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- Sling TV and FuboTV are both subscription streaming services that let you watch live TV channels.
- Sling TV offers a cheaper entry point and more customization, while FuboTV boasts a larger list of channels in its base package.
- Fubo has far more sports channels, but Sling has a bigger selection of on-demand content and premium channel options to add on.
- With its more affordable plans and support for more devices, Sling is a better live TV streaming option for most needs.
Sick of throwing wads of cash at big-name cable providers for tons of channels you never watch? You’re not alone. Scores of savvy viewers have turned to cord-cutting services like Sling TV to reduce their monthly bills and fine-tune their channel selections, pruning off unwanted fluff to stick with the stuff they like best.
FuboTV is another of these options, a recent riser which launched in 2015 as a soccer streaming platform before burgeoning into a fully fledged competitor in the cord-cutting market. At first glance, Fubo and Sling are quite similar, so we’ve crafted a comprehensive comparison to help you decide which better suits your needs.
Sling TV vs. FuboTV: channel packages and pricing
Sling offers a little more freedom than Fubo, with two low-cost packages, called Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Both plans cost $30 a month after a discounted first month rate of $20. Orange, the base-level package, includes 30-plus channels, headlined by ESPN, Disney, AMC, TBS, and CNN. Blue includes 45-plus channels – with some crossover from the Orange list, but without ESPN and Disney, and with options like USA and the NFL Network added. Throwing down $45 a month ($35 for the first month) will get you both Sling Orange + Blue, which includes 50-plus channels.
FuboTV’s base package is a pricier entry point with less wiggle room, but it’s also far more comprehensive. The package, simply called Fubo Standard, includes 100-plus channels for $54.99 per month. It has most of the same stuff you’d find in Sling’s Orange + Blue package – sans any Disney-owned networks, which include ESPN and ABC – plus notable additions like MSNBC, Fox News, MTV, and several sports networks that Sling’s package doesn’t include.
Both platforms offer additional, smaller channel packages or a la carte options that’ll drive up your bill significantly. Both services are fairly similar in their offerings here, with sports packages and outdoors-focused packages. Fubo offers a few unique packages – like International Sports Extra and Fubo Cycling – that Sling doesn’t, but Sling’s packages (stuff like Comedy Extra and Kids Extra) make a little more thematic sense and probably appeal more to the average viewer. Sling also has more a la carte “Premium” channels on tap than Fubo, like Starz and Epix.
If you’re an international expat or you just like watching foreign programming, Sling has a lot more to offer than FuboTV, with tons of separate channel packages for various countries and cultures. Both services, though, are only available in the United States or Canada (barring use of a DNS proxy).
Overall, FuboTV is better if you’re a sports buff – particularly soccer or cycling – so long as you don’t mind the absence of ESPN networks. However, Sling has a significant advantage in international content, and it should appeal more to the cost-conscious viewer with its affordable entry point.
Where can I watch?
Beyond that, though, it gets a little murkier, and Sling’s age begins to show – in a good way. FuboTV is a newer service, and its tendrils haven’t stretched to as many platforms as Sling’s have. For instance, you can watch Sling on your Xbox One and a host of Blu-ray players and smart TVs. Fubo is available on Samsung smart TVs, but doesn’t include any game consoles or Blu-ray players in its device listings.
For Sling customers, an Orange subscription only gets you one stream at a time, but a Blue subscription bumps that up to three simultaneous streams per account. Meanwhile, FuboTV offers two simultaneous streams by default, which you can bump up to three for $6 per month.
Sling tends to offer more choice as far as watching on different devices, and it’s cheaper to get more simultaneous streams with Sling as well.
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By default, FuboTV offers 30 hours of Cloud DVR storage for recording your favorite programs, and you can get an extra 470 hours (for a total of 500) by plunking down $10 per month. Sling offers ten hours of Cloud DVR in its base packages. You can upgrade to 50 hours for $5 per month.
4K and HDR
FuboTV does have a slim selection of 4K and HDR content and you can find a regularly updated schedule of upcoming events here. The majority of 4K HDR streams on FuboTV are sports events, but other types of shows, including “The Masked Singer,” are available from time to time.
Unfortunately, Sling does not currently offer any live or on-demand content in 4K or HDR.
Sling TV’s repertoire of on-demand content is bigger than FuboTV’s, though perhaps not quite as exhaustive in the sports realm. Fubo tells us its on-demand library exceeds 60,000 TV episodes and movies, rotating monthly. Meanwhile, Sling claims to offer more than 70,000 titles on demand – a Sling representative tells us this number actually exceeds 125,000, though the website doesn’t yet reflect that fact.
Deals and trials
FuboTV offers a seven-day free trial, which requires a valid credit or debit card. As per usual, you’ll get charged at the end of the trial if you don’t proactively cancel. Sling has a similar trial to offer, though you oddly can’t sign up for it in your browser — only on select devices. You can, however, get your first month of Sling at a 40% discount, bringing the prices down to $15 for Blue and $25 for the Orange + Blue package (Orange is still $15 on its own).
Otherwise, Sling has a deals page, which refreshes regularly and currently offers free AirTV and Amazon Fire TV Stick devices for those who sign up and prepay for multiple months. Fubo has no such page, and as far as I can tell, no such deals on offer.