DirecTV Stream vs Pluto TV: which is better?

DirecTV Stream and Pluto TV are both popular television streaming options for cord-cutters, but that's pretty much where their similarity stops. DirecTV Stream offers the most in-demand channels for a somewhat reasonable price, while Pluto TV touts a decent line-up of shows at absolutely no cost. 

Choosing one over the other, then, all comes down to need and preference: would you rather shell out for the best TV has to offer, or would you rather save up and simply tune in to the basics? In this article, we help you decide by providing a no-frills guide on how DirecTV Stream and Pluto TV measure up to one another.


Comparaison DirecTV Stream Pluto TV Live
In a nutshell World-class image quality & channel lineup Free TV and Old Show Reruns
Price $79.99/month $free/month
Trial 5 days No
Our rating 9/10 7/10
Number of channels 80 33
Unlimited DVR Yes No
Parental controls Yes Yes
4K Yes No
Disney ChannelYesNo
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)YesNo
Paramount NetworkYesNo

Channels on DirecTV Stream and not Pluto TV Live

The channels that DirecTV Stream has and which are not available on Pluto TV Live:

Channels on Pluto TV Live and not DirecTV Stream

The channels that Pluto TV Live has which are not available on DirecTV Stream:

  • BBC Food
  • BBC Home
  • Bein Sports XTRA
  • CBS Sports HQ
  • CBSN
  • Check with Pluto TV for the full channel lineup
  • Cheddar News
  • ET Live
  • Food TV
  • Hallmark En Espanol
  • Hip Hop Family
  • Hip Hop Family VH1
  • Love & Hip-Hop VH1
  • Major League Soccer
  • Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
  • MLB
  • MotorTrend FAST TV
  • NBC News Now
  • Newsmax
  • NFL Channel
  • NFL Super Bowl Classics
  • Nosey
  • People TV
  • PGA Tour
  • Pluto Channels
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Sky News
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • Stories AMC
  • TBN
  • Today
  • TV Land Drama
  • WeatherNation
  • WPT

Why get DirecTV Stream?

DirecTV Stream is a Live TV streaming platform with a twist: you can download the app on any of your existing devices, or if you choose, you can get a "Gemini Air" box with a custom remote control for the service. But without the box, DirecTV Stream functions like a Netflix or Hulu, allowing you to stream Live TV from anywhere by downloading the app. Within your home, you can stream on up to 20 devices (!), and from outside your home you can stream on up to three devices.

Go to DirecTV Stream

Why get Pluto TV Live?

I’ll say it again: it’s free! It’s also super easy to access. The app is available on most Smart TVs and streaming devices, and if you don’t have either of those, you can just pull up the website and watch from your computer.

Go to Pluto TV Live

Devices: Pluto TV Live is more widely available than DirecTV Stream

Pluto TV Live is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Roku, Virgin Media, Vizio SmartCast, webOS, Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S.

Whereas DirecTV Stream is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Roku TV or Samsung TV. That's 6 less devices than Pluto TV Live.

Channel count: DirecTV Stream has 47 channels more than Pluto TV Live

DirecTV Stream's lineup includes 80 channels whereas Pluto TV Live has only 33 channels. Getting a subscription to DirecTV Stream will give you access to 47 more channels than Pluto TV Live. That's quite a bit of channels.

Trial: DirecTV Stream offers a trial

DirecTV Stream has a trial. The trial duration is 5 days.

Find out more on DirecTV Stream

Trial: Pluto TV Live does not offer a trial

Pluto TV Live does not offer a free trial.

Find out more on Pluto TV Live

DirecTV Stream's specialty

The specialties of DirecTV Stream are: Lifestyle, News, RSNs, Soccer, Sports.

Pluto TV Live's specialty

The specialties of Pluto TV Live are: Anime, News, Old TV shows, Spanish-language content.

Channels on both Pluto TV Live and DirecTV Stream

The channels that are available on both Pluto TV Live and DirecTV Stream are:

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