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 such as 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 & 5, 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 A&E, 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 & 5, 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 Discovery Life, Gameshow Network, MTV 2, MTV Live, MTV Classic which are not available 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, which many consider to be the best TV streaming service!

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 three 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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If you really want to save a lot of money, consider buying an HDTV Antenna from Amazon for under $30. You’ll pay no monthly fee and will get full HD Channels like ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, and more! This antenna has over 10,500 reviews on Amazon with a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating!

Before buying an HDTV antenna, head here to find out what network channels are available for free in your local area.

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Comments 33

  1. Vealada

    Check out Philo if you don’t need sports packages. We pay under $18 a month and get so many channels.

    • Ami

      I had them for a while when Xfinity/Comcast didn’t offer Investigation Discovery in its lineup. If my boyfriend was more tech savvy, I would have kept it and pitched cable. You can also subscribe to ESPN plus as another subscription service to supplement Philo. Some Verizon plans also include some streaming services as well.

    • tracy

      We pay $20 for Philo. We had Sling earlier this year also. They are very similar. If you like the Hallmark channel, Philo has 3 of them. Constant Christmas romance movies.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the helpful suggestion, Vealada!

  2. eileenmccartybranham

    We have Hulu Live for ESPN and Food network. Works great. Word of caution: streaming TV eats up internet bandwidth so check your home internet for data caps. Between TV and 2 online gamers, we touch our cap nearly every month(and we get 1.25 TB!)

    • Michelle W

      Same here! We have instituted a wifi free day each week. We turn off the router so no internet is used and do outdoor activities/read or watch a favorite movie on the DVD player.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the helpful warning! Good to know!

  3. Ella

    Keep in mind with Comcast announcing caps on their data starting Jan 1st (during a pandemic when everybody is working and schooling online- Thanks for price gouging Comcast!) it will cost more to use these streaming services if it forces you over your monthly data limit.

    • David

      The cap is 1.2 Tb. I work from home with lots of Zoom meetings, we have 2 kids doing distance learning and we were getting tv from streaming services. Only one month did we even come close to hitting the limit. If you do hit it, you don’t get cut off, you just pay (a lot) for it. You can set up warnings, so it’s not a surprise and you do get 1 month grace. BTW, one of the nice side benefits of eliminating cable TV and just having internet service is that you don’t have to pay all those crazy taxes and fees.

  4. Galaxy781

    My cable costs less than all these options

  5. Eddie

    Select markets will get NBC Local on Sling Blue, and I believe Sling Blue comes with the 10hrs of cloud DVR. To add the majority of the channels to Sling and upgrade the DVR to 50hrs, you can opt for all seven of the add on packs (usually $5 each) for $20/mo. I just made the switch last week and went from paying Fios $150/mo down to paying $30/mo for internet and $50/mo for Sling.

    Also, love the CBS Philly screenshot!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing, Eddie!

  6. Angela

    We got YouTubeTV when NFL season started, and it’s honestly awesome. I’ve been a FireStick household for years (with Roku before that), and the YouTubeTV live section is just as smooth and easy as those. You can still pause/rewind/fast-forward, so you get to skip commercials. And it gives you everything you need if you’re an NFL fan. I have a Fire tv so I still have my other streaming platforms, but adding YT was the best decision! Everyone I know who has it, loves it.

    • Brenda

      👆 Agree!!! We get yotube tv just for nfl season , then do on demand Hulu and Netflix rest of year.

  7. Lisa Ferris

    Thank you for putting this together! We have YouTube TV and have been very happy, but wanted to compare with other streaming options. The spreadsheet is very helpful.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Glad this is helpful, Lisa! You’re SO welcome!

  8. elabella814

    At these prices, it is more affordable (in my area) to just keep cable. Thanks for the list though, Hip2Save!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome!

  9. Michelle W

    We have Sling Blue and have 10 hours of free DVR (your spreadsheet shows it costs extra)

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Michelle W! We’ll look into this!


    we have YouTubeTv. Previously satellite then playstation vue when they ended to YouTubeTv. While you can get satellite or cable for the same or cheaper – I have no contract can switch or end at any time. I have DVR which was not available with others. I have access to on-demand, if something is not on my DVR I can find I can still watch it, in a lot of cases whole seasons. My son is in college in another state, he can use it there. There are 3 of us in the household, all 3 of us steaming at 1 is rare but can be done. I have a capped Wifi, work from home and never get close to the cap unless my college kid is home playing call of duty.

  11. IB

    We have Hulu Live and in light of their price increase, I did a lot of research to determine what would be a better option. I’ve decided to go with Sling Orange + Blue for $45.00 month. It has every channel we want, including live channels, plus a lot more and will save us $25/month over the Hulu package we now have.

    • Jan

      I have sling blue and sling orange in our area we do not get local networks but all the other channels we want love the price but we have slot of issues with freezing and looping and are often kicked I’ve upgraded our internet have Samsung 4K and all the letters that they put on TVs these days as well I am trying out Hulu right now not having any issues with it and also have no issues with streaming Netflix

  12. Michelle W

    We have antenna for all the local channels for free. We have a yearly subscription to Disney + for around $5.90 a month and Hulu for $1.99 a month. We did sign up for two months of Sling Blue for $50 and also got a free TiVo streaming device with it. We are still evaluating if we watch Sling enough to keep it.

    • Lisa

      We did the same, Michelle, about a year ago — cut that cord! We are very fortunate, however, to get decent local channels with our antenna in the attic. So liberating. Now, we did share a subscription of Netflix with our son. Usually you can find a Netflix giftcard on sale (BB usually will give you a $10 BB giftard) with a purchase. It’s the little things that add up — or not.

      • David

        We cut the cord and tried YouTube TV and AT&T for a couple years. YouTube was by far the better option, but when they raised their rates and cut some of the sports channels we went to an antenna in the attic as well. For a one time investment of $25, we get about 60 channels in a Minneapolis suburb, and about 30 of them are worthwhile. I missed having a DVR, so added a Tablo Quad which can be used on all TVs in the house by wifi and connect remotely – although we don’t get out much these days. They have a basic programming option that’s functional but not useful. The $50/year subscription is almost required, but still far less than we were paying with cable or any of the streaming services.

  13. IB

    Also you mention above Sling doesn’t offer live local. This is not exactly true. Sling offers live local channels, although the selection varies depending on where you live. Sling offers NBC and Fox in certain cities and markets. You’ll also need either the Sling Blue package or Sling Orange + Blue.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for the feedback, IB! It seems that does vary.

  14. hip2trade

    Sling is decent for its price. Philo is good for $20. TVision looks like it has decent prices for T-Mobile customers. Soon it will be offered to everyone. Not sure if prices will stay the same. They even have a $10 package comparable to Philo.

  15. hip2trade

    Some of the services don’t seem so good when you factor in Internet to stream. Especially Hulu live & Fubo(maybe a few others) May as well choose cable and save your internet streaming for school, work, and websites. I have a grandfathered internet plan totally unlimited but I’m sure it still wouldn’t let me get over 1 TB without some sort of warning.

  16. Eunice

    Spectrum has a new package called spectrum essentials 60 channels (no sports or news included) for $15 a month. For reference it’s very similar ato Philo’s channels line up.

  17. Monique

    I have t-vision from T-Mobile it’s new but so far so good plans are $40 $50 and $60 the hub which allows streaming apps suck as Netflix is $50 and once you buy you own

  18. Freedom

    What about Pluto TV?

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