Sling Orange + Blue vs DirecTV Stream vs Youtube TV

Although leaning on the pricier side, Sling Orange + Blue, DirecTV Stream, and YouTube TV are heavy-hitting options for cord-cutting. Sling Orange + Blue gives you a diverse channel lineup for a reasonable price, DirecTV Stream offers plenty of RSNs and unlimited simultaneous screens, and YouTube TV's smooth interface remains undefeated. They have their strengths, but they also have their weaknesses. Only select markets can access local channels on Sling Orange + Blue, for instance, and even then it's only FOX, NBC, and ABC that are available. Meanwhile, DirecTV Stream lacks the flexibility of YouTube TV, while YouTube TV doesn't have nearly as much 4k content as DirecTV Stream. This is all to say that these popular live TV streaming plans are great, but the best choice will largely depend on what you're looking for. Below, we round up everything there is to know about them, including channel lineup, device compatibility, and free trial availability, to help you decide what streaming service is for you.

Which is cheaper?

The cheapest of the three streaming service in order are: Sling Orange + Blue ($60), YouTube TV ($72.99), and the most expensive of the bunch, DirecTV Stream ($79.99).

Sling Orange + Blue vs DirecTV Stream vs YouTube TV channel lineups

Channel Sling Orange + Blue
$60/month
DirecTV Stream
$79.99/month
YouTube TV
$72.99/month
A&EYes--
ABC-YesYes
ABC News--Yes
Adult Swim--Yes
AMCYesYesYes
Animal Planet-YesYes
AXS TVYesYes-
Baby First TV-Yes-
BBC AmericaYesYesYes
BBC World News--Yes
BETYesYesYes
BET Her--Yes
Big Ten Network--Yes
BloombergYesYes-
Bloomberg TelevisionYesYes-
Boomerang-Yes-
Bounce--Yes
BravoYesYesYes
C-SPAN-Yes-
C-SPAN2-Yes-
Cartoon NetworkYesYesYes
CBS-YesYes
CBS local channels-YesYes
CBS Sports Network--Yes
Charge!Yes--
Cheddar--Yes
Cheddar News--Yes
CMT-YesYes
CNBC-YesYes
CNBC World--Yes
CNNYesYesYes
CNN en Espanol-Yes-
Comedy CentralYesYesYes
Comedy TV--Yes
CometYes-Yes
Court TV--Yes
Cozi TV--Yes
CW--Yes
Dabl--Yes
DiscoveryYesYesYes
Discovery ChannelYes--
Disney ChannelYesYes-
Disney Jr-Yes-
Disney Junior--Yes
Disney XD-YesYes
Docurama--Yes
Dove Channel--Yes
E!YesYesYes
E! Entertainment-Yes-
EPIX Drive-InYes--
ESPNYesYesYes
ESPN U--Yes
ESPN2YesYesYes
ESPN3YesYes-
ESPNews--Yes
Food NetworkYesYesYes
FOX-YesYes
Fox Business-YesYes
Fox Business Network-Yes-
Fox NewsYesYesYes
Fox News ChannelYesYes-
FOX SOUL--Yes
Fox SportsYesYesYes
Fox Sports 1YesYesYes
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)YesYesYes
Fox Sports 2--Yes
Fox Sports 2 (FS2)--Yes
Fox Weather--Yes
FreeformYesYesYes
FS2--Yes
FuseYes--
FXYesYesYes
FXM--Yes
FXX-YesYes
Galavision-YesYes
Game Show Network--Yes
Gem Shopping Network-Yes-
Get TV--Yes
Golf Channel--Yes
Hallmark-YesYes
Hallmark Channel-YesYes
Hallmark Family--Yes
Hallmark Mystery-YesYes
HGTVYesYesYes
HistoryYes--
HLNYesYesYes
Home Shopping Network-Yes-
HSN--Yes
IDYes--
IFCYes-Yes
Investigation DiscoveryYesYesYes
Investigation Discovery (ID)Yes--
ION--Yes
Justice Central TV--Yes
Law & Crime--Yes
LifetimeYes--
Local NowYes-Yes
Localish--Yes
MotorTrendYesYesYes
MSNBCYesYesYes
MTV-YesYes
MTV Classic--Yes
MTV2-Yes-
Nat Geo Wild--Yes
National GeographicYes-Yes
NBA TV--Yes
NBCYesYesYes
NBC local channelsYesYesYes
NBC News Now--Yes
NBC Universo--Yes
NBCLX--Yes
NBCSN--Yes
News Nation--Yes
NFL NetworkYesYesYes
Nick Jr.Yes-Yes
Nickelodeon--Yes
Nicktoons--Yes
One America News-Yes-
Ovation-Yes-
OWN--Yes
Oxygen--Yes
Oxygen True Crime--Yes
Paramount Network-Yes-
PBS-YesYes
PBS Kids--Yes
PBS local channels-YesYes
Pop--Yes
Pursuit-Yes-
Pursuit Channel-Yes-
QVCYesYesYes
QVC2-Yes-
Recipe.TV--Yes
REELZ-Yes-
ReelzChannel-Yes-
REVOLT-Yes-
RFD-TV-Yes-
RSNs-Yes-
Scripps News--Yes
SEC Network--Yes
Smithsonian Channel--Yes
Start TV--Yes
Sundance TV--Yes
SundanceTV-Yes-
SYFYYesYesYes
Tastemade--Yes
TBSYesYesYes
TCM-Yes-
Teen Nick--Yes
TeenNick-Yes-
TeleHit--Yes
Telemundo-YesYes
Telemundo local channels-YesYes
The Weather Channel--Yes
TLCYesYesYes
TNTYesYesYes
Travel ChannelYes-Yes
True Crime--Yes
truTVYesYes-
Turner Classic Movies--Yes
TV Land-YesYes
Unimas--Yes
Unimas local channels--Yes
Universal Kids--Yes
Universo--Yes
Univision-YesYes
Univision East-Yes-
Univision local channels--Yes
USAYesYesYes
USA Network-Yes-
VH1-YesYes
ViceYes--
W-YesYes
WE tv-YesYes
Weather Channel--Yes

Device availability comparaison

Where each streaming service has an app:
Device Sling Orange + Blue
$60/month
DirecTV Stream
$79.99/month
YouTube TV
$72.99/month
AirplayYes-Yes
Airplay supportedYes-Yes
AirTVYes--
Amazon Fire TVYesYesYes
AndroidYesYesYes
Android TVYesYesYes
Apple TVYesYesYes
ChromecastYes--
CoxYes--
Fire TVYesYesYes
iOSYesYesYes
iPhoneYes--
LGYes-Yes
LG TVYes-Yes
Mi BoxYes--
PlayStation--Yes
RokuYesYesYes
Roku TV-Yes-
SamsungYesYesYes
Samsung TVYesYesYes
Shareplay supported--Yes
Sharp--Yes
TiVoYes--
VizioYes-Yes
Vizio Smart TVYes--
Windows 10Yes--
Windows 11Yes--
XboxYes-Yes
Xbox OneYes--

Trial: Sling Orange + Blue does not offer a trial

Sling Orange + Blue is currently not offering a trial.

Go to Sling Orange + Blue

Trials: DirecTV Stream includes a free trial

DirecTV Stream has a free trial of 5 days.

Go to DirecTV Stream

Trials: YouTube TV includes a free trial

YouTube TV has a free trial of 7 days.

Go to YouTube TV

Why get Sling Orange + Blue?

Sling is a great option if you want to cut the cord but keep access to many channels. If you don't watch sports, you don't have to get the package for them.

Go to Sling Orange + Blue

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 YouTube TV?

Youtube TV boasts a wide offering of almost every major channel, unlimited DVR, six accounts, and up to three simultaneous streams. It's the perfect option for families. The cost is a little steep, and there are cheaper options out there, but with a great interface (Live TV services are not known to always have the most intuitive interfaces) and wide availability across devices, it's fair to say that you'll get your dollar's worth.

Go to YouTube TV

Youtube TV launched in some areas in the U.S.in mid-2017, first with a limited offering but quickly signing deals with providers like Turner Warner, Warnermedia, and Viacom CBS. This allowed it to carry channels as varried as the BBC and HBO.

Price: $72.99/month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Airplay supported, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, LG TV, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung TV, Shareplay supported, Sharp, Vizio, Xbox

Channel lineup: ABC, ABC News, ACCN, Adult Swim, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, BET Her, Big Ten Network, Bounce, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS, CBS local channels, CBS Sports Network, Cheddar, Cheddar News, CMT, CNBC, CNBC World, CNN, Comedy Central, Comedy TV, Comet, Court TV, Cozi TV, Dabl, Discovery, Disney, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Docurama, Dove Channel, E!, ESPN, ESPN U, ESPN2, ESPNews, Food Network, FOX, Fox Business, Fox News, FOX SOUL, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox Weather, Freeform, FX, FXM, FXX, Galavision, Game Show Network, Get TV, Golf Channel, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Family, Hallmark Mystery, HGTV, HLN, HSN, IFC, Investigation Discovery, ION, Justice Central TV, LAFC Channel, Law & Crime, Live Now, Local Now, Localish, MotorTrend, MSNBC, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, My TV, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic, NBA TV, NBC, NBC local channels, NBC News Now, NBC Universo, NBCLX, NBCSN, NECN, News Nation, NFL Network, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Orlando City Channel, OWN, Oxygen, Oxygen True Crime, Paramount, PBS, PBS Kids, PBS local channels, PC Mag, Pop, QVC, Recipe.TV, Scripps News, SEC Network, Smithsonian Channel, SNY, Start TV, Sundance TV, SYFY, Tastemade, TBS, Teen Nick, TeleHit, Telemundo local channels, The CW, The Great Courses, The Weather Channel, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, Tru TV, Turner Classic Movies, TV Land, TYT, Unimas, Unimas local channels, Universal Kids, Univision, Univision local channels, USA, VH1, WE tv

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