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Hulu vs FuboTV
June 1, 2021
You’ve made the decision to join the tens of millions of cord cutters. Congratulations! You’ve already taken a huge step, but the next one is just as important: You need to pick a streaming service. The number of options for streaming services is both exciting and terrifying. With so many great choices, how do you find the right one for you? Don’t go running back to your cable company; we are here to help.
Hulu and fuboTV are both compelling options. Fortunately, we have everything you need to make an informed decision. Ready? Let’s get started.
Hulu and fuboTV are both streaming services offering live TV and on-demand entertainment. Both offer month-to-month subscriptions with no long-term commitment. There are, however, some key differences between Hulu and fuboTV that you need to know.
First, with any Hulu plan, you get access to the entire Hulu on-demand catalog. This includes hits like The Handmaid’s Tale that can’t be found anywhere else. Beyond the original content, Hulu offers a vast library of current and past major network TV shows, including popular titles such as Family Guy and Seinfeld.
If you opt for Hulu’s live TV service, called Hulu + Live TV, you’ll also get access to live streaming TV channels. Hulu + Live TV includes all the same on-demand content that “regular” Hulu has. It simply adds live TV networks and other perks.
fuboTV is a live TV streaming service like Hulu + Live TV. But fuboTV has a special focus on sports. Their on-demand content is more limited — focused primarily on recently-aired episodes and a few movies and past seasons of TV shows. However, there is no streaming service with better sports coverage, both domestic and international. International sports are where fuboTV really shines. Most other services, Hulu + Live TV included, don’t have many options for international sports fans. And fuboTV now includes ESPN, filling what was once the biggest gap in their sports lineup.
Both services provide you with a DVR. fuboTV starts theirs at 30 hours of storage, upgradable to 500 hours. Compare this to 50 hours for Hulu + Live TV, upgradable to 200 hours. Both services start you at up to 2 simultaneous screens. fuboTV allows you to upgrade to 3 screens, whereas the Hulu + Live TV upgrade provides unlimited screens at home and 3 screens away from home.
Device support is unlikely to be an issue for either service. Both services are available for a wide range of devices including Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Fire TV. Both are also available on iOS and Android as well as in your web browser.
Both Hulu + Live TV and fuboTV offer the four major local networks in most markets. Hulu + Live TV offers more than 60 channels in their basic package. fuboTV starts you off with more than 100 channels in their Standard plan.
If you are looking for Spanish-language programming, both services have that, too, but fuboTV has a slight edge in this category. fubo Latino gives you access to more than 30 Spanish language channels plus Spanish-language live sports, and it can be bought as a standalone package or as an add-on (under the name Latino Plus). Hulu’s Español add-on provides a handful of Spanish-language channels including CNN en Español and ESPN Deportes.
fuboTV has several other add-ons available, giving you the opportunity to access NCAA games, NFL RedZone, Cycling channels, extreme sports, and more international sports. The fubo Extra package also adds more movie, news, music and kids channels. Hulu + Live TV, similarly, lets you include their Entertainment add-on package, featuring such channels as the Cooking Channel and Discovery Family.
When it comes to premium channels as add-ons, Hulu + Live TV is the clear winner: It lets you add HBO Max, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz. Of these channels, fuboTV only offers Showtime. You will have to pay extra for these channels with either service.
Hulu + Live TV’s base service is $64.99 per month. If you want to remove ads on the on-demand catalog, this price rises to $70.99 per month. If you don’t want live TV, you can get the ad-supported Hulu on-demand catalog for as little as $5.99 per month. Adding unlimited screens, premium movie channels, a DVR upgrade, or the entertainment and Spanish language add-ons will bump up these rates.
fuboTV’s base rate is $59.99 per month for their Standard plan. As with Hulu, adding more screens, a DVR upgrade, or additional channels will bump up this rate. Check out their Family, Family with Showtime, and Ultra packages, which give you some of the add-ons for a reduced rate.
As you can see, the base rates are very comparable between these two services, but the final price may be very different if you want Hulu’s premium channels or fuboTV’s many sports add-ons.
With all that said, which service should you choose?
We here at Cordcutting.com can't make that call for you, but we can help guide you through the decision.
If you’re looking for an affordable on-demand service, this is an easy call: Hulu’s on-demand option is your best bet.
But what if you want live TV? If your primary desire is better overall sports options or international and Spanish language sports, fuboTV is the clear winner. If you only want Spanish language programming, the fubo Latino package is an excellent option. Be sure to check out all fuboTV’s add-ons while making your decision, but remember that their extra costs add up fast.
If premium movie channels are more your style, Hulu + Live TV will let you scratch that itch. Hulu’s on-demand catalog is also very compelling if you want more than just the latest TV episodes and movies. And don’t forget about their original programming either.
FUBO is better
Not mentioned – On FUBO you can split your screen to view 4 separate channels (games) at one time. I tend to use this option the most especially on the big screen. It’s great if you have ADHD:)
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Locast is amazing if you’re into classic tv. Decades, Cozi, Heroes & Icons, MeTv. Even if I eventually buy Hulu Live or Fubo I plan to keep Locast for the classics.
Do I have to stay connected with direct tv
Do I have to stay connected with Direct Tv to watch either channels
Nope! These are separate services that you can subscribe to *instead* of DirecTV. You’ll just have to have an internet connection.
How much does Fubo charge to rent their equipment? Hulu also
They don’t have their own equipment you have to decide what type of steaming device you want to use and purchase! Fubo &Hulu live & sling TV are just apps that you download to the steaming device theirs also CBS all Access but they only offer one local CBS channel and Amazon Prime carries some sports but no real live channels other then that!
How much does FUBO charge to rent their boxes, etc?
fuboTV doesn’t need its own box! You can just grab its app for whatever device you use to stream. If you have a smart TV, you won’t need anything else. If you don’t have a smart TV, you can grab a streaming device like a Roku or a Fire TV Stick — both of those work great with fuboTV.
Does fubotv have Pacer games?
No, afraid not! I think AT&T TV is the only streaming option with Fox Sports Indiana.
The box is your TV with an Internet connection.
FUBO does not require a “box” that you rent from them like cable or satellite services. What you will need is either of these to view FUBO:
Amazon Fire TV
Android phone, tablet
PC or Mac web browsers
You probably have several of these with you already. I know I do. No need to buy anything if that is the case. Just download the app or go directly to the website and sign in.
Does HULU give you live CNN? FUBO only provides previous programs unless you subscribe to a cable service.
Both of these services will give you live CNN! For Hulu, just make sure you’re getting the “+ Live TV” subscription, which is the one with live TV channels.
I had hulu live tv plus the disney bundle, hbo max, starz and showtime.
When I went to FUBO, I added showtime, starz, epix, multiple screens and went with the quarterly payment, which allows additional channels. Then I added disney plus only app – paid for a year, save two months. Then added the HBOMAX app which was $16 per month.
Hulu $141.21 per month, multiple screens, plus addons…. FUBO with over 100 channels, plus my add ons, plus Disney plus and HBO all came to $109 per month. Even if I added Hulu only I still save money. But I have over 1000 hours of recorded time and up to 5 screens from home. I wish I went to FUBO first.
Many of the channels on FUBO are dark or low contrast. I will be trying another service.
I have three questions:
1. Are there contracts with either Hulu Live TV or Fubo? If I sign up and decide to terminate service after, let’s say, three months will I pay cancelation fees? Or can I cancel anytime?
2. How does each service (Hulu Live TV and Fubo) handle a cross country move? Would I have to cancel service in my current area and restart in new city, or does the service just follow me?
3. I live in a very rural area. Yes we have high speed internet. How do I find out if Hulu Live TV or Fubo are offered in my area without talking to one of their salespeople? Is there a map of coverage areas or a place to punch in your zip code on their websites to check for coverage options?
Thanks for reading! 1. No, no contracts. 2. You can move and keep your service — you’ll just have to let them know you have a new home, so that they can figure out which local channels to give you (it’s pretty easy to do on both services, and you can always give them a call if you need help). 3. If you’re in the U.S., you’ll definitely be covered by both of these services. The only thing that will vary by region will be which local and regional channels you get (if any). You can get more details on the local channels by visiting the service’s websites. You’ll either see the channels listed right on the home page (they use your IP address to figure out which channels to show) or you’ll be able to search by your zip code.
Do I have to reconnect everyday, or is it only now. While trying the free trial?
Hulu constantly drops out despite fact I have very few people using the Comcast nodes. This drop out problem doesn’t plague other apps I have, e.g. Britbox.. How does Fubo compare to Hulu Live with respect to dropouts?
In our testing, we’ve found both fuboTV and Hulu + Live TV to be pretty good in that department. I’d probably give fuboTV a slight edge, but I’m not sure the issues you’re having will go away with fuboTV, because it sounds like it might be an internet or Wi-Fi speed issue. Do you have this issue with Hulu in general, or only when watching live TV? Live TV is tougher on your internet connection, so it could still be an internet speed issue even if other (on-demand) streaming apps work fine. fuboTV has a free trial, so I’d suggest starting with that and seeing if you run into the same issue — and if you do, then consider upgrading your internet. Thanks for reading and I hope this helps you out!
Does Fubu offer Ad Free option like Hulu live?
I’m afraid not! Generally, all of these live TV streaming options have ads, but they’ll typically let you skip the ads on on-demand and DVR’d content. With live TV, though, there’s really no way around the ad breaks — they’re built right into the live broadcasts, so the only other option would be a blank screen!
Haven’t tried fubo yet, but I’m going to. I have hulu now and pause doesn’t work. You can pause it then in a few seconds it starts up on it’s own. VERY frustrating, I’ve looked online and evidently everyone has this problem with hulu.
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