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YouTube TV vs. Hulu vs. Sling TV vs. Philo vs. FuboTV vs. AT&T TV Now: 100 channels compared

You don't need cable to watch your favorite channels. Here's how the top 100 networks, from ABC to CNN to PBS to TLC, stack up across six streaming services.

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Deciding to cut the cable TV cord doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite channels. You can stream them live, including the return of sports like the PGA, MLB and NBA, as well as live news from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC or your local TV station. One way to watch live shows without cable is to connect an antenna, but your channel selection will be relatively small. If you want more options you should check out a live TV streaming service. They start at $20 per month, deliver numerous familiar live channels, features like cloud DVRs and the ability to watch not only on TVs but also on phones, tablets and computers.

Six major services are available today: Google's YouTube TV, Disney's Hulu Plus Live TV, Dish Network's Sling TV, AT&T's TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now, not to be confused with AT&T TV), Philo and FuboTV. Our full live-TV streaming guide has all the details about prices and features, but really, it's all about the channels.

Read more: YouTube TV is now $65. Sling TV and Hulu are the best alternatives

The big chart: Top 100 channels compared (updated for August 2020)

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

Below you'll find a chart that shows the top 100 channels across all six services. There are actually seven 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, Discovery Life, GSN and Universal HD.

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This article is updated periodically as channel packages, prices and other information changes. For example, YouTube TV's price hike to $65 took effect July 31 and most of its new channels are available now, while Fubo TV is increased its base price to $60 on Aug. 1 and added ABC, Disney and ESPN channels. Those changes, as well as other recent updates like Sling TV's loss of NFL Network and Hulu's addition of Bloomberg TV, are reflected here.

Some more stuff to know about the chart: 

  • Yes = The channel is available on the cheapest pricing tier. That price is listed next to the service's name.
  • No = The channel isn't available at all on that service. 
  • $ = The channel is available for an extra fee, either a la carte or as part of a more expensive package or add-on.
  • Regional sports networks -- channels devoted to showing regular-season games of particular pro baseball, basketball and hockey teams (once games resume) -- are not listed. 
  • ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, MyNetworkTV and The CW networks are not available in every city and availability of these local channels varies per service. (Editors' note: CNET is owned by ViacomCBS.)  
  • PBS is only currently available on YouTube TV. 
  • The chart columns are arranged in order of price, so if you can't see everything you want, try scrolling right.
  • Overwhelmed? An easier-to-grok Google Spreadsheet is here.

Philo vs. Sling TV vs. YouTube TV vs. Hulu vs. AT&T TV Now vs. FuboTV: Top 100 channels compared

Channel Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) Hulu with Live TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($55) Fubo TV ($60) YouTube TV ($65)
Total channels: 39 24 38 60 45 65 75
ABC No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
CBS No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NBC No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PBS No No No No No No Yes
CW No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
MyNetworkTV No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Channel Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) Hulu with Live TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($55) Fubo TV ($60) YouTube TV ($65)
A&E Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes No
ACC Network No $ No Yes No $ Yes
AMC Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes
Animal Planet Yes No No Yes $ Yes Yes
BBC America Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes
BBC World News Yes $ $ No $ $ Yes
BET Yes $ Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Big Ten Network No No No Yes $ Yes Yes
Bloomberg TV No Yes Yes Yes $ No No
Boomerang No $ $ Yes Yes No No
Bravo No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Channel Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) Hulu with Live TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($55) Fubo TV ($60) YouTube TV ($65)
Cartoon Network No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
CBS Sports Network No No No Yes $ Yes Yes
Cheddar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cinemax No No No $ $ No $
CMT Yes $ $ No $ Yes Yes
CNBC No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
CNN No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Comedy Central Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Cooking Channel Yes $ $ $ $ $ No
Destination America Yes $ $ $ $ $ No
Discovery Channel Yes No Yes Yes $ Yes Yes
Disney Channel No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disney Junior No $ No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disney XD No $ No Yes Yes Yes Yes
DIY Yes $ $ $ $ $ No
E! No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EPIX No $ $ No $ No $
ESPN No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
ESPN 2 No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
ESPNEWS No $ No Yes $ $ Yes
ESPNU No $ No Yes $ $ Yes
Channel Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) Hulu with Live TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($55) Fubo TV ($60) YouTube TV ($65)
Food Network Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes
Fox Business No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox News No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox Sports 1 No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox Sports 2 No No $ Yes $ Yes Yes
Freeform No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
FX No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FX Movies No No $ Yes Yes $ Yes
FXX No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
FYI Yes $ $ $ $ Yes No
Golf Channel No No $ Yes $ Yes Yes
Hallmark Yes $ $ No Yes Yes No
HBO No No No $ $ No $
HGTV Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes
History Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes No
HLN No $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes
IFC Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes
Investigation Discovery Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes
Lifetime Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes No
Lifetime Movie Network Yes $ $ $ $ Yes No
Channel Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) Hulu with Live TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($55) Fubo TV ($60) YouTube TV ($65)
MLB Network No $ $ No $ $ Yes
Motor Trend Yes Yes No Yes $ Yes Yes
MSNBC No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MTV Yes $ $ No Yes Yes Yes
MTV2 Yes $ $ No $ $ No
National Geographic No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nat Geo Wild No No $ Yes Yes $ Yes
NBA TV No $ $ No $ $ Yes
NBC Sports Network No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Newsy No Yes Yes No No $ Yes
NFL Network No No No No No Yes No
NFL Red Zone No No No No No $ No
NHL Network No $ $ No $ $ No
Nickelodeon Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Nick Jr. Yes $ Yes No Yes Yes No
Nicktoons Yes $ $ No $ $ No
OWN Yes No No No $ Yes Yes
Oxygen No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Paramount Network Yes $ Yes No $ Yes Yes
Channel Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) Hulu with Live TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($55) Fubo TV ($60) YouTube TV ($65)
Science Yes $ $ $ $ $ No
SEC Network No $ No Yes $ $ Yes
Showtime No $ $ $ $ $ $
Smithsonian No No No Yes No Yes Yes
Starz No $ $ $ $ No $
Sundance TV Yes $ $ No $ Yes Yes
Syfy No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tastemade Yes $ $ No $ Yes Yes
TBS No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
TCM No $ $ Yes Yes No Yes
Telemundo No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tennis Channel No $ $ No $ $ Yes
TLC Yes No Yes Yes $ Yes Yes
TNT No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Travel Channel Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes
TruTV No $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes
TV Land Yes $ $ No $ Yes Yes
USA Network No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
VH1 Yes $ $ No Yes Yes Yes
Viceland Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes No
Weather Channel No No No No $ Yes No
WE tv Yes $ $ No $ Yes Yes
Viceland Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes No
Weather Channel No No No No $ Yes No
WE tv Yes $ $ No $ Yes Yes
Channel Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) Hulu with Live TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($55) Fubo TV ($60) YouTube TV ($65)