Channel Lineup Comparison for Streaming Services

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With the ever-increasing popularity of both on demand and live streaming resources comes more service options than ever before. This allows an end user to make sure that the one they select has exactly what they are looking for. No sense in cutting the cord if it also means cutting out your favorite TV shows and movies.

As a result, it is important to find out which channels are offered by each service. This ensures that the ones you enjoy are part of their lineup. Following is a basic rundown of the channels offered by each of the five major services: YouTube TV, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and Hulu.

YouTube TV

YouTube is virtually synonymous with watching videos online, a popularity leveraged into one of the most notable streaming services around. For $40 per month, you gain access to live feeds of over 60 popular channels in all sorts of categories. Additional premium channels can also be added for a cost ranging from $5 to $15 per month.

DIRECTV NOW

DIRECTV has jumped into the streaming game with several packages offering all the channels virtually anyone could want. DIRECTV NOW’s packages start at $35 per month for over 60 of the channels most people enjoy watching. This ranges all the way up to a top-tier $70 per month package that offers a whopping 120 channels. Single premium channels can also be added for a small fee for each one.

PlayStation Vue

Playstation Vue starts their streaming offerings with the usual basic channel package for around $40 per month. Three additional packages exist with added sports, movies and even premium channels usually charged individually for by other services. Standalone add-on packs include one for sports and even one specifically for Spanish speakers.

Sling TV

Another traditional cable giant that has launched into the streaming arena is Dish Network and their Sling TV. Sling TV starts by offering a bare bones package consisting of 30 channels for $20 each month, called Sling Orange. The next package, Sling Blue, offers an additional 15 channels for an added $5 per month. If you would like to combine the two, a final package provides over 50 channels for $40 per month.

Hulu TV

Hulu is another popular free streaming service that now also offers access to live streaming TV for a modest fee. For $40 per month, access is provided to over 50 different channels in categories like entertainment, news, and sports. Popular premium networks, like HBO, Cinemax, and Showtime, can also be tacked on for a few dollars more.

Channel List

If you have specific channels you want included in the package you select, take a peek at the following list. While this is not a complete tally of all channels available on each service, it does include the most popular.

Channel Sling Orange ($20) Sling Blue ($25) DirecTV Now ($35) YouTube TV ($40) Hulu with Live TV ($40) PlayStation Vue ($40)
Total channels: 22 35 59 53 52 45
ABC $ $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
CBS No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NBC No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
A&E Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
AMC Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Animal Planet No No Yes No No Yes
BBC America Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
BBC World News $ $ $ Yes No $
BET $ Yes Yes No No No
Big Ten Network No No $ Yes Yes $
Bloomberg TV Yes Yes Yes No No No
Boomerang $ $ $ No Yes $
Bravo No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CBS Sports Network No No $ Yes Yes $
Cheddar Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Cinemax $ $ $ No $ $
CMT $ $ Yes No No No
CNBC No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
CNN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Comedy Central Yes Yes Yes No No No
Cooking Channel $ $ $ No No $
CSPAN No No Yes No No No
The CW No No Yes Yes Yes No
Destination America No No $ No No Yes
Discovery Channel No No Yes No No Yes
Discovery Family No No $ No No $
Discovery Life No No $ No No $
Disney Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disney Junior $ No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disney XD $ No Yes Yes Yes Yes
DIY $ $ $ No No $
E! No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
EPIX $ $ No No No $
ESPN Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
ESPN 2 Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
ESPN 3 Yes No No No No No
ESPNEWS $ No $ Yes Yes $
ESPNU $ No $ Yes Yes $
Food Network Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Fox Business No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox News No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox Sports 1 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fox Sports 2 No Yes $ Yes Yes Yes
Freeform Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
FX No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FX Movie Channel No No $ Yes Yes $
FXX No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Golf Channel No $ $ Yes Yes $
Hallmark Channel $ $ Yes No No $
HBO $ $ $ No $ $
HGTV Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
History Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
HLN $ $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
IFC Yes Yes $ Yes No $
Investigation Discovery No No Yes No No Yes
Lifetime Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Lifetime Movie Network No No $ No Yes No
MLB Network No No $ Yes No $
MSNBC No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes
MTV $ $ Yes No No No
MTV2 $ $ Yes No No No
MyNetworkTV No No No Yes No Yes
Nat Geo Wild No Yes $ Yes Yes $
National Geographic No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NBA TV $ $ $ Yes No $
NBC Sports Network No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Newsy Yes Yes No Yes No No
NFL Network No Yes No No No $
NFL Red Zone No $ No No No $
NHL Network $ $ $ No No No
Nick Jr. No Yes Yes No No No
Nickelodeon No No Yes No No No
Nicktoons $ $ $ No No No
OWN No No $ No No Yes
Oxygen No $ $ No Yes Yes
Paramount Network $ $ Yes No No No
PBS No No No No No No
Science No No $ No No Yes
SEC Network $ No $ Yes Yes $
Showtime $ $ $ $ $ $
Starz $ $ $ No No No
Sundance TV $ $ $ Yes No $
Syfy No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TBS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TCM $ $ Yes Yes Yes $
Telemundo No No Yes Yes Yes No
Tennis Channel No No $ Yes No No
TLC No No Yes No No Yes
TNT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Travel Channel Yes Yes $ No Yes Yes
TruTV $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TV Land $ $ Yes No No No
Univision $ Yes Yes No No No
USA Network No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
VH1 $ $ Yes No No No
Viceland Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
WE tv $ $ Yes Yes No Yes
Weather Channel No No $ No No No

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