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Which TV Streaming Service is Best? We’re Comparing YouTube TV, Hulu, Sling, & fuboTV

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If you’re like me, you’ve been trying to find ways to cut the cord from cable or satellite TV in order to save money. We’ve had a lot of readers ask which live streaming TV service is the best, so we’re breaking it down so you can decide which one is best for you and your family!

For this live streaming TV comparison, we’re focusing on packages that offer local live television channels in addition to stations typically referred to as cable TV like Food Network, Hallmark, Nickelodeon, etc.

On to the comparison of YouTube TV, Hulu, fuboTV, and Sling…

YouTube TV – $64.99 per month

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YouTube TV Features:

  • 85+ live channels including local TV broadcast networks ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and The CW.
  • Cloud-based DVR with unlimited storage.
  • 6 individual account profiles per household.
  • 3 simultaneous streams per account.
  • Fast forward through commercials on Cloud DVR included for FREE.
  • YouTube TV offers PBS, PBS Kids, Adult Swim, AMC, CNBC, Fox Sports, BBC, IFC, Lifetime, NFL Network, MLB Network, NBC Sports, NBA TV, Newsy, OWN, Sundance, WE TV – none of which are available on HULU with Live TV.
  • Stream via iOs, Android, Roku, FireTV, AppleTV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Playstation 4, PC & Mac web browsers, and more.
  • No long term contract or cancellation fees.
  • Two-day free trial.

Hip Tip: YouTube TV is the only live TV streaming service that offers PBS channels! So if this is something your family watches often, you’ll want to go with this service.

HULU + Live TV – $54.99 per month

(price increases to $64.99 per month on 12/18/20)

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HULU + Live TV Features:

  • 65+ channels including local TV broadcast networks ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC.
  • Cloud-based DVR with 50 hours of storage – upgrade to 200 hours available for an additional fee.
  • 6 individual account profiles per household.
  • 2 simultaneous streams per account – unlimited streams available for an additional $10 fee.
  • Fast forward through commercials – an additional $10 fee.
  • Access to HULU streaming library including movies and television with original shows like Little Fires Everywhere, The Handmaid’s Tale, and more.
  • HULU with Live TV offers ABC News, A&E, CBSN, NASA, Boomerang, History Channel, Lifetime, Viceland – none of which are available on YouTube TV.
  • Stream via iOs, Android, Roku, FireTV, AppleTV, Chromecast, Xbox, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, PC & Mac web browsers, and more.
  • No long term contract or cancellation fees.
  • 7-day free trial.

FUBO-TV Family Plan – $64.99 per month

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FUBO TV Family Plan Features:

  • 100+ channels including broadcast networks CBS, ABC, FOX, and NBC.
  • Cloud-based DVR with 250 hours of storage.
  • 3 simultaneous streams per account
  • FUBO-TV Family Plan offers BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Hallmark, MTV, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Univision, and VH1 which are not found on HULU or YouTube TV.
  • Stream via iOs, Android, Roku, FireTV, AppleTV, Chromecast, Xbox, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 & 5, PC & Mac web browsers, and more.
  • No long term contract or cancellation fees.
  • 3-day free trial.

But what about Sling?

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If you’re okay with not having live local channels, you can opt for a slightly more affordable option with Sling TV.

Sling offers the content you love at a low monthly price starting around $30. You can even choose between their two flexible memberships for channel offerings that best apply to your watching lifestyle. They sometimes even have special offers on TiVo streaming devices when you subscribe and prepay for 2 or 3 months of Sling service.

To make sure you love the service before you commit, new users can enjoy seven days of free streaming upon signup. Or if you want to go totally free, you can sign up for Sling Free which offers over 5,000 movies and TV shows free of charge.

Still not sure which streaming service is right for you?
Check out our handy comparison chart!

Want to get live streaming TV for your local channels without paying a monthly fee?

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Comments 55

  1. hip2trade

    Philo has almost all the same channels as sling except National Geographic, and it’s just $20 a month. And a free trial.

    • hip2trade

      As some have mentioned sports which I love also but at this time none are being shown or played are they? For sports I usually go back to sling for football season then bye bye for the rest of the year.

    • animity

      Philo’s commercials are ridiculous though! Too many and when you are watching a movie forget about it, it is so frustrating! Just like watching movies in the 80’s and 90’s, the more you are into the movie the more commercials you will experience. So annoying! Want to pay to watch that many commercials the more power to you.

      • hip2trade

        I’m just saying it’s comparable to sling for less money. I have Philo from time to time for Gold Rush new episodes. I have Hulu no commercials and amazon prime All the time as well as Netflix when it has something I’m interested in.

  2. Laurie

    We have been very happy with YouTube TV after leaving Dish!

  3. Cari

    Wow thank you so much!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome, Cari! Glad this list was helpful!

  4. Erin T

    We switched to YouTube TV from our cable company (Mediacom) in January. I wish we had done it a LONG time ago. We are saving money and have more/better channels

    • NCMommy

      Completely agree!! We love YouTube Tv!!

  5. Just me

    Philo $20 month. We love it.

  6. Mariel

    Thank you so much for such a well researched post in a time where we are looking for more at home entertainment!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so very welcome, Mariel! 🙌💖

  7. Nicole

    Philo is our jam since we don’t watch sports

  8. Susan

    I think you need to put up a pro con list. My internet often can’t stream this stuff it buffers a lot. So cutting the cord is not practical.

    • IB

      No real reason for streaming to buffer a lot anymore. That’s most likely a technical problem with your internet provider or you may need to upgrade your modem or router. Have you called and complained?

    • Jcmaj2003

      I agree. We live out in the country and do not have reliable internet. Companies like Att do not even offer internet to our house. 😬

    • CincySC

      And people must consider that when they “unbundle” their cable tv and internet, that an internet only package might cost considerably more than they are paying now. My internet was going to jump to almost $90 a month when I needed to add unlimited data- in which case, given the pros and cons- was just about what I was currently paying for cable tv.

      • Diana

        Agreed! We have checked into the internet only from our cable company. That coupled with a streaming service would only save us a couple dollars. Literally, like 2. It’s not worth it at that point since where we live, there aren’t a lot of internet options.

  9. IB

    Have tried both YouTube Live and Hulu. Hulu has the better layout IMO, but their commercials for non-live shows are ridiculously long (same with YouTube). And you can’t fast forward through them (even for $54.99). Still 1000x better than Directv.

  10. Allison

    Philo is the best!

  11. Lisa

    What about internet? We pay around $110 a month for cable and internet through AT&T. Our internet is fast and really good compared to XFinity. Is this a good price for the both do you think? Thank you for this post!

    • Jay

      I think it all depends on on how you configure for your savings and how much you like your service. I think you’re paying a fair price. I guess if you pay $20ish a month for slower internet service and $50 for a cable cutting service you’re saving a little more if on a tight budget. I use Xfinity for cable and 250mbps internet $140. Fast speeds needed for 5ppl on multiple devices, working and for gaming. My savings come from Xfinity giving 5 free phone lines. We share data and never go over 2gb. My entire Xfinity mobile bill for all 5 lines is $26 and they use all Verizon towers. My savings comes from bundling the 3.

  12. ShaJ

    We bought a $2.99 antenna from a dollar store and get ABC, FOX, TBN ION, cozi and a few other channels. If you live in a big city it works really well and we are so happy to get local channels for free!

  13. Cheri

    Hulu is for us!! So many throwbacks with TGIF tv shows!! Also classics tv shows, FoodNetwork shows and other impressive line ups. The movies are pretty extensive too. Only 11.99 a month without commercials.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Oh awesome! SO glad you have been happy with Hulu! Thanks for the feedback, Cheri!

  14. Kimmy

    Check our Beast TV it has EVERYTHING and then some! You can pay monthly for $15 or $130 for the year it has over 3000 channels!

    • frugal-fit-sexy

      Wow that’s a very “broad” channel line up. I’ll let hubby know and look into it

    • Kelly

      Is the Beast TV legal since when I looked it up it said to make sure you use a VPN when using it?

    • Kelly

      Is Beast TV legal? When I looked it up it said to be sure to be connected to a VPN.

  15. LDH

    Thanks for all this info!! Great resource.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re most welcome!

  16. ymurray

    What would you recommend for someone who does watch sports?

    • Erin T.

      We are big sports fans in my house. We have LOVED YouTube TV. We have more sports channels through them than we did with our cable company. You can watch the games live.

    • Dkp91576

      That is the main reason we went with Fubo Tv. It is mostly sports based. But also has a ton of other channels to keep everyone happy.

    • IB

      YouTube TV

  17. Erin T.

    We are big sports fans in my house. YouTube TV has more sports channels available than our old provider. You can watch the games live.

  18. Mima

    If you really want PBS (I personally love it) sponsor your local station for $5 -7/month and you will get access included, much cheaper than the cost of YouTube TV.

  19. wendy

    Really like hulu live

  20. C

    Thanks for the comparison. It confirms once again that YouTube TV is the best streaming service out there. We switched from DIRECTV last year and we are extremely pleased with YouTube TV!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome! Thanks for commenting, C! Good to know you have been happy with YouTube TV! 🎉

  21. EmilyMab

    It lists Lifetime on both hulu and youtube, do they both have it? And what is the price for the last one listed?

    • Doug

      Yes, both have Lifetime. Youtube doesn’t have A&E, which killed the deal for us.

      • EmilyMab

        Oh ok yeah I love A&E too, thanks for the info.

    • EmilyMab

      Actually I see the prices on the spreadsheet nevermind!

  22. SpaChica

    I did a LOt of research for my family when cutting the cord & found out that Sling amazon sells “Sling AirTV 2”. If you have an antenna too, it’s a box that merges your sling tv account & live OTA (over the air) TV together on one platform so you can see everything on one channel guide. It also allows you to record live TV if you hook up a memory stick/external hard drive. I have a 2TB hard drive on mine and can get HUNDREDS of hours of recording time on mine. The “AirTV 2” box is $99. It’s yours to keep forever. It’s already paid for itself with the money I’m saving every month.

    • Taryn

      Thanks so much! This is awesome! Goi g to get this box:)

  23. Liz

    I tried all these 3 after leaving directv TV after 17 years. We stayed with Fubo because my husband missed the soccer and Spanish channels like BEIN Sports, Unimas, telemundo and Univision.

  24. J

    I like fubo! The layout of it and channels are great. We currently go back and forth between that and Hulu live. We have switched up depending on when sports are airing!

  25. Lori Chaidez-Dees

    I have all of them as a trial, but I also like PlutoTV, which is free. Hulu is the one we most watch.

  26. MrsGarfield

    Ever since Att Now/DirecTV Now started raising the prices to their grandfathered plan I am not loyal to any of these services. I go with whoever has the best offer. Sometimes the offers are from cash back sites for signing up, sometimes through my credit cards for $back for 1-3 months, sometimes both. I have tried all three and I am currently on Fubo because Amex gives me $20 back each month for 3 months. Between the 3 listed this is the service my husband likes the most. He is a little bit technologically challenged but Fubo’s features and interface work best for him. Next I will be trying Sling since they added the channel he watches all the time and the reason we must have streaming TV. Otherwise I am quite content with my antenna and TiVo setup – free after the initial investment.

  27. siena95

    We have youTubetv. It’s live and It’s the cheapest of all of them. We like it so far..but as usual there are way too many channels we never watch.

  28. mackyjane

    We really liked Hulu+ live until they no longer allowed us to use it with our hotspot. We don’t have an option for traditional internet and have been using a hotspot for over 2 years. The change happened earlier this year.

  29. kct

    Philo is excellent, it has over 50 channels with unlimited DVR for $20. We also added CBS All Access for $5.99 to view the local news. So we pay $25.99 for our TV services, this has been the best savings ever!

  30. Sarah

    For those that have a YouTube TV, do you use Roku as well? I am seriously thinking of ditching my $144 monthly DirectTv bill!!

    • Kelly

      Yes – I have the youtube tv channel on my roku device and really like it

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