Live TV Streaming Services: Channels

Local Channels

Most services offer local ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC channels. The “Sling Orange” $20 plan doesn’t include any local channels.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling YouTube
$35–$70 $40 $40 $16 $40–$75 $20 $25 $35
ABC ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ $5 ⚪︎ ⚫︎
CBS ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
The CW ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Fox ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
NBC ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Telemundo ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Univision ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ $5 ⚫︎ ⚪︎

Local Availability

Even if a service offers live local channels, it may not offer the channels in your area. If you live in an area without live local channels, you still can still access the on demand content after it airs.

To see the local channels available in your area, we suggest that you check a service’s lookup tool before you sign up.

Missing Channels

If you subscribe to a plan that doesn’t offer CBS, consider subscribing to CBS All Access $5.99. It’s a monthly subscription directly from CBS, which includes live streaming and on demand access for many of its shows.

You can get free access to CW shows with The CW apps with no subscription needed.

Top Cable Channels

The DIRECTV NOW “Live a Little” $35 plan is by far the most comprehensive base plan of any of the services. It includes 34 of the top 35 cable channels (the one missing channel is OWN) and 45 of the top 50 overall channels.

PlayStation Vue “Access” $40 is the second most comprehensive plan, but is missing channels like BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike, or VH1.

fuboTV $40 and YouTube TV $35 have the weakest overall channel lineups, with fewer than 15 of the top 35 cable channels. While Sling TV “Orange” $20 is similarly limited, it’s the cheapest plan available.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling YouTube
$35–$70 $40 $40 $16 $40–$75 $20 $25 $35
A&E ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎
AMC ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Animal Planet ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
BET ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ $5 ⚫︎ ⚪︎
Bravo ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Cartoon Network ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎
CNN ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎
Comedy Central ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎
Discovery ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
Disney Channel ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
E! ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ $5 ⚫︎
ESPN ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Food Network ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎
Fox News ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports 1 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Freeform ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
FX ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
FXX ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Hallmark ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ $5 $5 ⚪︎
HGTV ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎
History ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎
Investigation Discovery ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
Lifetime ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎
MSNBC ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ $5 ⚫︎
MTV ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ $5 $5 ⚪︎
Nickelodeon ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
OWN ≥ $50 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
Spike ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ $5 $5 ⚪︎
Syfy ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
TBS ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎
TLC ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
TNT ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎
truTV ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ $5 ⚫︎ ⚪︎
USA Network ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
VH1 ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ $5 $5 ⚪︎

Sports Channels

Sports fans tend to have different needs; some want national sports channels like ESPN and TNT, but others want regional sports networks like YES Network and Comcast Sportsnet.

We recommend the PlayStation Vue “Core” $45 plan for sports fans. Unless you need NHL Network, it includes all the national sports channels, pro league channels, and college sports networks. You can also add NFL RedZone to PlayStation Vue for $10/month.

Most services have regional sports networks (RSNs) from NBC/Comcast and Fox in many markets.

National Sports Channels

Most services include ESPN/ESPN2, NBCSN, FS1/FS2, TBS, and TNT in their basic packages. TBS and TNT are not offered by fuboTV or YouTube TV.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling YouTube
$35–$70 $40 $40 $16 $40–$75 $20 $25 $35
ESPN ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
ESPN2 ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports 1 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports 2 ≥ $60 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
NBC Sports Network ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
TBS ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎
TNT ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎

Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)

fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV “Blue”, and YouTube TV offer regional sports networks (RSNs) in their base plans. DIRECTV NOW and PlayStation Vue require an upgrade plan to access RSNs.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling YouTube
$35–$70 $40 $40 $16 $40–$75 $20 $25 $35
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎

For the most part, RSNs are restricted to those from NBC/Comcast and Fox. You should check a service’s RSN lookup tool before subscribing to a plan.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling YouTube
$35–$70 $40 $40 $16 $40–$75 $20 $25 $35
Altitude ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
AT&T SportsNet Northwest ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
AT&T SportsNet Southwest ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
AT&T SportsNet Utah ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
Fox Sports Arizona ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Carolinas ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Detroit ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Florida ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Indiana ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Kansas City ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Midwest ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports New Orleans ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
Fox Sports North ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Ohio ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Oklahoma ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
Fox Sports Prime Ticket ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports San Diego ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports South ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Southeast ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Southwest ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Sun ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Tennessee ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports West ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
Fox Sports Wisconsin ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
MASN ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
MSG ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
MSG+ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
NBC Sports Bay Area ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
NBC Sports Boston ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
NBC Sports California ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
NBC Sports Chicago ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
NBC Sports Northwest ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
NBC Sports Philadelphia ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
NBC Sports Philadelphia+ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
NBC Sports Washington ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
NBC Sports Washington+ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
NESN ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Spectrum SportsNet LA ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
SportsNet NY ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
SportsTime Ohio ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎
YES Network ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎

Pro Sports

Most services don’t offer pro sports networks in their base plan.

If you’re purely an NFL fan, Sling TV offers NFL Network as part of their “Sling Blue” $25 plan. You can add the Sling’s “Sports Extra” $10 package, which includes NBA TV, NFL RedZone, and NHL Network.

If you don’t need ESPN, then “Sling Blue” with “Sports Extra” might be the cheapest combo $35 for NFL and NHL fans.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling YouTube
$35–$70 $40 $40 $16 $40–$75 $20 $25 $35
MLB Network ≥ $50 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
NBA TV ≥ $60 ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 $5 $10 ⚪︎
NFL Network ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎
NFL RedZone ⚪︎ $9 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ $10 ⚪︎
NHL Network ≥ $60 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ $5 $10 ⚪︎

College Sports

The major college sports networks are Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPNU, Pac-12 Network, and SEC Network.

YouTube TV $35 and Hulu Live TV $40 are surprisingly strong options for college sports fans. Both services include Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPNU, and SEC Network. These four channels are also available on DIRECTV NOW, but only on certain upgraded plans $50/$60. The PlayStation Vue “Core” $45 plan offers Big Ten Network, ESPNU, and SEC Network.

fuboTV and Sling TV are the only providers of Pac-12 Network. It’s included in fuboTV “Premier” $40 or as part of Sling TV‘s “Sports Extra” $5/$10 pack.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling YouTube
$35–$70 $40 $40 $16 $40–$75 $20 $25 $35
ACC Network Extra ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Big Ten Network ≥ $50 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
CBS Sports Network ≥ $60 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
ESPNU ≥ $50 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 $5 ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Fox College Sports ⚪︎ $9 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $55 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
Longhorn Network ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
Pac-12 Network ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ $5 $10 ⚪︎
SEC Network ≥ $50 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 $5 ⚪︎ ⚫︎

Other Sports Channels

While fuboTV‘s generally channel selection is weak, it’s the ideal streaming service for soccer fans. It includes both beIN and Fox Soccer Plus in its “Premier” $40 plan. These channels are usually a $10–$15 upgrade on other services.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling YouTube
$35–$70 $40 $40 $16 $40–$75 $20 $25 $35
beIN Sports ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ $5 $10 ⚪︎
Eleven Sports ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $55 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎
ESPNEWS ≥ $50 ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 $5 ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Fox Soccer Plus ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ $15 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ $15
Golf Channel ≥ $60 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ≥ $45 ⚪︎ $10 ⚫︎
Olympic Channel ≥ $60 ⚫︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚫︎
Tennis Channel ≥ $50 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎

Premium Channels

Most of the streaming services offer premium channels like Cinemax, HBO, Showtime, and Starz as add-ons to your subscription.

DIRECTV NOW offers HBO and Cinemax for only $5/month each, which is cheaper than what HBO offers directly with HBO NOW ($16).

DIRECTV NOW is also the cheapest option for Showtime at $8/month.

Although Hulu Live TV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV offer Showtime for $10–$11 a month, you could subscribe to Showtime on Amazon for only $9/month.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling YouTube
$35–$70 $40 $40 $16 $40–$75 $20 $25 $35
Cinemax $5 ⚪︎ $9 ⚪︎ $15 $10 $10 ⚪︎
EPIX ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ $5 $5 ⚪︎
HBO $5 ⚪︎ $15 ⚪︎ $15* Included in $75 plan $15 $15 ⚪︎
Showtime $8 ⚪︎ $10 ⚪︎ $11* Included in $75 plan $10 $10 $11
Starz $8 ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ ⚪︎ $9 $9 ⚪︎