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Fact 1: fuboTV is Cheaper Than DirecTV Now

Though DirecTV Now and fuboTV are both cheap compared to cable, fuboTV offers the better overall deal. DirecTV Now was initially very cheap compared to the competition, but a recent price hike changed that. Now, fuboTV offers the cheapest budget plan.

On the other hand, DirecTV Now tends to have better deals and discounts compared to fuboTV. If you’re an AT&T Unlimited subscriber, you may be able to get a discount. And if you pay for three months of service in advance, you can sometimes get a free Apple TV 4K. Check the DirecTV Now website to get more information about their latest deals.

fuboTV’s only promotion is a $25 discount for your first month of fubo Premier. After that, you have to pay $45.

Here’s a closer look at both streaming services’ subscription plans.

fuboTV

fuboTV and DirecTV Now recently changed their subscription plan menus and implemented price hikes. fuboTV’s price hike wasn’t as bad as DirecTV Now’s. The price of the cheapest plan increased from $45 to $55/month. The entry-level plan is now called fubo Standard. It comes with 90+ channels, which is more than channels compared to the cheaper plan that it replaced.

fubo Family ($60/month) and fubo Entertainment ($70/month) both have the same upgraded features– a 500-hour DVR and three simultaneous streams instead of two. What differentiates them is the fact that fubo Entertainment costs $10 more and comes with Showtime.

The most expensive fubo TV plan is fubo Ultra, which comes with all the feature upgrades and a handful of extra sports channels. There are more than 113 channels, total.

Standard
7-day free trial
$54.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

30 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Family
7-day free trial
$59.99+/ month

92 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Entertainment
7-day free trial
$69.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

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Ultra
7-day free trial
$79.99/ month

113 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME included

Sports Plus add-on

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*Note that in order to see the Family, Entertainment, and Ultra plans, you need to first press "Start Free Trial." After you create an account, you'll see all of these plans.

DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now recently changed its entire subscription menu and increased prices across the board. The cheapest is called Plus. It costs $50, but comes with HBO and around 45 channels. Max has more than 60 channels and it costs $70, but comes with Cinemax and HBO.

In addition to DirecTV Now’s two featured subscriptions, there are five additional plans to consider. None of them are cheap. With a plan called Entertainment, you can get more than 65 channels for $93/month. The next step up is Choice, which has 85+ channels and costs $110. Xtra has 105+ channels and costs $124/month. Other plans include Ultimate (125+ channels / $135 per month) and a Spanish-language plan called Optimo Mas (90+ channels / $86 per month).

Fact 2: DirecTV Now Has More Channels 

When it comes to total available channels, DirecTV Now is king of the hill. Many of the same channels that DISH Network offers to its satellite TV subscribers are also available via DirecTV Now.

On the other hand, fuboTV isn’t far behind. fubo Premier comes with 90+ channels — and if you buy all of fuboTV’s add-on packages, you can get well over 100 channels.

Here are some of the channels you can get with fuboTV:

  • Fox Soccer Plus, ChelseaTV, GolTV English, GolTV Spanish and TyC Sports
  • 6 regional Pac-12 channels, NFL RedZone, 3 Fox College Sports channels, GolTV English, GolTV Spanish, TyC Sports, FNTSY Sports Network and Fight Network
  • 9 different Showtime movie channels
  • GolTV Spanish, BTV, RTP International
  • GolTV Spanish, TyC Sports, Cine Sony, Fox Life, Nat Geo Mundo
  • GolTV Spanish, TyC Sports, BabyTV HD, Cine Sony, Fox Life, Nat Geo Mundo
  • fubo Cycling
  • BabyTV HD

DirecTV Now only has a few different channel add-on packs. That means that you don’t have as many options as far as picking and choosing the channels you want to add.

DirecTV Now has the edge when it comes to premium channels, as well. Premium channels that you can get through DirecTV Now include HBO, Showtime and various STARZ movie channels. fuboTV has several Showtime movie channels, but lacks HBO and STARZ.

Fact 3: fuboTV Has Way More Sports Channels (but Not ESPN)

Though DirecTV’s channel menu is bigger overall, no other internet TV service has more sports channels than fuboTV.

However, there is big gap in fuboTV’s sports lineup: ESPN. ESPN’s parent company Disney and fuboTV have not been able to reach an agreement, so fuboTV does not carry cable’s most popular sports channel.

Despite the fact that ESPN is not on the menu, fuboTV does still have a very solid sports lineup. Here’s a small taste of some of the sports channels you can stream:

  • NBC Sports Network
  • NFL Network
  • Pac 12 Networks
  • Big 10 Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • NBA TV
  • Fox Sports 1
  • Fox Sports 2
  • Big 10 Network
  • NBC Golf
  • Fox Desportes
  • Eleven Sports
  • Olympic Channel
  • Fox Soccer Plus
  • 10 different BeIN sports channels

If you’re willing to pay a bit more, you can add these channels:

  • NFL RedZone
  • 6 Pac 12 channels
  • 3 Fox College Sports channels
  • GolTV (English and Spanish)
  • TyC Sports
  • FNTSY Sports Network
  • Fight Network.

DirecTV Now has a small but solid selection of sports channels– and ESPN is on the menu.

Sports channels that come with DirecTV Now include:

  • NBC Sports Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ESPNU
  • Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2
  • Golf Channel
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • NHL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • Sportsman Channel
  • SEC Network.

Fact 4: DirecTV Now Has Better Looking Streams

DirecTV Now is one of the only internet services with 1080p / 60fps channels.

“1080p” refers to resolution– or, the number of pixels that a stream can display. 720p streams display 720 vertical lines of pixels at once and are considered to be “standard HD” streams. 1080p streams can display nearly twice as many vertical pixel lines.

The difference between 1080p and 720p is not huge, but you can still see the difference in some situations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hhrBTOWFWQ

“FPS” stands for “frames per second.” The more frames per second, the smoother the stream looks.

Here’s a YouTube video that illustrates the difference between 30fps and 60fps:

Currently, you can stream the following DirecTV Now channels in 1080p / 60fps: CBS, CBS Sports, The Olympic Channel and POP.

DirecTV Now recently upgraded most of their channels to 1080p / 60fps and introduced 4K channels. 4K streams contain nearly four times as much information compared to 1080p streams.

On Reddit, DirecTV Now’s beta testers have reported that nearly all the channels in the beta version of the DirecTV Now app are in HD.

“Not sure if others have noticed, but DirecTV Now BETA now offers streams of up to 1080p/60fps at 10Mbps using the high efficiency video codec (H.265) on capable devices like AppleTV 4K.” – Redditor / DirecTV Now beta tester milan03

The official version of the new DirecTV Now app came out last spring. There weren’t any picture quality upgrades, but AT&T did add an option to buy a third simultaneous stream. Also, all subscribers got a free DVR. fuboTV maxes out at 720p, and only two channels deliver 60fps: Fox Sports and BTN. Other channels are stuck at 30fps.

Fact 5: DirecTV Now Unlocks More Cable TV Apps

If you’ve ever visited a cable TV website or opened a cable TV app, you may have run into a screen that prompts you to enter TV Everywhere credentials.

Without full TVE access, you’re usually limited to short clips and bonus content. With compatible TVE credentials, however, you can watch full episodes of shows and sometimes even access live TV streams.

DirecTV Now lets you unlock many TVE websites/apps:

  • Broadcast networks: ABC, Fox Now, NBC.
  • News: CNBC, BBC America, MSNBC Now, Viceland.
  • Movies: IFC, SundanceTV.
  • For kids: DisneyNOW, Nick, Nick Jr.
  • Sports: WatchESPN, BTN2GO, NBC Bay Area, NBC California, NBC Chicago, NBC Mid-Atlantic, NBC New England, CBS Sports, Fox Sports Go, MLB.com At Bat, MLB Network, FOX Sports Go, NBC Golf, The Olympic Channel, NBC Sports,
  • Arts and education: Nat Geo TV, FYI, History.
  • Lifestyle: Lifetime, A&E, BET, CMT, LOGO MAX GO, MTV, WEtv, VH1.
  • Entertainment: Freeform, Comedy Central, AMC, FX Now, Oxygen Now, SYFY Now, TV Land, Sprout Now, Bravo Now, HBO GO, Showtime Anytime, USA NOW, Paramount Network.
  • Spanish: Telemundo Now, UNIVERSO NOW.

Note: Some of the apps listed above won’t work with DirecTV Now unless you buy the appropriate add-on. For example, you can’t unlock the HBO or Showtime apps unless you pay extra to add them to your DirecTV Now plan.

fuboTV is not that far behind DirecTV Now when it comes to TVE compatibility. fuboTV can unlock the following TVE websites/apps:

  • Broadcast networks: CBS, NBC, CBSN, Fox Now.
  • News: CNBC, Viceland, MSNBC.
  • Movies: None.
  • For kids: None.
  • Sports: beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, BTN2Go, Olympic Channel, Fox Sports Go, MSG Go, Pac-12, NBC Sports.
  • Arts and education: Nat Geo TV, FYI, History.
  • Lifestyle: A&E, E! Now, Esquire TV Now, Lifetime.
  • Entertainment: Hallmark Channel Everywhere, FXNOW, UDN, Oxygen Now, Syfy Now, Sprout Now, Bravo Now, USA Now.
  • Spanish: Galavision, Universo Now, UniMas, Univision.

Note: You can’t unlock the MSG Go app unless you get the MSG (Madison Square Garden) channel through FuboTV. Currently, only New Yorkers can get MSG. The same principle applies to fuboTV’s other apps as well. If you don’t have the channel, you can’t unlock the app.

Both DirecTV Now and fuboTV are always adding support for new TVE apps. These are handy because they let you extend the amount of simultaneous streams you can access. Streams opened through TVE apps don’t count against your limit when you use the main DirecTV Now / fuboTV apps. Check both services’ websites to get an updated list of what kind of TVE apps are available.

Fact 6: fuboTV Has Better Recording Features

Most internet TV services have cloud DVRs (Digital Video Recorders). DVRs let you record TV content and save your recordings to the internet.

fuboTV’s DVR lets you record 30 hours of content and keep it as long as you want. Plus, you can upgrade to 500 hours of recording time for an extra $10 per month. DirecTV Now’s new DVR only lets you record 20 hours of content.

Fact 7: Both Services Have Weak Account Sharing Features

If you intend to share your internet TV service with your family, you may find both fuboTV and DirecTV Now to be somewhat restrictive.

DirecTV Now limits you to two simultaneous streams. It added a paid option for upgrading to 3 simultaneous streams last spring, though.

fuboTV gives you to two streams by default, but you can get a 3rd simultaneous stream by buying an upgrade.

Fact 8: DirecTV Now Has a Much Bigger On-demand Library

DirecTV Now currently has 25,000 on-demand shows and movies, and it plans to bump that number up to 35,000 this spring.

The fuboTV website doesn’t say exactly how much on-demand content you get when you subscribe. However, last time we checked out fuboTV’s on-demand library we only found a small selection of titles.

Fact 9: DirecTV Now Doesn’t Have an Android TV App

If you have an Android TV, you’ll have to either sideload the DirecTV Now Android app or find some other way to tune into DirecTV Now.

Fact 10: They Both Lack Game Console Apps

DirecTV Now and fuboTV both lack PlayStation/Xbox apps. Both services, however, have apps for most mainstream devices.

DirecTV Now apps include:

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari.

fuboTV apps

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast and Roku.
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: None.
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: None.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome is recommended.

Fact 11: They Both Have 7-day Free Trials

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DirecTV Now vs. fuboTV: Which Is Better?

The answer depends on how much you like sports, how picky you are about picture quality– and how much you trust AT&T to deliver on the promises it made at the beginning of this year.

If you’ve been reluctant to cut the cord because you don’t want to miss out on sports action, fuboTV could be the streaming service you’ve been waiting for. Otherwise, DirecTV Now is a much better deal.

Alex Munkachy is a freelance writer, game developer and hobby robotics enthusiast. You can find his blog about robotics news and reviews at robotfanatics.com.