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Sling TV vs. FuboTV

Learn more about the benefits that come with a Sling TV or FuboTV package.
by Margaret Smith — 
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Sling TV vs. FuboTV Highlights

If you want the best value: Sling TV If you want the best sports coverage: FuboTV
Basic package is $35/mo. each Includes more than 40 sports channels in the basic package
Huge variety of a la carte services and channels 26 additional sports channels are available through the Sports Plus package
Add-ons start as low as $3/mo. Has a large number of international sports channels

Two popular streaming services for cord-cutters are Sling TV vs. fuboTV. However, when comparing the two, how do you decide between the platforms?

With more than 2.5 million subscribers, Sling TV is one of the most popular wallet-friendly live streaming services. The streamer fuboTV has close to one million subscribers and offers more sports channels than other providers.

But what else should you know as you decide between Sling TV vs. fuboTV?

Compare Sling TV vs. fuboTV plans

Sling TV vs. FuboTV Comparison


Sling TVfuboTV
Starting monthly price $35$65
Free trial length Three daysSeven days
Number of titles/channels 30+100+
Number of simultaneous streams One-to-ThreeThree
Cloud DVR storage 50 hours250 hours
Offline viewing NoNo
Ad-free option NoNo

Which streaming service is right for you?

Sling TV is one of the most affordable streaming services available. It offers two plans -- Sling Orange or Sling Blue, each at $35/mo. Or, you can combine the two plans, Orange & Blue, to get all the channels for $50/mo. 

Both packages include 50 hours of cloud DVR. Sling Orange has 32 channels, but the service can only be streamed on one device at a time. This package is best for NBA fans and families. Sling Blue has 42 channels and can be streamed on three devices at the same time. It's best for news and entertainment. If you opt for the combined package, you get 50 channels that you can stream simultaneously on four devices.

The streaming service fuboTV has three plans with prices starting at $65/mo. Its basic Starter plan has 117 channels, 250 hours of cloud DVR, and can be watched on three screens at the same time.

When choosing between Sling TV vs. fuboTV, you'll want to consider that fuboTV offers more channel options, especially for sports fans, but Sling TV has a more budget-friendly monthly price.

User experience

Sling TV 

Sling TV does not offer local channels. To watch your local channels, you'll have to get an HD antenna, which Sling TV offers free to subscribers with the purchase of two months of service upfront. In addition, you can't download shows from Sling TV, but it can be watched on most devices, including:

  • iPhones and iPads

  • AirTV Mini

  • Apple TV

  • Android phones and tablets

  • Android TV/Google TV

  • Roku

  • Amazon Fire TV

  • Chromecast (Sling TV will give you one for free, if you pre-pay for one month of service)

  • Google Nest

  • Oculus

  • Portal by Facebook

  • Xfinity

  • Tivo

  • Hisense, LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL, and Vizio smart TVs

  • Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

  • Mac and PC

fuboTV 

Similar to Sling TV, fuboTV does not provide offline streaming. However, most local channels are available. You can watch fuboTV on most devices, including:

  • Amazon Fire TV

  • Apple TV

  • Android phones, tablets, and TV/Google TV

  • Chromecast

  • iPhones and iPads

  • Roku

  • Hisense, LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL, and Vizio smart TVs

  • Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

  • Mac and PC

Personalization

Sling TV

Unlike many streaming providers, Sling TV does not offer user profiles. This makes it difficult to personalize your experience, while show recommendations will be based on your entire household's viewing habits as opposed to the types of shows each individual family member watches. 

Using PIN codes, you can set up parental controls. This allows you to restrict programming based on ratings and lock programming that requires a purchase.

fuboTV

The streamer fuboTV makes it easier to personalize the viewing experience for your family. You can create up to six user profiles. This gives each family member the ability to set their own favorite channels, TV series, and manage their own recordings. 

However, unlike Sling TV, fuboTV does not offer parental controls.

Extras

Sling TV 

Sling TV offers a variety of add-ons depending on which package you choose.

Sling TV Extras


Sling OrangeNo. of ChannelsSling BlueNo. of ChannelsIncludes
Total TV Deal $21/mo.
$21/mo.
All Extra packages, DVR Plus
4 Extras Deal $13/mo.
$13/mo.
Kids Extra, News Extra, Lifestyle Extra, Comedy Extra
DVR Plus $5/mo.
$5/mo.
200 hour cloud DVR
Sports Extra $11/mo.14$11/mo.12MLB Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, and more
Comedy Extra $6/mo.11$6/mo.10CMT, MTV, tru TV, TV Land, and more
Kids Extra N/A
$6/mo.FiveBoomerang, Nicktoons, TeenNick, and more
News Extra $6/mo.11$6/mo.14Headline News, Law & Crime, Science, and more
Lifestyle Extra $6/mo.Nine$6/mo.10Cooking Channel, VH1, WE TV, and more
Hollywood Extra $6/mo.Eight$6/mo.10Heroes & Icons, Sundance TV, Turner Classic Movies, and more
Heartland Extra $6/mo.12$6/mo.13American Heroes, Destination America, Sportsman Channel, and more
AMC+ $7/mo.Four$7/mo.FourAMC+, Shudder, Sundance Now, and more

Sling TV offers three premium networks:

  • Showtime -- $10/mo.

  • Starz -- $9/mo.

  • Epix -- $5/mo.

Sling TV also offers close to 30 individual channels that can be added to either package:

Sling TV Add-ons

Channel RateChannelRateChannelRate
BET+ $10/mo.Dox$3/mo.Outside TV Features$5/mo.
CineFest $5/mo.FlixLatino$3/mo.Pantaya$6/mo.
CineMoi $3/mo.Grokker$7/mo.Qello Concerts$8/mo.
Comedy Dynamics $5/mo.Hallmark Movies Now$6/mo.ScreamFlix$3/mo.
CONtv $5/mo.Here TV$8/mo.Stingray Karaoke$7/mo.
The Country Network $3/mo.Hopster$5/mo.True Royalty TV$6/mo.
CuriosityStream $3/mo.Kartoon Channel!$4/mo.UP Faith & Family$5/mo.
Docurama $5/mo.Magnolia Selects$5/mo.VSiN$4/mo.
DOGTV $5/mo.Monsters & Nightmares$3/mo.Warriors & Gangsters$3/mo.
Dove Channel $5/mo.Noggin$8/mo.

fuboTV 

The streamer fuboTV also offers a variety of add-on services, premium channels and bundled packages:

Service add-ons:

  • Cloud DVR 1000 (1,000 hours) -- $17/mo.

  • Unlimited Screens -- $10/mo.

Premium channels:

  • Showtime -- $11/mo.

  • Starz -- $9/mo.

  • Epix -- $6/mo.

Bundled packages:

fuboTV Add-on Bundles

Package RateChannelsIncludes
Adventure Plus $5/mo.SixOutdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, and more
AMC Premiere $5/mo.One
Extra $8/mo.43Cooking Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, NickToons, Science Channel, and more
International Sports Plus $7/mo.EightESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, and more
Latino Plus $20/mo.15Discovery en Español, ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, and more
Portuguese Plus $15/mo.FiveGolTV and others
Rai Italia $8/mo.One
Sports Lite $25/quarterEightMLB Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, and more
Sports Plus $11/mo.26MLB Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, NFL RedZone, and more
TV5 Monde $10/mo.One

Both services give you the opportunity to upgrade your DVR storage. While both offer premium channels, neither service has HBO Max or Cinemax.

Disadvantages

Sling TV

Unlike most streaming services Sling TV does not offer local channels. Although Sling TV has a low starting price, all the potential add-ons could quickly raise the total to that of some of the more expensive services.

fuboTV

The biggest drawback to fuboTV is that the service does not offer the Turner networks, including CNN, TBS, TNT, TruTV, and more. The inability to set parental controls could be an issue for families, as well.

Our final take

When comparing Sling TV vs. fuboTV, the main factor to consider is your budget and the channels you want. If you're most concerned about your monthly rate, Sling TV is the way to go as it's $30/mo. less than fuboTV. 

However, if you want more channels to choose from or are very interested in sports, fuboTV is the answer as it has more than double the number of sports channels compared to Sling TV.

The streaming service fuboTV offers a seven-day free trial. Although this option is not available with Sling TV, you can cancel the service at any time. 

Learn more about each service in our Sling TV and fuboTV reviews.