There are more ways to watch TV than ever before. More options means lower prices and improved services for cord-cutters.
If you’re about to cut the cord and you’re comparing Sling TV vs. fuboTV, keep reading to find out 9 facts you should know before you make a buying decision.
Back in 2015, Sling TV was the only way to watch live cable TV on the internet. fuboTV is newer, but does it have more to offer? Let’s take a look.
Sling TV belongs to a category of internet TV services known as “skinny bundle” services. Instead of forcing you to buy a huge, expensive bundle of channels, Sling TV lets you pick from several low-cost mini-bundles.
Sling TV’s $20 starting price broke the mold when it first debuted several years ago, but it now costs $25 for both subscription packages. Though Sling TV isn’t the cheapest skinny bundle service anymore, its prices are still extremely competitive. What’s more, Sling TV works with more next-gen TV devices than any other TV service of its kind. Because it’s the oldest internet TV service, it has more apps.
Sling TV’s cheapest subscriptions seem to be purposely constructed to leave you feeling unsatisfied. The least expensive $25 subscription comes with around 20 channels — but if you want to add more channels or extra features, Sling TV will nickel and dime you to death. Once you start piling on add-ons, Sling TV is not a good deal compared to competing internet TV services.
According to The Motley Fool, Sling TV has more subscribers than any other internet TV service, with around 2 million subscribers.
Instead of selling skinny bundles of channels, fuboTV offers one big bundle of channels called fubo Premier. Because fuboTV sells a hefty array of sports channels, it’s definitely worth a look if you’re a sports fanatic.
fuboTV’s sports lineup is second to none. No other internet TV service offers as many sports channels. It is also the only streaming service that has Spanish and Portuguese-language subscription options. fuboTV has an excellent cloud DVR (Digital Video Recorder).
fuboTV hasn’t worked out a deal to sell ESPN yet. Without ESPN, fuboTV won’t be able to pull in fans of mainstream American sports. Another issue is that even though fuboTV specializes in sports, it only has two 60fps (60 frames per second) channels. All the rest are 30fps. 30fps streams don’t look horrible, but 60fps streams look smoother and are ideal for watching sports.
fuboTV passed the 100,000 subscriber mark about a year ago.
Fact 1: Sling TV Has Cheaper Plans
You really can save money with Sling TV, but only if you stick to the core plans and avoid buying extra features and channel packs.
Sling Orange is an excellent low-cost solution for cord-cutters who have stuck with cable primarily because they don’t want to miss out on sports events. Sling Orange costs $25 and it comes with all the core ESPN channels.
Sling Blue ($25) is supposed to provide an alternative way to watch broadcast networks without a TV antenna, but you may not get many channels unless you live near a major metropolitan area. Sling TV is still hashing out deals with local broadcast network affiliates across the country. Before subscribing to Sling Blue, be sure to check the Sling TV website to find out what channels you’ll be able to get in your area.
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- Orange: $25 per month, 30+ channels
- Blue: $25 per month, 45+ channels
- Orange + Blue: $40 per month, 53+ channels
Because fuboTV has better local TV coverage compared to Sling TV, it may be a better option. Still, it’s a good idea to check the fuboTV website before you subscribe so that you’ll know exactly which channels you’ll get before you buy.
- fubo Premier: 80+ channels / $45 per month
- fubo Latino: 13 channels / $18 per month.
- fubo Portuguese: 5 channels / $20 per month.
fuboTV’s main plan is fubo Premier, which costs $45. In addition to Premier, there’s also an $18 Spanish-language pack called fubo Latino and a $20 Portuguese-language pack called fubo Portuguese.
Fact 2: Sling TV Has Better Promo Codes and Deals
You can get some free gear with your Sling TV subscription if you punch in a promo code when you buy.
With Sling TV promo codes, you can choose between:
- A free Roku Express (if you prepay for 2 months of service).
- A 50% discount on Roku Ultra (if you prepay for 3 months of service).
- $80 off AirTV Player (if you prepay for 3 months of service).
- $105 off an HDTV antenna / AirTV Player bundle (if you prepay for 3 months of service).
- A free HDTV antenna (if you prepay for 1 month of service).
These deals change regularly, so visit the Sling TV website and check the forum to get the latest codes.
Fact 3: fuboTV Has More Sports Channels
fuboTV sells 35+ sports channels, which is far more than any other internet TV service.
The $45 fubo Premier subscription has around 20 sports channels:
- 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
You can get a few more sports channels with the fubo Extra package. For $9 more, you can get around 15 additional sports channels with fuboTV’s Sports Extra channel add-on pack:
- NFL RedZone
- 6 Pac 12 channels
- 3 Fox College Sports channels
- GolTV (English and Spanish)
- TyC Sports
- FNTSY Sports Network
- Fight Network.
On the other hand, Sling TV is no slouch when it comes to sports — and unlike fuboTV, Sling TV does sell ESPN.
If you buy the $40 Orange+Blue plan and tack on the $10 Sports Extra, you can get about 25 sports channels (the exact number varies depending on where you live):
- Fox Regional Sports Networks, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2.
- NBC Regional Sports Networks, NBC Sports Network.
- NFL Network, NFL RedZone.
- ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Goal Line, ESPNews, ESPNU.
- beIN Sports, Motorsport TV, NBA TV, NHL Network, Outside Television, Pac-12 Network, Stadium, Univision Deportes.
- ACC Network Extra, SEC Network, SEC Network+, Golf Channel.
Fact 4: fuboTV Has Better Recording Features
fuboTV’s cloud recorder lets you save 30 hours of content and keep your recordings as long as you want. You can upgrade to 500 hours of recording time for an extra $10 per month.
You have to pay $5 extra to unlock Sling TV’s 50-hour recorder. You can’t record ESPN or any other Disney-owned channel.
Fact 5: fuboTV Unlocks More Cable TV Apps/Websites
Many cable TV websites and apps let you access live streams, full episodes, on-demand content and more through TV Everywhere.
fuboTV can unlock 34 TVE websites/apps:
- Broadcast networks: CBS, NBC, CBSN, Fox Now.
- News: CNBC, Viceland, MSNBC.
- 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: Some of the apps listed above won’t work with fuboTV unless you subscribe to the appropriate channel package. If you don’t have the channel, you can’t unlock the app.
Sling TV only works with 17 TVE websites/apps:
- Broadcast networks: Fox Now, NBC.
- News: CNBC, MSNBC Now.
- Sports: Fox Sports Go, Golf Channel, NBC Sports, NFL Network, WatchESPN.
- Arts and education: Nat Geo TV.
- Lifestyle: None.
- Entertainment: Bravo Now, E! Now, FX Now, Oxygen Now, SYFY Now, USA NOW.
- Spanish: UNIVERSO NOW.
Note: Some of the apps listed above won’t work with Sling TV unless you subscribe to the appropriate channel package. If you don’t have the channel, you can’t unlock the app.
Fact 6: Both Services Have Rigid Account Sharing Restrictions
Unless you pay an extra $6 a month for the “Family Share” upgrade, fuboTV only supports two simultaneous streams. With Family Share, you can stream to 3 devices at once.
Sling Orange doesn’t allow simultaneous streaming at all. That means that if you’re watching ESPN, nobody else in your house will be able to watch any of the other Orange channels until you switch to a Blue channel or close your Sling TV app. Up to 3 devices can stream Sling Blue channels simultaneously.
Fact 7: Sling TV’s On-demand Library Is Bigger
Both fuboTV and Sling TV have on-demand TV shows and movies that you can watch anytime you want. However, Sling TV has more.
Sling TV says it has 10,000 hours of on-demand content. The fuboTV website doesn’t reveal how much on-demand content is in the fuboTV video library. But fuboTV doesn’t seem to have as much on-demand content compared to Sling TV.
Fact 8: Sling TV Has More Apps
Sling TV and fuboTV both have apps for most popular next-gen TV devices. However, only Sling TV works with Xbox One and Air TV. In addition, fuboTV doesn’t have any Blu-ray or smart TV apps.
- Living room devices: Air TV Player, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
- Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from LeEco, LG, Samsung and ZTE.
- Mobile devices and tablets: Amazon Fire tablets, Android and iOS.
- Game consoles: Xbox One.
- Desktop browsers: Chrome.
- 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 9: Both Services Have 7-Day Free Trials
If you’re still not sure which is right for you, try them both out yourself and see what you think.
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Sling TV Vs. fuboTV: Which Is Better?
The answer depends on your priorities.
If you’re on a tight budget…
Sling TV beats fuboTV when it comes to low-cost plans.
Sling Orange is the best Sling TV plan to get if you’re trying to maximize your TV savings. With a TV antenna and Sling Orange, you’ll be able to get a solid selection of cable TV channels plus lots of free broadcast networks for just $25 a month.
Sling Orange has ESPN, Disney Channel and plenty of other standard cable TV channels like AMC, TNT, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, CNN and others.
If you’re willing to prepay for two months of service, you can get a free TV antenna if you use a promo code. Check the Sling TV website to get the promo codes.
Sling Blue seems to be designed for people that don’t want to use a TV antenna, but it’s not that great of a deal because the channel selection is somewhat thin overall and Sling TV’s local TV affiliate stations is extremely spotty.
If you watch ESPN…
ESPN is the most popular cable TV sports channel, and Sling TV has it. fuboTV does not.
If you like soccer and other sports that are more popular abroad…
fuboTV has cornered the market for exotic sports that are hard to watch in the US. If you’re into soccer or if you’re a sports nut that can live without ESPN, fuboTV is the best choice. fuboTV has over 30 sports channels.
If you speak Spanish…
fuboTV and Sling TV both have TV subscriptions that cater to Spanish speakers, but Sling TV has more Spanish-language channels.
Sling TV has a $5 Spanish TV Extra that comes with 27 channels. If you buy the Spanish TV Extra with Sling Orange, your total monthly payment will be $30.
Besides the Spanish Extra, Sling has Mini packs for Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Spain. There’s around 60 different Spanish-language channels, but you’ll have to pay about $60 to get them all.
fuboTV’s standalone Spanish-language channel pack costs $18 and it comes with 13 Spanish-language channels.