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fuboTV vs. YouTube TV Review 2023
Most users will love fuboTV’s extensive channel selection—especially sports fans.
YouTube TV and fuboTV have received a lot of buzz, and rightfully so — they’re arguably the best live TV streaming services in the industry.
fuboTV gives you 140–215+ channels of a great variety, including 20–30+ sports channels (not counting the 20 additional beIN SPORTS and TUDN channels). It also has the best dollar-to-channel ratio among all live TV streaming services.
YouTube TV has a channel lineup of 100+ excellent channels with no fluff. It also comes with an unlimited DVR storage space.
So, let's get into all the plans, channels, and DVR storage details to see which is best for you.
YouTube TV pros and cons
fuboTV pros and cons
YouTube TV vs. fuboTV: Prices
Plain and simple, fuboTV has a better dollar-to-channel ratio than YouTube TV. fuboTV charges an average of 46 cents per channel, while YouTube TV charges 76.
YouTube TV offers only one plan, but it does come with a more complete channel lineup than fuboTV’s Pro plan, which is $10 more.
We can’t say the same for fuboTV’s Elite plan ($85), as it has almost every YouTube TV channel and over 100 more.
Although fuboTV has a better value, we really like how YouTube TV offers NFL Network, NBA TV, and Turner Networks (like TNT, TBS, and CNN) for just $73 per month.
|YouTube TV||$72.99/mo.||100+||Unlimited||Get YouTube TV with Frontier Internet|
|Spanish Plan||$34.99/mo.||30+||Unlimited||View Plan|
Although you’d have to get the $85-per-month plan with fuboTV to get NBA TV and ESPNU, you will get more than double the channels than you would with YouTube TV. Those channels include NHL Network, Sony Movie Channel, and Cooking Channel.
We like how fuboTV offers three plans that fit your budget and watching needs.
|Pro||$74.99/mo.||150+||1,000 hrs.||View Plans|
|Elite||$84.99/mo.||214||1,000 hrs.||View Plans|
|Premier||$94.99/mo.||223||1,000 hrs.||View Plans|
|Latino||$32.99/mo.||45+||250 hrs.||View Plans|
YouTube TV vs. fuboTV: Channels
YouTube TV and fuboTV have the best channel lineups in the live TV streaming world.
But since it's that time of the year, we'll say upfront that fuboTV is the best option for MLB fans. fuboTV offers MLB.TV, MLB Network, ABC, ESPN, FOX, and FS1 (but not TBS).
YouTube TV comes with major sports networks, Turner Networks (like TNT and TBS), and a huge variety of popular channels (Disney Channel, FOX News, Hallmark Channel, and ESPN).
And starting this fall, you can get NFL Sunday Ticket with YouTube TV. Add NFL Sunday Ticket to your subscription for $349 for the season or purchase it a la carte for an extra $100. You can even add NFL RedZone Channel to the mix with or without a YouTube TV subscription.
fuboTV has a channel lineup with 20–30+ sports channels and live TV channels for kids, lifestyle, entertainment, news, and movies.
PS: Both services have your local channels (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC) so you don’t miss out on your city’s news, NBA or NFL games, or Good Morning America.
YouTube TV vs. fuboTV channel comparison
Honestly, both services are worth the price, and you’ll be happy with the channels they offer. It will just come down to the little things:
- Get fuboTV if you want 140–215+ live TV channels.
- Get YouTube TV if you’d like to watch 100+ popular channels for just $73.
- To access all of the channels YouTube TV offers and more, you’ll have to pay $85 with fuboTV, but you’ll get double the number of channels.
- Get YouTube TV if you can’t live without TBS, TNT, and CNN. (We know some of you avid NBA fans might fall into this category.)
Now that we’ve mentioned that both services have a great variety, we’ll lay out the channels you can expect with both live TV providers.
Live stream the following channels with YouTube TV:
- BBC America
- Cartoon Network
- CBS Sports Network
- Disney Channel
- ESPN, ESPN 2
- Food Network
- Golf Channel
- Hallmark Channel
- NBA TV
- NFL Network
- Paramount Network
- PBS Kids
- Universal Kids
fuboTV includes the following channels in its Elite package ($85 per month):
- BBC World News
- Disney Channel
- Food Network
- Hallmark Channel
- MLB Network
- Nat Geo Wild
- NBA TV
- NFL Network
- PAC-12 Network
- Sony Movie Channel
- Tennis Channel
When you upgrade to fuboTV’s Premier plan ($95 per month), you’ll have access to the following channels:
- Bloomberg TV+
- Cheddar News
- SHOWTIME Extreme
- SHOWTIME Family
- SHOWTIME Showcase
fuboTV’s Premier plan is only worth it if you want more niche news channels and SHOWTIME channels (which costs about $10 with most TV providers). But the Elite package gets you every family and sports channel you need.
YouTube TV vs. fuboTV: DVR
A DVR is ideal for recording all The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon episodes because you're not a night owl or a Miami Dolphins game because your kid has a dance recital at kickoff time.
So you could say a DVR is
a lifesaver convenient.
YouTube TV has a better DVR with an unlimited number of storage hours. Everyone in the family can record their favorite programming, and no one has to worry about sharing storage space.
fuboTV offers 1,000 hours of DVR storage, which is likely enough for most. If you think about it, 1000 allows you to record 100 Dateline episodes, 100 Family Feud episodes, 100 NBA games, 50 City Greens episodes, and about 240 movies.
YouTube TV vs. fuboTV Cloud DVR
Before we wrap up this section, we must highlight a possible downside to YouTube TV: your recordings only save for nine months, whereas fuboTV saves your recordings indefinitely.
If you can save your recordings for only nine months, you won’t be able to watch that great Christmas movie you recorded (and wish you owned) the following Christmas.
YouTube TV vs. fuboTV: Which is better?
- Price: fuboTV wins. This live TV streaming service has the best dollar-to-channel ratio at about 46 cents per channel. You can watch 150+ channels for $75 or as high as 215+ channels for $95.
- Channels: Tie. Both fuboTV and YouTube have upsides and downsides to their channel lineup, so it will come down to your and your family’s needs. YouTube TV gives you an excellent variety for only $73, which works for most TV watchers. fuboTV offers double or more channels than YouTube TV, so we recommend the Elite or Premier packages for $85–$95 to access over 200 channels if your budget allows it.
- DVR: YouTube TV wins. YouTube TV gives you an unlimited DVR storage space so you can record anything and everything under the sun! But to round it up, we named fuboTV our winner because fuboTV still offers loads of DVR storage hours and saves your recordings indefinitely.
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You'll likely need reliable internet service for streaming seamlessly if you don't already.
YouTube TV is $72.99/mo. while fuboTV's entry-level plan is $74.99/mo. But YouTube TV only offers 100+ channels, and fuboTV's plan offers 150+.
Spend $85–$95 with fuboTV, and you'll be in the 200-channel count.