Fact 1: YouTube TV and fuboTV Cost the Same
Both internet TV services have implemented several price hikes. Currently, the baseline plans of both YouTube TV and fuboTV are the same at $64.99/month.
Here’s an in-depth look at the two services’ pricing structures.
With fubo Starter (also known as Family), you get the majority of the channels that fuboTV carries for $64.99/month. There are around 115 channels in all, most of which are sports channels. The exact number of channels varies depending on your location, so be sure to check the fuboTV website to see which channels you get before you sign up.
fubo Pro comes with the same number of channels as fubo Starter. The key differentiator here is the upgraded features – like seven extra simultaneous streams, and 750 additional hours of DVR storage. There’s also the Elite plan, which comes with around 160 channels and 1,000 hours of DVR storage
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Around the time it debuted, YouTube TV was priced at $34.99/month. After the service grew in popularity, Google increased that fee to $39.99. Yet another price increase bumped the subscription to $49.99/month, and it’s currently the same rate as fuboTV at $64.99/month.
This plan includes over 85 channels, which is less than the similarly priced fubo Starter. It includes unlimited DVR storage, though, which is better than fuboTV‘s max of 1,000 hours. This rate also includes three simultaneous streams and six accounts per family.
Fact 2: fuboTV Has More Sports Channels
fuboTV and YouTube TV both have a large selection of sports channels. However, fuboTV sells 50+ sports channels. No other internet TV service has more.
The $64.99 fubo subscription has a variety of sports channels, including:
- NBC Sports California+ and NBC Sports Bay Area+
- NBC Universo
- NFL Network
- Pac 12 Networks
- Big 10 Network
- CBS Sports Network
- NBA TV
- Fox Sports 1
- Fox Sports 2
- NBC Golf
- Fox Desportes
- 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 $10.99 more, you can get around 25 additional sports channels with fuboTV’s Sports Plus NFL Redzone add-on pack:
- NFL RedZone
- 6 Pac 12 channels
- 4 ESPN channels
- NHL Network
- TyC Sports
- FNTSY Sports Network
- Fight Network
- NHL Network
- MLB Network
Recently, fuboTV was able to sign a deal with Disney to stream the ESPN channels. And in 2019, fuboTV debuted its own sports news channel, fubo Sports Network. Like ESPN, fubo Sports Network features sports-themed news and talk shows as well as live sports events that are not carried by other networks.
YouTube TV’s sports lineup is impressive, but not as deep as fuboTV’s. However, YouTube TV does have all the core ESPN channels.
With the core YouTube TV subscription plan, you get all of the following sports channels:
- CBS Sports
- SEC Network
- 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 is a benefit you might enjoy. But if you use a TV antenna and don’t mind switching inputs, it’s not that big of a plus.
Fact 3: YouTube TV and fuboTV Unlock Nearly the Same Amount of Cable TV Apps and Websites
Many cable TV websites and apps let you access live streams, full episodes, on-demand content and more through TV Everywhere.
Only three people can watch streams at the same time through the fuboTV app with the fubo Starter. However, if you log into a TVE app, you can watch TV without worrying about fuboTV’s 3-device limit on simultaneous streams.
fuboTV can unlock a total of 68 TVE websites/apps, but they’re always adding support for new apps, so check out this page for the latest updates.
YouTube TV also can unlock TV Everywhere apps. And while YouTube TV used to have a huge advantage over fuboTV on the number of supported channels, YouTube is now behind by one channel.
This means that choosing one service over the other depends on personal preference more than anything. If you’re a big sports fan, fuboTV has more choices of sports apps. However, if you have little children, YouTube TV offers more kid-friendly channels, like Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD. Below is a comparative table of supported channels available on each service:
|FUBOTV TVE||YOUTUBE TV TVE|
|American Heroes Channel||AMC|
|Animal Planet||BBC America|
|BBC America||Big Ten Network|
|Bravo TV||Cartoon Network|
|BTN (Big Ten Network)||CBS|
|CBS||CBS Sports Network|
|Comedy Central||Disney Channel|
|Destination America||Disney Junior|
|Discovery Channel||Disney XD|
|Discovery en Espanol||E!|
|ESPN Deportes||Fox Business|
|FOX Business||Fox News|
|FOX News||FOX Sports Live|
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
|MSG||Motor Trend (web only)|
Nat Geo Wild
|Nick Jr.||Nat Geo Wild|
|NBC||NBA League Pass|
|NCAA March Madness|
|NBC Universo||NFL Network|
|NFL Network||Olympic Channel|
|OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)||Oxygen|
|Pac 12||Pop TV|
|Paramount Network||SEC Network|
|Science Channel||Smithsonian Channel|
|Universal Kids||Universal Kids|
|USA Network||USA Network|
Note: Some of the apps listed above won’t work with fuboTV and 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: fuboTV Has Better Features for Big Families
If you intend to share your account with your family, you may be disappointed by both YouTube TV and fuboTV’s default 3-device simultaneous stream limit. But fuboTV offers a more robust family plan for just $10 extra each month with the Pro Plan, allowing you to stream on 10 devices at once.
YouTube TV lets you stream to up to three devices at once. You can also create up to six profiles on YouTube TV. Individual profiles allow YouTube TV to learn what you like to watch and serve up customized recommendations based on your viewing history.
While YouTube TV’s 4K Plus add-on allows you to stream on unlimited devices, it’s a hefty price to pay compared to fuboTV. The add-on costs $10/month for the first 12 months, then $19.99/month for the next months.
As mentioned above, you can sidestep simultaneous stream restrictions by using TV Everywhere apps. For example, if three 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.
However, 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 250 hours of recording time on the Starter plan, and 1,000 hours on any of the more expensive plans.
It’s worth noting here that the YouTube TV app doesn’t offer any way to delete your recordings. Once you record something with YouTube TV, you’re apparently stuck with the recording until it expires nine months later. fuboTV gives you more tools for managing your recording library, but also limits you to a finite number of recording hours.
Fact 5: They Both Have Good App Support
Both streaming services support all the major streaming devices that are popular among cord-cutters, like Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast and Roku. In addition, they both have apps for the two most popular smartphone operating systems: iOS and Android.
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.
- Living room devices: Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, Tivo Stream, and Fire TV.
- Smart TVs and Blu-ray players: Certain models from Samsung, LG, and Vizio.
- Mobile devices and 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: Samsung Smart TV, Vizio TV, HiSense, Vizio SmartCast TV, and LG TV
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android and iOS
- Game consoles: Xbox One
- Desktop browsers: EDGE, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. But Chrome is recommended
Fact 6: fuboTV Has Better On-Demand Content
Originally, YouTube TV came out with YouTube Red. YouTube Red never quite caught on, and YouTube eventually gave up on it. Though it still produces original content, these titles are now available for free. In other words, you don’t need to subscribe to YouTube TV to watch them on YouTube. You can rent recently released Hollywood movies via YouTube TV, but you have to pay extra for that.
The fuboTV on-demand library is small, but it does have a selection of movies and TV shows available on-demand. Last time we reviewed fuboTV, we found a few thousand hours of content. 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: fuboTV Has Better Looking Streams
fuboTV originally lagged behind a bit in the race to bring high definition streams to streaming service subscribers. Some recent improvements have changed this, and now fuboTV has the edge over YouTube TV in this category. Currently, fuboTV is the only streaming service that includes 4K streams.
YouTube TV isn’t far behind, though. It started rolling out 60fps channels last year just in time for the Olympics. Now, all YouTube TV channels support 60fps. You can also opt for some 4k streaming with a $19.99/month add-on. Getting it for free is, of course, preferable.
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. fuboTV has a 7-day free trial and YouTube TV has a free trial for 14 days.
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Fact 9: Only fuboTV has the Science Channel
When YouTube TV first debuted, it came up a bit short in the lifestyle / casual TV department. Cable TV staples like Food Network, HGTV and Discovery were missing from the menu. Now that those channels have made their way to YouTube TV, it has mostly caught up. However, one channel is still missing: Science Channel. fuboTV has it, but YouTube TV does not.
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.
Recent data shows that while fuboTV reached an important milestone of hitting one million subscribers in the last quarter of 2021, it’s still no match for YouTube TV. On the other hand, YouTube reports reaching 4 million subscribers at the end of 2021.
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 four’ American broadcasters than any other internet TV service.
Be sure to check fuboTV 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 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 fuboTV offers more family-friendly flexibility. YouTube TV only lets you watch three streams at the same time. fuboTV does, too, on their Starter plan, but for just $9.99 more per month, you can stream on up to ten devices at once.
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.