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FuboTV vs Sling TV

Last updated: November 19, 2020

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If you’re looking for streaming options that make it easy to cut the cable cord, you’ll find there are plenty to choose from. Sling TV and fuboTV are two of the best live TV streaming options out there. Each of these streaming services offers a cable-like live TV experience, and each empowers customers to customize bundles with add-ons. Let’s take a closer look at Sling TV and fuboTV to help you determine which is best for your budget and entertainment preferences.

fuboTV: A subscription streaming service providing live TV channels, including plenty of sports channels

fuboTV Pros: fuboTV Cons:
  • Ample sports content
  • Base package has a lengthy channel list
  • Option to customize packages through add-ons
  • Some 4K HDR content
  • Somewhat pricey
  • Inaccessible on video game consoles and Blu-ray players
  • Missing some premium channels

Sling TV: A low-cost live TV streaming service with highly customizable bundle options

Sling TV Pros: Sling TV Cons:
  • Affordable price
  • Extensive customization options
  • Strong selection of premium channel add-ons
  • Base package has fewer channels than other streaming options
  • Only 10 hours of cloud DVR storage in base package
  • Sling Orange subscription limits streaming to a single device at a time
  • No 4K HDR content

What's the Difference Between fuboTV and Sling TV?

fuboTV and Sling TV are different, but they have some important things in common. Most notably, both fuboTV and Sling TV are live TV streaming services with multiple network TV channels. They’re a lot like cable or satellite, except that they stream online.

Sling TV is cheaper than fuboTV, at least when we compare the entry-level bundles. However, fuboTV’s base package provides more channels than Sling TV’s base package.

Both services let subscribers customize their bundles with add-ons, including premium channel add-ons and small add-on bundles. Sling TV is more customizable than fuboTV, but both of these services have more flexible bundling than competitors like AT&T TV Now.

Sports are fuboTV’s specialty. If you’re a sports fan, you’ll favor fuboTV — though Sling TV is no slouch in this department, either. If you favor a wide variety of premium channel options, Sling has the edge on fuboTV.

Sling TV can be viewed on more devices at once than fuboTV — as long as you have Sling Blue. Sling TV’s Sling Blue base subscription lets customers watch content on up to three devices at the same time. The base fuboTV package provides two simultaneous streams. fuboTV maxes out at three simultaneous streams for an extra $6 per month. However, Sling Orange — another one of Sling TV’s base packages — only permits streaming on one screen at a time.

If you enjoy recording content on DVR, you will favor fuboTV. fuboTV’s cloud DVR storage maxes out at 30 hours. You can pay an additional $10 per month for 470 more hours of cloud DVR storage. Sling TV provides a mere 10 hours of cloud DVR. Spend an extra $5 per month and the cloud DVR storage space increases to 50 hours. Sling TV doesn’t provide on-demand or live content in HDR or 4K. fuboTV offers such content, albeit in a limited manner. The majority of fuboTV’s 4K HDR streams are major sporting events.

Sling TV has a larger library of on-demand content than fuboTV. fuboTV’s on-demand library has more than 60,000 movies and episodes. This on-demand content rotates on a monthly basis. Sling TV brags that its on-demand titles number more than 70,000, though this figure is subject to change.

What Can You Watch on fuboTV vs. Sling TV?

Both fuboTV and Sling TV are designed to let you watch live TV. Sling TV’s two base packages, dubbed Sling Blue and Sling Orange, cost $30 per month after the initial monthly rate of $20. Sling Orange has 30+ channels. Its selection is highlighted by CNN, TBS, Disney, AMC and ESPN. The Sling Blue package provides 45+ channels, including many of the same channels as are provided in the Orange package. However, Disney and ESPN aren’t included in the Blue package. The Blue package is highlighted by the NFL Network and USA. You can get both Sling Orange and Sling Blue together at a discounted price, and you can also add “Extras,” which are small add-on bundles. The Extras make it easy to add a bunch of channels in one genre (like sports or comedy). They also make it easy to get more niche channels that would otherwise be available only in the largest bundles.

Sling TV is missing the top major networks of NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS. It does, however, have some great international content.

fuboTV’s base package, dubbed “fubo Standard” has 100+ channels. Most of these channels are the same as those in the Sling Orange and Blue packages. fuboTV’s base package features channels such as MTV, Fox News and MSNBC.

Like Sling TV, fuboTV offers add-ons. Sports are fuboTV’s specialty: The service provides several unique sports channel packages, such as International Sports Extra and Fubo Cycling. Sling has more premium channels that can be added piecemeal. Examples include Epix and Starz.

How Much Will You Spend on fuboTV vs. Sling TV?

Sling Blue and Sling Orange cost $30 each. If you want both the Sling Blue and Sling Orange packages, it will cost $45 per month. From there, you can add Extras for as little as $5 per month each (some Extras cost more than others).

fuboTV’s base package costs $54.99 per month. fuboTV’s additional packages have the potential to increase the price to $80. As an example, fuboTV’s Family Plan complete with Showtime costs $74.99. fuboTV’s Family package provides 114 channels for $65 per month.
Both of these services use add-ons to allow you to customize your subscription. This makes it more affordable to get some niche channels than it is with competitors like AT&T TV Now.

fuboTV Vs. Sling TV: Which Should You Choose?

fuboTV and Sling TV both have a lot to offer cord cutters, and these services have quite a bit in common. Still, there are a few key differences that should help you make your decision.

If you and your family enjoy watching sports, carefully review the content of each streaming service. fuboTV’s sports emphasis is impressive and includes coverage for more niche sports, like cycling. But Sling TV does sports well too, and it may be a cheaper path to the sports you love: Sling TV is more flexible in terms of add-on packages for customization. Be sure to check the channel options for your local area to determine exactly what channels are available for you and your family — and exactly what sports you’ll get covered.

If the members of your household prefer to watch recorded content via DVR, fuboTV is the better option. fuboTV also provides more 4K HDR streams. If you and your family or roommates prefer on-demand content, lean toward Sling TV.

2 thoughts on “FuboTV vs Sling TV 

  1. Avatar Jeff says:

    If MLB.TV would do away with the blackouts I would purchase every year to get my Indians. The DirecTV RSN fees keep going up and up. Again in Jan.

  2. Avatar Rich says:

    I live in the DC area and am a Washington Nationals fan. The maddening thing about exploring the cord-cutting options is that the RSN that carries Nats games (MASN) isn’t available for streaming at all. You have to jump through hoops involving using a VPN or similar service to mask your location with MLB.tv in order to circumvent the blackouts. If MLB could take over the RSNs and require a streaming option to be available, it’d be a big improvement.

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