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YouTube TV vs. Hulu Live TV Channels Comparison: Best Overall?

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YouTube TV provides access to more than 85 channels while Hulu Live TV comes with more than 75. If the quantity of channels matters, then this is an instant win for YouTube TV. However, things are never quite that simple when it comes to picking the best live TV plan.

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YouTube TV and Hulu Live are two of the most popular live TV streaming services in the US making either a good option to subscribe to. When it comes to choosing between them, the monthly price can only help so much considering both services only offer one base subscription and both plans are priced at $64.99 per month.

Making the problem of choosing between YouTube TV and Hulu Live all the more harder is the major overlap on the number of channels and even the selection. Still, there are enough differences in the channel lineups that one service might prove to be more suitable for an individual subscriber or household, depending on their needs.

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How the channels compare

YouTube TV comes with more channels than Hulu Live TV overall, with the websites listing 85+ compared to 75+. However, due to the inclusion of local channels and regional variances, the exact number may vary depending on the subscriber’s location and the channels they are eligible for.

YouTube & Hulu live TV channels compared:

ChannelYouTube TVHulu Live
A&E
ABC
ABC News
ACCN
AMC
Adult Swim
Animal Planet
BBC
BBC World News
BET
BET Her
Boomerang
Bloomberg
BTN
Bravo
Cartoon Network
CBS
CBS News
CBS Sports
Cheddar
Cheddar News
CMT
CNBC
CNBC World
CNN
CNN International
Comedy Central
Comet TV
Court TV
Cozi TV
Dabl
Discovery
Disney
Disney Junior
Disney XD
E!
ESPN
ESPN 2
ESPN U
ESPNEWS
ESPN College Extra
FOX
FOX Business
FOX News Channel
FS1
FS2
Food Network
Freeform
FX
FXM
FXX
FYI
Golf Channel
HGTV
History
HLN
IFC
Investigation Discovery
LAFC
Lifetime
LMN
Localish
MLB Game of the week
MLB Network
MSNBC
Motortrend
MTV
MTV2
MTV Classic
MyNetworkTV
NASA
NBA TV
NBC
NBC News Now
NBC Sports
NBC Universo
NBCSN
NBCLX
NECN
NatGeo Wild
National Geographic
NewsNation
NFL Network
Nickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Nicktoons
Olympics Channel
OWN
Oxygen
Paramount Network
PBS
PBS Kids
POP
QVC
SEC Network
SNY
Smithsonian Channel
StartTV
SundanceTV
SyFy
TBS
TCM
TLC
TNT
TYT
Tastemade
TeenNick
Telemundo
The CW
Travel Channel
TruTV
TV Land
Universal Kids
USA
VH1
Vice
We TV
YouTube Originals

As shown in the list, YouTube TV comes with the greater selection of channels overall. However, it is missing some that Hulu Live has and they may prove to be important to some users. Most notably, YouTube TV is missing both A&E and Lifetime, while Hulu carries both channels in its base subscription. Of course, opting for the base Hulu Live plan will result in missing channels elsewhere, including AMC, BBC, MLB Network, among others.

As to be expected, both YouTube TV and Hulu Live also offer the option to add a number of premium channels to the base subscription, albeit at an additional cost per channel, per month.

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YouTube & Hulu premium channels compared:

ChannelYouTube TVHulu Live
Acorn
ALLBLK
AMC+
Cinemax
Contv
CuriosityStream
Docurama
Dove
EPIX
Hallmark Movies Now
HBO
HBO Max
IFC Films Unlimited
Law & Crime
MLB.TV
NBA League Pass
Showtime
Shudder
Starz
Sundance Now
WE tv +

In addition, both YouTube TV and Hulu Live offer one channel pack add-on each. In Hulu’s case, it is the Entertainment add-on, while YouTube TV’s is Sports Plus. Both of these add-ons come with a different number of additional channels and both cost a different amount per month on top of the base subscription.

YouTube TV
Sports Plus
Hulu Live
Entertainment
$10.99 p/m$7.99
Fox College SportsAHC
Fox Soccer PlusBET Her
GOL TVCNBC World
MAVTVCooking Network
NFL RedZoneCrime + Investigation
StadiumDestination America
TVGDiscovery Family
Discovery Life
DIY Network
Military History
MTV2
MTV Classic
Nicktoons
Science
TeenNick
GAC

YouTube TV vs Hulu Live channels summary

If the sheer number of channels matters to an individual or household, then YouTube TV is likely to be the better option overall. Not only does YouTube TV come with more channels in its base subscription, but it also offers more channels that can be added on top of the standard plan.

On the other hand, Hulu Live does come bundled with a basic Hulu subscription as well. If access to Hulu shows and movies are important, then it is a nice addition on top of the standard channel lineup. Especially considering the Hulu plus live TV plan costs the same as the base YouTube TV subscription.

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John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Better to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingbetter.com or on Twitter

One reply on “YouTube TV vs. Hulu Live TV Channels Comparison: Best Overall?”

The one thing that is overlooked in these comparisons and is often a factor is the ability to use the service in multiple locations. In my area, many people have vacation homes at the beach or boats in the marina or other weekend locations. Hulu does not let you log into their service from “outside your home location” without having to change your home location which is something that can only be done a limited number of times before not allowing and requiring a second subscription. YouTube TV allow access from multiple varied locations as long as you log into your “home location” at least once every three months.

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