YouTube TV vs. Sling Orange + Blue vs. Hulu with Live TV

YouTube TV, Sling Orange + Blue, and Hulu with Live TV are some of the best cord-cutting options in the market right now, but whether they're for you will depend on your needs. If you're on a tight budget, then Sling Orange + Blue is probably enough to cover the basics. Sure, its local channel selection is limited (it only offers FOX, NBC, and ABC in select markets) but its add-on options are virtually endless. Via its Sports add-on, it's also the only one among the three services to carry the MLB network. Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV, on the other hand, are as comprehensive as they can get. They offer local channels, including PBS, CBS Sports, and CW, which Sling doesn't have. But Hulu doesn't carry AMC, BBC America, and IFC (the other two do), while YouTube doesn't have A&E, Bloomberg, History, and Lifetime (again, these are found in the other two). YouTube is, however, the only one with NBA TV. But Hulu is ultimately the most expensive out of the three, probably because it also comes with Hulu's on-demand library, Disney+, and ESPN+. Below, we compare all three of these heavy hitters in terms of channel, DVR, device, and free trial availability.

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, Hulu with Live TV ($75.99).

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

Channel YouTube TV
$72.99/month
Sling Orange + Blue
$60/month
Hulu with Live TV
$75.99/month
A&E-YesYes
ABCYes-Yes
ABC Localish--Yes
ABC NewsYes-Yes
ABC News Live--Yes
ACC Network--Yes
Adult SwimYes-Yes
AMCYesYes-
Animal PlanetYes-Yes
AXS TV-Yes-
BBC AmericaYesYes-
BBC World NewsYes--
BETYesYesYes
BET HerYes--
Big Ten NetworkYes-Yes
Bloomberg-YesYes
Bloomberg Television-YesYes
BounceYes--
BravoYesYesYes
Cartoon NetworkYesYesYes
CBSYes-Yes
CBS local channelsYes-Yes
CBS News--Yes
CBS Sports NetworkYes-Yes
Charge!-Yes-
CheddarYes-Yes
Cheddar NewsYes-Yes
CMTYes-Yes
CNBCYes-Yes
CNBC WorldYes--
CNNYesYesYes
CNN International--Yes
Comedy CentralYesYesYes
Comedy TVYes-Yes
CometYesYes-
Court TVYes--
Cozi TVYes-Yes
CWYes-Yes
DablYes-Yes
DiscoveryYesYesYes
Discovery Channel-YesYes
Disney Channel-YesYes
Disney JuniorYes-Yes
Disney XDYes-Yes
DocuramaYes--
Dove ChannelYes--
E!YesYesYes
EPIX Drive-In-Yes-
ESPNYesYesYes
ESPN College Extra--Yes
ESPN UYes--
ESPN2YesYes-
ESPN3-Yes-
ESPNewsYes-Yes
ESPNU--Yes
Food NetworkYesYesYes
FOXYes-Yes
Fox BusinessYes-Yes
Fox NewsYesYesYes
Fox News Channel-YesYes
FOX SOULYes--
Fox SportsYesYesYes
Fox Sports 1YesYesYes
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)YesYesYes
Fox Sports 2Yes--
Fox Sports 2 (FS2)Yes--
Fox WeatherYes--
FreeformYesYesYes
FS2Yes-Yes
Fuse-Yes-
FXYesYesYes
FXMYes-Yes
FXXYes-Yes
FYI--Yes
GalavisionYes--
Game Show NetworkYes--
Get TVYes--
Golf ChannelYes-Yes
HallmarkYes-Yes
Hallmark ChannelYes--
Hallmark FamilyYes--
Hallmark MysteryYes-Yes
HGTVYesYesYes
History-YesYes
HLNYesYesYes
HSNYes--
ID-YesYes
IFCYesYes-
Investigation DiscoveryYesYes-
Investigation Discovery (ID)-Yes-
IONYes--
Justice CentralYes-Yes
Justice Central TVYes-Yes
Law & CrimeYes--
Lifetime-YesYes
Lifetime Movies--Yes
Local NowYesYes-
LocalishYes-Yes
Motor Trend--Yes
MotorTrendYesYes-
MSNBCYesYesYes
MTVYes-Yes
MTV ClassicYes--
Nat Geo WildYes-Yes
National GeographicYesYesYes
NBA TVYes--
NBCYesYesYes
NBC local channelsYesYesYes
NBC News NowYes-Yes
NBC UniversoYes--
NBCLXYes-Yes
NBCSNYes--
News NationYes-Yes
NFL NetworkYesYesYes
Nick Jr.YesYesYes
NickelodeonYes-Yes
NicktoonsYes--
OWNYes-Yes
OxygenYes-Yes
Oxygen True CrimeYes--
Paramount Network--Yes
PBSYes--
PBS KidsYes--
PBS local channelsYes--
PopYes-Yes
QVCYesYesYes
Recipe.TVYes--
Scripps NewsYes--
SEC NetworkYes-Yes
Smithsonian ChannelYes-Yes
Start TVYes-Yes
Sundance TVYes--
SYFYYesYesYes
TastemadeYes--
TBSYesYesYes
Teen NickYes--
TeleHitYes--
TelemundoYes-Yes
Telemundo local channelsYes--
The Grio--Yes
The Weather ChannelYes--
TLCYesYesYes
TNTYesYesYes
Travel ChannelYesYesYes
True CrimeYes--
truTV-YesYes
Turner Classic MoviesYes-Yes
TV LandYes--
UnimasYes--
Unimas local channelsYes--
Universal KidsYes-Yes
UniversoYes--
UnivisionYes--
Univision local channelsYes--
USAYesYesYes
VH1Yes-Yes
Vice-YesYes
WYes-Yes
WE tvYes--
Weather ChannelYes-Yes

Device availability comparaison

Where each streaming service has an app:
Device YouTube TV
$72.99/month
Sling Orange + Blue
$60/month
Hulu with Live TV
$75.99/month
AirplayYesYes-
Airplay supportedYesYes-
AirTV-Yes-
Amazon Fire TVYesYesYes
AndroidYesYesYes
Android TVYesYesYes
Apple TVYesYesYes
Chromecast-YesYes
Cox-Yes-
Fire TVYesYesYes
iOSYesYesYes
iPhone-YesYes
LGYesYesYes
LG TVYesYesYes
Mi Box-Yes-
Nintendo Switch--Yes
PlayStationYes--
RokuYesYesYes
Roku TV--Yes
SamsungYesYesYes
Samsung TVYesYesYes
Shareplay supportedYes--
SharpYes--
TiVo-Yes-
VizioYesYesYes
Vizio Smart TV-YesYes
Windows 10-Yes-
Windows 11-Yes-
XboxYesYesYes
Xbox One-Yes-

Trials: YouTube TV includes a free trial

YouTube TV has a free trial of 7 days.

Go to YouTube TV

Trial: Sling Orange + Blue does not offer a trial

Sling Orange + Blue is currently not offering a trial.

Go to Sling Orange + Blue

Trials: Hulu with Live TV includes a free trial

Hulu with Live TV has a free trial of 3 days.

Go to Hulu with Live TV

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

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 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

Free Trial: 3 days

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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