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Hulu + Live TV vs. fuboTV: Which live TV service is better?

Hulu + Live TV and fuboTV are two of the most popular live TV streaming services out right now. But, which one reigns supreme? Read on to find out what makes each service unique, and make that determination yourself.

Lara Vukelich
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If you want local networks, hours of original programming, a Disney bundle Hulu + Live TV If you want more than 100 channels, generous DVR space, up to 10 simultaneous streams fuboTV
  • Hulu + Live TV offers access to all local networks in most markets
  • Hulu has tons of original content, including TV series, movies, and documentaries
  • The streamer offers a Hulu + Live TV with Disney+ and ESPN bundle
  • Subscribers have access to more than 100 channels, even on the Starter plan
  • fuboTV offers up to 1,000 hours of DVR recordings
  • fuboTV shows live events in 4k
  • Finding a streaming service that fits your lifestyle can make any TV lover feel like Goldilocks. The number of channels, price, and add-ons have to be just right. If you're currently on the hunt, Hulu + Live TV  and fuboTV are two popular picks. 

    Both providers allow you to cut the cable from your traditional provider and stream content from multiple devices, but they also have their own advantages. In the match of fubo vs. Hulu Live, fuboTV has the most channels and Hulu + Live TV offers more original content -- and that's just the beginning. Read on to find out about monthly price, number of allowed simultaneous streams, and more. 

    Compare Hulu + Live TV vs. fuboTV plans


    Hulu + Live TVfuboTV
    Monthly price $65$65
    Free trial length 7 days7 days
    Number of channels 65+100+
    Number of simultaneous streams 2 (unlimited screens add-on available)Up to 5
    Cloud DVR storage 50 hours250 hours or 1,000 hours
    Offline viewing YesNo

    Which streaming service is right for you?

    So, which service is going to make your household the happiest? Hulu + Live TV is ideal for combining original content, on-demand streaming, and live TV. The service also creates original movies, documentaries, and TV shows that you won't find on other platforms. It also has a solid channels list that meets most peoples needs. As for price, both Hulu with Live TV and fuboTV start at $65 per month.

    fuboTV is best for larger households who require more simultaneous streams and people who want tons of DVR space. It also has a slight edge for sports fans, which is where fubo has dominated in the market with a diverse channels list. For a point of reference, you can have up to 1,000 hours of recording space on the same account. Again, fuboTV's base price is $65 per month.

    User experience

    Hulu + Live TV

    The Hulu + Live TV interface takes a little time to get used to. The categories on the homepage change quite often, for instance. That being said, the platform now has a "My Stuff" tab that saves your favorite programs and a "Hubs" tab that divides content by "Entertainment," "News," "Kids," and a few other evergreen categories. Use the "Browse" to scroll through regular Hulu content and the "Live TV" tab to see the guide for what's airing now.  

    Supported devices for streaming include Roku, Apple TV, select Android TV models, iPhones, iPads, and computer browsers. Users can log into the same account across devices using free Hulu apps, which allows them to track watching progress. 

    fuboTV

    Users on fuboTV also have numerous options when it comes to compatible streaming devices. Users can watch on gadgets including Amazon Fire TVs, Android mobile devices, Apple TVs, computer browsers, Chromecast, iOS devices, and Roku. Users can even watch shows they recorded to their DVR on their devices using the free fuboTV app. 

    The interface for fuboTV divides content by "Sports", "Movies", "Series", and "Channels". The first three categories also have subcategories that allow you to find specific genres. 

    Personalization

    Hulu + Live TV

    Hulu + Live TV is a good option for users who want a personalized experience. The streaming service allows users to operate a maximum of six profiles on a single account, each of which will receive personal recommendations based on past behavior and favorites. You can also pause your program and pick it up later on any device using the same profile. Hulu also has parental controls. You can limit shows by rating. The easiest way to do this is by creating a "Kids Profile".  

    fuboTV

    Fubo also lets users create up to six profiles on a single account. Each profile user can set their own favorite programs, follow their top shows, and access their own DVR recordings. Once a user marks something as a favorite, it will show up first on their homepage and program guide. fuboTV does not have parental controls, but some compatible devices (like Apple TV) do let you limit access to mature content. 

    Extras

    Hulu + Live TV

    • Hulu + Live TV lets users stream on unlimited screens at home for $10 per month, which is helpful for large households. Keep in mind that you are still limited to watching on just three devices that are not connected to your home wi-fi network.

    • The streaming service has a Spanish-language extra called the add-on Español Add-on for $5 per month. This includes CNN en Español, Discovery en Español, ESPN Deportes, and more. 

    • The Enhanced Cloud DVR extra is good for people who hate commercials or like to binge shows at once. The extension offers up to 200 hours of recording space for $10 per month. 

    • Free streaming in 4K if you have supported equipment.

    • Hulu also offers bundle deals with other popular services like, Sprint, and even Spotify & Showtime. (Note that these bundles are not available with a Hulu + Live TV package.)

    fuboTV

    • Adventure seekers may like the Adventure Plus Add-on, which features channels showcasing extreme sports and outdoor action. Channels include the Outdoor Channel and Motosports Network; the add-on is just $5 per month.

    • For just $11 per month, users can get Sports Plus with NFL RedZone. Users who never want to miss a game can tune in to more than 20 networks.

    • Streamers who like premium content can add networks like STARZ and Showtime for between $6 and $11 per month, or a STARZ, Showtime, and Epix bundle for $20 per month. 

    The extras offered by both Hulu and fuboTV let you customize your experience. More storage, additional channels, and added screens all make a streaming plan feel like it was made for you. Keep in mind when comparing Hulu vs. fubo that the cost of extras adds up -- so much so that you may end up paying as much as you did with a cable provider if you go on an add-on spree. 

    Disadvantages

    Hulu + Live TV

    Hulu promises ad-free service, but Hulu + Live TV still has ads. If you pay extra to eliminate ads on demand, you still have to sit through commercial breaks on certain titles. To be fair, there is no way for Hulu to eliminate live ads, but it makes paying for ad-free service less attractive. The service also has an offline download feature, but not all content is eligible. 

    fuboTV

    One major issue with fuboTV is that the DVR storage is communal. So if you have six unique profiles, they all share the same recording space. This allows one user to hog available storage. While you can watch your favorite shows on-demand, the service doesn't have any original content that you can't find on other platforms.  

    Our final take

    fuboTV vs. Hulu Live. Who wins? People who want original content combined with live television will gravitate toward Hulu + Live TV. Users who want tons of channels and can't stop recording all the content under the sun may love fuboTV. Hulu is best for its on-demand catalog, and fuboTV shines with its number of live TV channels

    The good news is that both typically offer a free trial. Hulu + Live TV usually has a free trial ranging from seven days to 30-days, while fuboTV's free trial is most commonly seven days. And if you're still undecided why not check out how Hulu + Live TV stacks up to other competitors like Sling TV and Youtube TV.