Now that the cord-cutter revolution is in full swing, TV fans have more choices than ever before. But with so many internet TV services on the market, it’s a good idea to do some research first before you commit.

If you’re stuck between YouTube TV vs. fuboTV and don’t know which internet TV service to try, keep reading to find out 8 things you should know before you make a buying decision.

Overview

YouTube TV and fuboTV are two very different internet TV services. Here’s a bird’s eye view of how they compare.

fuboTV

Sports on fuboTV
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fuboTV has a sports-heavy base plan that’s simple called “fubo” and costs $45/month, providing around 80 channels. You can upgrade to fubo Extra and get 100+ channels for $50/month.

 FuboFubo ExtraFubo LatinoFubo Português
Price$44.99/mo.$49.99+$17.99/mo.$19.99/mo.
Channels75+90+15+5+
Simultaneous Streams2222
Fire TV SupportYesYesYesYes
Roku SupportYesYesYesYes
Sign Up 7-DAY FREE TRIAL7-DAY FREE TRIAL7-DAY FREE TRIAL7-DAY FREE TRIAL

Best features

Though fuboTV has a wide selection of general entertainment channels, this internet TV service specializes in sports. If you like soccer, you’ll definitely want to give fuboTV a whirl because it has many soccer channels you won’t find anywhere else.

Like YouTube TV, fuboTV also has excellent recording features. 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. Without the upgrade, you get 30 hours of recording time.

Downsides

fuboTV’s achilles heel is its lack of ESPN. So far, fuboTV has not been able to work out a deal to stream any of the ESPN channels. Without the most popular cable TV sports network, there’s a limit on fuboTV’s ability to reel in fans of mainstream American sports.

Another potential issue with fuboTV is that it’s lagging behind the competition when it comes to picture quality. Though fuboTV is meant to appeal to sports fans, all but two of its channels stream at only 30 frames per second. 30fps streams look choppy at times. 60fps streams are ideal for watching fast paced sports.

Subscriber count

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

YouTube TV

YouTube TV UI on streaming boxes
Source: Flixed.io

For $40, a base subscription to YouTube TV gives you access to around 60-70+ channels based on your location.

Best features

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. YouTube TV’s outstanding local TV coverage is especially beneficial if you don’t normally use a TV tuner to grab local broadcasts.

In addition, YouTube TV has generous recording features. 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.

Downsides

If you’re a fan of Amazon, you may want to go with a different internet TV service. YouTube TV is owned by Google, and Google is not getting along very well with Amazon these days. As a result, YouTube TV may never make it to Amazon’s popular Fire TV devices.

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.

Subscriber count

According to TechCrunch, YouTube TV only 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.

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 $5 less.

YouTube TV’s core subscription costs $40. However, when the service first launched, it only cost $35/month. YouTube TV increased the price after adding more than a dozen channels, but this means that YouTube TV may jump in price again in the future.

  • YouTube TV core subscription: $40 per month

fuboTV’s core subscription costs $45, and the fubo Extra subcription costs $50/month. There’s also an $18 Spanish-language pack called fubo Latino and a $20 Portuguese-language pack called fubo Portuguese.

  • fubo: 80+ channels / $45 per month.
  • fubo Extra: 100+ channels / $50 per month.
  • fubo Latino: 13 channels / $18 per month.
  • fubo Portuguese: 5 channels / $20 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

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.

Fact 5: fuboTV Has a Stronger Selection of Apps

There’s 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 does not.

Because the feud between Amazon and Google shows no sign of ending anytime soon, you may want to get fuboTV instead of YouTube TV if you own an Amazon TV device.

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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Source: YouTube TV

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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. Unless you like YouTube Red Originals, 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.