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All the live TV streaming services compared: Which has the best channel lineup?

by Toni Burgmann (2020-02-13)


id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> David Katzmaier/CNET Deciding to cut the cable TV cord doesn't mean you have to give up live TV. 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, and you're willing to shell out a monthly payment, you should check out a live TV streaming service. They deliver numerous familiar channels like ESPN, CNN, Fox News and TNT, as well as 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 TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T's AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now, not to be confused with AT&T TV) and Watch TV, Philo and FuboTV (the eighth, PlayStation Vue, is dead). They cost $15 per month and up. 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 2020)
The main difference between the services is their channel lineups. All of them offer different slates of channels for various prices. 

Most don't have as many channels as traditional cable or satellite TV packages. On the other hand, maybe they have enough for you -- especially if you're saving a bunch of money every month by not paying the cable company for channels you don't watch.

Below you'll find a chart that shows the top 100 channels across all eight services. There are actually nine 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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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 -- 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 (Note that 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.

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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) FuboTV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($65)

Total channels 37 39 24 39 67 59 65 43

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) FuboTV ($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 $

Big Ten Network No No No No Yes Yes Yes $

Bloomberg TV No No Yes Yes No No No $

Boomerang Yes No $ $ No Yes $ $

Bravo 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) FuboTV ($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 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) FuboTV ($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) FuboTV ($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 Yes Yes

Nat Geo Wild No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes

NBA TV No No $ $ Yes No Yes $

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) FuboTV ($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) FuboTV ($55) AT&T TV Now ($65)