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

  • 65+ Channels with Hulu + Live TV
  • Starting at $64.99/mo.

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

 Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYouTube TV Channels
ABCYesYes
CBSYesYes
FOXYesYes
NBCYesYes
PBSNoYes
The CWNoYes
 ABC
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 CBS
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 FOX
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 NBC
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 PBS
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 The CW
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes

 

News

 Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYouTube TV Channels
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
 ABC News Live
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
  BBC America
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 BBC World News
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Bloomberg Television
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsNo
 CBSN
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsNo
 Cheddar
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 CNBC
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 CNBC World
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 CNN
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 CNN International
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsNo
 FOX Business
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 FOX News
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 HLN
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Local Now
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 MSNBC
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 NBC News Now
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Newsy
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 TYT Network
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes

 

Sports

 Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYouTube TV Channels
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
 ACC Network
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 BTN
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 CBS Sports Network
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 ESPN
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 ESPN2
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 ESPN College Extra
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsNo
 ESPNews
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 ESPNU
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 FS1
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 FS2
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Golf Channel
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 MLB Network
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 NBA TV
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 NBCSN
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 NFL Network
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Olympic Channel
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 SEC Network 
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Tennis Channel
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes

 

Entertainment & Lifestyle

 Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYouTube TV Channels
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
 A&E
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsNo
 AMC
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 BET
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Bravo
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 CMT
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Comedy Central
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Comet TV
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Cozi
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Discovery Channel
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 E!
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Food Network
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 FX
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 FXM
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 FXX
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 HGTV
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 History
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsNo
 ID
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 IFC
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Lifetime
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsNo
 MotorTrend
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 MTV
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Nat Geo
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
  Nat Geo Wild
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 OWN
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Oxygen
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Paramount
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Pop
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 QVC
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsNo
  Smithsonian Channel
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
  SundanceTV
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 SYFY
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
  TBS
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
  TLC
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
  TNT
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Travel Channel
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 truTV
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Turner Classic Movies
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 TV Land
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Universo
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 USA
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 VICE
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsNo
  VH1
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 WE TV
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes

 

Family & Kids

 Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYouTube TV Channels
Animal PlanetYesYes
BoomerangYesNo
Cartoon NetworkYesYes
Disney ChannelYesYes
Disney JuniorYesYes
Disney XDYesYes
FreeformYesYes
Nick@NiteNoYes
NickelodeonNoYes
Universal KidsYesYes
 Animal Planet
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Boomerang
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsNo
 Cartoon Network
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Disney Channel
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Disney Junior
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Disney XD
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Freeform
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Nick@Nite
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Nickelodeon
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsNo
YouTube TV ChannelsYes
 Universal Kids
Hulu + Live TV ChannelsYes
YouTube TV ChannelsYes

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.