DirectTV Stream vs Youtube: which is better?

Updated August 2, 2022 • Staff

DirecTV Stream and YouTube TV are some of the most in-demand streaming services in the market. Both have great channels to choose from and vary very little in their price range. So, when it comes to cord-cutting, how will you choose your pick? 

That depends, mainly on the following factors: popularity, price, device availability, channel availability, specialties, and whether each service offers a trial or not. Below, we discuss all these and more to help you make the best choice. 

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 for a $120, you can get a 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 YouTube TV?

Youtube TV boasts a wide offering of almost every major channel, unlimited DVR, six accounts, and up to three simultaneous streams. It's the perfect option for families. The cost is a little steep, and there are cheaper options out there, but with a great interface (Live TV services are not known to always have the most intuitive interfaces) and wide availability across devices, it's fair to say that you'll get your dollar's worth.

Go to YouTube TV

Popularity: YouTube TV is more popular than DirecTV Stream

YouTube TV has 4,000,000 subscribers whereas DirecTV Stream has 788,000 subscribers. This means that YouTube TV has 3,212,000 more subscribers than DirecTV Stream. That's a pretty big difference.

Price: YouTube TV is cheaper than DirecTV Stream

YouTube TV's costs $65 whereas DirecTV Stream costs $70. Getting DirecTV Stream instead of YouTube TV will set you back $5 more every month.

Devices: YouTube TV is more widely available than DirecTV Stream

YouTube TV is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, LG TV, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung TV, Sharp, Vizio or Xbox.

Whereas DirecTV Stream is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Roku TV or Samsung TV. That's 4 less devices than YouTube TV.

Channel count: YouTube TV has 31 channels more than DirecTV Stream

YouTube TV's lineup includes 101 channels whereas DirecTV Stream has only 70 channels. Getting a subscription to YouTube TV will give you access to 31 more channels than DirecTV Stream. 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: YouTube TV offers a trial

YouTube TV has a trial. The trial duration is 7 days.

Find out more on YouTube TV

DirecTV Stream's specialty

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

YouTube TV's specialty

The specialties of YouTube TV are: Lifestyle, News.

Channels on DirecTV Stream and not YouTube TV

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

  • A&E
  • AXS TV
  • Baby First TV
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Boomerang
  • C-SPAN
  • C-SPAN2
  • CNN en Espanol
  • Disney Jr
  • E! Entertainment
  • Galavision
  • Gem Shopping Network
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • History
  • Home Shopping Network
  • Lifetime
  • One America News
  • Ovation
  • QVC2
  • ReelzChannel
  • REVOLT
  • RFD-TV
  • SundanceTV
  • TeenNick
  • Univision East
  • USA Network
  • Vice

Channels on YouTube TV and not DirecTV Stream

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

  • ABC News Live
  • ACC Network (ACCN)
  • Adult Swim
  • BBC World News
  • BET Her
  • Big Ten Network (BTN)
  • CBS
  • CBS Sports Network
  • Cheddar
  • CNBC World
  • Comet
  • Court TV
  • Cozi TV
  • CW
  • Dabl
  • Discovery Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FOX
  • Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
  • Fox Sports 2 (FS2)
  • FXM
  • Golf Channel
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery (ID)
  • Local Now
  • MLB Network
  • MTV Classic
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • National Geographic
  • NBA TV
  • NBC
  • NBC News Now
  • NBC Universo
  • NBCLX
  • NBCSN
  • News Nation
  • Newsy
  • NFL Network
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nicktoons
  • Olympic Channel
  • OWN
  • Oxygen
  • PBS
  • PBS Kids
  • Pop
  • SEC Network
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • Start TV
  • Sundance TV
  • Tastemade
  • TCM (Turner Classic Movies)
  • Teen Nick
  • Telemundo
  • Travel Channel
  • TYT Network
  • Universal Kids
  • Universo

Channels on both YouTube TV and DirecTV Stream

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

  • ABC
  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Bravo
  • Cartoon Network
  • CMT
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • Comedy Central
  • Discovery
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney XD
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • Food Network
  • Fox Business Network
  • Fox News Channel
  • Fox Sports 1
  • Freeform
  • FX
  • FXX
  • HGTV
  • HLN
  • Investigation Discovery
  • MotorTrend
  • MSNBC
  • MTV
  • MTV2
  • Paramount Network
  • QVC
  • SYFY
  • TBS
  • TCM
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • truTV
  • TV Land
  • VH1
  • WE tv

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Looking to keep your favorite shows at your fingertips, preserve access to live sports and news broadcasts, but still want to cut the cord? YouTube TV is the answer. At $65 a month it skews more expensive than other live streamers, you won’t be able to find a more extensive, all-inclusive package anywhere else.

Price: $64.99 per month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, LG TV, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung TV, Sharp, Vizio, Xbox

Channel lineup: ABC, ABC News Live, ACC Network (ACCN), Adult Swim, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, BET Her, Big Ten Network (BTN), Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS, CBS Sports Network, Cheddar, CMT, CNBC, CNBC World, CNN, Comedy Central, Comet, Court TV, Cozi TV, CW, Dabl, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNews, ESPNU, Food Network, FOX, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), Fox Sports 2 (FS2), Freeform, FX, FXM, FXX, Golf Channel, HGTV, HLN, IFC, Investigation Discovery (ID), Local Now, MLB Network, MotorTrend, MSNBC, MTV, MTV Classic, MTV2, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic, NBA TV, NBC, NBC News Now, NBC Universo, NBCLX, NBCSN, News Nation, Newsy, NFL Network, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Olympic Channel, OWN, Oxygen, Paramount Network, PBS, PBS Kids, Pop, QVC, SEC Network, Smithsonian Channel, Start TV, Sundance TV, SYFY, Tastemade, TBS, TCM (Turner Classic Movies), Teen Nick, Telemundo, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, TV Land, TYT Network, Universal Kids, Universo, USA, VH1, WE tv

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