Best Streaming with Live TV: Hulu vs. YouTube

Hulu Plus Live TV vs YouTube TV

Are you a cord-cutter looking to improve your basic streaming setup with live TV? Even if you haven’t cut the cord yet, there are several great alternatives to cable TV that offer local and national news, Primetime entertainment, sports, and the latest on-demand movies. Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV are two popular options for those wanting to ditch their current TV contract. Let’s take a look at these two streaming services and compare their pricing, key features, channels, and more. 

Hulu + Live TV 

streaming on Hulu + Live TV
Image Source: Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV is a streaming platform for watching live sports, news, and entertainment with full access to the entire Hulu streaming library. The streaming service comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage, and the option to upgrade to Enhanced Cloud DVR for 200 hours. You can get a taste of Hulu + Live TV with their seven-day free trial.

Hulu + Live TV is compatible with iPhone/iPad, Android phone/tablet, Roku (select models), Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick, Apple TV (4th generation or later), Chromecast, Xbox, Xbox One & Xbox 360, Samsung (select TV models), LG (select TV models), Nintendo Switch, Android TV (select models), PlayStation 4, and web. Check out the full list of compatible devices

YouTube TV 

streaming live TV on YouTube TV
Image Source: YouTube TV

YouTube TV is another popular streaming service that allows you to watch live TV from major broadcast and popular cable networks, including local and national live sports and breaking news. It also offers unlimited Cloud DVR storage space, three simultaneous streams, and a five-day free trial

YouTube TV is compatible with Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Vizio SmartCast TV, Samsung & LG smart TVs, HiSense TV, Xbox One, iPhone/iPad, Android phone/tablet, and web. Check out the full list of compatible devices

Hulu + Live TV vs. YouTube TV Key Features 

 Hulu + Live TVYouTube TV
Starting Price (per month)$64.99$64.99
Free TrialYes (7 days)Yes (5 days)
Channel Count 65+85+
ABC, CBS, FOX & NBC Yes, in most locationsYes, in most locations
On-DemandYesYes
Simultaneous Streams2 ($9.99 for unlimited)3
User ProfilesUp to 6Up to 6
DVR50 HoursUnlimited
Mobile AppYesYes
Data sourced 7/19/2021. Prices and features are subject to change.
 Starting Price (per month)
Hulu + Live TV$64.99
YouTube TV$64.99
 Free Trial
Hulu + Live TVYes (7 days)
YouTube TVYes (5 days)
 Channel Count
Hulu + Live TV 65+
YouTube TV85+
 ABC, CBS, FOX & NBC 
Hulu + Live TVYes, in most locations
YouTube TVYes, in most locations
 On-Demand
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 Simultaneous Streams
Hulu + Live TV2 ($9.99 for unlimited)
YouTube TV3
 User Profiles
Hulu + Live TVUp to 6
YouTube TVUp to 6
 DVR
Hulu + Live TV50 Hours
YouTube TVUnlimited
 Mobile App
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
Data sourced 7/19/2021. Prices and features are subject to change.

Pricing & Plans

Hulu + Live TV

There are several pricing options and plans for Hulu + Live TV. The standard live TV plan is $64.99/mo. If you only want live TV without Hulu’s streaming library content, you can pay $63.99/mo. You can also pay a little more each month to upgrade features like Cloud DVR and screens. For $9.99/mo. you can increase DVR storage from the included 50 hours to 200 hours with Enhanced Cloud DVR. If you have a big family or multiple roommates, you can increase the number of screens you can watch on at the same time from two to unlimited for $9.99/mo. With unlimited screens, you also receive streaming on three different mobile devices. If you need Enhanced DVR and unlimited screens, bundle the two for $14.98/mo.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV has one standard plan. For $64.99/mo., your membership includes unlimited Cloud DVR storage space, three simultaneous streams, and the option to add on premium networks and additional sports channels

Channels Offered 

Both YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV offer a solid selection of channels. The best choice for you will depend on what your favorites are. Live local, regional, and national channel availability varies by location, so for this comparison we looked at the channels offered in a Denver area code.

Local

 ChannelHulu + Live TV YouTube TV
ABCYesYes
CBSYesYes
FOXYesYes
NBCYesYes
PBSNoYes
The CWNoYes
 ChannelABC
Hulu + Live TV Yes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelCBS
Hulu + Live TV Yes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelFOX
Hulu + Live TV Yes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelNBC
Hulu + Live TV Yes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelPBS
Hulu + Live TV No
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelThe CW
Hulu + Live TV No
YouTube TVYes

 

News

 ChannelHulu + Live TVYouTube TV
ABC News LiveYesYes
BBC AmericaNoYes
BBC World NewsNoYes
Bloomberg TelevisionYesNo
CBSNYesNo
CheddarYesYes
CNBCYesYes
CNBC WorldNoYes
CNNYesYes
CNN InternationalYesNo
FOX BusinessYesYes
FOX NewsYesYes
HLNYesYes
Local NowNoYes
MSNBCYesYes
NBC News NowNoYes
NewsyNoYes
TYT NetworkNoYes
 ChannelABC News Live
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelBBC America
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelBBC World News
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelBloomberg Television
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVNo
 ChannelCBSN
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVNo
 ChannelCheddar
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelCNBC
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelCNBC World
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelCNN
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelCNN International
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVNo
 ChannelFOX Business
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelFOX News
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelHLN
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelLocal Now
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelMSNBC
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelNBC News Now
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelNewsy
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelTYT Network
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes

 

Sports

 ChannelHulu + Live TVYouTube TV
ACC NetworkYesYes
BTNYesYes
CBS Sports NetworkYesYes
ESPNYesYes
ESPN2YesYes
ESPN College ExtraYesNo
ESPNewsYesYes
ESPNUNoYes
FS1YesYes
FS2YesYes
Golf ChannelYesYes
MLB NetworkNoYes
NBA TVNoYes
NBCSNYesYes
NFL NetworkNoYes
Olympic ChannelYesYes
SEC Network YesYes
Tennis ChannelNoYes
 ChannelACC Network
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelBTN
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelCBS Sports Network
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelESPN
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelESPN2
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelESPN College Extra
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVNo
 ChannelESPNews
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelESPNU
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelFS1
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelFS2
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelGolf Channel
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelMLB Network
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelNBA TV
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelNBCSN
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelNFL Network
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelOlympic Channel
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelSEC Network 
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelTennis Channel
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes

 

Entertainment & Lifestyle

 ChannelHulu + Live TVYouTube TV
A&EYesNo
AMCNoYes
BETNoYes
BravoYesYes
CMTNoYes
Comedy CentralNoYes
Comet TVNoYes
CoziYesYes
Discovery ChannelYesYes
E!YesYes
Food NetworkYesYes
FXYesYes
FXMNoYes
FXXYesYes
HGTVYesYes
HistoryYesNo
IDYesYes
IFC
NoYes
LifetimeYesNo
MotorTrendYesYes
MTVNoYes
Nat GeoYesYes
Nat Geo WildYesYes
OWNNoYes
OxygenYesYes
ParamountNoYes
PopYesYes
QVCYesNo
Smithsonian ChannelYesYes
SundanceTVNoYes
SYFYYesYes
TBSYesYes
TLCYesYes
TNTYesYes
Travel ChannelYesYes
truTVYesYes
Turner Classic MoviesNoYes
TV LandNoYes
UniversoNoYes
USAYesYes
VICEYesNo
 VH1NoYes
WE TVNoYes
 ChannelA&E
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVNo
 ChannelAMC
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelBET
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelBravo
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelCMT
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelComedy Central
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelComet TV
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelCozi
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelDiscovery Channel
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelE!
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelFood Network
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelFX
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelFXM
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelFXX
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelHGTV
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelHistory
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVNo
 ChannelID
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelIFC
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelLifetime
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVNo
 ChannelMotorTrend
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelMTV
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelNat Geo
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 Channel Nat Geo Wild
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelOWN
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelOxygen
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelParamount
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelPop
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelQVC
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVNo
 Channel Smithsonian Channel
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 Channel SundanceTV
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelSYFY
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 Channel TBS
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 Channel TLC
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 Channel TNT
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelTravel Channel
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChanneltruTV
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelTurner Classic Movies
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelTV Land
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelUniverso
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelUSA
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelVICE
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVNo
 Channel VH1
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelWE TV
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes

 

Family & Kids

 ChannelHulu + Live TVYouTube TV
Animal PlanetYesYes
BoomerangYesNo
Cartoon NetworkYesYes
Disney ChannelYesYes
Disney JuniorYesYes
Disney XDYesYes
FreeformYesYes
Nick@NiteNoYes
NickelodeonNoYes
Universal KidsYesYes
 ChannelAnimal Planet
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelBoomerang
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVNo
 ChannelCartoon Network
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelDisney Channel
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelDisney Junior
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelDisney XD
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelFreeform
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelNick@Nite
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelNickelodeon
Hulu + Live TVNo
YouTube TVYes
 ChannelUniversal Kids
Hulu + Live TVYes
YouTube TVYes

Available Add-Ons

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV offers several paid add-ons to improve your viewing experience. Premium channel add-ons include HBO Max for $14.99/mo., Cinemax for $9.99/mo., SHOWTIME for $10.99/mo., and STARZ for $8.99/mo. 

There’s also an Entertainment add-on for $7.99/mo. that gives you additional news, entertainment, and lifestyle programming including American Heroes Channel, CNBC World, Cooking Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY Network, FYI, LMN, and Science. 

For $4.99/mo. you can get popular channels in Spanish with the Español add-on for $4.99/mo. Channels include CNN en Español, Discovery en Español, Discovery Familia, ESPN Deportes, History Channel en Español, and Universo.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV has similar paid add-ons and a few more premium channels including HBO Max for $14.99/mo., Showtime for $11/mo., Starz for $9/mo, Cinemax for $9.99/mo., EPIX for $6/mo., CuriosityStream for $3/mo., AMC Premiere for $5/mo., Shudder for $6/mo., Sundance Now for $7/mo., Urban Movie Channel for $5/mo., and Acorn TV for $6/mo.

With YouTube TV you can also opt for the Sports Plus package of seven additional networks for $10.99/mo. This includes NFL RedZone, FOX College Sports, GOLTV, FOX Soccer Plus, MAVTV Motorsports Network, TVG / TVG2, and Stadium.

On-Demand & Original Content

When it comes to original content, Hulu + Live TV reigns supreme. Hulu is known for its exclusive, original series and movies (all included with Live TV) which include notable titles like The Handmaid’s Tale, Devs, Shrill, Ramy, The Act, and more. Both Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV offer on-demand content from the channels available in your area and premium network add-ons. 

Final Thoughts

In the end, the best streaming platform with live TV will depend on your specific needs (DVR storage, screens, etc.), budget, and ultimately, the channels and shows you consider “must-haves.” YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV are both great options for cord-cutters, so create a list of your top priorities to make your pick. With streaming, especially on multiple devices, comes the need for more internet bandwidth and speed.

Make sure your current internet plan can support your weekend binging, or find a new internet service provider available near you. 

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Anna Ellison
Written By
Anna Ellison
Written By
Anna Ellison
Anna is a writer for the HighSpeedOptions team focusing on streaming. She started her career as a content writer in 2017, working one year in the fintech industry before joining the mobile ad tech space with HighSpeedOptions’ parent company, AdAction.