Direct TV Now vs Vue vs Hulu vs Sling vs Youtube Tv

Posted on May 14 2017 - 2:49pm by TekGuru


With all the new live TV streaming services popping up lately, most people are wondering which one is right for them. I have actually asked myself the same question and decided to dive in deep into it to figure out which service offers me more bang for my buck. 

 

DirecTv Now

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Pros

  • Lower pricing than cable or satellite TV
  • Access to live network channels, news, and sports

Cons

  • No way to avoid commercials when viewing live TV
  • No DVR to record live TV
  • Limited availability for local channels

Channel List and Pricing

Channel DirecTV Now Package
A&E Live a Little
ABC Yes
AMC Live a Little
BBC America Live a Little
Bravo Live a Little
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Live a Little
CBS No
Cinemax PREMIUM
CNN Live a Little
Comedy Central Live a Little
CSPAN Live a Little
Disney Channel Live a Little
ESPN Live a Little
ESPN 2 Live a Little
ESPNEWS Just Right
Fox Yes
Fox News Live a Little
FX Live a Little
HBO PREMIUM
HGTV Live a Little
History Live a Little
Lifetime Live a Little
MLB Network Just Right
MSNBC Live a Little
MTV Live a Little
NBA TV Go Big
NBC Yes
NFL Network No
NFL Red Zone No
NHL Network Go Big
Nickelodeon Live a Little
PBS No
Showtime No
Starz Gotta Have It
Syfy Live a Little
TBS Live a Little
The CW No
The Weather Channel Just Right
TNT Live a Little
USA Network Live a Little
Animal Planet Live a Little
BBC World News Go Big
BET Live a Little
Boomerang Gotta Have It
CBS Sports Network No
CMT Live a Little
CNBC Live a Little
Cooking Channel Just Right
Destination America Go Big
Discovery Channel Live a Little
Discovery Family Go Big
Discovery Life Go Big
Disney Junior Live a Little
Disney XD Live a Little
DIY Go Big
E! Live a Little
Encore Gotta Have It
EPIX No
EPIX Hits No
ESPN 3 No
ESPN Deportes No
ESPNU Just Right
Food Network Live a Little
Fox Business Live a Little
Fox College Sports No
Fox Sports 1 Live a Little
Fox Sports 2 Go Big
Freeform Live a Little
FXX Live a Little
Golf Channel Go Big
Hallmark Live a Little
HLN Live a Little
IFC Just Right
Investigation Discovery Live a Little
Ion No
Lifetime Movie Network Go Big
MTV2 Live a Little
National Geographic Live a Little
NBC Sports Network Just Right
Nick Jr. Live a Little
Nicktoons Just Right
OWN Just Right
Science Just Right
SEC Network Just Right
Spike Live a Little
Sundance TV Go Big
TCM Live a Little
Telemundo Live a Little
Tennis Channel Go Big
TLC Live a Little
Travel Channel Just Right
TV Land Live a Little
Univision Live a Little
VH1 Live a Little
American Heroes Go Big
Audience Live a Little
AXS TV Live a Little
Baby First Live a Little
Baby TV No
beIN Sports No
Big Ten Network Just Right
Bloomberg TV Live a Little
Campus Insiders No
Centric Go Big
Cheddar No
Chiller Gotta Have It
CNBC World Just Right
CNN International No
Comedy.TV Just Right
CSPAN 2 Live a Little
Duck TV No
El Rey Network Gotta Have It
EPIX Drive-in No
EPIX2 No
ESPN Bases Loaded No
ESPN Buzzer Beater No
ESPN Goal Line No
Euro News No
Flama No
France 24 No
Fuse Just Right
Fusion Just Right
FX Movie Channel Go Big
FYI Go Big
Galavision Live a Little
GSN Just Right
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Live a Little
HDNet Movies No
Hi-Yah No
HSN No
Impact No
JusticeCentral.TV Just Right
Local Now No
LOGO Go Big
Machinima No
Maker No
MGM-HD No
Motors TV No
MTV Classic Go Big
Nat Geo Wild Go Big
NDTV 24/7 No
NECN No
News 18 India No
Newsy No
ONE World Sports No
Outside Television No
Oxygen Go Big
Poker Central No
Polaris No
POP No
QVC No
Revolt Go Big
RFD TV Live a Little
Russia Today No
Shudder No
Sprout Go Big
Sundance Now No
Teen Knick Live a Little
truTV Live a Little
TVG Go Big
Universal HD No
Universo Go Big
Univision Deportes Gotta Have It
Univision Mas Just Right
Velocity HD Live a Little
Vibrant TV No
Viceland Live a Little
WE tv Live a Little
WeatherNation Live a Little

Live a Little = $35/month (Local ABC, Fox, NBC broadcasts included in select markets)
Just Right = $50/month
Go Big = $60/month ($35/month introductory price)
Gotta Have It = $70/month

 

Extra Content-

Currently works with 37 apps, including ABC, BTN, BET, Bravo, CMT, CNBC, CSN Regional Sports nets, Comedy Central, Disney Channel/Junior/XD, E!, ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports, FX/FXX, Freeform, HBO, LOGO, Cinemax, MSNBC, MTV, NatGeo, NBC, Golf, NBC Universo, NBC Sports, Nick & Nick Jr, Oxygen, Spike, Sprout, Syfy, Telemundo, TV Land, USA, & VH1.

 

Vue

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Pros

  • No extra equipment or contract
  • Unlimited cloud saves for 28 days
  • Available on old hardware and iPad

Cons

  • Requires high-end internet

Channel List and Pricing

Channel PlayStation Vue Package
A&E No
ABC Yes
AMC Access
BBC America Access
Bravo Access
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Access
CBS Yes
Cinemax PREMIUM
CNN Access
Comedy Central No
CSPAN No
Disney Channel Access
ESPN Access
ESPN 2 Access
ESPNEWS Core
Fox Yes
Fox News Access
FX Access
HBO PREMIUM, Ultra
HGTV Access
History No
Lifetime No
MLB Network Core
MSNBC Access
MTV No
NBA TV Core
NBC Yes
NFL Network Core
NFL Red Zone PREMIUM
NHL Network No
Nickelodeon No
PBS No
Showtime PREMIUM, Elite
Starz No
Syfy Access
TBS Access
The CW No
The Weather Channel No
TNT Access
USA Network Access
Animal Planet Access
BBC World News Elite
BET No
Boomerang Elite
CBS Sports Network No
CMT No
CNBC Access
Cooking Channel Elite
Destination America Access
Discovery Channel Access
Discovery Family Access
Discovery Life Elite
Disney Junior Access
Disney XD Access
DIY Access
E! Access
Encore No
EPIX No
EPIX Hits PREMIUM, Elite
ESPN 3 No
ESPN Deportes Elite
ESPNU Core
Food Network Access
Fox Business Access
Fox College Sports Elite
Fox Sports 1 Access
Fox Sports 2 Access
Freeform Access
FXX Access
Golf Channel Core
Hallmark No
HLN Access
IFC Core
Investigation Discovery Access
Ion No
Lifetime Movie Network No
MTV2 No
National Geographic Access
NBC Sports Network Access
Nick Jr. No
Nicktoons No
OWN Access
Science Access
SEC Network Core
Spike No
Sundance TV Core
TCM Core
Telemundo No
Tennis Channel No
TLC Access
Travel Channel Access
TV Land No
Univision No
VH1 No
American Heroes Elite
Audience No
AXS TV No
Baby First No
Baby TV No
beIN Sports Core
Big Ten Network Core
Bloomberg TV No
Campus Insiders No
Centric No
Cheddar No
Chiller Elite
CNBC World Elite
CNN International No
Comedy.TV No
CSPAN 2 No
Duck TV No
El Rey Network No
EPIX Drive-in No
EPIX2 No
ESPN Bases Loaded No
ESPN Buzzer Beater No
ESPN Goal Line No
Euro News No
Flama No
France 24 No
Fuse No
Fusion Elite
FX Movie Channel Elite
FYI No
Galavision No
GSN No
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries No
HDNet Movies No
Hi-Yah Elite
HSN No
Impact Elite
JusticeCentral.TV No
Local Now No
LOGO No
Machinima Elite
Maker No
MGM-HD Elite
Motors TV No
MTV Classic No
Nat Geo Wild Elite
NDTV 24/7 No
NECN Core
News 18 India No
Newsy No
ONE World Sports Elite
Outside Television Elite
Oxygen Access
Poker Central Elite
Polaris Elite
POP Access
QVC No
Revolt No
RFD TV No
Russia Today No
Shudder No
Sprout Elite
Sundance Now No
Teen Knick No
truTV Access
TVG No
Universal HD Elite
Universo No
Univision Deportes No
Univision Mas No
Velocity HD Elite
Vibrant TV No
Viceland No
WE tv Access
WeatherNation No

 

(for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Miami ONLY)
Access (Base) = $40/month
Core = $45/month (includes Access channels, some Regional Sports Networks)
Elite = $55/month (includes Access and Core channels)
Ultra = $75/month (includes Access, Core and Elite channels, plus HBO and Showtime)

 

 

Extra Content-

Currently works with over 60 apps by Adult Swim, ABC, AMC, American Heroes, Animal Planet, BBC America, BeIn, Bravo, BTN, Cartoon Network, CNBC, CNN, Cooking, Destination America, Discovery Channel/Life, Disney Channel/Junior/XD, DIY, E!, ESPN, Esquire, Food Network, Fox, Fox Biz/News/Sports, FX/FXX, Freeform, Fusion, Golf, HBO, HGTV, HLN, IFC, ID, Nat Geo, NBC, MSNBC, NBC News/Sports/UNIVERSO, NCAA March Madness, NFL, One World Sports, OWN, Oxygen, Science, Showtime, Sprout, Sundance, Syfy, TBS, TNT, Telemundo, TLC, Travel, truTV, TCM, USA, Velocity & WE (WHEW). Obviously need to have channel on pack to use login.

 

Hulu

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Pros

  • Much cheaper
  • On-demand viewing

Cons

  • Confusing interface
  • Slim Offerings
  • No option for HBO or Showtime.

Channel List and Pricing

$40 per month, includes all of the on-demand shows and movies found on regular Hulu, and is designed to replace traditional cable TV.

Channel Hulu with Live TV
A&E Yes
ABC Yes
AMC No
BBC America No
Bravo Yes
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Yes
CBS Yes
Cinemax No
CNN Yes
Comedy Central No
CSPAN No
Disney Channel Yes
ESPN Yes
ESPN 2 Yes
ESPNEWS Yes
Fox Yes
Fox News Yes
FX Yes
HBO No
HGTV Yes
History Yes
Lifetime Yes
MLB Network No
MSNBC Yes
MTV No
NBA TV No
NBC Yes
NFL Network No
NFL Red Zone No
NHL Network No
Nickelodeon No
PBS No
Showtime PREMIUM
Starz No
Syfy Yes
TBS Yes
The CW No
The Weather Channel No
TNT Yes
USA Network Yes
Animal Planet No
BBC World News No
BET No
Boomerang Yes
CBS Sports Network Yes
CMT No
CNBC Yes
Cooking Channel No
Destination America No
Discovery Channel No
Discovery Family No
Discovery Life No
Disney Junior Yes
Disney XD Yes
DIY No
E! Yes
Encore No
EPIX No
EPIX Hits No
ESPN 3 No
ESPN Deportes No
ESPNU Yes
Food Network Yes
Fox Business Yes
Fox College Sports No
Fox Sports 1 Yes
Fox Sports 2 Yes
Freeform Yes
FXX Yes
Golf Channel Yes
Hallmark No
HLN Yes
IFC No
Investigation Discovery No
Ion No
Lifetime Movie Network Yes
MTV2 No
National Geographic Yes
NBC Sports Network Yes
Nick Jr. No
Nicktoons No
OWN No
Science No
SEC Network Yes
Spike No
Sundance TV No
TCM Yes
Telemundo Yes
Tennis Channel No
TLC No
Travel Channel Yes
TV Land No
Univision No
VH1 No
American Heroes No
Audience No
AXS TV No
Baby First No
Baby TV No
beIN Sports No
Big Ten Network Yes
Bloomberg TV No
Campus Insiders No
Centric No
Cheddar No
Chiller Yes
CNBC World No
CNN International Yes
Comedy.TV No
CSPAN 2 No
Duck TV No
El Rey Network No
EPIX Drive-in No
EPIX2 No
ESPN Bases Loaded No
ESPN Buzzer Beater No
ESPN Goal Line No
Euro News No
Flama No
France 24 No
Fuse No
Fusion No
FX Movie Channel Yes
FYI Yes
Galavision No
GSN No
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries No
HDNet Movies No
Hi-Yah No
HSN No
Impact No
JusticeCentral.TV No
Local Now No
LOGO No
Machinima No
Maker No
MGM-HD No
Motors TV No
MTV Classic No
Nat Geo Wild Yes
NDTV 24/7 No
NECN Yes
News 18 India No
Newsy No
ONE World Sports No
Outside Television No
Oxygen Yes
Poker Central No
Polaris No
POP Yes
QVC No
Revolt No
RFD TV No
Russia Today No
Shudder No
Sprout Yes
Sundance Now No
Teen Knick No
truTV Yes
TVG No
Universal HD No
Universo No
Univision Deportes No
Univision Mas No
Velocity HD No
Vibrant TV No
Viceland Yes
WE tv No
WeatherNation No

Extra Content-


Currently works with 11 apps by ABC, ESPN, Disney Channel/Junior/XD, Freeform, Fox, FX/FXXX, Nat Geo, and BTN.

Sling

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Pros

  •  Cheap and a good selection of channels
  • They have cloud DVR

Cons

  •  inability to stream on multiple devices at once

Channel List and Pricing

Channel Sling TV Package
A&E Orange, Blue
ABC Broadcast extra
AMC Orange, Blue
BBC America Orange, Blue
Bravo Blue
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Orange, Blue
CBS No
Cinemax PREMIUM
CNN Orange, Blue
Comedy Central Orange, Blue
CSPAN No
Disney Channel Orange
ESPN Orange
ESPN 2 Orange
ESPNEWS Sports extra Orange
Fox Blue
Fox News No
FX Blue
HBO PREMIUM
HGTV Orange, Blue
History Orange, Blue
Lifetime Orange, Blue
MLB Network No
MSNBC News extra Blue
MTV Comedy extra
NBA TV Sports extra
NBC Blue
NFL Network Blue
NFL Red Zone Sports extra (Blue)
NHL Network Blue
Nickelodeon No
PBS No
Showtime PREMIUM
Starz PREMIUM
Syfy Blue
TBS Orange, Blue
The CW No
The Weather Channel No
TNT Orange, Blue
USA Network Blue
Animal Planet No
BBC World News News extra
BET Blue (Orange lifestyle extra)
Boomerang Kids extra
CBS Sports Network No
CMT Comedy extra
CNBC News extra Blue
Cooking Channel Lifestyle extra
Destination America No
Discovery Channel No
Discovery Family No
Discovery Life No
Disney Junior Kids extra Orange
Disney XD Kids extra Orange
DIY Lifestyle extra
E! Lifestyle extra Blue
Encore No
EPIX Hollywood extra
EPIX Hits Hollywood extra
ESPN 3 Orange
ESPN Deportes Spanish TV extra Orange
ESPNU Sports extra Orange
Food Network Orange, Blue
Fox Business No
Fox College Sports No
Fox Sports 1 Blue
Fox Sports 2 Blue
Freeform Orange
FXX Blue
Golf Channel Sports extra Blue
Hallmark Lifestyle extra
HLN News extra
IFC Orange, Blue
Investigation Discovery No
Ion No
Lifetime Movie Network Lifestyle extra
MTV2 Comedy extra
National Geographic Blue
NBC Sports Network Blue
Nick Jr. Blue
Nicktoons Kids Extra Blue
OWN No
Science No
SEC Network Sports extra Orange
Spike Comedy extra
Sundance TV Hollywood extra
TCM Hollywood extra
Telemundo No
Tennis Channel No
TLC No
Travel Channel Orange, Blue
TV Land Comedy extra
Univision Blue (Orange Broadcast extra)
VH1 Lifestyle extra
American Heroes No
Audience No
AXS TV Orange, Blue
Baby First No
Baby TV Kids extra
beIN Sports Sports extra
Big Ten Network No
Bloomberg TV Base
Campus Insiders Sports extra
Centric No
Cheddar Orange, Blue
Chiller No
CNBC World No
CNN International No
Comedy.TV No
CSPAN 2 No
Duck TV Kids extra
El Rey Network Orange, Blue
EPIX Drive-in Hollywood extra
EPIX2 Hollywood extra
ESPN Bases Loaded Sports extra Orange
ESPN Buzzer Beater Sports extra Orange
ESPN Goal Line Sports extra Orange
Euro News World News Extra
Flama Orange, Blue
France 24 World News Extra
Fuse No
Fusion World News Extra
FX Movie Channel No
FYI Lifestyle extra
Galavision Orange, Blue
GSN Comedy extra
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries LIfestyle extra
HDNet Movies Hollywood extra
Hi-Yah No
HSN No
Impact No
JusticeCentral.TV No
Local Now Orange, Blue
LOGO Comedy extra
Machinima No
Maker Orange, Blue
MGM-HD No
Motors TV Sports extra
MTV Classic No
Nat Geo Wild Blue
NDTV 24/7 World News Extra
NECN No
News 18 India World News Extra
Newsy Orange, Blue
ONE World Sports No
Outside Television Sports extra
Oxygen Lifestyle extra Blue
Poker Central No
Polaris Orange, Blue
POP No
QVC No
Revolt No
RFD TV No
Russia Today World News Extra
Shudder No
Sprout No
Sundance Now No
Teen Knick Kids extra Blue
truTV Blue (Orange comedy extra)
TVG No
Universal HD No
Universo No
Univision Deportes Sports extra
Univision Mas Blue (Orange Broadcast Extra)
Velocity HD No
Vibrant TV Lifestyle extra
Viceland Orange, Blue
WE tv Lifestyle extra
WeatherNation No

Sling TV package key:
Orange = $20/month
Blue = $25/month
other “”extras”” = another $5 /month each (Sports extra with Blue is $10)
Broacast Extra: ABC, Univision and Univision Mas available to Sling Orange subscribers in select cities

 

Extra Content-

Currently works with 13 apps, including Bravo, CNBC, E!, Fox, FX/FXX, MSNBC, NBC Universo, NFL, Oxygen, SyFy, Oxygen, USA, and ESPN.

 

Youtube Red

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Pros

  • Cloud based DVR
  • Can support to six user profiles at one time

Cons

  • Limited areas for right now
  • Missing many popular channels

Channel List and Pricing

Channel YouTube TV
A&E No
ABC Yes
AMC Coming soon
BBC America Coming soon
Bravo Yes
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim No
CBS Yes
Cinemax No
CNN No
Comedy Central No
CSPAN No
Disney Channel Yes
ESPN Yes
ESPN 2 Yes
ESPNEWS Yes
Fox Yes
Fox News Yes
FX Yes
HBO No
HGTV No
History No
Lifetime No
MLB Network No
MSNBC Yes
MTV No
NBA TV No
NBC Yes
NFL Network No
NFL Red Zone No
NHL Network No
Nickelodeon No
PBS No
Showtime PREMIUM
Starz No
Syfy Yes
TBS No
The CW Yes
The Weather Channel No
TNT No
USA Network Yes
Animal Planet No
BBC World News Coming soon
BET No
Boomerang No
CBS Sports Network Yes
CMT No
CNBC Yes
Cooking Channel No
Destination America No
Discovery Channel No
Discovery Family No
Discovery Life No
Disney Junior Yes
Disney XD Yes
DIY No
E! Yes
Encore No
EPIX No
EPIX Hits No
ESPN 3 Coming soon
ESPN Deportes No
ESPNU Yes
Food Network No
Fox Business Yes
Fox College Sports No
Fox Sports 1 Yes
Fox Sports 2 Yes
Freeform Yes
FXX Yes
Golf Channel Yes
Hallmark No
HLN No
IFC Coming soon
Investigation Discovery No
Ion No
Lifetime Movie Network No
MTV2 No
National Geographic Yes
NBC Sports Network Yes
Nick Jr. No
Nicktoons No
OWN No
Science No
SEC Network Yes
Spike No
Sundance TV Coming soon
TCM No
Telemundo Coming soon
Tennis Channel No
TLC No
Travel Channel No
TV Land No
Univision No
VH1 No
American Heroes No
Audience No
AXS TV No
Baby First No
Baby TV No
beIN Sports No
Big Ten Network No
Bloomberg TV No
Campus Insiders No
Centric No
Cheddar No
Chiller Yes
CNBC World No
CNN International No
Comedy.TV No
CSPAN 2 No
Duck TV No
El Rey Network No
EPIX Drive-in No
EPIX2 No
ESPN Bases Loaded No
ESPN Buzzer Beater No
ESPN Goal Line No
Euro News No
Flama No
France 24 No
Fuse No
Fusion No
FX Movie Channel Yes
FYI No
Galavision No
GSN No
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries No
HDNet Movies No
Hi-Yah No
HSN No
Impact No
JusticeCentral.TV No
Local Now Coming soon
LOGO No
Machinima No
Maker No
MGM-HD No
Motors TV No
MTV Classic No
Nat Geo Wild Yes
NDTV 24/7 No
NECN No
News 18 India No
Newsy No
ONE World Sports No
Outside Television No
Oxygen Yes
Poker Central No
Polaris No
POP No
QVC No
Revolt No
RFD TV No
Russia Today No
Shudder PREMIUM, coming soon
Sprout Yes
Sundance Now PREMIUM, coming soon
Teen Knick No
truTV No
TVG No
Universal HD Yes
Universo Coming soon
Univision Deportes No
Univision Mas No
Velocity HD No
Vibrant TV No
Viceland No
WE tv Coming soon
WeatherNation No

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Extra Content-None as of right now

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