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Unsure about YouTube TV? Check out these four alternatives before you subscribe

There's plenty to choose from.
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September 23, 2022
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Google’s YouTube TV is one of several internet-based live TV services that are available for anyone wanting to become a “cord cutter”. With over 85 channels, including most local TV stations, along with some other features like unlimited cloud DVR, it may be tempting to sign up for the service. However, there are some services that could be used as a YouTube TV alternative. We take a look at four possible choices that could serve your live TV needs better than YouTube TV.

What are the drawbacks of YouTube TV?

While the service has lots of channels, and plenty of features such as cloud DVR and access to more add-on channels, YouTube TV does have a few issues. The biggest is its price tag. The basic package starts at $64.99 a month. Many internet-based live TV services are available that are much cheaper. That price goes up if you want 4K video support, or features like offline viewing of recorded content.

Some other smaller drawbacks include not being able to keep any cloud DVR recordings past nine months, along with having to pay a separate fee if you just want Spanish-based channels.

YouTube TV Alternatives: 4 Live TV streaming services to consider

Hulu Plus Live TV

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Price and feature chart

YouTube TVHulu Plus Live TV
Plan cost
YouTube TV
$64.99 a month
Hulu Plus Live TV
$69.99 a month
Number of channels
YouTube TV
85+ with basic plan
Hulu Plus Live TV
65+ with basic plan
DVR support
YouTube TV
Yes, unlimited hours with nine months of storage.
Hulu Plus Live TV
Yes, unlimited hours with nine months of storage.
On Demand Content
YouTube TV
Limited On Demand
Hulu Plus Live TV
Includes on demand content from Hulu, Disney Plus and ESPN Plus
4K support
YouTube TV
Yes, with add-on fee
Hulu Plus Live TV
Included
Platform support
YouTube TV
PC, Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, VApple TV, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Hulu Plus Live TV
PC, Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Vizio, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Number of concurrent streams
YouTube TV
3 with basic plan, unlimited at home with add-on plan
Hulu Plus Live TV
2 with basic plan, unlimited at home with add-on plan

How it’s better

This might be the best YouTube TV alternative. Signing up for Hulu Plus Live TV gives you instant access to all of Hulu’s on-demand movies and shows, along with all the content on Disney Plus and ESPN Plus. It’s also one of the few streaming video services available for the Nintendo Switch. You don’t have to pay extra to get 4K streaming support.

How it’s worse

It’s a bit more expensive than YouTube TV, with its normal price costing $69.99 a month. It also doesn’t have as many channels as YouTube TV in its basic rate.

Read more: YouTube TV vs Hulu

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Hulu
Hulu offers not only thousands of movies and TV shows to stream, it also has original shows and films like The Handmaid's Tale. You can upgrade to Hulu Plus Live TV to get live channels, including your local stations.

Sling TV

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Price and feature chart

YouTube TVSling TV
Plan cost
YouTube TV
$64.99 a month
Sling TV
$50 a month with combined Blue and Orange plans
Number of channels
YouTube TV
85+ with basic plan
Sling TV
47 with combined Blue and Orange plans
DVR support
YouTube TV
Yes, unlimited hours with nine months of storage.
Sling TV
Yes, 50 hours of storage, with more via add-on see
On Demand Content
YouTube TV
Limited On Demand
Sling TV
Limited on Demand
4K support
YouTube TV
Yes, with add-on fee
Sling TV
No
Platform support
YouTube TV
PC, Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, VApple TV, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Sling TV
PC, Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Vizio, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One,
Number of concurrent streams
YouTube TV
3 with basic plan, unlimited at home with add-on plan
Sling TV
1 with Orange Plan, 3 with Blue and Orange + Blue plans

How it’s better

Sling TV offers a much cheaper package than YouTube TV, starting at $35 a month for either its Blue or Orange plan. or $50 a month for both plans.

How it’s worse

The number of channels is less than YouYube TV, with only 47 channels on Sling TV if you combine both the Blue and Orange Plans. It offers cloud DVR but its limited to just 50 hours of recordings on the basic plan. It also doesn’t offer local ABC or CBS channels, and Fox and NBC channels are limited to select markets.

Read more: YouTube TV vs Sling TV

Sling TV
Sling TV is perhaps the best of the internet-based budget live TV options, with lots of channels and even support for some local channels

Fubo TV

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Price and feature chart

YouTube TVFubo TV
Plan cost
YouTube TV
$64.99 a month
Fubo TV
$69.99 a month with basic Pro plan
Number of channels
YouTube TV
85+ with basic plan
Fubo TV
127 with basic Pro plan
DVR support
YouTube TV
Yes, unlimited hours with nine months of storage.
Fubo TV
Yes, 1,000 hours of storage.
On Demand Content
YouTube TV
Limited On Demand
Fubo TV
Limited on Demand
4K support
YouTube TV
Yes, with add-on fee
Fubo TV
No
Platform support
YouTube TV
PC, Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, VApple TV, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Fubo TV
PC, Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Vizio, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One,
Number of concurrent streams
YouTube TV
3 with basic plan, unlimited at home with add-on plan
Fubo TV
10 at home

How it’s better

Fubo  TV as close to 140 channels in its basic Pro plan and even more if you upgrade to other plans. It also has a heavier focus on live sports coverage if you are a big sports fan

How it’s worse

As with Hulu Plus Live TV, Fubo TV is more expensive than YouTube TV, starting at $69.99 for its Pro plan. It also doesn’t support unlimited DVR recordings. Finally, its support of local broadcast channels is spotty.

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FuboTV
FuboTV is an internet based live television service, with tons of channels to stream. It's especially good for sports fans who want to watch events like international soccer matches and mixed martial arts.

Philo TV

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Price and feature chart

YouTube TVPhilo TV
Plan cost
YouTube TV
$64.99 a month
Philo TV
$25 a month with basic plan
Number of channels
YouTube TV
85+ with basic plan
Philo TV
60+ with basic
DVR support
YouTube TV
Yes, unlimited hours with nine months of storage.
Philo TV
Yes, ulimited hours with one year of storage
On Demand Content
YouTube TV
Limited On Demand
Philo TV
Limited on Demand
4K support
YouTube TV
Yes, with add-on fee
Philo TV
No
Platform support
YouTube TV
PC, Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, VApple TV, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Philo TV
PC, Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Vizio, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV,
Number of concurrent streams
YouTube TV
3 with basic plan, unlimited at home with add-on plan
Philo TV
3 with basic plan

How it’s better

Philo TV has perhaps the best value on this list, with over 60 live TV channels available for the base price of just $25 a month. It also offers unlimited DVR recording that can be stored for up to one year.

How it’s worse

There is no local channel support for Philo TV, and there’s no 4K support either. Live sports content is limited as well.

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Philo TV
Philo TV offers up over 60 live streaming TV channels for just $25 a month, with a seven-day free trial. You also get unlimited cloud DVR support for up to one year

Is YouTube TV actually better than cable or satellite?

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While some opinions may differ, we think that ultimately YouTube TV is a better value than continuing to use your cable TV or satellite provider. Not only do you get nearly all the major channels on YouTube TV, you don’t have to pay any extra cable or satellite fees, such as paying money for owning a set-top or DVR box. You can also take your live TV on the road with you, which may not be possible with your cable TV provider.