These Are the Networks Available on DirecTV Now, Sling, Hulu, YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue

Not all vMVPDs carry the same content

So many shows to watch, so little time.
Sling TV

When cable was first introduced in the late 1940s there weren’t many options for audiences to choose from. But as networks grew, so did the channels available. Nowadays, it seems like there’s something for everyone on cable TV, with most traditional companies offering more than 80 channels in their basic cable package.

But now audiences want something different. Instead of paying for dozens of channels that often go unwatched, cable subscribers are cutting the cord and choosing virtual multichannel video programming distributors (vMVPD) instead.

Those services offer a smaller number of networks as a subscription; all users need to get started is a laptop, phone, tablet or streaming device. They are often more cost effective than cable and service can start and stop easily without a contract. If you’re thinking about subscribing to a vMVPD in the near future, here’s what you need to know about the most popular services.

DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now is DirecTV’s option for consumers who want to cut the cord. It offers four different packages starting at $40 a month for 65+ channels. The service also offers a package for Spanish speaking customers which features all the channels offered in other packages, but in Spanish. Each package comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR, On Demand and two separate streams that allow subscribers to watch two different shows on different devices at the same time. Additional streams and DVR space can be purchased for a small monthly fee.

The service offers networks from NBC, allowing you to get your Shark Tank fix, to MTV for those who can’t get enough of Catfish, to TLC, where you can catch up on 90 Day Fiancé.

Networks: A&E, ABC, AccuWeather, AMC, Animal Planet, Audience, AXS TV, Baby First, BBC America, BET, Bloomberg, Bravo, CSPAN, CSPAN 2, Cartoon Network, CBS, CMT, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, CW, Discovery, Disney, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!,ESPN, ESPN 2, Food Network, Fox, Fox Business, Fox News, FS1, Freeform, FX, FXX, Globovisión, Hallmark, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, HGTV, History, HLN, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, MSNB, MTV, MTV2, National Geographic, NBC, NBC SN, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, OAN, Ovation, Paramount, REELZ, RFD TV, SyFy, TBS, TCM, Teen Nick, Telemundo, TLC, TNT, Tru TV, TV Land, Univision, USA, Velocity, VH1, Viceland, We TV.

*More channels are available in larger packages.

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu announced its live TV option in 2017. The service doesn’t have different tiers like DirecTV Now, but it does offer more than 50 channels where you can watch live sporting events or programming like E:60 or First Take on ESPN; FX’s American Crime Story or Disney favorites Raven’s Home and Girl Meets World.

In addition to its channel lineup—which is ideal for sports fans and cable news watchers—Hulu with Live TV comes with a subscription to Hulu services, 50 hours of DVR and two streams for $40 a month. There’s also room for premium cable add ons like HBO and unlimited streams so everyone in your household can view what they want, when they want.

Networks: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, A&E, Big Ten Network, Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS Sports Network, Cheddar, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, CW, Disney, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN News, ESPN U, ESPN College Extra, Bases Loaded, ESPN Goal Line, Food Network, FOX Business, Fox News, FS1, FS2, Freeform, FX, FXM, FXX, FYI, Golf, HGTV, History, HLN, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, MSNBC, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, NBC Sports Network, Olympic Channel, Oxygen, Pop, SEC Network, Smithsonian Channel, SyFy, TBS, Turner Classic Movies, Telemundo, TNT, Travel, Tru TV, Universal Kids, USA, Viceland.


Sling is Dish Network’s option for people who aren’t interested in adding a satellite dish to the outside of their home. It has three packages starting at $25 and a good amount of add-on packages for movie, entertainment and comedy lovers alike.

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