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Cutting the cord doesn’t have to mean giving up your favorite live TV channels. Thanks to live TV streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Philo, and fuboTV, cable and satellite don’t have a monopoly on live TV anymore. These cable alternatives give cord cutters access to live TV networks — no cable required. We’ve reviewed and ranked each of the live TV streaming services, and there’s one factor that we consider to be most important of all: the streaming service channel list. After all, what good is a cable alternative if it doesn’t have the channels that you want to watch?

With that in mind, we combined our channel lists for DIRECTV, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, and YouTube TV in one all-important chart. This is the ultimate comparison of live TV streaming services, and our chart makes it easy to check and see which service has the channels you crave. Should you sign up for Sling TV? Check out Hulu + Live TV? Get a Philo free trial? Consult our chart before you decide!

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream Live TV:

  Price Channels Free Trial  
$69.99 – $159.99 140+ 5 days

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$7.99 – $82.99 85+ 30 days

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$25 60+ 7 days

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$74.99 – $94.99 220+ 7 days

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$40 – $60 30+ – 130+ 3 days

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Skinny Bundle Channel Lists, Compared

As you dive into the live streaming channel comparison chart below, keep in mind that different services structure their pricing differently. We talk in detail about prices for Sling TV and other services elsewhere, but the main thing to know is that prices can vary based on which bundles you get. Our channel comparison chart includes all of the channels that are available through a given service — and that means that they may be in add-on bundles, so be sure to check our detailed channels lists and reviews of specific services for more details before you make your final decision.

CHANNEL DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu + Live TV Philo Sling TV YouTube TV
ABC News Live
ACC Network
ACC Network Extra
Acorn TV
Adult Swim
AMC Premiere
American Heroes Channel
Animal Planet
BBC America
BBC World News
BeIN Sports
BeIN Sports 2
BeIN Sports 4
BeIN Sports 5
BeIN Sports 6
BeIN Sports 7
BeIN Sports 8
BeIN Sports ñ
BeIN Sports Xtra
BET Jams
BET Soul
Big Ten Network
Black News Channel
Bloomberg Television
Cartoon Network
CBS Sports Network
Cleo TV
CNBC World
CNN en Español
CNN International
Comedy Central
Comedy Dynamics
Comedy TV
Comet TV
Con TV
Cooking Channel
Court TV
Cozi TV
Crime + Investigation
Curiosity Stream
Destination America
Discovery Family
Discovery Life
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
DIY Network
Duck TV
Epix 2
Epix Drive-In
Epix Hits
ESPN College Extra
Estrella TV
Food Network
Fox Business
Fox News
France 24 (English)
fubo Movie Network
fubo Sports Network
fubo Sports Network 2
Game Show Network
Get TV
Ginx Esports TV
Great American Country
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Hallmark Movies Now
HBO Family
HBO Latino
HDNet Movies
Heroes & Icons
Home Shopping Network
IFC Films Unlimited
India Today
Justice Central
Kartoon Channel
Law & Crime
Law & Crime Trial Network
Lifetime Movie Network
Local Now
Longhorn Network
MLB Game of the Week
MLB Network
MLB Strike Zone
MTV Classic
MTV Live
Nat Geo Wild
National Geographic
Nautical Channel
NBA League Pass
NBC News Now
NBC Sports
NBC Universo
News 18
Newsmax TV
NFL Network
NFL RedZone
NHL Network
Nick Jr.
Olympic Channel
Outdoor Channel
Pac 12 Networks
Paramount Network
PBS Kids
People TV
Pursuit Channel
Ride TV
RT America
SEC Network
Showtime 2
Showtime Extreme
Showtime Family
Showtime Next
Showtime Showcase
Showtime Women
Smithsonian Channel
Sony Movie Channel
Sportsman Channel
Stadium 1
Stadium 2
Stadium 3
Start TV
Starz Comedy
Starz Edge
Starz Encore
Starz Encore Black
Starz Encore Classic
Starz Encore Family
Starz Encore Suspense
Starz Encore Westerns
Starz Kids & Family
Stingray Karaoke
Sundance Now
Sundance TV
Tennis Channel
The Country Network Plus
The Cowboy Channel
The CW
The Weather Channel
Travel Channel
TUDN Xtra 1
TUDN Xtra 10
TUDN Xtra 11
TUDN Xtra 2
TUDN Xtra 3
TUDN Xtra 4
TUDN Xtra 5
TUDN Xtra 6
TUDN Xtra 7

117 thoughts on “Live TV Streaming Services Channel Comparison

  1. Allison seibert says:

    this don’t even work you have to sign in using facebook this is a fake

    1. Allison seibert says:

      I agree

  2. sheila says:

    I want to thank-you for comparing channels side by side, I have been looking to cut the cable but being in my 60;s I have trouble understanding which company to go with. I now can see what has the channels I watch and now I know what to do so again thanks for this article.

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      Thank you!!

    2. Debbie says:

      where is that comparison chart? I saw one but I want to compare You Tube TV and Disney Plus

  3. SoFia JerseyShore says:


    I wanted to let you know that I finally cut the cord with Xfinity. After following your tips, and reviewing the other user’s comments, the transition was very easy.
    I’m embarrassed to say that I have been with Xfinity/Comcast for 10 long years at my current location because they were the only game in town. (+17 years at my prior location = 27 years total.) I’m truly uncertain why it was so important for my hubbie to have “all” of the channels; and up until this year, Xfinity always renewed our 2 year contract at the EXPIRING rate. E.g.: we were paying $174.99 for ALL of the channels, premium movie channels included, (plus, then add in the internet & speed upgrade, the landline phone, and all of the additional taxes & fees). Our total monthly bill was $295. +/- . This past March (yes, right about that time that the Covid-19 was hitting), Xfinity decided to renew our contract on a month to month basis, which raised the overall monthly bill to almost $350. Needless to say, when I mentioned it to my hubbie, he almost had a baby!
    We were contemplating cutting the cord for the past few years, but for whatever reason, we never made a move. It’s just like anything else… when you get used to something; you know, comfortable; no one likes change. Hubbie was worried that he would “loose” a channel or two. The only one loosing in the end is Xfinity – they are loosing about $225. a month FROM US!
    I cancelled ALL of the TV services with Xfinity, I even cancelled the landline phone; because; uh; I can’t even tell you the last time I used that phone line – other than it was “attached” to all of my frequent shopper cards at the supermarkets (LOL). We are still a wet behind the ears with this cutting the cord expedition; we went with the Roku, and things have not been better. Needless to say, there is no looking back. I’m posting my comments here for one reason: For anyone who might have doubts with cutting the cord – I suggest that you take a cold shower and think about what you can do with the extra money that you will save each month. If I continued with Xfinity; I would be giving them $225. a month. (My bill was $350. with them, I spend now about $125. in total – which includes the Internet with them, as well as various streaming subscriptions). $225. x 12 = $2700. ANNUALLY! To think, I’ve been with Xfinity/Comcast for 27 years. I will round off the monthly numbers, but I calculate it to come to $225. a month – on the low – x 27 years/324 months = $72,900. No wonder why Xfinity is building new retail stores all over. My teen daughter will be getting her license this month. She needs a car. This savings of $2700. a year will help us with that. I AM EMBARASSED that we didn’t cut the cord earlier.
    In closing: Cutting the cord, and finding the channels/movies/news that you might be looking for takes a little patience, and of course, takes a little to get used to. Don’t let this deter you. Xfinity didn’t care much for us, as customers, when we had a problem; but when I called about the Cancellation of their TV services, all of a sudden they remembered my name. I’m mad at myself that it took me so long to make a decision to cut the cord. I admit, that I am a Looser for being afraid of change. I will admit that the variety of channels via streaming are so vast, both myself and my hubbie couldn’t be happier. There are some channels that I could never get unless I streamed them on the web. There are some channels that I have never heard of, and their content is truly superb. I’m now an official Cord Cutter, and I feel good about it. I feel good about the fact that I am no longer making Xfinity rich. I hope that my story helps other to decide that Cord Cutting is a much better option.

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      This is great! So glad you’re happy with your choice. Thanks for sharing your story with us!

    2. Anonymous says:

      I LOVE your story of making the cable cord cutting move!! I think it truly hits home with those of us of a certain age 😉 I also like the breakdown of the expense/ savings . It reminds me of the experience of long distance phone bills an those transitions/ changes that I was slow to make an spent some big bucks because I of it lol!! I cut the cable cord 10 yrs ago an never looked back. I love all the channel choices an savings by streaming and network with friends an browse online to keep informed. I also had a tall outside antenna installed against the house on a pole (higher than the roof) for local channels. Love it as well an use it frequently. It was not too costly to purchase an install. I know they have antennas you can put in your attic or place in a window but I haven’t tried other’s to compare. I bought a DVR for the antenna channels an use it a lot but pay a monthly fee so now I am searching for a service that gets our area local channels an use their DVR so I can cancel my DVR service an save some money . It’s amazing the money saved by not being tied to cable!!. If I chose to I could get by with just the local antenna channels an stream the free Apps now available. It seems there are more of those popping up everyday as well!

  4. says:

    What service provides the best sports: I only need NFL & MLB. I heard Sling Live TV or Hulu provides sport channels is that true. Please help

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      Yes, that’s true! Your best bet is a skinny bundle that will get you CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, and your local regional sports network (RSN) that carries your MLB games. Hulu is a good bet, but you should check to make sure your RSN is covered.

  5. Janet says:

    I only need like 5 channels and not sure what is the best way to go i have apple tv fire stick and roku but i would like to get these channels with one device TLC HGTV TV LAND FETV and the ID channel can you help me?

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      Sure! Most of the channels you’re looking for are pretty easy to find. FETV is the exception — they’re owned by a smaller company that doesn’t seem to have cut deals with the streaming services yet. That could change, but right now I think it’s only available on a few cable and satellite plans and not on any streaming options.

      The rest are easy to find, though. I’d recommend Sling TV, it includes HGTV, ID, and TLC in its cheapest plans. You can add Sling TV’s “Comedy Extra” to get TV Land, too (it’s another $5 a month for the add-on, and it includes more than just TV Land).

      Hope that helps, and thanks for reading!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for having this website! We are cutting the cord at our new house, we are just having AT&T fiber installed which is one gigabyte speed for internet and WiFi my question is how do I set up a DVR using with my fire stick?

  7. John says:

    Thanks for having this website! We are cutting the cord at our new house, we are just having AT&T fiber installed which is one gigabyte speed for internet and WiFi my question is how do I set up a DVR using with my fire stick?

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      That depends on what sort of DVR you’d like to have! The live streaming services we talk about typically offer or include a “cloud DVR,” which works pretty much just like a regular DVR (the “cloud” part means it saves your recordings online, which lets you watch them on different devices — not just your Fire TV Stick but also your smartphone, computer, etc.). You could also invest in an “OTA DVR,” which will record over-the-air TV (in other words, antenna TV — probably your local news stations, PBS, etc., but not “network” channels like ESPN and HGTV, because they don’t broadcast over the air). The Fire TV ReCast is probably your best bet if you want to go that route, since you’re already using a Fire TV. Thanks for reading and hope this helps you out!

  8. Mart says:

    Great Information. I installed an antenna for $45. , have subscribed to Netflix and will try Hulu or Philo. The plan is to save approximately $115.00 per month. Thanks again for the help/info.

  9. Leo Scags says:

    I like the channel coverage provided in the second column from the left it’s listed as AT&T TV..Now..Is that correct?

  10. Sharon McKinstry says:

    Great resource with one BIG PROBLEM. Can you ‘freeze’ the headings so that they remain visible as you scroll through the channels?

  11. E-Love says:

    Missing TYT Network. Also, NFL RedZone is now available on YouTube TV with the sports add-on.

  12. anon says:

    I think there needs to be a correction on the NFL Network. Sling does offer this in their blue and orange+blue packages.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Is Fox National News included it the $5.99 skinny bundle

  14. Morris N says:

    Can you get fox national news on the 5.99 skinny plan

  15. Rachael says:

    we are thinking about switching to Roku tv and getting rid of our present service , my husband and I want to make sure we can get our shows like Yellowstone, Longmire, sports especially the Twins and Gopher Basketball as well as the Outdoors channel, Paramont, H&I ,Fox Sports Northwhat system would you eecomend to get these channels as well as local tv?

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  17. Bob Thompson says:

    I’m in Rock Hill, SC, just 20 miles south of Charlotte, NC where the TV stations are located. My local monopoly provider (Comporium) is transitioning from cable to streaming, requiring a Fire stick. So I’m window shopping and find your site most helpful. Question–does a Smart TV make any difference or is a Fire, Roku or other device still required to get quality (HD) broadcasts?

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      You can definitely stream on a smart TV without having to also have a Roku or a Fire TV. A Roku or Fire TV is basically just a way to make a “dumb” TV into a “smart” one. The only caveat here is that each of these are different “platforms,” kind of like how Android phones are different from iPhones or Windows computers are different from Macs.

      So if you’re a streaming company programming your fancy new streaming app, you actually have to program one version for Roku, one version that’s compatible with Fire TV, and so on. Most of them do just that, but sometimes a smaller service (or a new app like Corporium’s) might only have an app available on certain platforms. That’s one of the selling points of Roku and Fire TV: They’re huge, popular platforms, so they tend to get (almost) every app. Depending on which smart TV brand you use, there might be streaming services that you can’t access on your smart TV platform.

      Since you already own your smart TV, I’d suggest starting with that and seeing how you like it. If you think it’s annoying to use or if it doesn’t have the apps you want, you can always buy a Roku or Fire TV later.

  18. Tammy Svoboda says:

    Are any of these services portable. I currently use my cable login to watch ESPN at my house in Florinda and in Louisiana and when I am at my Sister’s in Mississippi. I can do this through any device like a Fire Stick or Roku. I looked into cutting the cord before but services like Hulu were not as portable as the cable access.

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      Generally, yes, they’re all portable. They have some rules about how long you can use them outside of your “home area,” but even the most strict ones should work fine for a few weeks on vacation.

  19. Hugh says:

    Youtube TV does have PBS.

  20. Steve says:

    Update: Fubo has dropped the A&E family of networks. YoutubeTV dropped them last year. That’s a lot of subscribers between those two services. Come on A&E get back on.

  21. A m f says:

    Trying to compare streaming services, YouTube and Hulu are very similar. Really need A & E added. REALLY!
    I will have to purchase 2 services to be able have the channels I prefer.
    May need to keep my cable service ☹️

    1. Heinzy says:

      Would be great if this chart was downloadable to excel, then it would be easy to compare services for the channels that are important. Filter by what one provide has that the other doesn’t.

      1. Daniel Diaz says:


  22. Gene says:

    OI have subscribed to YouTube TV. I’m trying to add the Fox News Channel but am not having any success. I note that it doesn’t appear to be listed in the above channel guide for YouTube TV. Any suggestions please.

  23. Gene says:

    I have subscribed to YouTube TV. I’m trying to add the Fox News Channel but am not having any success. I see that it’s listed in the channel guide for YouTube TV. I also tried to load TNT so I could watch the Bolts Hockey game – TNT also listed in the lineup – but no joy. Any suggestions please.

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