want to watch quicker.
    Here’s the link: https://www.fubo.tv/signup

    • http://mylordandme.com Doug

      Thank you Trevor!!

  • itsSunYam

    Might want to update this. fuboTV offers Food Network, LMN, Local NOW, PAC-12, they just got the CBS channels (some depends on your area), heard rumors they will be getting Showtime since it’s owned by CBS, with more channels coming.

  • Laurel Pearl-Gross

    does direct offer on demand? To clarify can I view the most recent episodes of a particular show at anytime after the original airing?

  • http://dev-reviewsorg.pantheon.io/ Trevor Wheelwright

    Hey Gio,
    FuboTV expanded its American Football offering recently with NFL Network and a few others. Check out your subscription to see if any new channels were added (NFL Network was added to Premier for free), or if you see new add-on packs available to you at an additional cost.

  • Brent Norway

    No, but you get more discounts if you do

  • GK

    So far DIRECTV NOW is looking god but I need to watch the Red Sox season without going through Comcast NESNgo is allegedly a stream option but don’t know what to choose re: streaming offer. Any suggestions?

  • Matt

    There are a bunch of channels Fubo gets that say “no” on this list. Fake news. Food Network, Travel Channel, NFL, Red Zone, Local Now, Weather Channel, Unimas, Universal Kids (sprout doesn’t exist anymore), Olympic Channel ( Universal channel doesn’t exist anymore), all Showtime channels, all PAC 12 channels, etc. This “ list” is a sham.

  • Carlos Nunez

    wait direct tv now has BEIN sports???? since when??

  • Chuck

    You have LMN and Lifetime Movie Network listed separately and some carrying one but not the other – aren’t they the same?

    • Maria Millett

      Oh thank you for catching that! We will delete one of those.

  • Rich Oberst

    Wrong. TNT and USA are both available in Sling Blue

    • Maria Millett

      Thanks for letting us know, Rich!

  • Wyre

    Update for your chart: DirectTVNow does offer TCM … on its least expensive tier. There are not a lot of “72 hr rewind” choices for previously aired films, and you can’t log in to the TCM app with DTVN credentials ( which may be the case with all streaming service accounts), but it does offer Live Turner Classic movies. That was a big selling point for me.

    • Maria Millett

      Thanks for the update!!

  • Yovizna

    DTN has now the ability of recording on the cloud. The article is accurate now. 3/2018

    • Maria Millett

      Thanks for the update!

  • Maria Millett

    Hi Randall! We are always updating our pages, we will add this one to our queue!

  • Jack Bish

    I just cancelled ps vue because they didn’t have a&e. I still don’t see it in the channel lineup on their website.

  • Jim

    All of these are off. I’m looking at this and the sites of the streaming services at the same time and you have yeses where there should be no’s and no’s where there should be yeses.

  • Froide

    Thanks for the comparisons. This chart needs to things, though: (1) distinctions among Sling Blue, Sling Orange, Sling Blue+Orange, and those configurations’ associated Extras, and (2) monthly updates to reflect these services’ rapidly changing lineups.

  • Mary

    When was this list last updated? Do not see where changes were made based on the comments made.

  • Respected Citizen

    DirecTV Now does have Aspire, CBS*, CBS Sports, My Network TV*, NHL Network, Ovation, Pop, Reelz, Sportsman, TCM, Universal Kids, Up, and 4 add-on packages: HBO, Cinemax, Starz and Showtime. ESPN Goal Line and SEC+ was available last season on the app with DTV Now credentials.

    Fubo has NFL Network and RedZone, not DirecTV Now.

    Spike became the Paramount Network, Centric became BET Her, and Universal became the Olympics Channel. Comcast Sports channels were all rebranded as NBC Sports channels.

    NBC Universo is the same thing as Universo.

  • ABurro

    When I was with SlingTV the cloud DVR was unreliable. It would “lose” my recordings (just disappear), or tell me the recording couldn’t be played. It was hit and miss. It didn’t matter from which OS I was accessing it. What good is a cloud DVR that you can’t depend upon? So far, Fubo seems to be working correctly.

    This list if definitely out of date.

  • Dale Lehman

    I don’t know if anyone will see this, but I need to vent my frustration about this entire industry. ALL of these options are fraught with deceptive and unethical practices. My latest attempt was to start a free trial of Fubotv – I bailed when Roku only offered the most expensive package when others were presumably available. You are never told the price until they think they have you hooked. I’ve tried SlingTV, DirectTV now and SliingTV again. Sling is mostly ok, but advertising itself as “a la carte” TV and only offering bundles is fraudulent. Apparently nobody knows or cares what the meaning of “a la carte” is. Skinnier bundles are not a la carte. A la carte means choose the channels you want. But the entire industry works on bait and switch – free or low cost offers, lack of transparent pricing, terms and conditions that NO HUMAN BEING ever reads or is capable of understanding. I understand how all of this is profitable – and it is us that permit this to happen. What I find hard to understand is how the people at these companies justify their behavior. It is unethical to take people’s money by deceiving them. And, to justify it because these services are better than the cable industry is a poor excuse – that bar is simply too low. I’ve even offered my cable provider to sign a 10 year contract at their currently inflated prices (my low cost initial offer expired a couple of years ago) and they are unwilling to do that. The entire industry thrives on our addiction to entertainment and our increasing stupidity and herd behavior which lines their pockets. I’m disgusted – can you tell? Does anyone else feel this way? Does anyone care any more?

  • Turtlehands .

    Fubo gets AMC, ESPN, that list is not accurate.