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

You don't need cable to watch live TV. Here's how 100 channels stack up across seven services.

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Now that the reality of coronavirus is setting in and we're all at home watching more TV, you might be considering a change in where you get that TV. Deciding to cut the cable TV cord doesn't mean you have to give up live TV, including 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 $15 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.

Seven major services are available today: Google's YouTube TV, Dish Network's Sling TVHulu with Live TV, AT&T's AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now, not to be confused with AT&T TV) and Watch TVPhilo and FuboTV (the eighth, PlayStation Vue, is dead). Our full live-TV streaming guide has all the details about prices and features, but really, it's all about the channels.

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The big chart: Top 100 channels compared (updated for March 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 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, Discovery Life, GSN and Universal HD.

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This article is updated periodically as channel packages, prices and other information changes.

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. That's a numeric disadvantage to services like YouTube TV and FuboTV, which carry a lot of RSNs, and an advantage to Philo and AT&T, which don't offer any sports channels, period. 
  • ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, MyNetworkTV and The CW networks are not available in every city and availability of these local channels varies per service. (Disclosure: CNET is owned by ViacomCBS.) In some cities, some services only offer video-on-demand shows from the networks, not the live local channel itself. 
  • 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.

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

Channel AT&T Watch TV ($15) Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) YouTube TV ($50) Hulu with Live TV ($55) Fubo TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($65)
Total channels: 37 39 24 39 67 59 62 46
ABC No No No No Yes Yes No Yes
CBS No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NBC No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PBS No No No No Yes No No No
CW No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
MyNetworkTV No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Channel AT&T Watch TV ($15) Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) YouTube TV ($50) Hulu with Live TV ($55) Fubo TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($65)
A&E Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes $
ACC Network No No $ No Yes Yes No No
AMC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes $
Animal Planet Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes $
BBC America Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes $
BBC World News Yes Yes $ $ Yes No $ $
BET Yes Yes $ Yes No No Yes Yes
Big Ten Network No No No No Yes Yes Yes $
Bloomberg TV No No Yes Yes No No No $
Boomerang Yes No $ $ No Yes $ Yes
Bravo No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Channel AT&T Watch TV ($15) Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) YouTube TV ($50) Hulu with Live TV ($55) Fubo TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($65)
Cartoon Network Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CBS Sports Network No No No No Yes Yes Yes $
Cheddar No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cinemax No No No No No $ No $
CMT No Yes $ $ No No Yes $
CNBC No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
CNN Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Comedy Central Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Cooking Channel No Yes $ $ No $ $ $
Destination America No Yes $ $ No $ $ $
Discovery Channel Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes $
Disney Channel No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Disney Junior No No $ No Yes Yes No Yes
Disney XD No No $ No Yes Yes No Yes
DIY No Yes $ $ No $ $ $
E! No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EPIX No No $ $ $ No No $
ESPN No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
ESPN 2 No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
ESPNEWS No No $ No Yes Yes No $
ESPNU No No $ No Yes Yes No $
Channel AT&T Watch TV ($15) Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) YouTube TV ($50) Hulu with Live TV ($55) Fubo TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($65)
Food Network Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $
Fox Business No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox News No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox Sports 1 No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox Sports 2 No No No $ Yes Yes Yes $
Freeform No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
FX No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
FX Movies No No No $ Yes Yes No Yes
FXX No No No $ Yes Yes No Yes
FYI Yes Yes $ $ No $ Yes $
Golf Channel No No No $ Yes Yes Yes $
Hallmark Yes Yes $ $ No No Yes Yes
HBO No No No No No $ No Yes
HGTV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $
History Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes $
HLN Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IFC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes $
Investigation Discovery Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $
Lifetime Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes $
Lifetime Movie Network Yes Yes $ $ No $ Yes $
Channel AT&T Watch TV ($15) Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) YouTube TV ($50) Hulu with Live TV ($55) Fubo TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($65)
MLB Network No No $ $ Yes No No $
Motor Trend Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes $
MSNBC No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MTV Yes Yes $ $ No No Yes Yes
MTV2 Yes Yes $ $ No No $ $
National Geographic No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Nat Geo Wild No No No $ Yes Yes No Yes
NBA TV No No $ $ Yes No $ $
NBC Sports Network No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Newsy No No Yes Yes Yes No $ No
NFL Network No No No Yes No No Yes No
NFL Red Zone No No No $ No No $ No
NHL Network No No $ $ No No No $
Nickelodeon Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes
Nick Jr. No Yes $ Yes No No Yes Yes
Nicktoons Yes Yes $ $ No No $ $
OWN Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes $
Oxygen No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Paramount Network No Yes $ Yes No No Yes $
Channel AT&T Watch TV ($15) Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) YouTube TV ($50) Hulu with Live TV ($55) Fubo TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($65)
Science No Yes $ $ No $ $ $
SEC Network No No $ No Yes Yes No $
Showtime No No $ $ $ $ $ $
Smithsonian No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Starz No No $ $ $ $ No $
Sundance TV Yes Yes $ $ Yes No Yes $
Syfy No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tastemade No Yes No No Yes No No No
TBS Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TCM Yes No $ $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Telemundo No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tennis Channel No No $ $ Yes No $ $
TLC Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes $
TNT Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Travel Channel No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $
TruTV Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TV Land Yes Yes $ $ No No Yes $
Univision No No No No No No Yes $
USA Network No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
VH1 Yes Yes $ $ No No Yes Yes
Viceland Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes $
WE tv Yes Yes $ $ Yes No Yes $
Channel AT&T Watch TV ($15) Philo ($20) Sling Orange ($30) Sling Blue ($30) YouTube TV ($50) Hulu with Live TV ($55) Fubo TV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($65)