Sling Orange vs Sling Blue vs Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV is one of the most in-demand live TV services right now, and for good reason. It has plenty of live and local channels, plus it already comes with Disney+, ESPN+, and unlimited DVR storage. But it's also getting increasingly hard to afford, especially at a time when streamers keep hiking up their prices. Enter Sling Blue and Sling Orange. Separately, they're nearly half the price of Hulu with Live TV, and they each carry basic live channels that are easy to add to and customize, depending on your needs. You'd be surprised to know they also carry channels that Hulu doesn't have, like AMC, BBC America, and IFC. But then again, Hulu casts a wider net when it comes to local channels (it has PBS and The CW; Sling doesn't) and sporting events (you'll have to purchase Sling's sports add-on to get the same channels). In the end, it all comes down to your needs. So below, we've rounded up everything we could find about the three popular live TV plans to help you decide what you should go for.

Which is cheaper?

The cheapest of the three streaming service in order are: Sling Orange ($40), Sling Blue ($45), and the most expensive of the bunch, Hulu with Live TV ($75.99).

Sling Orange vs Sling Blue vs Hulu with Live TV channel lineups

Channel Sling Orange
$40/month
Sling Blue
$45/month
Hulu with Live TV
$75.99/month
A&EYesYesYes
ABC--Yes
ABC Localish--Yes
ABC News--Yes
ABC News Live--Yes
ACC Network--Yes
Adult Swim--Yes
AMCYesYes-
Animal Planet--Yes
AXS TVYesYes-
BBC AmericaYesYes-
BETYesYesYes
Big Ten Network--Yes
BloombergYesYesYes
Bloomberg TelevisionYesYesYes
Bravo-YesYes
Cartoon NetworkYesYesYes
CBS--Yes
CBS local channels--Yes
CBS News--Yes
CBS Sports Network--Yes
Charge!YesYes-
Cheddar--Yes
Cheddar News--Yes
CMT--Yes
CNBC--Yes
CNNYesYesYes
CNN International--Yes
Comedy CentralYesYesYes
Comedy TV--Yes
CometYesYes-
Cozi TV--Yes
CW--Yes
Dabl--Yes
DiscoveryYesYesYes
Discovery Channel-YesYes
Disney ChannelYes-Yes
Disney Junior--Yes
Disney XD--Yes
E!-YesYes
EPIX Drive-InYesYes-
ESPNYes-Yes
ESPN College Extra--Yes
ESPN2Yes--
ESPN3Yes--
ESPNews--Yes
ESPNU--Yes
Food NetworkYesYesYes
FOX--Yes
Fox Business--Yes
Fox News-YesYes
Fox News Channel-YesYes
Fox Sports-YesYes
Fox Sports 1-YesYes
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)-YesYes
FreeformYes-Yes
FS2--Yes
FuseYesYes-
FX-YesYes
FXM--Yes
FXX--Yes
FYI--Yes
Golf Channel--Yes
Hallmark--Yes
Hallmark Mystery--Yes
HGTVYesYesYes
HistoryYesYesYes
HLN-YesYes
IDYesYesYes
IFCYesYes-
Investigation DiscoveryYesYes-
Investigation Discovery (ID)YesYes-
Justice Central TV--Yes
LifetimeYesYesYes
Lifetime Movies--Yes
Local NowYesYes-
Localish--Yes
Motor Trend--Yes
MotorTrendYes--
MSNBC-YesYes
MTV--Yes
Nat Geo Wild--Yes
National Geographic-YesYes
NBC-YesYes
NBC local channels--Yes
NBC News Now--Yes
NBCLX--Yes
News Nation--Yes
NFL Network-YesYes
Nick Jr.YesYesYes
Nickelodeon--Yes
OWN--Yes
Oxygen--Yes
Paramount Network--Yes
Pop--Yes
QVCYes-Yes
SEC Network--Yes
Smithsonian Channel--Yes
Start TV--Yes
SYFY-YesYes
TBSYesYesYes
Telemundo--Yes
The Grio--Yes
TLC-YesYes
TNTYesYesYes
Travel ChannelYesYesYes
truTV-YesYes
Turner Classic Movies--Yes
Universal Kids--Yes
USA-YesYes
VH1--Yes
ViceYesYesYes
W--Yes
Weather Channel--Yes

Device availability comparaison

Where each streaming service has an app:
Device Sling Orange
$40/month
Sling Blue
$45/month
Hulu with Live TV
$75.99/month
AirplayYesYes-
Airplay supportedYesYes-
AirTVYesYes-
Amazon Fire TVYesYesYes
AndroidYesYesYes
Android TVYesYesYes
Apple TVYesYesYes
ChromecastYesYesYes
CoxYes--
Fire TVYesYesYes
iOSYesYesYes
iPhone--Yes
LGYesYesYes
LG TVYesYesYes
Mi BoxYes--
Nintendo Switch--Yes
RokuYesYesYes
Roku TV--Yes
SamsungYesYesYes
Samsung TVYesYesYes
TiVoYes--
VizioYes-Yes
Vizio Smart TV--Yes
Windows 10Yes--
Windows 11Yes--
XboxYesYesYes
Xbox 360-Yes-
Xbox OneYes--

Trial: Sling Orange does not offer a trial

Sling Orange is currently not offering a trial.

Go to Sling Orange

Trial: Sling Blue does not offer a trial

Sling Blue is currently not offering a trial.

Go to Sling Blue

Trial: Hulu with Live TV does not offer a trial

Hulu with Live TV is currently not offering a trial.

Go to Hulu with Live TV

Why get Sling Orange?

Get Sling Orange if you watch ESPN or Disney channels, which are not available on Sling Blue.

Go to Sling Orange

Why get Sling Blue?

If you like channels such as Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and TBS, Sling Blue is a cheap alternative to cable - costing only $40 a month.

Go to Sling Blue

Why get Hulu with Live TV?

In 2020, Hulu updated their interface to a much neater version, allowing for one of the easiest and most intuitive Live navigation systems around.

Go to Hulu with Live TV

Hulu, being owned by The Walt Disney Company, started their Live TV service in May 2016, starting with Disney's other subsidiaries like ESPN. The service was priced at around $40, but after a series of other raises, in December 2022, the cost of the platform was raised to $75.

Price: $75.99/month

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, iPhone, LG TV, Nintendo Switch, Roku, Roku TV, Samsung TV, Vizio Smart TV, Xbox

Channel lineup: A&E, ABC, ABC Localish, ABC News Live, ACC Network, Adult Swim, Animal Planet, BET, Big Ten Network, Bloomberg Television, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS, CBS local channels, CBS News, CBS Sports Network, Cheddar News, CMT, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, Comedy Central, Comedy TV, Cozi TV, CW, Dabl, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN College Extra, ESPNews, ESPNU, Food Network, FOX, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1, Freeform, FS1, FS2, FX, FXM, FXX, FYI, Golf Channel, Hallmark, Hallmark Mystery, HGTV, History, HLN, ID, Justice Central TV, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, Localish, Military History Chanel, Motor Trend, MSNBC, MTV, NASA, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic, NBC, NBC local channels, NBC News Now, NBCLX, News Nation, NFL Network, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, OWN, Oxygen, Paramount Network, Pop, QVC, SEC Network, Smithsonian Channel, Start TV, SYFY, TBS, Telemundo, The Grio, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, TVLand, Universal Kids, USA, VH1, Vice, Weather Channel

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