Whether you’re unhappy with YouTube TV’s price hikes or features, or it simply doesn’t offer some of the key channels you want, there are several noteworthy YouTube TV alternatives to explore. Keep reading to learn more about what Sling TV, Philo, fuboTV, and Hulu + Live TV bring to the table.
Before we start, we want to highlight a particularly relevant streaming service provider for news, sports, and entertainment. Sling TV is one of the best options for streaming in 2022, as it has a rich catalog of 47 channels and over 10,000 hours of video on demand.
fuboTV is the best YouTube TV alternative for sports fans
YouTube TV has a fairly sports-heavy streaming TV package. But if its sports options aren't quite enough for you, fuboTV may be just the cable TV alternative you need.
FuboTV Pricing and Packages
FuboTV offers up to 166 channels. Its Pro package has around 40 sports channels, while its Elite package offers around 50 sports channels.
While the price of fuboTV’s cheapest package (the Pro) is similar to YouTube TV’s Base plan, the Pro comes with a larger selection of channels. fuboTV also offers the Disney channel and ESPN, making it a truly viable alternative to YouTube TV.
You can use this link to learn more about fuboTV's pricing and packages.
For a more in-depth comparison of YouTube TV versus fuboTV, check out our article.
You can get a few key local broadcast networks through fuboTV necessary for sports fans, as well as major sports networks like Fox Sports, NBA TV, NFL Network, CBS Sports, and more. You'll also get several dozen entertainment and news networks, including FX, TBS, HGTV, Fox Business, and more.
With ESPN now on the menu, fuboTV is the best option for sports fans with over 45+ sports channels, including the impressive fubo Sports Network. Like ESPN, fubo Sports Network airs sports broadcasts as well as lots of different sports-related talk and news shows. You can check out a free stream of the channel at fubosportsnetwork.com. You don't have to be a fuboTV subscriber to tune in.
You can use this link to learn more about fuboTV's channel packages.
FuboTV Supported Devices
You'll find a large library of supported apps and devices for fuboTV, including Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Android, iOS and more.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of fuboTV's supported devices:
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV and TV Stick (1st gen and up), Chromecast and Roku (2, 3 and 4)
- Smart TVs: Android TV (4.4 and up), LG TV, Samsung Smart TV
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS
- Game Consoles: Xbox One
- Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers
You can use this link to learn more about fuboTV's supported devices.
FuboTV Simultaneous Streams
You can stream fuboTV on up to 3 devices at once without paying extra. That’s the same as what YouTube TV offers, but you can get unlimited streams if you pay an additional amount.
You can use this link to learn more about fuboTV's simultaneous streaming policy.
YouTube TV's DVR is hard to beat because it's unlimited. fuboTV provides a still-impressive 250 hours of cloud DVR for the price, and you can upgrade this with an extra fee. Videos don't expire until you start running out of space.
You can use this link to learn more about fuboTV's cloud DVR.
FuboTV On-Demand Library
Neither YouTube TV nor fuboTV advertises their on-demand library sizes. However, you'll find that fuboTV's much larger line-up of channels, as well as its 72-hour rewind feature, means you'll likely get a larger selection of on-demand content.
You can use this link to learn more about fuboTV's on-demand library.
Philo is the budget-friendly YouTube TV alternative
Many cord-cutters love Philo for its low-cost, large-channel package. Because Philo uses a "no sports, no locals" approach, it can afford to offer a large selection of channels you won't find on YouTube TV for less than half the price. As a result, many YouTube TV subscribers either opt for Philo as an alternative or even subscribe to both services at once.
Philo Pricing and Packages
You can get Philo for less than half of YouTube TV’s price tag.
Philo's package comes with 60+ channels, and the service regularly adds channels to its line-up, as well.
You can use this link for more information on Philo plans.
For a more in-depth comparison of YouTube TV versus Philo, check out our article.
Philo's lack of sports channels, like ESPN, and lack of locals, like FOX, CBS, and NBC, means that it can charge less. Instead of offering those TV channel genres, it focuses on entertainment and lifestyle channels like CMT, A&E, AMC, Paramount Network, Comedy Central, Discovery, History Channel, Science Channel, and others.
You can use this link for more information on Philo channels.
Philo Supported Devices
Through Philo, you'll be able to use a small but growing number of streaming devices, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, major mobile device operating systems, and web browsers.
The full list of supported devices includes:
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all models), Chromecast and Roku (all current models)
- Smart TVs**:** Android TV (5.0 and up)
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android (7.0 and up), iOS (10.3 and up), Fire (OS 5.0 and up)
- Game consoles: None
- Desktop browsers**:** Most Mac and PC browsers
You can use this link for more information on Philo's supported devices.
Philo Simultaneous Streams
Philo and YouTube TV are the same when it comes to simultaneous streaming. Philo offers 3 streams per account, just like YouTube TV. Neither service offers any paid simultaneous stream upgrades.
You can use this link for more information on Philo's simultaneous streams.
Philo's unlimited DVR uses a similar, time-limited approach to recording retention as YouTube TV, but offers less time for your video recordings. You can record an unlimited number of videos, but can only keep them for 30 days.
You can use this link for more information on Philo's DVR.
Philo On-Demand Library
You'll get 60,000 hours of TV show episodes and movies through Philo. While YouTube TV doesn't advertise its library size, its larger number of channels likely means it offers more on-demand content. However, Philo's TV Everywhere partnerships are more extensive, making it a better option for on-demand content through the individual channels and websites on offer.
Sling TV is the best all-round sports and entertainment alternative to YouTube TV
Source: Sling TV
At a highly affordable price, Sling TV offers between 30-45+ channels, with a mixture of sports, local content, and entertainment. This makes Sling TV a decent alternative to YouTube TV for those who want a little bit of everything but want to avoid YouTube TV’s higher monthly rates.
Sling TV Pricing and Packages
Sling TV is one of the least expensive streaming services available, with the most basic packages (Sling Orange and Sling Blue) being nearly half the price of YouTube TV.
You can also combine Sling TV’s two streaming packages for a discount to get 50+ channels.
For a more in-depth comparison of YouTube TV versus Sling TV, check out our article.
Sling TV Channels
Sling TV's local TV options are noticeably weaker than what you'll get with YouTube TV. You'll get FOX in most markets, but other local channels are a bit more sparse. You'll a different selection of channels, depending on the package. Sling Orange focuses on ESPN and Disney, while Sling Blue features FOX-branded networks like FXX, FX, and Fox Sports.
Learn more about Sling TV's channels with our article.
Sling TV Supported Devices
Unlike YouTube TV, Sling TV has apps for nearly every device under the sun except PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.
The full list of supported devices includes:
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all versions), Chromecast, Roku (LT and up), AirTV,
- Smart TVs: LG TV (Web OS 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, as well as select 2016-2018 models), Samsung TV (2016 through 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV, Mi TV,
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android (4.4 and up), iOS (11 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets)
- Game consoles: Xbox One
- Desktop browsers: Chrome on Mac and Windows recommended
Learn more about Sling TV's streaming policy with our article.
Sling TV Simultaneous Streams
Sling TV's streaming policy is both similar to and worse than what you'll get through YouTube TV, depending on which package you choose. Sling Blue provides three device streams per account, but Sling Orange (with ESPN and Disney) provides just one.
Learn more about Sling TV's simultaneous streaming policy with our article.
Sling TV DVR
Sling TV's newly upgraded DVR is still not as good as YouTube TV's. Instead of paying to unlock the Sling TV DVR, all customers now get 50 hours of recording time. There's also an upgrade that expands the limit to 200 hours.
Learn more about Sling TV's DVR with our article.
Sling TV On-Demand Library
All told, Sling TV's on-demand library is not going to be anywhere near what you'd get with YouTube TV. Sling TV notes that it has over 10,000 hours of available content, but the smaller number of channels means it won't provide as many TV show episodes and movies on-demand as YouTube TV.
Learn more about Sling TV's on-demand library with our article.
Hulu + Live TV is the same price as YouTube TV, with a better on-demand library
Source: Hulu With Live TV
If you love YouTube TV's channel line-up, but not its somewhat limited on-demand offerings, Hulu + Live TV may be the best alternative for you. You can get the service for a slightly higher price of YouTube TV, while also getting a few benefits that make it a better service overall.
Hulu + Live TV Pricing and Packages
Hulu + Live TV subscribers get more than 75 channels, including Disney+ and ESPN+.
There are also a few add-on channels you can attach to your service for an additional fee.
Use this link to learn more about Hulu's packages.
Or, for a more in-depth comparison of YouTube TV versus Hulu + Live TV, check out our article.
Hulu + Live TV Channels
Your channel options with Hulu + Live TV are similar to what you’ll get with YouTube TV. That includes locals like FOX, NBC, and CBS, as well as sports channels like Fox Sports and ESPN. You’ll also get a similar selection of entertainment and news channels, such as TNT, AMC, HGTV, A&E, FX, and more.
Use this link to learn more about Hulu's live TV channels.
Hulu + Live TV Supported Devices
You'll find Hulu + Live TV has the same excellent level of app support that YouTube TV offers.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of supported devices:
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV and TV Stick, Chromecast and Roku (most models)
- Smart TVs: LG TV (select models), Samsung TV (select models), Android TV and Roku TV
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android (5.0 and up), iOS (11 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets)
- Game consoles: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox 360
- Desktop browsers: Most Mac and PC browsers
- Smart home devices: Amazon Echo Show (video and voice controls)
- Desktop operating systems: Windows 10 (dedicated app)
Use this link to learn more about Hulu's supported devices.
Hulu + Live TV Simultaneous Streams
With Hulu + Live TV, you’ll get 2 simultaneous streams for the subscription price, which is one less than what YouTube TV offers. However, if you pay for the “Unlimited Screens” add-on, you can watch on 3 devices not connected to your home network and an unlimited number of devices connected to your home internet connection.
Use this link to learn more about Hulu's Live TV streaming policy.
Hulu + Live TV DVR
YouTube TV has a comparatively better DVR thanks to the 9-month expiration date on videos and unlimited DVR storage. However, Hulu + Live TV's 50-hour storage limit is still fairly generous, and you can expand that to 200 hours with an add-on.
Use this link to learn more about Hulu Live TV's DVR.
Hulu + Live TV On-Demand Library
This is one of the single best reasons to switch to Hulu + Live TV. You'll get over 85,000 TV show episodes and movies on-demand, thanks to Hulu + Live TV offering its on-demand service as part of the Live TV subscription. You'll also get on-demand content from the available channels, and the ability to use your login information with over a wide range of TV Everywhere-supported channels.
Use this link to learn more about Hulu's on-demand library.
Which service is the overall best alternative to YouTube TV?
Still can’t decide which streaming service to choose? Here’s some advice that’ll help you decide which YouTube TV alternative to get.
If you think YouTube TV is too expensive...
Sling TV offers one of the cheapest ways to get both sports and entertainment. For a low monthly fee, you can enjoy a fairly decent selection of cable TV channels.
If you want a similar experience for less money...
Hulu + Live TV is the way to go if you like YouTube TV's channel package, but want more on-demand content. It's the closest match to YouTube TV on the market.
If you don’t like YouTube TV’s interface...
Hulu + Live TV’s interface is the slickest looking cable replacement service we’ve seen thus far. We especially like the way Hulu seamlessly blends its on-demand content into its live TV menu. YouTube TV’s interface is also quite handsome, but its stripped-down program guide may be too basic for some.
If you hate watching ads...
If you dislike commercials as much as you hate expensive cable plans, skip YouTube TV and try out Hulu + Live TV instead. Hulu + Live TV has a good DVR, which allows you to zoom through broadcast network ads. Additionally, it’s one of the only streaming services that give you an upgrade that lets you cut out embedded on-demand ads.
Summing up our thoughts on YouTube TV alternatives
YouTube TV is a fine streaming service that is growing more popular with every passing year, but it's not perfect. There are some flaws with this service, and there are plenty of other options out there that might be better-suited to your needs. So, before you sign up for YouTube TV or continue paying for your subscription, read some of our reviews and guides to find the right service for you.
Alex Munkachy • Author
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Davan Hamilton is an editor and writer based in Jacksonville, FL. Holding a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, her writing spans a wide range, from essays on film criticism and analysis to surreal poetry. Now, she works for Flixed as an editor, continuing to ignore the list of passion projects she’s accumulated. When she’s not glued to her computer, you can find her building endless amounts of Lego sets, binge-reading manga, or playing with (fighting) her cat.