DirecTV Now vs. Sling TV vs. YouTube TV vs. Hulu and more: Live TV channels compared

How the main 100 channels stack up on each line cutting live TV administration in the US.



MAY 28, 2019 4:00 AM PDT


Each assistance offers an alternate blend of channels and valuing.

David Katzmaier/CNET

Choosing to cut the cable TV cord doesn’t mean you need to surrender live TV.

One approach to observe live TV without link is to connect a reception apparatus. It’s modest (read: free) and compelling, insofar as you’re willing to live with the bunch of nearby diverts accessible in your general vicinity. What’s more, accepting you get great gathering.

In the event that that is sufficiently bad, and you’re willing to dish out a regularly scheduled installment, you should look at a live TV spilling administration. They convey various natural channels like ESPN, CNN, Fox News and TNT, just as highlights like cloud DVRs and the capacity to watch on TVs, yet additionally on telephones, tablets and PCs.

Eight significant administrations are accessible today: Hulu with Live TV, Google’s YouTube TV, Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, AT&T’s DirecTV Now and Watch TV, Philo and Fubo TV. They cost $15 every month and up. Our full guide has all the subtleties, however, it’s everything about the channels.

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The huge diagram: Top 100 channels thought about (refreshed May 28, 2019)

The primary distinction between each help is their channel lineups. Every one of them offer various records of channels at different costs.

None have the same number of stations as most customary link or satellite TV bundles, particularly with regards to sports. Then again, perhaps they have enough for you – particularly in case you’re setting aside a lot of cash each month by not paying the link organization for channels you don’t watch.

Beneath you’ll discover a graph that shows the best 100 channels over each of the eight administrations. There are really nine recorded, in light of the fact that Sling TV has two diverse “base” levels, Orange and Blue. Also, in case you’re pondering, I picked which “top” channels made the cut. Sorry AXS TV, Discovery Life, FYI, GSN and Universal HD.

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Some more stuff to think about the diagram:

Yes = The channel is accessible on the least expensive evaluating level. That cost is recorded beside the administration’s name.

No = The channel isn’t accessible at all on that administration. One mainstream channel, PBS, isn’t accessible on any assistance however I recorded it in any case.

$ = The channel is accessible for an additional charge, either individually or as a feature of an increasingly costly bundle or extra.

Provincial games networks – – channels gave to indicating customary season rounds of specific expert baseball, ball as well as hockey groups – are not recorded. That is a numeric drawback to administrations like YouTube TV and Fubo, which convey a great deal of RSNs, and a bit of leeway to Philo and AT&T, which don’t offer any games channels, period.

ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, MyNetworkTV and The CW systems are just accessible in specific urban communities, and availability varies broadly per administration. In certain urban communities, a few administrations just offer video-on-request appears from the systems, not simply the live neighborhood channel. (Note: CBS is the parent organization of CNET.)

PBS isn’t accessible on any service (yet) however it’s very a top channel, so it gets a column.

The diagram sections are orchestrated arranged by cost, so on the off chance that you can’t see all that you need, have a go at looking over right.

Overwhelmed? An simpler to-grok Google Spreadsheet is here.


Initially distributed Nov. 28, 2016.

Update, May 28, 2019: Adds most recent channels and valuing.

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