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Fact 1: YouTube TV Is Less Expensive (for Now)

Both internet TV services have recently raised their fees. Though YouTube TV and fuboTV are comparable when it comes to price, YouTube TV currently costs a bit less.

Here’s an in-depth look at the two services’ pricing structures.

fuboTV

With fubo Standard, you get the majority of the channels that fuboTV carries for $55/month. There are around 90 channels in all, half of which are sports channels. The exact number of channels varies depending on your location, so be sure to check the fubo TV website to see which channels you get before you sign up.

fubo Family ($60/month) and fubo Entertainment ($70/month) come with the same number of channels as fubo Standard. However, those subscriptions come with upgraded features. With fubo Family, you get a third simultaneous stream. fubo Entertainment comes with a third simultaneous stream, Showtime and an upgraded DVR.

fuboTV’s premium plan is called fuboTV Ultra. It costs $79/month and comes with the Sports Plus add-on. You get around 110 channels, in all.

Standard
7-day free trial
$54.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

30 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

SIGN UP
Family
7-day free trial
$59.99+/ month

92 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

SIGN UP
Entertainment
7-day free trial
$69.99/ month

92 channels

2 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME

Sports Plus add-on

SIGN UP
Ultra
7-day free trial
$79.99/ month

113 channels

3 simultaneous streams

500 hours of DVR space

SHOWTIME included

Sports Plus add-on

SIGN UP
*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.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV’s initial price was $35/month, but then Google increased that fee to $40. Yet another price increase bumped the subscription to $50/month. That means that it’s still cheaper than fuboTV– but not by much. If Google continues to increase subscription prices, it won’t be long before both streaming services cost about the same.

  • YouTube TV core subscription: $50 per month

Fact 2: fuboTV Has More Sports Channels

fuboTV and YouTube TV both have a large selection of sports channels. However, fuboTV sells 35+ sports channels. No other internet TV service has more.

The $45 fubo 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

The fubo Extra package ups the ante even further, adding Stadium 1, 2 and 3, and a number of other channels.

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.

YouTube TV’s sports lineup is impressive, but not as deep as fuboTV’s. However, YouTube TV does have all the core ESPN channels. fuboTV does not.

With the core YouTube TV subscription plan, you get all of the following sports channels, among others:

  • Big 10 Network
  • CBS Sports
  • SEC Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNEWS
  • Fox Sports Regional Sports Networks (in most areas)
  • Fox Sports 1
  • Fox Sports 2
  • NBC Sports Network
  • Olympic Channel

YouTube TV shines when it comes to local TV coverage. If you can get YouTube TV in your area, you’ll probably be able to get your local NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox stations and watch locally broadcast regional games through the YouTube TV app. If you don’t normally use a TV tuner to grab local broadcasts, this might be a benefit. But if you use a TV antenna, it’s not that big of a plus.

Fact 3: YouTube TV 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.

Only two people can watch streams at the same time through the fuboTV app. However, if you log into a TVE app, you can watch TV without worrying about fuboTV’s 2-device limit on simultaneous streams.

fuboTV can unlock a total of 51 TVE websites/apps, including:

  • 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.

fuboTV is always adding support for new apps, so check out this page for the latest updates.

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.

YouTube TV also can unlock TV Everywhere apps. And while fuboTV used to unlock more channels, YouTube TV is now the reigning champion, with over 72 supported channels. You can see a full list of supported channels here.

Note: Some of the apps listed above won’t work with YouTube TV unless you subscribe to the appropriate channel package. If you don’t have the channel, you can’t unlock the app.

Fact 4: YouTube TV Has Better Features for Big Families

If you intend to share your account with your family, you may be disappointed by fuboTV’s default 2-device simultaneous stream limit. Only one other person can watch fuboTV while you’re using it unless you pay $6 extra to add a third simultaneous stream with the “Family Share” add-on.

YouTube TV lets you stream to up to three devices at once for no extra cost. You can also create up to six profiles on YouTube TV. Individual profiles allows YouTube TV to learn what you like to watch and serve up customized recommendations based on your viewing history.

As mentioned above, you can sidestep simultaneous stream restrictions by using TV Everywhere apps. For example, if two people in your house are already watching TV through the fuboTV app, you can still log into the Fox Sports Go app or the NBC Sports app with your fuboTV credentials. TVE works the same way with YouTube TV.

In addition, YouTube TV has slightly better TV recording features compared to fuboTV. Many internet TV services cap the amount of content you can record, but YouTube TV does not. Whatever you record on YouTube TV gets deleted automatically after nine months. With fuboTV, you can keep your recordings for as long as you want– and you get up to 500 hours of recording time if you upgrade the DVR for $10 extra per month. But without the upgrade, you get 30 hours of recording time.

Fact 5: They Both Have Good App Support

There used to be a gaping hole in YouTube TV’s app catalog: Amazon. Every other internet TV service works with Amazon’s hugely popular Amazon Fire TV devices, but YouTube TV did not.

Now that the feud between Amazon and Google has ended, Amazon TV subscribers are free to choose between fuboTV and YouTube TV.

YouTube TV

  • Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku
  • Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from Samsung and LG
  • Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS.
  • Game consoles: Xbox One.
  • Desktop browsers: Chrome.

fuboTV

  • 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 6: fuboTV Has Better On-demand Content

YouTube TV tries to sell the fact that you get free access to YouTube Red with a subscription to YouTube TV. Currently, there are around 40 different YouTube Red movies and shows, and they’re all very, well… YouTube-y. Unless you follow YouTube’s most famous vloggers, you probably won’t spend much time watching YouTube Red content. There are thousands of other movies and shows you can buy on YouTube, but you have to pay extra to rent or buy them.

The fuboTV on-demand library is small, but it does have a small selection of movies and TV shows. Last time we reviewed fuboTV, we found a few hundred titles. Because YouTube’s movie rental prices are expensive, fuboTV’s on-demand library could be a deal breaker if you don’t have Netflix.

Fact 7: YouTube TV Has Better Looking Streams

fuboTV is lagging behind a bit when it comes to picture quality. Though all fuboTV channels seem to be “standard” HD (720p), few of them are “full” HD (1080p). Additionally, fuboTV currently only has two high frame rate 60fps channels. High frame rate streams are ideal for watching fast-paced sports.

YouTube TV, on the other hand, started rolling out 60fps channels early this month just in time for the Olympics.

A redditor recently scanned through all the YouTube TV channels and identified the following 60fps channels:

  • NBC Sports
  • CNBC
  • USA
  • Olympic Channel
  • CNN
  • CNN International
  • HLN
  • TNT
  • TBS
  • TCM
  • TruTV
  • Cartoon Network
  • Adult Swim
  • All SHOWTIME channels
  • Various FOX affiliates
  • Various NBC affiliates

Fact 8: 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. Both internet TV services have 7-day free trials.

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Fact 9: fuboTV has More Lifestyle Channels

Another potential issue with YouTube TV is that it’s missing some key lifestyle channels. Food Network, HGTV, the Science Channel and Discovery are not on YouTube TV’s menu of channels.

Fact 10: YouTube TV Has More Subscribers (Probably)

Though it’s a minor consideration, it may be worth looking at a streaming service’s subscriber numbers before you sign up. Streaming services that don’t have many subscribers have less resources. That may mean that over time, they may find it hard to compete for streaming rights.

fuboTV hasn’t released any official subscriber numbers in quite some time. However, fuboTV passed the 100,000 subscriber mark about a year ago.

According to TechCrunch, YouTube TV has around 300,000 subscribers. Local coverage is actually one reason for YouTube TV’s relatively low subscriber count. Waiting to secure deals with local TV broadcasters before it expanding into a region slowed YouTube TV’s rollout. Other internet TV services opt to go ahead and expand first and strike deals later.

YouTube TV Vs. fuboTV: Which Is Better?

The answer depends on your personal taste and viewing habits.

If you want to watch TV on your computer…

Though fuboTV also has good local TV coverage, YouTube TV has made more deals with the “big 4” American broadcasters than any other internet TV service.

Be sure to check fuboTV’s and YouTube TV’s channel finder tools to find out which broadcast networks you can get in your area before you sign up with either service.

If you have an Amazon Fire TV…

If you have an Amazon TV device and you’re stuck between YouTube TV and fuboTV, go with fuboTV. YouTube TV won’t release an Amazon app until the Google-Amazon war ends, and that probably won’t happen anytime soon.

If you don’t have Netflix…

fuboTV’s on-demand catalog is shrimpy compared to Netflix and Hulu, but at least it has a few hundred movies that you can watch for free. You’ll have to pull out your credit card every time you feel like streaming an on-demand movie if you get YouTube TV.

If you have a big family…

Both YouTube TV and fuboTV are stingy when it comes to simultaneous streaming, but YouTube TV offers more family-friendly flexibility. fuboTV only lets you watch two streams at once. YouTube TV lets you watch three streams at the same time, plus you can set up separate profiles for six different people on one account.

If you like soccer…

fuboTV specializes in soccer and other sports that are more popular outside the US. In addition to soccer, fuboTV also offers coverage of fencing, rugby, cricket, water polo and more.

If ESPN is a must…

ESPN availability could be a deal breaker if you depend on ESPN for sports.  YouTube TV has ESPN. fuboTV does not.

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.