DirecTV Stream vs Fubo: which is better?

There are a lot of live TV streaming options out there, each with its own set of specialties, but perhaps no two are as similar as DirecTV Stream and Fubo. With very close price ranges and channel coverages, it can be tricky to determine which service performs better than the other. 

It helps to see where exactly they differ. For example, while both DirecTV Stream and Fubo pride themselves on their impressive line-up of sports channels, only one of them covers the NFL Network. In this article, we take a closer look at details like this and more to see which service is the right choice for you.

Channels on DirecTV Stream and not Fubo

The channels that DirecTV Stream has and which are not available on Fubo:

Channels on Fubo and not DirecTV Stream

The channels that Fubo has which are not available on DirecTV Stream:

  • A&E
  • ABC
  • ABC News Live
  • ACC Network (in-market)
  • AccuWeather
  • Bein Sports
  • Bein Sports 4
  • Bein sports 5
  • Bein Sports 6
  • Bein Sports 7
  • Bein Sports 8
  • Big Ten Network (BTN)
  • CBS Sports Network
  • CBSN
  • Cheddar
  • Comet
  • Cozi TV
  • CW
  • Disney Junior
  • Estrella TV
  • Fox Sports 2 (FS2)
  • fubo Sports Network
  • FYI
  • GetTV
  • Golf Channel
  • Hallmark Family
  • History
  • IFC
  • ION Mystery
  • Local Now
  • MASN
  • National Geographic
  • NBCLX
  • NBCSN
  • Newsmax
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nickelodeon
  • Olympic Channel
  • Oxygen
  • Pop
  • SEC Network (in-market)
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • Tastemade
  • The Weather Channel
  • Travel Channel
  • TUDN
  • TUDNxtra1
  • TUDNxtra10
  • TUDNxtra11
  • TUDNxtra2
  • TUDNxtra3
  • TUDNxtra4
  • TUDNxtra5
  • TUDNxtra6
  • TUDNxtra7
  • TUDNxtra8
  • TUDNxtra9
  • TVG
  • Unimas
  • Unimas local channels
  • Universal Kids
  • Universo
  • Univision local channels
  • Vice
  • WGN America
  • Willow
  • YES Network

Popularity: Fubo is more popular than DirecTV Stream

Fubo has 1,500,000 subscribers whereas DirecTV Stream has 788,000 subscribers. This means that Fubo has 712,000 more subscribers than DirecTV Stream.

Price: Fubo is cheaper than DirecTV Stream

Fubo's costs $80 whereas DirecTV Stream costs $80. Getting DirecTV Stream instead of Fubo will set you back $0 more every month.

Why get DirecTV Stream?

DirecTV Stream is a Live TV streaming platform with a twist: you can download the app on any of your existing devices, or for a $120, you can get a box with a custom remote control for the service. But without the box, DirecTV Stream functions like a Netflix or Hulu, allowing you to stream Live TV from anywhere by downloading the app. Within your home, you can stream on up to 20 devices (!), and from outside your home you can stream on up to three devices.

Go to DirecTV Stream

Why get Fubo?

Get Fubo TV if you're currently paying more than its monthly price for your cable and if you like watching live TV channels. However, if you don't watch a lot of live TV there are much cheaper options out there for on-demand movies.

Go to Fubo

Devices: DirecTV Stream and Fubo have the same availability metric

DirecTV Stream is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Roku TV or Samsung TV.

Whereas Fubo is available on Airplay supported, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS or Roku. That's 0 less devices than DirecTV Stream.

Channel count: Fubo has 26 channels more than DirecTV Stream

Fubo's lineup includes 104 channels whereas DirecTV Stream has only 78 channels. Getting a subscription to Fubo will give you access to 26 more channels than DirecTV Stream. That's quite a bit of channels.

Trial: DirecTV Stream offers a trial

DirecTV Stream has a trial. The trial duration is 5 days.

Find out more on DirecTV Stream

Trial: Fubo offers a trial

Fubo has a trial. The trial duration is 7 days.

Find out more on Fubo

DirecTV Stream's specialty

The specialties of DirecTV Stream are: College basketball, College football, Lifestyle, News, Soccer, Sports.

Fubo's specialty

The specialties of Fubo are: Action, Anime, Baseball, College football, Old TV shows, RSNs, Science fiction, Soccer, Sports, True Crime.

Channels on both Fubo and DirecTV Stream

The channels that are available on both Fubo and DirecTV Stream are:

If you choose to subscribe to a streaming service we recommend as a result of our research, analysis, and curation, our work is sometimes (but not always) supported by an affiliate commission from the streaming service when you make a purchase.

FuboTV is the only sports-centered live TV streamer around, but it carries crowd-pleasing channels for sports fans and beyond. The Starter Plan starts at $75 a month, carrying a whopping 116 channels and 250 hours of DVR storage. If you never want to miss a game — or anything else, for that matter — FuboTV has you covered.

Price: $79.99/month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Airplay supported, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Roku

Channel lineup: A&E, ABC, ABC News Live, ACC Network, AccuWeather, Bein Sports, Bein Sports 4, Bein sports 5, Bein Sports 6, Bein Sports 7, Bein Sports 8, Big Ten Network, Bravo, CBS, CBS local channels, CBS Sports Network, CBSN, Cheddar, CMT, CNBC, Comedy Central, Comet, Cozi TV, CW, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Estrella TV, FOX, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Freeform, fubo Sports Network, FX, FXX, FYI, Galavision, GetTV, Golf Channel, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Family, Hallmark Mystery, History, IFC, ION Mystery, Local Now, MASN, MSNBC, MTV, National Geographic, NBC, NBC local channels, NBCLX, NBCSN, Newsmax, NFL Network, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Olympic Channel, Oxygen, Paramount Network, Pop, RSNs, SEC Network, Smithsonian Channel, SYFY, Tastemade, Telemundo, Telemundo local channels, The Weather Channel, Travel Channel, TUDN, TUDNxtra1, TUDNxtra10, TUDNxtra11, TUDNxtra2, TUDNxtra3, TUDNxtra4, TUDNxtra5, TUDNxtra6, TUDNxtra7, TUDNxtra8, TUDNxtra9, TV Land, TVG, Unimas, Unimas local channels, Universal Kids, Universo, Univision, Univision local channels, USA, VH1, Vice, WE tv, WGN America, Willow, YES Network

Ready to cut the cord? Here are the 14 live TV streaming services that offer a free trial.

More lists

The streaming services on this page were chosen by our editors. If you choose to subscribe to a streaming service we recommend as a result of our research, analysis, and curation, our work is sometimes (but not always) supported by an affiliate commission from the streaming service when you make a purchase.