Sling vs YouTube TV: which is better?

YouTube TV has a lot of things going for it: local channels, regional sports networks, unlimited DVR, and a user-friendly interface that even your grandmother can navigate. But with those features comes a hefty price tag, one that's almost (but not quite!) comparable to traditional cable packages. This is where Sling TV gets a slight edge. It costs way less while covering the basics, and depending on where you live, it even offers local sports and news coverage. Which is better? We'd say YouTube TV if you can afford it, but Sling TV is a pretty great and highly competitive alternative if you're on a tight budget. You can see how they stack up against each other in our breakdown below.


Comparaison Sling Orange + Blue YouTube TV
In a nutshell Over 50 major channels for $55/mo A familiar interface
Price $55/month $72.99/month
Trial No 7 days
Our rating 8/10 7/10
Number of channels 47 134
Unlimited DVR No Yes
Parental controls Yes Yes
4K No Yes
Disney ChannelYesYes
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)YesYes

Channels on Sling Orange + Blue and not YouTube TV

The channels that Sling Orange + Blue has and which are not available on YouTube TV:

Channels on YouTube TV and not Sling Orange + Blue

The channels that YouTube TV has which are not available on Sling Orange + Blue:

  • ABC
  • ABC News
  • ACCN
  • Adult Swim
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC World News
  • BET Her
  • Big Ten Network
  • Bounce
  • CBS
  • CBS local channels
  • CBS Sports Network
  • Cheddar
  • Cheddar News
  • CMT
  • CNBC
  • CNBC World
  • Comedy TV
  • Court TV
  • Cozi TV
  • Dabl
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • Docurama
  • Dove Channel
  • ESPN U
  • ESPNews
  • FOX
  • Fox Business
  • Fox Sports 2 (FS2)
  • Fox Weather
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • Galavision
  • Game Show Network
  • Get TV
  • Golf Channel
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Family
  • Hallmark Mystery
  • HSN
  • ION
  • Justice Central TV
  • LAFC Channel
  • Law & Crime
  • Live Now
  • Localish
  • MTV
  • MTV 2
  • MTV Classic
  • My TV
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • NBA TV
  • NBC News Now
  • NBC Universo
  • NECN
  • Neon
  • News Nation
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nicktoons
  • Orlando City Channel
  • OWN
  • Oxygen
  • Oxygen True Crime
  • Paramount
  • PBS
  • PBS Kids
  • PBS local channels
  • PC Mag
  • Pop
  • Recipe.TV
  • Scripps News
  • SEC Network
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • SNY
  • Start TV
  • Sundance TV
  • Tastemade
  • TBD
  • Teen Nick
  • TeleHit
  • Telemundo local channels
  • Tennis 2
  • The CW
  • The Great Courses
  • The Walking Dead Universe
  • The Weather Channel
  • Tru TV
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • TV Land
  • TYT
  • Unimas
  • Unimas local channels
  • Universal Kids
  • Univision
  • Univision local channels
  • VH1
  • WE tv
  • YouTube Originals

Popularity: YouTube TV is more popular than Sling Orange + Blue

YouTube TV has 8,500,000 subscribers whereas Sling Orange + Blue has 1,900,000 subscribers. This means that YouTube TV has 6,600,000 more subscribers than Sling Orange + Blue. That's a pretty big difference.

Price: Sling Orange + Blue is cheaper than YouTube TV

Sling Orange + Blue's costs $55 whereas YouTube TV costs $73. Getting YouTube TV instead of Sling Orange + Blue will set you back $18 more every month.

Why get Sling Orange + Blue?

Sling is a great option if you want to cut the cord but keep access to many channels. If you don't watch sports, you don't have to get the package for them.

Go to Sling Orange + 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

Devices: Sling Orange + Blue is more widely available than YouTube TV

Sling Orange + Blue is available on AirTV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Cox, iOS, iPhone, LG TV, Mi Box, Roku, Samsung TV, TiVo, Vizio, Vizio Smart TV, Windows 10, Windows 11, Xbox or Xbox One.

Whereas YouTube TV is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, LG TV, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung TV, Sharp, Vizio or Xbox. That's 8 less devices than Sling Orange + Blue.

Channel count: YouTube TV has 87 channels more than Sling Orange + Blue

YouTube TV's lineup includes 134 channels whereas Sling Orange + Blue has only 47 channels. Getting a subscription to YouTube TV will give you access to 87 more channels than Sling Orange + Blue. That's quite a bit of channels.

Trial: Sling Orange + Blue does not offer a trial

Sling Orange + Blue does not offer a free trial.

Find out more on Sling Orange + Blue

Trial: YouTube TV offers a trial

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

Find out more on YouTube TV

Sling Orange + Blue's specialty

The specialties of Sling Orange + Blue are: Baseball, Lifestyle, News, Science fiction, Soccer, Sports, True Crime.

YouTube TV's specialty

The specialties of YouTube TV are: Baseball, Lifestyle, News, RSNs, Science fiction, Soccer.

Sling Orange + Blue's accepted payment methods

Sling Orange + Blue accepts: Amazon Pay, Apple App Store, Apple Pay, credit card, debit card, Google Pay, Google Play Store,, Paypal, Retailer gift card, Roku Channel Store, Roku Payment Method (RPM).

YouTube TV's accepted payment methods

The payment methods that YouTube TV accepts are: credit card, debit card, Google Pay, Google Play Store, Paypal, Retailer gift card.

Channels on both YouTube TV and Sling Orange + Blue

The channels that are available on both YouTube TV and Sling Orange + Blue are:

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