YouTube TV vs Hulu TV 2019 | Which Is Better?

YouTube TV vs Hulu TV 2019 | Which Is Better?

Hulu Live and YouTube TV are easily
the two fastest growing
streaming TV services
out there right now.
You guys are very passionate about these,
so if history is any guide,
I’m about to get a lot
of comments on this one.
Let’s get started.
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Now to compare YouTube
TV versus Hulu Live,
I’m gonna tackle a few
different areas of each.
The available devices, the channels,
the DVR, simultaneous
streams, and of course price.
Now if you’re sharp,
you noticed something left off the list.
The interface.
I’m sure there are a few of you out there
who love the interface of
one or the other so much
that this will be the deciding
factor between the two,
but I don’t think it should be.
And anyway I can’t possibly
rate those interfaces
since frankly it’s just too subjective.
For instance, I think Hulu’s
interface looks great,
but I actually hate the layout.
But that doesn’t mean you have to.
Anyway we can do future videos
on exactly how all these interfaces work,
but for now let’s get
into exactly why Hulu Live
is the number one streaming service
out there right now.
– Whoa, whoa, whoa!
Look that’s a pretty bold claim there.
I’m here to contend that YouTube
TV is in fact much better.
– Who the hell are you?
– I’m you, only smarter.
– Maybe so but why do you get a podium?
– Well thank you.
YouTube TV can’t be number one
because it’s not even available
on the Amazon Fire TV,
because Google and Amazon
won’t just kiss and make up already.
Hulu Live is available
pretty much everywhere.
– Well it’s not on the
Android TV platform.
It’s also not on PlayStation.
– Well you know YouTube TV
isn’t on the PlayStation either.
– Yeah, that’s true.
But Hulu is missing some of the
greatest channels out there.
No BBC America.
Everybody’s gonna miss out
on “The Walking Dead” and “Doctor Who”.
– Nerd!
Oh please.
You just named two channels.
Neither of them is even
in the top 10 on cable.
YouTube TV is missing Discovery,
HGTV, Food Network, Lifetime.
These are some serious omissions.
– Wait, wait, oh!
Transmission incoming.
Yes, this just in.
YouTube TV just added a
bunch of Discovery networks,
so now they do in fact have
HGTV, Food Network, and Discovery.
– Oh.
– Hey at least we’re both
missing all the Viacom channels.
– You know I don’t think that’s something
we should be bragging about.
– Well maybe not, but I bring it up
because either way somebody’s
probably gonna add Philo
to their service line up
in order to get those Viacom channels.
But there are a lot of repeat channels
between Philo and Hulu Live
that you end up paying for twice,
but Philo and YouTube TV actually
fit together much better.
– Maybe so.
But we can at least both brag
about our local channels.
Those are both great.
– Yeah that’s true.
We are pretty even there,
so maybe we should talk
about the DVRs now.
– No.
– No really.
Give us your best pitch
on Hulu Live’s DVR.
– Okay, fine.
At no extra charge Hulu Live gives you
50 hours of recording.
Then for a nominal fee
of 10 bucks a month,
you can increase that
storage to 200 hours.
– Right and what else does that
nominal fee allow you to do?
– Well it also let’s you fast
forward through commercials.
– So okay.
You mean you can’t fast forward
through commercials with the free DVR?
How delightful.
Alright so my turn.
At no extra charge,
YouTube TV gives you unlimited storage,
and recordings are kept for nine months,
and you get to fast forward
through your commercials.
– Yeah but doesn’t YouTube TV swap in
their on-demand content
for your recordings
with all of the commercials.
– Yeah, they used to.
Yes it was pretty bad,
but they’ve gotten a lot better at it now.
They don’t do that very much.
Pretty much works as advertised now.
– Alright but you know what
this is really all about?
It’s all about family, right?
And Hulu Live is the
friendliest service out there
for big families because you
can get unlimited streams.
– Yeah for 10 bucks a month.
– Well sure at 10 bucks a month,
but listen to what I
said: unlimited streams.
So if I’ve got a big family
or lots of roommates,
10 bucks is a pretty small price to pay.
– But it is a price to pay.
So for no extra cost,
YouTube TV gives you three
simultaneous streams.
Better than the two you get
on Hulu Live’s base package,
and frankly three is plenty
for my small household.
– You know I’m glad you brought up price.
Let’s talk about price.
Hulu comes in at 45 bucks a month
and YouTube TV is–
now remind me was it 40 bucks a month?
– Okay fine.
Yes, they did recently raise their price
to 50 bucks a month.
– Awesome so now with Hulu
Live I can get Live TV
plus all the regular
Hulu on-demand content.
I could even bump it up to
the no commercials version
of Hulu and it’s still
cheaper than YouTube TV?
– Look I’m not thrilled about this either.
– I am.
– Well hey at least with YouTube TV
you don’t get a bunch of add-ons.
50 bucks a month may be quite a bit,
but you get the great DVR
and the three simultaneous streams.
– And for less than that,
Hulu with Live TV gives you:
Hulu and live TV.
– Alright well here’s my final pitch.
Look the price may have
been raised recently,
but it is still the simpler option
with a much better DVR.
And I think you can all agree with me,
and if you do, hit the comments below.
Let me know why I’m right.
– Well Hulu has more content
and a cheaper base cost.
The value is easy to see,
and I have no doubt that these good people
will agree with me in the comments below.
(techno music)
You know you fit in
those jeans really well.
– You know if nothing
else, you smell delightful.


  • Bruce Brodinsky

    A very timely video, thank you. We were deciding between these two but are leaning towards youtube tv. We like the DVR, and the TV guide looks better.

  • Dennis Wilson

    I like YouTube TV, but without the Viacom channels, specifically Comedy Central, it's just not there for me.

  • Chuck Roessler

    IMO, You Tube TV is better solution. Best Channel Guide that can be customized. Easier UI. 6 family profiles and three simultaneous streaming. If you have more than 2 users streaming. Hulu TV gets real expensive add $10 , more DVR add $10.

  • D Poole

    You're both wrong neither one of you are correct it's too much. Too much to watch TV hardly ever watch it why do I want to pay $50 a month for something I hardly ever turn on. It's too much you could get away with $10 a month and everybody would be happy you just wouldn't be able to drive that damn Mercedes-Benz.

  • James Kaucic

    yeah Philo does not even have disney channels for those with families which makes it OUT for me… as in the compare of the latest since many changes and price hikes, Hulu was noted to not have ID channel on your compare table, when indeed it does have ID channel on the on-demand version to capture many at no commercials with the $4/mo more plan i opted into

    also note that now that disney bought FOX and More Stake in HULU… time for a renew reveiw again

    i got DTVNOW grandfathered at the go big plan at $65/mo for 105 channels i'm still wondering between YOUTUBE TV and HULU LIVE although PS Vue may be the newest one to watch, since i see they still have 79.99/mo and include many premiums with that plan, it may become a new winner in terms of content for the price

  • Cabo Wabo

    will Youtube TV work fine with the lowest level of Xfinity internet (Performance Starter) which is only 25 Mbps?

  • Mary Beth Evans

    I have YTTV and love it….I also have Hulu but just the no commercials option for like $16/mo so I can watch my programs w/out commericals which I love. I also have Philo for the channels I can't get on either YTTV or Hulu. So, I'm covered completely. I'm just wondering if I can get no commercials with YTTV….I think I'm just replaying stuff instead of using the DVR – I'm not sure because I can't seem to FF through commercials and it's so irritating. Maybe I'm doing something wrong. I would rather just have either YTTV or Hulu but can't seem to leave my no commercials behind. Ugh. Help!

  • tristar2006

    We use to have Direct TV. Really sucked when we had heavy clouds in the area and would loose signal with the dish.

    We now have YouTube TV and love it.

  • Greg Lives

    why doesnt my YOUTUBE allow my touchscreen to work on news channels ; it did 3 weeks ago. My HULU works as expected with news channels- up/down/rt/lt scrunch/spread. Stupid youtube (googol maternal copulators) dont have phone; cant find chat. I want to drop my HULU, but wont if YOUTUBE, doesnt fix it. How do i even get Googol (fellators) to help. EVER? HELP ANYONE!!

  • Nathan Gargano

    In case you didn't have a source for YouTube TV coming to Fire TV.

  • Greg Hanlon

    Went from Spectrum to Hulu Live without commercials…. for $51/mo. Spectrum's DVRs self-destructed every 6 months, so I was ready for something new and less frustrating.
    Hulu is it a new level of frustration… in different ways.

    Been tTrying to watch the NBA playoffs live and the feed freezes for minutes at a time and actually stopped playing a few games in the final minute (End of Schedule?) Shades of the infamous Heidi Bowl. (no issues with my computer or Internet connection 120MBps)
    Oh yeah, if you think you don't have to watch commercials because you're paying extra, think again. Maybe 80 of the shows/movies have commercials and you CAN'T SKIP THEM. Totally sucks. Fox and NBC seem to be the only Channels without commercials. History and Discovery channels not only have commercials, they often play the same commercial every commercial break (my hair is in a pile on the floor).
    Hulu's interface is awful and the DVR likes to record shows multiple times… even if you've already Watched/Erased them. It's Groundhog Day all over again.
    One more thing with Hulu, some of the Channels lag up to a year behind in some shows. In other words, some shows that played in 2018 are just starting to appear. They never mention that in their marketing.
    I say we change its name to FooledYou.
    When NBA playoffs end, I'll try YouTube TV and let you know.

  • Ralph Goodwin

    I am trying out Hulu live now. I do want the ability to fast forward and rewind, so I am paying the extra for that. Plus the additional steams & no commercials. So, Hulu live is now more expensive than YouTube. One thing I really don't like about Hulu though is that during certain broadcasts you cannot rewind or ff until the recording is complete. So, if I want to start an NFL game an hour into the live broadcast, I cannot FF through the commercials (I don't know about Youtube, but it doesn't sound like that's an issue. Can anyone confirm?).

    The other knock I have on Hulu is the TV guide – you can only see what's currently on and what's coming up next (again, I don't know what Youtube looks like in that regard). Can anyone give me any feedback on that?

    Finally, as a guy from New England, I don't like the fact that Hulu does not offer NESN, which is the home of the Red Sox and Bruins. I see that YouTube does offer that channel.

    I hadn't looked at Hulu TV because I have 3 firesticks in the house. I see now that there is a work around to that, and there will be official support sometime this year.

  • oceantracks

    Hulu had terrible streaming, a frustrating interface, and ads even when you paid for no ads!
    We kept Youtube TV….

  • Richard Bucker

    mac vs PC… that's funny. YT cannot fast forward commercials. MORE IMPORTANTLY you need to test the customer service. I had a problem with hulu and they would rather lose me as a customer than solve the problem (I have a load balanced public IP over multiple ISPs; one of the ISPs identifies as commercial even though it's residential)

  • Jeff Daughenbaugh

    I recently switched to HULU live from Sling, what a difference. The SLING app was crap, video dropped out constantly and I use direct Ethernet connection, not Wifi. The problem I have with HULU Live is that you can only use it on TVs in one location. I have a beach condo and don't want to pay two cable bills. As much as I like HULU I think this is going to be a deal breaker.

  • Alen Men

    Again, WHY should I pay for a crab that I don’t watch at all like TLC, MTV, Religious biased crab Channels, and unworthy news like FUCKSNEWS.

    If I’m going to pay $40 monthly for, say, 80 channels, that means I’m paying 50 cents per channel per month.
    I’m willing to pay an entire $1 per channel per month if I can select my channels.
    I promise you it would be $10 or less.
    The American consumer is being rubbed left and right and these corporations are making billions and billions pretending to be capitalist while practicing socialism toward us.
    F*** them all, modern life thieves.

  • Karl Rambow

    YT has no A&E and History channels which is a deal breaker for me especially with the price increase. Will be staying with Hulu when NFL season starts. I only need Hulu for fall season shows. So, I am saving more money about 4-5 months a year w/o Hulu. I sure hope streaming channels will never require long term contracts. I enjoy being able to cancel and restart when I want w/o penalty.

  • Eddie Thong

    I have direct tv now and grandfathered in with 60 + channels for 50/mo and have hbo added on for only 5/mo. HBO is the only thing keeping me around otherwise i would switch to youtube tv. (hbo now costs 15/mo standalone)

  • Josh

    Just signed up to YouTube TV tonight. I have a 7 day free trial. So far so good. I didn’t have cable for 5 years. Forgot how much I hate commercials

  • Bill C

    I actually get hulu through Sprint so my decision is based strictly on live tv. Currently with Directv now and weighing the change to YTTV due to the channel lineup and 3 live streams compared to 2 currently.

  • bbaker904

    If you like sports Youtube TV is way better. MLB network is one channel you can not get on HULU. Many of the sports channel most watch are free on youtube tv. ESPN strikezone didn't even work with sling. Kept showing the endzone channel.

  • Saintsandsin

    Do not support YouTube TV. Due to the current political climate, YouTube is in the process of a huge effort to stifle free speech and public opinion. While doing this YouTube is using broad brush strokes to try and hide what they are doing. The outcome of this is all of the creators are being affected negatively. I encourage everyone, no matter what kind of content you create, or what kind of content you like to consume, to stand up and let YouTube know this is unacceptable. Don’t tolerate one content provider being censored or removed from the platform. It will only be a matter of time before they come for your channel and it’s content! The free and open expression of ideas is the only recourse that should be allowed on social media platforms!

  • Deb Spurlin

    I like YouTube TV DVR options (6 accounts/household) and no DVR storage limits; however HULU has History channel. What I really want is YouTube TV with both History channel and Hallmark channel. Then it's an easy decision.

  • Balloon Animal

    i would much rather hear from people that know how to watch any thing they want for free and if they would pay for it to be in one gooey instead of using multiple gooeys or just using kodi

  • Kendrick Keener

    The interface for Netflix is super weird now! Then the movie categories they make up is crappy!!! I wish Netflix would go back to their old formats. They made better movie suggestions back then too.

  • ezekiel2725

    I just became "unplugged" from cable and this was super helpful. Thanks for the info. Sounds like YouTubeTV is the way to go…

  • adam perkins

    With Disney's new streaming service and they owning most of HULU you can bet they will have some kind of bundle

  • louis19711

    Both good services, but the Hulu add-ons add up quick and before you know it you're right back at cable TV prices to get the features most comparable to Youtube TV. Also, keep an eye out for locals. Hulu did not have locals in my market. I would have had to watch them from stations 300+ miles away. Right now Youtube TV wins out, but it's an ever changing landscape, so it may change from month to month.

  • jim berkas

    I'm a sucker, paying for Dish Network, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon Music Unlimited, and Youtube Music. I'm looking to ditch Dish but I live in rural MN and top internet speed available is about 15Mbs. and I only get about 3 channels OTA. Youtube TV seems like a decent option, but I'm waiting until its available on Fire TV devices. If Google made some package deal with Youtube TV and Youtube Music, I'd be all in…

  • Carol Malone

    I'm debating sacking cable in favor of a streaming service. I still need the Internet through my cable provider tough, right? Then I have to pay $45 or $50 depending upon whether I choose Hulu or YouTube? Does YouTube or Hulu provide the local channels, NBC, CBS, ABC?

  • mnmbeck

    What kind of quality do these streaming service provide? I am in the market for a huge, flat screen TV with all the bells and whistles. If my streaming service only has quality of 1080 (for example), why bother leaving cable? Can anyone speak to the quality of these services?

  • The Skull

    $50 down from $163 for direct TV is a steal. Especially since there is suddenly a dispute with CBS causing us to lose Smithsonian among other channels too.

  • Child of Christ

    I just turned in my equipment for Spectrum (a.k.a. Satan) and tried Hulu, Sling, and YouTube Tv all at the same time. YouTube TV was actually the last one I signed up for, but it’s by far my favorite!! Granted, they don’t have one of my favorite channels (A&E), but I found an app for that😂👍!! I didn’t watch Live PD when it was on anyway so I could avoid the commercials. I can still watch it after it has aired!! I love the platform!! I have binged on Law & Order all day long!!! Hulu doesn’t have the plain old Law & Order! They have some of the Criminal Intent and SVU, but I don’t watch those as much. YouTube has the best channel lineup for the price, and you can go to a channel, pause it and wait to watch it so you can FF, or you can simply stream it from the beginning and still be able to FF through the commercials!! I went with YouTube TV and LOVE IT!!!

  • Dockworker 1

    I'm just starting the process to cut the cord. I pay $163 a month for Dish and they dropped HBO and not my price. I'm trying to decide between Hulu Live or YouTube TV. I like the unlimited DVR and 3 streams you get with YouTube. Both Hulu and YouTube are priced at $50.00 a month. YouTube also appears to have more local channels than Hulu.

    We have an amazon prime account so we have access to Amazon video's also. We might include the upgraded HBO package.
    I figure with internet fee, YouTube TV or Hulu live with HBO added in, we will still be saving at least $50.00 a month, but if you don't include the internet cost, we would be saving $100.00.

    Reading the bulk of the comments below it appears to me that YouTube seems to be the clear choice.

    Thanks for the review

  • Charles Scott

    You Tube TV is definitely better. It has all the local channels that I can't get with an antenna where I live. Hulu does not have live ABC network. It has all the sports channels you should ever want. The DVR works great although you have to watch some short ads unless you watch a recorded show on the same day. Do not subscribe through your Apple account because they add a $5 fee for the service. You Tube TV is much easier to navigate.

  • Michael Spinelli

    There is one issue with Youtube TV that makes it unusable for someone that watches most of their TV from a DVR recording. They mix the DVR recordings with a whole bunch of on demand recordings for just about every show. This makes it virtually impossible to know what you have and have not watched, if you are recording a bunch of television every week. Bottom line: If you record and watch a fair amount of TV on DVR, your are going to miss a large percentage of your shows because their is just no easy way to tell what has been recorded over the past few days and what has and hasn't been watched.

    The recordings are commingled with multiple seasons of on demand recordings. You also can't delete recordings after you watch them like you can on Hulu's Live. They just automatically get deleted after 9 months. So if your used to looking up your recordings to see what you haven't watched yet when you sit down to watch TV, youtube won't work for you.

    If you like to watch live TV or demand TV with commercials, this DVR issue probably doesn't matter to you. Having said that Hulu is the king of on demand and they don't mix it with your DVR recordings. Hulu's biggest problem is their limited guide, but they are reporting they will have a full guide before the 2019 fall TV season. Also the telephone customer service at Hulu is really impressive. These people answer the phone with next to no hold time and they are very knowledgeable, incredibly professional , and very good at explaining how things work. Hulu does cost a a few more dollars then Youtube if you get the upgraded commercial free 200 hour cloud DVR serves.

  • Carlos Cardona

    I like Youtube premium educational entertaining relative content for my interest movie guys are stuck on there own junk.

  • Bradley Johnson

    I tried all the streaming free trial I could find, and ended up liking YTTV the best. I like the interface on my Roku tv and my phone better than any of the other interfaces, I like the DVR, Cobra Kai was cool, it was just what I liked best. But, with the cost increase, and Disney's partnership with Hulu, I may revisit this decision.

  • Michael Robertshaw

    I have never had cable. instead, i used netflix via mail, then netflix went to the web so i did that and still do. SlingTV was a great option for the past few years for television content, but they cannot keep up with the competitors. ive been on Hulu with live TV since its release. I wouldn't pay the $44 that i do for hulu tv if it didnt come with hulu on demand content like its always done. i also have netflix and prime. glad to say i've never needed cable!

  • Gary Wilcox

    very unhappy with hulu live, whenever I watch fox sports detroit it stops and goes back to main menu. very frustrating.

  • Kurt Fischback

    I appreciate the reviews on these different apps. It’s hard to keep up with the ever changing competition out there.

  • Maria La'

    These are the channels I need AMC, Bet, bravo, ID channel, history channel, Lifetime, MTV, TLC, Which one has all these?

  • Mike P

    I have tried both. YouTube TV has less channels than Hulu, but I felt like its service was more reliable. Hulu Live TV is a little cheaper too and has more channels.

  • Constance Moore

    I have HULU regular. Im NOT happy with the price increase to YouTube TV. I canceled DirectTV due to rate increases and the service was not all that. Im really considering to cancel YoutubeTV. They added new channels of which I do not watch and i dont watch sports so there are too many sports channels for me. So the service is not worth my $50 a month.

  • R Denise Thomas

    Both are too expensive for me. I'm cancelling my xfinity and opting for antenna TV. All we end up watching is free network TV anyway. 🙄

  • enrique bravo

    Can Hulu tv or YouTube add Nfl Network with Nfl Redzone and some real Spanish channels like Univision Deportes, ESPN Deportes, and Fox Deportes that would be nice

  • Junito Lopez

    the best deal from CoNcast is $69 /month it does not included set top boxes, taxes etc. you are looking at $113.00. Regardless, these streaming services are both, priced reasonably, unless you want to rely on an antenna. CoNcast price does Not include premium channels, DVR etc Incidentally, that is only an introductory price for new subscribers.

  • Jay None

    I have been trying to make a decision between YouTube and Hulu. It seems with the power of internet I still don't have an answer to a simple question. We live in a state that only cares about collage football. Especially Sec. Football. When I go to Hulu or YouTube TV to see what is available it gets confusing. I need all ESPN and Sec network. Which one provides that and about how much it cost?

  • Mike P

    Revisiting this again. Switched back to Hulu for awhile and many channels just buffer until the stream fails. Same channels on YouTube TV no issues. Cancelled Hulu tonight and going back to YouTube TV. I noticed Hulu increased their prices again too.

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