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YouTube TV vs Hulu Live TV Channels Comparison: Best Base Plan?

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YouTube TV vs Hulu Channels

YouTube TV provides access to more than 100 live TV channels while a Hulu Live TV subscription unlocks more than 85. If the quantity of channels matters the most then this is an instant win for YouTube TV. Of course, things are never quite that simple when it comes to picking the right live TV plan.

Considering YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV are two of the most popular live TV streaming services in the US, either is likely to be a good option to sign up to. However, they are both also fairly expensive subscriptions with YouTube TV’s base plan priced at $72.99 per month and Hulu Live TV’s at $69.99 per month.

When it comes to choosing between them, the monthly price can only help so much considering both services are similarly priced. That said, Hulu Live TV does include access to both Disney Plus and ESPN Plus, which may make a difference to some homes.

If the additional subscriptions are not enough to sway your decision, then it might be worth taking a closer look at the channel lineups. While there is some significant overlap in the channels department, there are enough differences as well.

YouTube TV & Hulu Live TV channels comparison:

YouTube TV comes with more channels (100+) than Hulu Live TV (85+) although the exact number you’ll get will vary depending on location and access to local and regional channels.

YouTube vs Hulu: base plans compared

Below is a comparison of all of the base channels that all subscribers get with each service, excluding local differences.

YouTube TVHulu Live TV
$72.99$69.99
A&E
ABC
ABC News
ACC Network
Adult Swim
AMC
Animal Planet (East & West)
BBC
BBC World News
BET
BET Her
Big Ten Network
Bounce
Bloomberg Television
Bravo
Cartoon Network
CBS
CBS News Live
CBS Sports
Cheddar
Cheddar News
CMT
CNBC
CNBC World
CNN
CNN International
Comedy Central
Comedy.TV
Comet TV
CourtTV
Cozy TV
Crime Investigation
DABL
Discovery (East & West)
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
Docurama
Dove
E!
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPN News
ESPNU
ESPN College Extra
Food Network
FOX
Fox Business
Fox News
FOX SOUL
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
FOX Weather
Freeform
FX
FXM
FXX
FYI
Galavisión
Game Show Network
getTV
Golf Channel
The Grio
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies and Mysteries
HGTV
History
HLN
HSN
ID (East & West)
IFC
ION
Justice Central
LAFC
Law & Crime
Lifetime
LiveNOW from Fox
LMN
Localish
Local Now
MHI
MotorTrend
MSNBC
MTV
MTV2
MTV Classic
MyNetworkTV
NASA
NatGeo
NatGeo Wild
NBA TV
NBC
NBC LX
NBC News Now
News Nation
NECN
NFL Network
Nickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Nicktoons
Orlando City
OWN
Oxygen
Oxygen True Crime
Paramount
PBS
PBS Kids
PC
Pop
QVC
Recipe.TV
SEC
Smithsonian Channel
Scripps News
SNY
StartTV
SundanceTV
Syfy
TBS
TCM
Telemundo
TLC (East & West)
Tastemade
Teen Nick
Telehit
The CW
The Great Courses
The Grio
The Weather Channel
TNT
Travel Channel
TruTV
TV Land
TYT
UniMás
Universal Kids
Universo
Univision
USA
Vevo Country
Vevo Hip Hop
Vevo Pop
Vevo Holiday
Vevo 80s
Vevo 90s
Vice
VH1
WE TV

As mentioned, YouTube TV provides access to a greater selection of channels overall. However, it is missing some that Hulu Live TV has, and they may prove to be important to some users.

Most notably, YouTube TV is missing A&E, the History channel, and Lifetime, and all of these popular channels are included with Hulu’s base subscription.

Conversely, choosing the base Hulu Live plan will result in missing channels elsewhere, including AMC, BBC, Hallmark Drama, MTV2, and Nicktoons, among others.

Hulu Entertainment add-on

It is worth noting that Hulu does offer an Entertainment add-on which does include many of the missing YouTube TV channels.

Hulu Entertainment add-on channels:

  • American Heroes Channel
  • BET Her
  • Boomerang
  • CNBC World
  • Cooking Channel
  • Crime + Investigation
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Family
  • Discovery Life
  • Great American Family
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Magnolia Network
  • Military History Channel
  • MTV2
  • MTV Classic
  • Nick Toons
  • Science
  • Teen Nick

However, Hulu’s Entertainment channel pack costs an additional $7.99 per month, taking the total to $77.98 for the add-on and the base plan, and that’s $5 more than YouTube TV’s base plan.

YouTube vs Hulu: sports add-on channels compared

One of the main reasons to consider signing up to a live TV package is access to live sports. While both YouTube TV and Hulu include a variety of sports channels in their base plans, they also both offer a sports add-on.

YouTube TV’s Sports Plus costs $10.99 per month and adds more than 10 sports channels. Hulu Live TV’s Sports Add-on costs $9.99 per month and adds more then 5 sports channels.

YouTube TV
(Sports Plus)
Hulu Live TV
(Sports)
$10.99$9.99
beIN Sports
BilliardTV
FanDuel Racing
FanDuel TV
Fight_Network
FOX Soccer Plus
Impact_Wrestling
MAVTV
NFL RedZone
Outdoor Channel
Outside TV
PlayersTV
PokerGO
SportsGrid
Sportsman Channel
Stadium
VSiN

YouTube TV is also now the home of NFL Sunday Ticket which is available as another add-on. While beneficial to YouTube TV members, a YouTube TV subscription is not necessary as Sunday Ticket is also available as a standalone Primetime Channels subscription through YouTube.

YouTube vs Hulu: Spanish add-on channels compared

Similar to sports, both live TV services also offer a Spanish add-on that adds a number of Spanish-language channels.

YouTube TV’s Spanish Plus costs $14.99 per month and adds 15 channels. Hulu’s Spanish add-on costs $9.99 per month and adds 6 channels.

YouTube TV
(Spanish Plus)
Hulu Live TV
(Español)
$14.99$4.99
Antena 3
Baby TV Español
Bandamax
beIN SPORTS en Español
Cinelatino
Cine Mexicano
Cine Sony
CNN en Español
De Película
De Película Clásico
Discovery en Español
Discovery Familia
ESPN Deportes
Estrella TV
FOROtv
FOX Deportes
History Channel en Español
Música
NTN 24
Nuestra Tele
Pasiones
Tastemade en Español
Telehit
The Weather Channel en Español
tlnovelas
TyC Sports
Universo
WAPA América

YouTube vs Hulu: Premium channels compared

Both YouTube TV and Hulu Live also offer the option to add a number of premium channels to the base subscription. These channels cost an additional amount per month, and vary depending on the network.

YouTube TVHulu Live TV
Acorn
ALLBLK
AMC+
ATRESplayer
Cinemax
Comedy Dynamics
Contv
CuriosityStream
Dekkoo
Docurama
Dove
Fandor
Fox Nation
Gaia
Hallmark Movies Now
HBO
HereTV
HI-YAH!
Hopster Learning
IFC
Law & Crime
MagellanTV
Mangolia Selects
Max
MGM+
MHzChoice
MovieSphere
My Outdoor TV
NBA League Pass
Outside TV Features
PokerGO
Qello Concerts
RCN Total
Screenpix
Screambox
Showtime
Shudder
STARZ
Stingray Classica
Sundance Now
Tastemade+
Topic
UPFaith & Family
Vix+
VSiN

YouTube TV vs Hulu Live TV channels comparison: recap

If the sheer number of channels matters the most to an individual or household, then YouTube TV is likely to be the better option. Not only does YouTube TV’s base plan come with more channels (100+ versus 85+), but it also offers more sports (14 versus 6) and Spanish (27 versus 8) channels through add-ons. It also offers more premium network add-ons as well.

YouTube TV
YouTube TV live guide listings$73 a month
100+ channels
3 streams
Unlimited DVR
$58/mo for 3 months

On the other hand, a base Hulu Live TV subscription comes bundled with a basic Hulu, Disney Plus and ESPN Plus as well. Homes thar are already signed up to any of these subscriptions may find they save on their overall monthly streaming costs by subscribing to Hulu Live TV.

Hulu Live TV
Hulu LIve TV guide$77+ a month
95+ channels
2 streams
Unlimited DVR
Disney+ and ESPN+
3 Days Free

While YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV are both good services, and offer well-balanced channel lineups, they are not the only options. Some homes may find that one of the other live TV streaming services offer a more suitable selection of channels, a cheaper monthly price, or both.

John Finn

Comments

1 response to “YouTube TV vs Hulu Live TV Channels Comparison: Best Base Plan?”

  1. 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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