fuboTV vs. YouTube TV Review

Most users will love fuboTV’s extensive channel selection—especially sports fans.

fuboTV
Fubo TV
fuboTV
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.75
Starting from
$79.99/mo
  • pro
    Available channels: 250+
  • pro
    Offers 2x more channels than YouTube TV
  • con
    No TNT, TBS, or CNN
YouTube TV
YouTubeTV
YouTube TV
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Starting from
$72.99/mo
  • pro
    Available channels: 100+
  • pro
    Unlimited DVR storage
  • con
    No MLB Network or Tennis and HISTORY Channel
Chantel Buchi
Mar 27, 2024
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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 183–250+ 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 vs. fuboTV: Prices

Winner: fuboTV

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.

So, while YouTube TV is cheaper at a glance, fuboTV has the better value. 

YouTube TV offers only one plan, but it does come with a more complete channel lineup than fuboTV’s Pro plan, which is $7 more. 

We can’t say the same for fuboTV’s Elite plan ($90), as it has almost every YouTube TV channel and over 150 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 prices and plans
Plan
Price
Channels
DVR storage
Details
YouTube TV$72.99/mo.*100+Unlimited
Spanish Plan$34.99/mo.30+Unlimited
* Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
No long term contract. Cancel anytime.

Although you’d have to get the $90-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.

fuboTV prices and plans
Plan
Price
Channels
DVR storage
Details
Pro$79.99/mo.*190+1,000 hrs.
Elite$89.99/mo.*259+1,000 hrs.
Latino$32.99/mo.*45+250 hrs.
* Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

YouTube TV vs. fuboTV: Channels

Winner: Tie

YouTube TV and fuboTV have the best channel lineups in the live TV streaming world.

But fuboTV has double the sports channels than YouTube TV. If having TNT or TBS for NBA and MLB games sounds better, then YouTube TV is for you. 

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

Data as of 04/05/2023. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

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 190–289 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 $90 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.)

Channel variety

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
  • FX
  • Golf Channel
  • Hallmark Channel
  • HGTV
  • MSNBC
  • NBA TV
  • NFL Network
  • Paramount Network
  • PBS Kids
  • Telemundo
  • Universal Kids
  • Univision

fuboTV includes the following channels in its Elite package ($90 per month): 

  • BBC World News
  • Disney Channel
  • Freeform
  • Food Network
  • Hallmark Channel
  • HGTV
  • Lifetime
  • MLB Network
  • MSNBC
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • NBA TV
  • NFL Network
  • Nickelodeon
  • PAC-12 Network
  • Sony Movie Channel
  • Telemundo
  • Tennis Channel
  • Univision

YouTube TV vs. fuboTV: DVR

Winner: YouTube TV

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

Service
Cloud DVR storage capacity
YouTube TVUnlimited
fuboTV1,000 hours

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?

Fubo TV
Fubo
Our Rating
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.75
Starts at
$79.99/mo
pro Available channels: 160+
Data as of 04/05/2023. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
  • Price: fuboTV wins. This live TV streaming service has the best dollar-to-channel ratio at about 46 cents per channel. You can watch 190 channels for $80 or as many as 259 channels for $100.
  • 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 package for $90 to access over 259 channels if your budget allows it.
  • DVR: YouTube TV wins. YouTube TV gives you an unlimited DVR storage space to 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.
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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