Youtube TV vs Sling Orange vs Sling Blue

Right off the bat, YouTube TV stands out among the three live TV plans because of its price. It's the most expensive of the bunch at a whopping $73, but with that tag comes a stacked lineup of channels including local affiliates from CBS, PBS, and The CW, which are the only major broadcasters missing from Sling Blue's local lineup (except for Local Now, Sling Orange does not come with local channels). It also has a user-friendly interface, unlimited cloud DVR, and add-ons you can purchase so you can bump your package to include premium channels like HBO and Showtime. But while we're on the topic, no one really does add-ons like Sling. Sure, Sling Orange and Sling Blue only carry about half the number of channels YouTube has, but they have a host of add-ons ranging from $5 to $11 that you can stack to your package. In some markets, Sling Orange is even cheaper than Sling Blue, but don't be fooled: it has channels that Sling Blue doesn't have, namely, Disney and ESPN channels. And for its part, Sling Blue has Bravo, Discovery Channel, FX, and USA. There's a lot to consider apart from channels: device compatibility, free trial availability, DVR capability. So, to help you decide which among the three fits your needs, we've gathered all that we could about them in the charts below.

Which is cheaper?

The cheapest of the three streaming service in order are: Sling Orange ($40), Sling Blue ($45), and the most expensive of the bunch, YouTube TV ($72.99).

YouTube TV vs Sling Orange vs Sling Blue channel lineups

Channel YouTube TV
$72.99/month
Sling Orange
$40/month
Sling Blue
$45/month
A&E-YesYes
ABCYes--
ABC NewsYes--
Adult SwimYes--
AMCYesYesYes
Animal PlanetYes--
AXS TV-YesYes
BBC AmericaYesYesYes
BBC World NewsYes--
BETYesYesYes
BET HerYes--
Big Ten NetworkYes--
Bloomberg-YesYes
Bloomberg Television-YesYes
BounceYes--
BravoYes-Yes
Cartoon NetworkYesYesYes
CBSYes--
CBS local channelsYes--
CBS Sports NetworkYes--
Charge!-YesYes
CheddarYes--
Cheddar NewsYes--
CMTYes--
CNBCYes--
CNBC WorldYes--
CNNYesYesYes
Comedy CentralYesYesYes
Comedy TVYes--
CometYesYesYes
Court TVYes--
Cozi TVYes--
CWYes--
DablYes--
DiscoveryYesYesYes
Discovery Channel--Yes
Disney Channel-Yes-
Disney JuniorYes--
Disney XDYes--
DocuramaYes--
Dove ChannelYes--
E!Yes-Yes
EPIX Drive-In-YesYes
ESPNYesYes-
ESPN UYes--
ESPN2YesYes-
ESPN3-Yes-
ESPNewsYes--
Food NetworkYesYesYes
FOXYes--
Fox BusinessYes--
Fox NewsYes-Yes
Fox News Channel--Yes
FOX SOULYes--
Fox SportsYes-Yes
Fox Sports 1Yes-Yes
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)Yes-Yes
Fox Sports 2Yes--
Fox Sports 2 (FS2)Yes--
Fox WeatherYes--
FreeformYesYes-
FS2Yes--
Fuse-YesYes
FXYes-Yes
FXMYes--
FXXYes--
GalavisionYes--
Game Show NetworkYes--
Get TVYes--
Golf ChannelYes--
HallmarkYes--
Hallmark ChannelYes--
Hallmark FamilyYes--
Hallmark MysteryYes--
HGTVYesYesYes
History-YesYes
HLNYes-Yes
HSNYes--
ID-YesYes
IFCYesYesYes
Investigation DiscoveryYesYesYes
Investigation Discovery (ID)-YesYes
IONYes--
Justice Central TVYes--
Law & CrimeYes--
Lifetime-YesYes
Local NowYesYesYes
LocalishYes--
MotorTrendYesYes-
MSNBCYes-Yes
MTVYes--
MTV ClassicYes--
Nat Geo WildYes--
National GeographicYes-Yes
NBA TVYes--
NBCYes-Yes
NBC local channelsYes--
NBC News NowYes--
NBC UniversoYes--
NBCLXYes--
NBCSNYes--
News NationYes--
NFL NetworkYes-Yes
Nick Jr.YesYesYes
NickelodeonYes--
NicktoonsYes--
OWNYes--
OxygenYes--
Oxygen True CrimeYes--
PBSYes--
PBS KidsYes--
PBS local channelsYes--
PopYes--
QVCYesYes-
Recipe.TVYes--
Scripps NewsYes--
SEC NetworkYes--
Smithsonian ChannelYes--
Start TVYes--
Sundance TVYes--
SYFYYes-Yes
TastemadeYes--
TBSYesYesYes
Teen NickYes--
TeleHitYes--
TelemundoYes--
Telemundo local channelsYes--
The Weather ChannelYes--
TLCYes-Yes
TNTYesYesYes
Travel ChannelYesYesYes
True CrimeYes--
truTV--Yes
Turner Classic MoviesYes--
TV LandYes--
UnimasYes--
Unimas local channelsYes--
Universal KidsYes--
UniversoYes--
UnivisionYes--
Univision local channelsYes--
USAYes-Yes
VH1Yes--
Vice-YesYes
WYes--
WE tvYes--
Weather ChannelYes--

Device availability comparaison

Where each streaming service has an app:
Device YouTube TV
$72.99/month
Sling Orange
$40/month
Sling Blue
$45/month
AirplayYesYesYes
Airplay supportedYesYesYes
AirTV-YesYes
Amazon Fire TVYesYesYes
AndroidYesYesYes
Android TVYesYesYes
Apple TVYesYesYes
Chromecast-YesYes
Cox-Yes-
Fire TVYesYesYes
iOSYesYesYes
LGYesYesYes
LG TVYesYesYes
Mi Box-Yes-
PlayStationYes--
RokuYesYesYes
SamsungYesYesYes
Samsung TVYesYesYes
Shareplay supportedYes--
SharpYes--
TiVo-Yes-
VizioYesYes-
Windows 10-Yes-
Windows 11-Yes-
XboxYesYesYes
Xbox 360--Yes
Xbox One-Yes-

Trials: YouTube TV includes a free trial

YouTube TV has a free trial of 7 days.

Go to YouTube TV

Trial: Sling Orange does not offer a trial

Sling Orange is currently not offering a trial.

Go to Sling Orange

Trial: Sling Blue does not offer a trial

Sling Blue is currently not offering a trial.

Go to Sling Blue

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

Why get Sling Orange?

Get Sling Orange if you watch ESPN or Disney channels, which are not available on Sling Blue.

Go to Sling Orange

Why get Sling Blue?

If you like channels such as Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and TBS, Sling Blue is a cheap alternative to cable - costing only $40 a month.

Go to Sling Blue

Sling Blue used to be cheaper than Sling Orange, but they now cost the same - $40 per month. If you get both of them, they cost $55 for the bundle, so around $27.5 each.

Price: $45/month

Device availability: Airplay supported, AirTV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, LG TV, Roku, Samsung TV, Xbox 360

Channel lineup: A&E, AMC, AXS TV, BBC America, BET, Bloomberg Television, Bravo, Cartoon Network, Charge!, CNN, Comedy Central, Comet, Discovery Channel, E!, EPIX Drive-In, Food Network, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1, Fuse, FX, HGTV, History, HLN, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Local Now, MSNBC, National Geographic, NFL Network, Nick Jr., SYFY, TBS, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, USA, Vice

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