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.
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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!
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:
- YouTube TV added NFL Network to its base plan on September 3.
- YouTube TV added ViacomCBS networks to its lineup on June 30. They include BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and more.
- fuboTV added Disney networks to its lineup on August 1. They include ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, SEC Network, ACC Network, FX and more.
- fuboTV dropped TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network and other Turner channels in July 2020.
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:
ABC ABC (select markets)
ABC News Live ABC News Live
ACC Network ACC Network (in-market)
Animal Planet Animal Planet
BBC America BBC America
BBC World News beIN Sports (multiple channels)
Big Ten Network (BTN) Big Ten Network (BTN)
Cartoon Network CBS CBS
CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network
CNBC World CNN Comedy Central Comedy Central
Court TV Cozi TV Cozi TV
Discovery Channel Discovery Channel
Disney Channel Disney Channel
Disney Junior Disney Junior
Disney XD Disney XD
ESPNews ESPNU Estrella TV
Food Network Food Network
Fox Business Network Fox Business Network
Fox News Channel Fox News Channel
Fox Sports 1 (FS1) Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Fox Sports 2 (FS2) Fox Sports 2 (FS2)
fubo Sports Network
FXM FXX FXX
Golf Channel Golf Channel
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HLN IFC IFC
Investigation Discovery (ID) Investigation Discovery (ID)
Lifetime Movies (LMN)
Local Now Local Now
MLB Network MotorTrend MotorTrend
National Geographic National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild NBA TV NBC NBC
NBC News Now NBCSN NBCSN
NFL Network NFL Network
Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)
Paramount Network Paramount Network
PBS PBS Kids Pop Pop
SEC Network SEC Network (in-market)
Smithsonian Channel Smithsonian Channel
Start TV Sundance TV Sundance TV
TBS Telemundo Telemundo
Tennis Channel The Weather Channel
TNT Travel Channel Travel Channel
TUDNxtra (multiple channels)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) TV Land TV Land
TYT Network Unimas
Universal Kids Universal Kids
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.
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
|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.
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?
|Amazon Fire TV||Yes||Yes|
|Android Phones & Tablets||Yes||Yes|
|Browsers – Mac & PC||Yes||Yes|
|Select Smart TVs (See lists)||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.
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.
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.
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.