Here's what we know now The big chart: Top channels compared updated September 1, The main difference between each service is their channel lineups. All of them offer different slates of channels for various prices. Most don't have as many channels as traditional cable or satellite TV packages. On the other hand, maybe they have enough for you -- especially if you're saving a bunch of money every month by not paying the cable company for channels you don't watch.
YouTube TV vs. Sling vs.
Vue vs. This package offers more than channels, including the Starz and Encore. PS Vue discontinued its more affordable Slim packages in July MORE: Best Streaming Services YouTube TV offers six login accounts, but only three concurrent streams so while you can share it with your whole family, you might need to ask who's using it.
Hulu with Live TV is slightly below that, starting with six profiles and two concurrent streams. PS Vue offers five concurrent streams, the most, though it limits them by kind of device.
Hulu is the only one of these options with strong original programming sorry YouTube TV. View Deal PS Vue also allows you to stream four live programs at the same time, splitting them into the top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right corners of your screen. This feature just landed on the Apple TV in a March update.
Previously, the capability to stream to 5 devices was limited to those who signed up via a gaming console, streaming device or smart TV, but on Feb. Sling TV starts at a more affordable price. Hulu with Live TV, long separated from its early "beta release," can be accessed across the country.
YouTube TV was only found in select U. TV markets.
Verdict: PS Vue leads the pack on simultaneous streams. Supported devices YouTube TV started off on a scant few devices but that's changing.
On Feb. Support for Sony Smart TVs is expected in the first quarter of And finally, on Sept.
Hulu is also the only of these competitors to be available on the portable Nintendo Switch console. Verdict: Device availability is pretty even, and Hulu and YouTube have done a lot to catch up. PS Vue subscribers traveling to other cities see local broadcast networks based on where they are, not based on their home defaults.
DirecTV is a mess compared to other services. On July 2, Sling announced its Broadcast Extra package, where its subscribers could access ABC, would be discontinued, and it blamed Univision for "an attempt to raise rates despite lower ratings.
While this service has been available since , it's only recently drawn attention, because it's the exclusive home of the new Star Trek: Discovery program.
It should be noted that you can get local stations by simply buying an HD antenna for your TV, though that won't provide DVR or on-demand options more on those later to save shows for later.
Also, the Feb. If you're a sports fan first, above all other media, you'd be smart to consider FuboTV.
Its value proposition is much stronger, with 85 channels included. PS Vue , on Aug. If you'd rather just buy one channel and not a whole package, consider Amazon Channels , an ala carte alternative to subscription services.
Verdict: YouTube TV offers an ever-increasing array of programming, but it's still missing some channels Comedy Central, Food Network that are likely essentials for some.
We found that the services "makes it trivially easy to record shows you want," and that the competition "could stand to learn a thing or two from YouTube TV in this regard. PS Vue's DVR capabilities are limited to adding programs to your My Shows list, which will save them for varying amounts of time, with a maximum of 28 days after they air.
PS Vue itself notes that "Due to streaming rights, however, select channels and programs cannot be recorded to the DVR. DirecTV Now offers On Demand content available "within hours after a program airs" for "up to 20, shows and titles based on your subscription package.
DirecTV Now face-off. Verdict: YouTube TV is the best for those who can plan ahead and record, and even offers content for catching up. Hulu's DVR is close, but capped at 50 hours of content. Incomplete channel selection means they're not for everyone, but YouTube TV's increasing number of supported devices is improving its credibility.