YouTube TV vs. fuboTV: Which Streaming Service Is Better?

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YouTube TV vs. fuboTV: Which Streaming Service Is Better?
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YouTube TV and fuboTV are the two live TV streaming services that most closely resemble a traditional cable package, but is one better than the other?

After recent changes, these competing services have more in common than ever before.

YouTube TV vs. fuboTV: What You Need to Know 

Both have added new channels and increased their monthly prices, but YouTube TV’s price hike was steep at $15 per month. It’s now more expensive than fuboTV’s base plan.

In the past, many cord-cutters overlooked sports-centric fuboTV because it didn’t carry ESPN. But now it does.

This article will compare the key features of YouTube TV and fuboTV. I’ll review plans and pricing, channels, cloud DVR, supported devices and limits on multiple streams.

Table of Contents:

Price

After price hikes in the summer of 2020, YouTube TV and fuboTV are two of the more expensive streaming TV services.

YouTube TV’s streaming plan is $64.99 per month, while fubo Standard is $5 cheaper at $59.99 per month. However, fuboTV has a family package with improved features that’s the same price as YouTube TV.

With the fubo Family bundle, users get an upgraded DVR and an additional stream. More on that later on.

Unlike cable and satellite TV providers, these streaming services don’t add fees to your bill for things like installation, equipment, regional sports or cancellation.

YouTube TV and fuboTV both offer free trial periods, typically for a week. You don’t get that with cable!

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Channels 

If your cable TV package offers 150 to 200 channels, you can expect roughly half of that with either YouTube TV or fuboTV.

These two live TV streaming services made big changes to their channel lineups in the summer of 2020. Here’s what you need to know:

Both of these services are geared toward sports fans, but they offer a good mix of news and entertainment channels as well. To verify local and regional sports channels, enter your ZIP code on YouTube TV and fuboTV’s websites.

Use the comparison chart below to search for your must-have channels:

YouTube TV:
$64.99/month
fuboTV Standard:
$59.99/month
A&E
ABCABC (select markets)
ABC News LiveABC News Live
ACC NetworkACC Network (in-market)
AccuWeather
AMCAMC
Animal PlanetAnimal Planet
BBC AmericaBBC America
BBC World News
beIN Sports (multiple channels)
BETBET
Big Ten Network (BTN)Big Ten Network (BTN)
BravoBravo
Cartoon Network
CBSCBS
CBSN
CBS Sports NetworkCBS Sports Network
CheddarCheddar
CMTCMT
CNBCCNBC
CNBC World
CNN
Comedy CentralComedy Central
CometComet
Court TV
Cozi TVCozi TV
CWCW
Discovery ChannelDiscovery Channel
Disney ChannelDisney Channel
Disney JuniorDisney Junior
Disney XDDisney XD
E!E!
ESPNESPN
ESPN2ESPN2
ESPN3ESPN3
ESPNews
ESPNU
Estrella TV
Food NetworkFood Network
FOXFOX
Fox Business NetworkFox Business Network
Fox News ChannelFox News Channel
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Fox Sports 2 (FS2) Fox Sports 2 (FS2)
FreeformFreeform
fubo Sports Network
FXFX
FXM
FXXFXX
FYI
Galavision
GetTV
Golf ChannelGolf Channel
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HGTVHGTV
History Channel
HLN
IFCIFC
Investigation Discovery (ID)Investigation Discovery (ID)
Lifetime
Lifetime Movies (LMN)
Local NowLocal Now
MLB Network
MotorTrendMotorTrend
MSNBCMSNBC
MTVMTV
National GeographicNational Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
NBA TV
NBCNBC
NBCLXNBCLX
NBC News Now
NBCSNNBCSN
Newsy
Newsmax
NFL NetworkNFL Network
NickelodeonNickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Olympic ChannelOlympic Channel
OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)
OxygenOxygen
Paramount NetworkParamount Network
PBS
PBS Kids
PopPop
SEC NetworkSEC Network (in-market)
Smithsonian ChannelSmithsonian Channel
Start TV
Sundance TVSundance TV
SYFYSYFY
TastemadeTastemade
TBS
TelemundoTelemundo
Tennis Channel
The Weather Channel
TLCTLC
TNT
Travel ChannelTravel Channel
truTV
TUDN
TUDNxtra (multiple channels)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
TV LandTV Land
TVG
TYT Network
Unimas
Universal KidsUniversal Kids
UniversoUniverso

YouTube TV has only one streaming TV plan, which is shown in the chart above. However, fuboTV has multiple add-ons bundles for an additional monthly fee.

If a few of your favorite channels are missing from fuboTV’s list, the add-ons may be worth the price.

Cloud DVR

YouTube TV’s cloud DVR is the best in the streaming TV industry and far better than what you get with fuboTV’s base plan — fubo Standard.

But for an additional monthly fee, fuboTV provides 250 hours of storage space.

YouTube TV vs. fuboTV: Cloud DVR

YouTube TV  fuboTV
Unlimited storage space 30 hours of storage space; 250 hours for an additional fee
Recordings kept for up to 9 months Recordings kept indefinitely
Can skip ads on most recorded programs Can skip ads on most recorded programs

TIP: fuboTV’s Cloud DVR Plus costs $9.99 per month, but the fubo Family bundle includes the upgraded DVR and an additional stream for only $5 more per month than fubo Standard.

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Supported Devices 

YouTube TV and fuboTV allow you to stream on your phone, computer or to a TV set. They’re both compatible with popular streaming media players like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.

The chart below features an alphabetized list of supported devices for YouTube TV and fuboTV:

YouTube TV vs. fuboTV: Is My Device Supported?

Device  YouTube TV fuboTV 
Amazon Fire TV Yes Yes
Android Phones & Tablets Yes Yes
Android TV Yes Yes
Apple TV Yes Yes
Browsers – Mac & PC Yes Yes
Chromecast Yes Yes
iPhone/iPad/iPod Yes Yes
PlayStation 4 Yes No
Roku Yes Yes
Select Smart TVs (See lists) Yes Yes
Xbox One Yes Yes

If you don’t have a streaming media player, consider buying a Roku Express. From my experience, Roku provided an excellent user experience when I tested the YouTube TV and fuboTV apps.

Roku Express is an entry-level streaming media player that’s available for a one-time cost of less than $30.

Multiple Streams 

YouTube TV allows customers to stream on up to three devices at the same time, while fuboTV will make you pay more for a third stream. It only includes two in its base plan.

To add a third stream to fuboTV, you can purchase the Family Share add-on for $5.99 per month.

However, if you’re leaning toward fuboTV, I recommend that you consider upgrading from the fubo Standard plan to the fubo Family bundle for a better overall value.

As I mentioned earlier, you get a third stream and 250 hours of DVR storage space for an extra $5 per month.

Final Thoughts

YouTube TV and fuboTV are two solid cable TV alternatives. I’ve tested these services extensively and think they both provide a good user experience — including live guides that are easy to navigate.

However, the recent price hikes are frustrating and may limit the savings from cutting the cable TV cord.

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For most people, it will come down to the channel lineups. The addition of ABC, ESPN and other Disney-owned networks could make fuboTV more appealing to those who previously dismissed it.

Meanwhile, the ViacomCBS networks that launched on YouTube TV add to its already well-rounded list of channels.

YouTube TV and fuboTV have expanded access to channels and increased prices at a time when many cord-cutters tell me they’re cutting back on spending and would prefer skinny TV bundles that are cheaper.

If these services feel too cable-like for you, check out Sling TV. You get fewer channels, but it’s half the price.

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