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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. Christa says:

    Which streaming TV service works with Chromebook? None of them seem to offer PBS – why? How does Roku work with all this?

    1. says:

      You’re right that the live TV streaming services listed above don’t offer PBS, but all of them should work with Chromebooks through the Chrome browser and Roku devices.

      1. Anonymous says:

        You Tube TV does offer PBS

      2. Anonymous says:

        I have DIRECTV Stream and I have PBS. I suspect this is because it’s one of the local channels.

    2. Mike says:

      PBS has 4 channels where I am at. Of course I have 40+ channels all OFF THE AIR. I purchased an upgraded antenna which has helped tremendously. I also purchased a DVR to record programs OTA which also helped, I have a ROKU TV, an Amazon FireStick, I did have a ChromeCAST but got rid of it when I changed to the FireStick, which proved to be the better of the two. The best move I ever made was to “Cut The Cord”. Hope this helps point you in the right direction.

      1. Sandy Schuman says:

        Can you get a DVR that records streamed programing? I haven’t found anything on line but admittedly have no idea what I am doing and have not gone to a big box store like Best Buy or ABC. I am kind of high risk for Covid-19 & try not to go in stores…

        1. Stephen Lovely says:

          Hi Sandy, the answer to your question is a little complicated. The short answer is no, because there’s no extra device that you can use to record whatever you’re streaming. But most of these live TV services have DVR features built right in. They call them “cloud DVRs,” because whatever you record is stored in “the cloud,” a.k.a. on the internet (instead of on a hard drive like with an old-school DVR). That’s a good thing, because then you can watch what you record on other devices — for example, you could press the record button on your phone and then watch your recording later on your Roku.

          1. Anonymous says:

            thx for straight answers and filled in details!

        2. Thomas Boggs says:

          The best way to record streaming programming is to use the “Debut” on screen recorder for computer screens. That way you can record the stream with a timer and then play it back on your TV or computer. The only downside is that you would need your computer tuned in to the streaming service with the sound on and record in real time.

      2. Anonymous says:

        yes james at NC.

    3. Anonymous says:

      PBS Should be called the public programming network. Once it produced good content. Now you have to be some kind of woke moron to stomach what comes from that bastian of communist programming.

      1. LJ says:

        Very true!!!

        1. Anonymous says:


        2. Susan Campbell says:

          PBS is definitely another leftist indoctrination center.

          1. Paul says:

            Don’t understand your comment about PBS. When did you last watch Masterpiece theater, NOVA, Nature, or NewsHour.
            Many great shows and very informative shows as well

          2. Pete Duston says:

            Not really! Actually PBS offers programing for people with education and a brain.

      2. Anonymous says:


      3. Heather says:

        I used to love PBS until they told me on Fox that PBS is communist! I think that’s just terrible, even though i’m not sure what “communist” means. It must be bad though, because the Fox anchors were sneering and making these mocking faces when they said it.

        1. Marsha says:

          Are you serious on this one? You loved PBS … but now you don’t because it’s “communist”? Fox hosts tend to mock and sneer most of the time BTW.

          1. Bill says:

            I’m guessing Heather was being sarcastic. But PBS is a Communist front. No doubt about that.

          2. Larry James says:

            Like many people we remember a time when we fought communism. I did two tours in Viet Nam as our country tried to stop communist aggression. Now the block head democrats welcome the same people who would have destroyed this country. I resent the schools and the children’s tv shows that tell our children that our way of life is wrong and their way is better. It undermines our freedom and our way of our pursuit of happiness.

          3. Anonymous says:

            Omg Lol….CNN are the best sneerers and fake news spreaders…they will go down as criminals for crimes against humanity…liars.

          4. K says:

            Marsha, are you a fan of the general media? That would explain your comment about Fox

        2. Anonymous says:

          And what do you think, what does your eyes tell you, does it makes sense?

        3. Anonymous says:

          Fox is full of lies , fake news, and is flat out not to be trusted, period.

          1. Anonymous says:

            try Newsmax

      4. Roy says:

        Right on!
        PBS should be called the
        Propaganda Broadcasting Service.

        1. Anonymous says:

          I love how a simple comment section about TV streaming options turned political.

          1. Jeanne Nelson says:

            Scary and sad so many have been brainwashed by Fox propaganda. Fox is a licenced entertainment channel, not news.

      5. Richard says:

        right on

      6. Jim says:

        Isn’t that a little strong? Explain? I have PBS locally that includes most programming.

      7. Spurtler says:

        I know of no current active communist government on the planet. They are autocratic (N Korea, China, Venezuela) and have no interest in having the government act in the best interest of the people it is supposed to serve.

        If you are convinced by Fox opinion anchors you are being suckered as they are only interested in TV ratings which can raise their salaries. Fox News does not exist. It should be named Fox Political Entertainment. That, at least, would be an honest reflection of what is important to Fox. They are definately not interested in your welfare.

      8. Gayle Butler says:

        I agree.

      9. Patrick Walsh says:

        The Left RUIN Everything.

      10. 2bgeorge says:

        You are correct!

      11. Where’s Waldo says:

        This reply is to ALL of you injecting your political opinion on a site that is clearly trying to help people do a comparison of TV streaming services. If you want to be political, go to political sites and give your opinion! Get off this site because it isn’t about politics. You all are the problem with the world!

    4. Hugh says:

      Youtube TV does have PBS.

    5. Paul says:

      You tube tv offers PBS, check out there channel lineup

    6. Janice says:

      You tube tv has PBS.

  2. Reynold says:

    How can I find out some place just what I need to get live TV? I really don’t know much, but I don’t like paying the cable bill. Thank you.

    1. says:

      You could check which live TV streaming services offer the channels that you’re interested in and test them for free. Also, we have a pretty comprehensive guide to cutting the cord here, if you’d like to learn more.

    2. Bt says:

      Hard as hell to get started on the free trial YouTube tv 📺

      1. steven joines says:

        I agree I have tried for 2 days off &on w no luck so far Might give fubo a try

    3. mitch says:

      Depends what you mean by live TV. Do you just mean the local broadcast (OTA=”over the air”) networks? If so, in most respects the best option is an antenna – provided you get good reception of all the channels you want. If you don’t, you might look at, provided you live in one of the areas they cover. I won’t claim their service is completely reliable, or is always of the best quality, but they are free. (NB: Some of the networks are suing Locast. If the networks win, Locast will probably die. But that’s in a possible future. For now they appear to a non-expert like me to be legit, and the court, perhaps recognizing this, is provisionally allowing them to continue, if I understand correctly.)

      And, if you do mean those OTA networks, many of the services will not deliver all the local channels you might be interested in, despite what the chart says, because they each define “local” in a different way. Further, some of them, including, last I knew, Sling and AT&T, and maybe some others, don’t really deliver the local channels – they send you a very cheap small indoor antenna, which doesn’t get very good reception unless you have a good line of sight to the transmitter towers, and live fairly close to them. They also have obscure rules – e,g, for some reason I never figured out, I’m not eligible to receive Sling’s free antenna. Not that that’s a big deal: their antenna is probably no better than something you could improvise for a couple bucks, using wire or a metal coat hanger.

      Hopefully you are eligible for the free trial periods, so you can try out each service in turn. It makes sense to take advantage of all the relevant free trial periods for as long as you can, to save yourself some initial, money, cancelling each a couple days or so before they expire, then pick the one whose service you liked best. (There are significant differences between the services, in picture quality, sound quality, reliability, # of minutes of ads, etc., which vary from area to area, and also with your Internet provider.) That said, there is a counter argument – some services may give you the option of NOT taking the free trial period, but getting a free streaming device instead, which might be worth it, if you want that streaming device, and its cost is greater than the equivalent cost of the free trial period.

      I’ve gone back & forth between several services, depending on what shows, and therefore, what networks, I am currently watching. You can best figure out what works best for you by looking at what each service offers, and trying them.

      1. mitch says:

        Additional comment:

        This is an industry in constant change. E.g., over the next several years, thousands to 10’s of thousands of new communications satellites are scheduled to go into orbit. They may deliver affordable satellite Internet, and possibly satellite TV. That could radically alter this entire market. So could other factors, such as court cases, mergers, and politics. So if you want the best bargain, stay on top of the offerings.

        Also, don’t completely count out the cable, phone and satellite companies. Long term, my experience has been that their rates eventually go sky high, and they sometimes neglect to list all the charges ahead of time, and/or have a requirement that you stay with them even if they raise prices without limit, all of which scares me away, but if you rotate between these services, people say they sometimes offer good deals too.

    4. Anonymous says:

      If all you’re looking for are local, live channels, check LoCast to see if you are in their coverage area.

  3. Jim says:

    TCM is available as an add-on with Sling TV.

    1. says:

      Thanks for catching that! Corrected!

  4. Phil says:

    Thanks for a great article.
    In your Local Channels section, you neglected to mention over-the-air antenna reception as a viable solution with a link(s) to the website’s antenna articles. I realize this article is about streaming services comparison, and reference to the antenna supplement would be useful, especially if this is the first article that a new site viewer selects.

  5. David says:

    PLEASE UPDATE THIS CHART! Too Much is changing too quickly, this Data is WAY out of date!

    1. NanaH says:

      Here, here…this is very misleading! Please update the chart or delete it.

      1. Anonymous says:


  6. Lee Urbanowicz says:

    Which box or adaptor is the easiest to select channels we use? Do any of them save favorites or search for a channel?

    1. Lance says:

      Which is the best for NFL and all around TV along with offering premium channels (add on) options …YouTubeTV or PlayStation Vue? Just dropped HuluLive due to their new hotspot policy also can you run hotspot with these two options no hassle and do you need really good internet for those two options as well

  7. Shu says:

    Can u get hallmark movies on your iPad streaming? Also can’t u use tv for live streaming if u don’t have cable on tv.

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      Hi Shu, thanks for reading! Yes, you can watch Hallmark Movies on an iPad. Check out our piece on how to watch the Hallmark Channel without cable for more information. You can also use a TV for live TV streaming without cable — as long as its a smart TV or has a streaming device attached, and as long as you have a streaming service that offers live TV.

      1. Did says:


  8. Doug says:

    This is is crazy wrong. At least for YoutubeTV. For instance the YoutubeTV site says that it has Discovery channels and Food Network. The list claims its does not.

  9. Don says:

    Many channels included on YoutubeTV since last April that are not included on this updated comparison. Comparison is quite misleading.

  10. don schweitzer says:

    Wife actually watches 2 channels Food Network and Home and Garden. Your suggestions? Don

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      Hi Don, thanks for reading! Here are some tips for those:

  11. don schweitzer says:

    PS lots of nature shows, comments?

  12. Ken says:

    Philo has Hallmark, Hallmark Drama, and Hallmark Mysteries.

    1. Leo says:

      So does Fibo, but hey also carry most locals.

  13. margaret says:

    we need watching business during weekday how do we applied with cutting cable ? how much cost for monthly streaming TV prgram?

  14. Chris says:

    Philo does include all Hallmark channels. List needs updating.

  15. Chris L. says:

    It would be a good feature if channels were selectable (or searchable) so we could get a short list of specific channels.

    I’ve been looking for a PSV replacement since they dropped the announcement, only “need” about half a dozen channels and short of going back to cable it doesn’t seem like they’re available from a single service.

  16. Mary says:

    Can I get Fox News on Roku?

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      You can! Here’s some more information on that:

  17. Steve Sawyer says:

    Your channel chart for philo is missing the Hallmark channels.

  18. Rose Daley says:

    Which services have DVR services, either in the cloud or not

  19. Guiliana says:

    What would be REALLY useful as an addition here is data usage by these services. With data caps, that’s something all cord-cutters need to watch – and the fact that there isn’t a way to track data usage by device through one’s router DEFINITELY doesn’t help.

  20. Ray says:

    Which packages will carry fox sports south and fox sports south east?

  21. T says:

    List needs updating. I heard that Fubo lost nat geo channels. Will this list be updated anytime soon? Thanks

  22. Daniel Storms says:

    I’m unclear as to what constitutes “live” streaming. I have Comcast for Internet only and a Roku. I’ve downloaded an app for my local CBS affiliate (WFSB Hartford) that promises live news streaming, but more often than not there is nothing live about it. For instance, they start broadcasting at 4:30 AM, and sometimes when I tune in then it actually is live. But often as not, I’ll go there during their broadcast day and all that’s available is last night’s broadcast. There are also long gaps between streaming–all I’ll see is the station logo for 4-6 minutes, then the stream resumes haphazardly at some point in the broadcast (not necessarily real time). I’ve asked the station but so far no answer.

  23. Barry J Keller says:

    I would very much like to cut the cable. I have been researching Roku. Before I change, I am mostly looking for 2 channels. We have a 2 year old who watches the children’s network. A friend of mine has it on his Roku but it is not listed online anywhere. Roku should have it because it is on his screen and he played it for me. So, why does it not show up when I search for it online? My wife and my favorite channel is MeTv. It is an Erie, Pa station. It features old shows from the 50s and 60s. Maybe there is another channel that features these. I cannot find that one any where either. Can you please tell me where I can find these 2 channels? We would prefer to get Roku and Netflix. Hope you have an answer to this.

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      Hi Barry, thanks for reading! MeTV is a broadcast channel, so you might be able to pick it up with an antenna. If you can, you would be able to use the antenna for MeTV and the Roku to run Netflix. As for the children’s show, it’s possible that Roku no longer supports the channel. When channels leave Roku’s store, they can stay on user’s devices. They just won’t get updates and won’t be available to download anew. That may or may not be what’s going on — hard to say for sure without knowing the name of the channel. Roku does have a lot of kid-friendly channels with free content, though, so you could always just look through Roku’s channel guide and download something new to try. Hope this helps!

    2. Mike says:

      There is a kids channel on OPB

  24. shorn taylor says:

    I need understandable sci-fi cause I need that on Shawn’s TV

  25. Paul Davidson says:

    I tossed out dish network year ago, never brought cable back. Just streamed from my laptop when i wanted it or checked the news. But I am wondering, I would like to watch news services with the coronavirus tragedy, which streamer is the best for like CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and news networks? And the least expensive. I wish a person could just add 10 channels, pay for them and forget the rest. After all who needs netflix when there is Tubi?



    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      Hi Paul, thanks for reading! This article might help:

      There are a bunch of skinny bundles with news coverage, including Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and fuboTV. Most are right around the same $50/mo price point for their smallest bundles. Many of them offer free trials, so I’d recommend you test some out and see which one is for you. Hope this helps!

      1. Paul Davidson says:

        thanks Stephen

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