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DirecTV Now, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu and more: Live TV channels compared

Deciding to cut the cable TV cord doesn’t mean you have to give up live TV.

One way to watch live TV without cable is to connect an antenna. It’s cheap (read: free) and effective, as long as you’re willing to live with the handful of local channels available in your area. And you get good reception.

If that’s not good enough, and you’re willing to shell out a monthly payment, you should check out a live TV streaming service. They deliver numerous familiar channels like ESPN, CNN, Fox News and TNT, as well as features like cloud DVRs and the ability to watch not only on TVs, but also on phones, tablets and computers.

Seven major services are available today: Hulu with Live TV, Google’s YouTube TV, Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue and AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Philo and Fubo TV. They cost $16 per month and up. Our full guide has all of the details.

The big chart: Top 100 channels compared

The main difference between each service is their channel lineups. All of them offer different slates of channels for various prices.

None have as many channels as most traditional cable or satellite TV packages, especially when it comes to sports. 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.

Below you’ll find a chart that shows the top 100 channels across all seven services. There are actually eight listed, because Sling TV has two different ‘base’ tiers, Orange and Blue. And if you’re wondering, I chose which ‘top’ channels made the cut. Sorry AXS TV, FYI, GSN and Universal HD.

Philo vs. Sling TV vs. DirecTV Now vs. YouTube TV vs. Hulu vs. PlayStation Vue vs. Fubo TV: Top 100 channels compared

Channel Philo ($16) Sling Orange ($25) Sling Blue ($25) DirecTV Now ($40) YouTube TV ($40) Hulu with Live TV ($40) PS Vue ($45) Fubo TV ($45)
Total channels: 33 24 37 59 54 52 46 52
ABC No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes No
CBS No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NBC No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CW No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
MyNetworkTV No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
A&E Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
AMC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Animal Planet Yes No No Yes No No Yes No
BBC America Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
BBC World News Yes $ $ $ Yes No $ $
BET Yes $ Yes Yes No No No No
Big Ten Network No No No $ Yes Yes $ Yes
Bloomberg TV No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Boomerang No $ $ $ No Yes $ Yes
Channel Philo ($16) Sling Orange ($25) Sling Blue ($25) DirecTV Now ($35) YouTube TV ($40) Hulu with Live TV ($40) PS Vue ($45) Fubo TV ($45)
Bravo No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CBS Sports Network No No No $ Yes Yes $ Yes
Cheddar Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Cinemax No No No $ No $ $ No
CMT Yes $ $ Yes No No No No
CNBC No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CNN No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Comedy Central Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Cooking Channel $ $ $ $ No No $ $
C-SPAN No No No Yes No No No No
Destination America $ $ $ $ No No Yes No
Discovery Channel Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No
Discovery Family $ No No $ No No $ No
Discovery Life $ No No $ No No $ No
Disney Channel No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Disney Junior No $ No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Disney XD No $ No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
DIY Yes $ $ $ No No $ $
Channel Philo ($16) Sling Orange ($25) Sling Blue ($25) DirecTV Now ($35) YouTube TV ($40) Hulu with Live TV ($40) PS Vue ($45) Fubo TV ($45)
E! No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EPIX No $ $ No No No $ No
ESPN No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
ESPN 2 No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
ESPN 3 No Yes No No No No No No
ESPNEWS No $ No $ Yes Yes $ No
ESPNU No $ No $ Yes Yes $ No
Food Network Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Fox Business No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox News No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox Sports 1 No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox Sports 2 No No Yes $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Freeform No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
FX No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FX Movie Channel No No No $ Yes Yes $ Yes
FXX No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Golf Channel No No $ $ Yes Yes $ Yes
Hallmark Yes $ $ Yes No No $ Yes
HBO No No No $ No $ $ No
HGTV Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
History Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
HLN No $ $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Channel Philo ($16) Sling Orange ($25) Sling Blue ($25) DirecTV Now ($35) YouTube TV ($40) Hulu with Live TV ($40) PS Vue ($45) Fubo TV ($45)
IFC Yes Yes Yes $ Yes No $ Yes
Investigation Discovery Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Lifetime Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Lifetime Movie Network Yes $ $ $ No No No Yes
MLB Network No No No $ Yes No $ No
MSNBC No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MTV Yes $ $ Yes No No No No
MTV2 Yes $ $ Yes No No No No
National Geographic No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nat Geo Wild No No Yes $ Yes Yes $ Yes
NBA TV No $ $ $ Yes No $ Yes
NBC Sports Network No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Newsy No Yes Yes No Yes No No No
NFL Network No No Yes $ No No $ Yes
NFL Red Zone No No $ No No No $ Yes
NHL Network No $ $ $ No No No No
Nick Jr. Yes $ Yes Yes No No No No
Nickelodeon Yes No No Yes No No No No
Nicktoons $ $ $ $ No No No No
Channel Philo ($16) Sling Orange ($25) Sling Blue ($25) DirecTV Now ($35) YouTube TV ($40) Hulu with Live TV ($40) PS Vue ($45) Fubo TV ($45)
OWN Yes No No $ No No Yes No
Oxygen No No $ $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Paramount Network Yes $ $ Yes No No No No
PBS No No No No No No No No
Science Yes No No $ No No Yes No
SEC Network No $ No $ Yes Yes $ No
Showtime No $ $ $ $ $ $ $
Starz No $ $ $ $ No No No
Sundance TV Yes $ $ $ Yes No $ Yes
Syfy No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TBS No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Telemundo No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Tennis Channel No No No $ Yes No Yes No
TLC Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No
TNT No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Travel Channel Yes Yes Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes
TruTV No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Turner Classic Movies No $ $ Yes Yes Yes $ Yes
TV Land Yes $ $ Yes No No No No
Univision No No No Yes No No No Yes
USA Network No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
VH1 Yes $ $ Yes No No No No
Viceland Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
WE tv Yes $ $ Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Weather Channel No No No $ No No No Yes
Channel Philo ($16) Sling Orange ($25) Sling Blue ($25) DirecTV Now ($35) YouTube TV ($40) Hulu with Live TV ($40) PS Vue ($45) Fubo TV ($45)

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