Streaming TV comparison: Which service has the best channel lineup?

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Streaming TV comparison: Which service has the best channel lineup?
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Are you tired of overpaying for more than 100 TV channels with your cable or satellite provider when you only watch a handful of them on a regular basis?

You may be able to lower your monthly bill to $40 or less by switching to a live TV streaming service.

Streaming TV: DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, Sling TV, Philo, AT&T WatchTV

These cable and satellite alternatives offer smaller bundles, so it’s important that you compare the channel lineups to make sure that your favorite networks are included.

The chart below highlights plans in the $15 to $45 per month range, but most providers offer packages at other price points.

Channel lineups: Table of contents

Keep in mind that you’ll need a high-speed internet connection to take advantage of any live TV streaming service, so that’s another monthly cost to factor in as you’re reviewing the various plans and prices.

Here are the channel lineups for DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TVSling TV, Philo and AT&T WatchTV:

DirecTV Now: “Live a Little” plan: $40/month YouTube TV: $40/month PlayStation Vue: “Access” plan: $44.99/month Hulu with Live TV: $39.99/month Sling TV: “Orange + Blue” plan: $40/month Philo: $16/month AT&T WatchTV: $15/month; free for unlimited wireless subscribers 
A&E A&E A&E A&E A&E
ABC ABC ABC ABC ABC (select markets)
ACC Network Extra
AMC AMC AMC AMC AMC AMC
Animal Planet Animal Planet Animal Planet (Coming December 2018) Animal Planet Animal Planet
Audience Audience
AXS TV AXS TV AXS TV
Baby First
BBC America BBC America BBC America BBC America BBC America BBC America
BBC World News BBC World News BBC World News
BET BET BET BET
Big Ten Network Big Ten Network
Bloomberg Bloomberg
Boomerang Boomerang
Bravo Bravo Bravo Bravo Bravo
C-SPAN
C-SPAN 2
Cartoon Network Cartoon Network Cartoon Network Cartoon Network Cartoon Network Cartoon Network
CBS CBS CBS CBS
DirecTV Now YouTube TV  PlayStation Vue  Hulu with Live TV  Sling TV Philo  AT&T WatchTV
CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network
Cheddar Cheddar Cheddar Cheddar
Cheddar Big News Cheddar Big News Cheddar Big News
Cozi TV
CMT CMT
CNBC CNBC CNBC CNBC
CNN CNN CNN CNN CNN CNN
CNN International
Comedy Central Comedy Central Comedy Central Comedy Central
Comet
CW CW CW
Destination America
Discovery Discovery Discovery (Coming December 2018) Discovery Discovery
Disney Channel Disney Channel Disney Channel Disney Channel Disney Channel
Disney Junior Disney Junior Disney Junior Disney Junior
Disney XD Disney XD Disney XD Disney XD
DIY Network
E! E! E! E!
EPIX Drive-In
DirecTV Now  YouTube TV PlayStation Vue Hulu with Live TV  Sling TV  Philo AT&T WatchTV
ESPN ESPN ESPN ESPN ESPN
ESPN2 ESPN2 ESPN2 ESPN2 ESPN2
ESPN3
ESPN Goal Line
ESPNews ESPNews
ESPNU ESPNU
Food Network Food Network Food Network Food Network Food Network Food Network
FOX FOX FOX FOX FOX (select markets)
Fox Business Network Fox Business Network Fox Business Network Fox Business Network
Fox News Channel Fox News Channel Fox News Channel Fox News Channel
Fox Sports 1 Fox Sports 1 Fox Sports 1 Fox Sports 1 Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2 Fox Sports 2 Fox Sports 2 Fox Sports 2
Freeform Freeform Freeform Freeform Freeform
FX FX FX FX FX
FXM FXM
FXX FXX FXX FXX FXX
FYI FYI
Galavision
Game Show Network
DirecTV Now YouTube TV PlayStation Vue Hulu with Live TV Sling TV Philo AT&T WatchTV
Golf Channel  Golf Channel
Hallmark Channel Hallmark Channel Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Hallmark Drama
HGTV HGTV HGTV HGTV HGTV HGTV
History Channel History Channel History Channel History Channel History Channel
HLN HLN HLN HLN HLN
IFC IFC IFC IFC
Investigation Discovery Investigation Discovery Investigation Discovery (Coming December 2018) Investigation Discovery Investigation Discovery
Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime
Lifetime Movies Lifetime Movies
MLB Network
MSNBC MSNBC MSNBC MSNBC
MTV MTV
MTV2 MTV2 MTV2
National Geographic National Geographic National Geographic National Geographic National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild Nat Geo Wild Nat Geo Wild
NBA TV
NBC NBC NBC NBC NBC (select markets)
NBCSN NBCSN NBCSN NBCSN NBCSN
DirecTV Now YouTube TV PlayStation Vue Hulu with Live TV Sling TV Philo AT&T WatchTV
Newsy Newsy
Nick Jr. Nick Jr. Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon Nickelodeon
Nicktoons
NFL Network
Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
One America News
OWN OWN OWN
Oxygen Oxygen Oxygen
Paramount Network Paramount Network
PeopleTV
Pop Pop Pop
REELZ
RFD-TV
Science Science
SEC Network SEC Network
Smithsonian Smithsonian
Start TV Start TV
Sundance TV Sundance TV Sundance TV
SYFY SYFY SYFY SYFY SYFY
DirecTV Now  YouTube TV PlayStation Vue Hulu with Live TV Sling TV Philo AT&T WatchTV
Tastemade
TeenNick
TBS TBS TBS TBS TBS TBS
TCM TCM TCM TCM
TeenNick TeenNick
Telemundo Telemundo  Telemundo
Tennis Channel
TLC TLC TLC (Coming December 2018) TLC TLC
TNT TNT TNT TNT TNT TNT
Travel Travel Travel Travel
Tribeca Shortlist
truTV truTV truTV truTV truTV truTV
TV Land TV Land
Univision
Universal Kids Universal Kids
Universo
USA USA USA USA USA
Velocity Velocity (Coming December 2018) Velocity Velocity
VH1 VH1 VH1
Viceland Viceland Viceland Viceland Viceland
WE tv WE tv WE tv WE tv WE tv
WeatherNation
Editor’s note: Some of these plans may also include regional sports networks

DirecTV Now Live a Little channel lineup

ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, Audience, AXS TV, Baby First, BBC America, BET, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, Cartoon Network, CMT, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, CW, Discovery, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, FOX Sports 1, Freeform, FX, FXX, Galavision, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HGTV, History, HLN, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, MSNBC, MTV, MTV2, National Geographic, NBCSN, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, One America News, Ovation, Paramount Network, REELZ, RFD-TV, SYFY, TBS, TCM, TeenNick, Telemundo, TLC, TNT, TruTV, TV Land, Univision, USA Network, Velocity, VH1, Viceland, WE tv, WeatherNation

RELATED: DirecTV Now: Why Clark Howard has changed his mind

YouTube TV channel lineup

ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, AMC, BBC America, BBC World News, Bravo, BTN, Cartoon Network, CBS Sports Network, Cheddar, Cheddar Big News, CNBC, CNN, Comet, CW, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Freeform, FX, FXM, FXX, Golf Channel, HLN, IFC, MLB Network, MSNBC, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, NBA TV, NBCSN, Newsy, Olympic Channel, Oxygen, Pop, SEC Network, Smithsonian Channel, Start TV, Sundance TV, SYFY, Tastemade, TBS, Telemundo, Tennis Channel, TNT, TruTV, TCM, Universal Kids, Universo, USA, WE tv

RELATED: Should you sign up for YouTube TV?

PlayStation Vue Access channel lineup

ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNBC, CNN, Cozi TV, Destination America, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, Freeform, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FX, FXX, HGTV, HLN, Investigation Discovery, Oxygen, Science Channel, Start TV, SYFY, TBS, Telemundo, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, TruTV, USA, WE tv

RELATED: PlayStation Vue: 4 things to know about the live TV streaming service

Hulu with Live TV channel lineup

ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, A&E, BTN, Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS Sports Network, Cheddar, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, CW, DIsney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, ESPN College Extra, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Goal Line, Food Network, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Freeform, FX, FXM, FXX, Golf Channel, HGTV, History, HLN, Lifetime, MSNBC, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, NBCSN, Olympic Channel, Oxygen, Pop, SEC Network, Smithsonian Channel, SYFY, TBS, Telemundo, TNT, Travel Channel, TruTV, Universal Kids, USA, Viceland

RELATED: 4 things to know about Hulu’s live TV streaming service

Sling Orange channel lineup ($25 per month) 

ESPN, AMC, CNN, HGTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, History Channel, Disney Channel, ESPN2, ESPN3, ACC Network Extra, TNT, Food Network, TBS, BBC America, Freeform, IFC, EPIX Drive-In, Tribeca Shortlist, A&E, Viceland, Lifetime, Travel Channel, AXS TV, Newsy, Cheddar, Bloomberg Television

Sling Blue channel lineup ($25 per month) 

FOX, NBC, FOX RSNs, NBC RSNs, NFL Network, AMC, FX, CNN, HGTV, Comedy Central, USA, Cartoon Network, History Channel, TNT, Bravo, Food Network, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, NBC Sports Network, TBS, BBC America, FXX, SYFY, Nick Jr., IFC, EPIX Drive-In, Tribeca Shortlist, A&E, Viceland, truTV, Lifetime, Travel Channel, AXS TV, BET, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Newsy, Cheddar, Bloomberg Television

Sling Orange + Blue channel lineup ($40 per month) 

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Disney Channel, Freeform, ACC Network Extra, FOX (select markets), NBC (select markets), NBC RSNs, NBCSN, NFL Network, FX, USA, Bravo, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FXX, SYFY, Nick Jr., TruTV, BET, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, AMC, CNN, Cheddar Big News, HGTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, History, TNT, Food Network, TBS, BBC America, IFC, Epix Drive-In, Tribeca Shortlist, A&E, Viceland, Lifetime, Travel Channel, AXS TV, Newsy, Cheddar, Bloomberg TV

RELATED: 5 things to know before you sign up for Sling TV

Philo $16/month plan channel lineup 

A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, AXS TV, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, Cheddar, Cheddar Big News, CMT, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, DIY Network, Food Network, FYI, Game Show Network, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Hallmark Drama, HGTV, History, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, MTV, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., OWN, Paramount Network, PeopleTV, Science Channel, Sundance TV, Tastemade, TeenNick, TLC, Travel Channel, TV Land, Velocity, VH1, Viceland, WE tv

RELATED: Philo review: This cheap live TV streaming service is only $16/month

AT&T WatchTV channel lineup 

A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, Audience, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Food Network, FYI, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HGTV, History, HLN, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, MTV2, Nicktoons, OWN, Sundance TV, TBS, TCM, TeenNick, TLC, TNT, TruTV, Velocity, VH1, Viceland, WE tv

RELATED: AT&T WatchTV Review: The $15/month live TV streaming service

Final thought 

Don’t know if any of these plans will work for you? Call a family meeting and have everyone write down the channels that are most important to them, then see which bundle is the best fit for your household.

Again, most of these providers have other bundles or add-ons, but that’s going to increase your monthly rate.

There’s more to these live TV streaming services than just the channel lineups. Learn more about them in Clark’s guide to the best live TV streaming plans and deals!

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Michael Timmermann paid off his mortgage in two years. Now, he shares his money-saving tips on his blog, MichaelSaves.com.
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