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fuboTV vs DirecTV Now: Comparing the Two Giants

By Gabriela Vatu / October 20, 2018

Starting over with an over-the-top (OTT) platform after you've cut the cord with your cable provider can be an interesting and exciting experience, so we wanted to help you out by comparing fuboTV vs DirecTV Now to see which one of them is a better option for you.

Both fuboTV and DirecTV Now are interesting platforms, each delivering a wide range of channels and plenty of customization options. As you may have noticed in our fuboTV review, this platform stands out because it has a lot of sports channels you can pick from, while DirecTV Now, which we've also reviewed, features channels from all areas of interest, as well as caters to Spanish speakers with a special bundle.

Before we move on to find out what the best features are for each of these platforms, we're going to have to take a quick look at their highlights.

Overview fuboTV DirecTV Now
Bundles fubo ($34.99/mo first month, $44.99/mo after), fubo Extra ($39.99/mo first month, $49.99/mo after), fubo Latino ($17.99/mo), fubo Portugues ($19.99/mo) Live a Little ($40/mo), Just Right ($55/mo), Go Big ($65/mo), Gotta Have It ($75/mo), Todo y Mas ($45/mo)
Customization Channel packs: fubo Cycling, International Sports Plus, Sports Plus, Adventure Plus, RAI Italia, Portuguese Plus, Mundo Plus, fubo Latino
Premium channels: Showtime, AMC Premiere
DirecTV Now Deportes ($5/mo), DirecTV Now Espanol ($10/mo) – Espanol pack includes channels in Deportes, and all channels are available in Todo y Mas by default.
Premium channels: HBO ($5/mo), Cinemax ($5/mo), Showtime ($8/mo), Starz ($8/mo)
Device support Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS, Android, Chromecast, web browser Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Fire TV edition, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs (2017 & 2018), iOS, Android, browsers
DVR 30 hours, unlimited time storage, expandable to 500 hours via extra feature Up to 20 hours for 30 days
Free trial Yes, 7 days Yes, 7 days
Visit fuboTV DirecTV Now

Also, here are the scores they each got during our reviews.

Criteria fuboTV DirecTV Now
Channel bundles 9/10 10/10
Customization options 10/10 9/10
Supported features 8/10 7/10
Streaming quality 7/10 8/10
Supported devices 5/10 6/10
Usability 9/10 9/10
Overall Score 8/10 8.2/10

Since those numbers don't really tell the full story, we're going to dive deeper and take a closer look at both these platforms.

fuboTV vs DirecTV Now: Side by Side Comparison

Let's see what these platforms have to offer in terms of channel bundles and how diverse they are.

Channel Bundles

Will these platforms have what you need in terms of bundles? Will they allow you to choose something that suits your needs and your wallet?

Winner: DirecTV Now wins this one because it has more bundles you can pick from and a more varied collection of channels.

Customization Options

Fubo extra channels

How much can you customize the platform and what channels can you add? Let's find out!

Winner: fuboTV wins this one by an inch. There are far more channel packs available on fuboTV, even though there are fewer premium networks.

Supported Features

Fubo features

Can you record your favorite shows and can you watch a movie at the same time as your partner is watching something else? Let's see

Winner: Neither of these platforms has stellar DVR capabilities, but fuboTV wins this race because it at least gives users the opportunity to expand to a decent size.

Streaming Quality

DirecTV Now stream

Before picking a platform you need to make sure that your Internet speed is on par to sustain all the "weight" of streaming live TV, so let's see what these OTTs require.

Winner: DirecTV Now wins this one since it's lighter on the Internet pipes and you might get away without having to upgrade your Internet contract too.

Supported Devices

DirecTV Now devices

Can you watch your favorite shows on your favorite device, or while out and about? Let's see how these platforms stand.

Winner: DirecTV Now wins this one. While it may not have support for any game consoles, it does feature some smart TVs.

Usability

DirecTV Now on Samsung TVs

How easily can you find your way around the platform?

Winner: We have a tie here! Nowadays, most platforms are easy to navigate and you don't need a Ph.D. to get around so it shouldn't be any problem for even non-techy users to get used to it all.

fuboTV vs DirecTV Now: Which One to Pick?

The winner of this round is DirecTV Now! fuboTV is a worthy opponent, but DirecTV Now, with its many bundles, premium channels, and great device support takes the cake. Sign up for DirecTV Now and let us know how you find the platform.

Final Thoughts

We hope that our fuboTV vs DirecTV Now head-to-head comparison article has helped you make a decision about which platform is best for you and suits your needs better.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below, including which platform you picked. Please share the article online if you can. Meet us up on TechNadu's Facebook and Twitter pages.



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