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Best TV streaming services: Youtube TV vs. Hulu + Live TV

If you're looking for an alternative to cable TV, look no more because we've compared the two most popular options and this is what we found out!

Ivana Križanović
Best TV streaming services: Youtube TV vs. Hulu + Live TV

While many people are looking to cut the cord with cable these days, not all are ready to part with national and local news channels, live sports, as well as seasonal shows. Luckily, there are solutions to this problem. 

Live TV streaming services with all their digital functionalities are quite similar to on-demand streaming, but also retain some of the valuable cable TV offerings such as news channels, sports, and current shows.

Two of the most popular streaming services are definitely Youtube TV and Hulu + Live TV, so in this article, we’re going to do our best to compare them and let you know which live TV streaming service is the best.

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What is Hulu Plus Live TV and who owns it?

Hulu + Live TV is an online live TV streaming service owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company and Comcast. It’s a premium cable TV alternative and a good choice for those who want to enjoy the perks of having "regular” Hulu built-in.

This service differs from Hulu’s on-demand service by more than 70 live channels, but also by the fact that you get free cloud DVR storage that you can use to record 50 hours of program. This way, you can make sure to never miss another episode, game or movie ever again.

Hulu + Live TV is available on the following devices:

  • Android phones and tablets
  • Apple iPhones and iPad
  • Apple TV (4th generation or later)
  • Chromecast
  • Echo Show
  • Fire Tablets
  • Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • Hulu.com (if using a Mac or PC browser)
  • LG TV (select models)
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Roku and Roku Stick (select models)
  • Samsung TV (select models)
  • Xbox One & Xbox 360

Hulu + Live TV channel list

Hulu + Live TV currently offers over 70 national and local news, entertainment, and sports channels, most notable of which are the following: 

  • A&E
  • ABC
  • ABC News Live
  • ACCN ESPN
  • Animal Planet
  • Big Ten Network (BTN)
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Boomerang
  • Bravo
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS
  • CBSN
  • CBS Sports Network
  • Cheddar Business
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • CNN International
  • Cozi TV
  • Discovery Channel
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • ESPN Bases Loaded
  • ESPN College Extra
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • Food Network
  • FOX
  • FOX Business
  • FOX News
  • Freeform
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • Golf Channel
  • HGTV
  • History Channel
  • HLN
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • MotorTrend
  • MSNBC
  • NASA TV
  • National Geographic
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • NBC Sports Network
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nick Jr.
  • Olympic Channel
  • Oxygen
  • Pop
  • SEC Network
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • SYFY
  • TBS
  • Telemundo
  • The CW
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • TruTV
  • Travel Channel
  • Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
  • Universal Kids
  • USA Network
  • Vice

In addition to the channels listed above, Hulu + live TV users can also acquire entertainment and sports add-on’s, as well as Spanish add-ons.

How much does Hulu + Live TV cost?

The price of Hulu + Live TV is $64.99/ month.

When it comes to other cheaper packages, the company offers Hulu without Live TV for $5.99/month, as well as a Live TV Only plan for $63.99/month

Does Hulu + Live TV have a free trial? 

Hulu + Live TV does have a free trial, which means you can test out the service to see if they’re what you’re looking for before committing. At this moment, potential new users can enjoy 1 free week of Hulu + live TV streaming.

How to cancel Hulu + Live TV?

To cancel your Hulu + Live TV subscription, you need to visit your Account page on a computer or mobile browser, and select Cancel under the Your Subscription section.

After that, you might be presented with the option to pause your subscription, but if you’re not interested, just select Continue to cancel and complete the remaining on-screen prompts to finalize the cancellation process.

After you’ve done this, the subscription status on your account page should say: "Your subscription will be canceled”, and you will receive a confirmation email to the email address you used to sign up.

You’ll continue to have access to Hulu until the end of your current billing cycle, but Hulu will not charge you moving forward. If you cancel your subscription during the trial period,you will lose access to Hulu immediately.

 

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What is YouTube TV and who owns it?

YouTube TV is a TV streaming service owned by YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, which is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. that includes live TV from 85+ broadcast, cable, and regional sports networks. 

Youtube TV provides access to more than 85 of the most popular broadcast and cable channels. As in the case of Hulu + Live TV, no contract or cable box is required. 

In addition to live sports and popular shows, Youtube TV users receive unlimited DVR space and up to 6 accounts. 

YouTube TV is available on most Android devices (including both phones and tablets), on PCs with the latest version of Chrome or Firefox installed, as well as iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 12 or later.

YouTube TV channel list

YouTube TV currently offers over 85+ national and local news, entertainment and sports channels, most notable of which are the following:

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • FOX
  • NBC
  • ACC Network
  • Adult Swim
  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • BET
  • BET Her
  • Bravo
  • Big Ten Network
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • Cheddar Business
  • Cheddar News
  • CNBC
  • CNBC World
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • CNN
  • Comet
  • NBCSN
  • COZI TV
  • Court TV
  • The CW
  • Dabl
  • Discovery
  • Disney XD
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • SEC Network
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNews
  • Food Network
  • FOX Business
  • FOX News
  • Freeform
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • Golf Channel
  • HGTV
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery
  • MLB Network
  • MotorTrend
  • MSNBC
  • MTV
  • MTV2
  • MTV Classic
  • MyNetworkTV
  • National Geographic
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • NBA TV
  • NBCSN
  • NBC Universo
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nick Jr.
  • NickToons
  • Teen Nick
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • Oxygen
  • OWN
  • Paramount Network
  • PBS
  • Pop
  • SEC Network
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • SNY
  • Sundance TV
  • SyFy
  • TBS
  • Telemundo
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • TCM
  • Travel Channel
  • TruTV
  • TV Land
  • Universal Kids
  • USA
  • VH1
  • QVC
  • WeTV

In addition to the channels listed above, YouTube TV offers a wide variety of local channels, regional sports networks, but also premium channel add-ons, sports channel add-ons, and more.

How much does YouTube TV cost?

The price of YouTube TV is $64.99/month for the base package, with the option to acquire various sports & premium channel add-on’s for an additional monthly cost.

Does YouTube TV have a free trial? 

YouTube TV offers a 7-day free trial for new subscribers. This gives users access to over 85 channels offered in the Base Plan.

In addition, users can also sign up to try extra networks before adding them to their YouTube TV membership.

How to cancel YouTube TV?

To cancel your YouTube TV membership, simply open the YouTube TV app on your Android device, or go to tv.youtube.com on your web browser of choice. 

After that, go to Settings, then Membership, then click on Cancel membership and confirm with clicking Cancel.

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Sooo… Youtube TV vs. Hulu + Live TV: Which one is actually better?

Considering the fact that their prices are the same ($64.99/month), that you get more channels, as well as unlimited storage with YouTube TV, we’d have to say that it is indeed the winner in our eyes 🏆

On the other hand, if you absolutely need CBSN and CNN International (as well as Hulu any originals), then Hulu + Live TV might be the better option for you.

In any case, if this article has helped you make the decision between Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV, make sure to let us know which one you have chosen and why. To do so, you can tag us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

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