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Sling TV Vs fuboTV – Customize Your TV Experience

By Gabriela Vatu / October 19, 2018

Sling TV and fuboTV are two of the biggest competitors in the race to get more cord-cutters to their side. They both offer great channel collections, as well as some pretty cool channel packs to expand your collection. Let's see who the winner is for our Sling TV vs fuboTV competition.

When we reviewed Sling TV we couldn't help but notice how awesome it was that it allowed users to customize the service to such an extent. Then came fuboTV, which we also reviewed, and which also offered a similar experience, albeit focused on sports. When it comes to features and other perks, the two go boot to boot and it's hard to decide which one we liked best.

Nonetheless, before we move on here's a breakdown of the biggest features of each platform.

Overview Sling TV fuboTV
Bundles Sling Orange ($25/mo), Sling Blue ($25/mo), Sling Orange + Blue ($40/mo) 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)
Customization Channel bundles: Kids, Sports, News, Lifestyle, Hollywood, Heartland, International, Espanol, Comedy
Premium channels: HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Epix, CuriosityStream, Pantaya, UP Faith & Family, Dove Channel, Stingray Karaoke, Outside TV
Channel packs: fubo Cycling, International Sports Plus, Sports Plus, Adventure Plus, RAI Italia, Portuguese Plus, Mundo Plus, fubo Latino,
Premium channels: Showtime, AMC Premiere
Device support Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV, AirTV Player, Xiaomi, LG Smart TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, Fire tablets, Xbox One, Chrome web browser Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS, Android, Chromecast, web browser
DVR Up to 50 hours, unlimited storage time. Expandable by another 50 hours with an extra feature 30 hours, unlimited time storage, expandable to 500 hours via extra feature
Free trial Yes, 7 days Yes, 7 days
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Also, as it may come in handy as we go on, here are the scores they each got for every category.

Criteria Sling TV fuboTV
Channel bundles 10/10 9/10
Customization options 10/10 10/10
Supported features 6/10 8/10
Streaming quality 10/10 7/10
Supported devices 8/10 5/10
Usability 9/10 9/10
Overall Score 8.8/10 8/10

Since these weren't very helpful in completely explaining which one is best, we went on to compare Sling TV and fuboTV.

Sling TV Vs fuboTV: Side by Side Comparison

Moving forward we're going to take into account what each of these platforms brings to the table, whether we're talking about channels, extra packs, premium channels, DVR, and soon. Let's begin!

Channel Bundles

Sling TV Pick 1

Both services feature a lot of channels in their bundles, as well as several price tiers to help along.

Winner: Sling TV wins this one because, in the end, it has a more varied collection of channels than fuboTV in these base bundles. Since fuboTV features a lot of sports channels and has lots of such channels in the extra packs, perhaps more variation would come in handy.

Customization Options

Fubo extra channels

When you quit your cable contract, the fact that you can't choose what channels you see plays a big part in picking where you go next.

Sling TV: Sling TV has one of the best formats we've seen because it allows users to add channels based on their interests. If you want to get more cartoon channels for your kids, that can be done, if you want more news channels, that can be arranged too. You can also add DVR capabilities to your account for $5 per month, but we'll discuss this more in-depth a bit later on. You can also add a long list of premium channels for a few bucks each month - HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime, Epix, and more.
fuboTV: Sports fans have favorite sports, of course, so fuboTV tries to cater to that by bringing in specific channel packs. Do you like cyclism? They have a pack for that. Do you like foreign sports channels? They have some of those too. Do you like adventure sports? They have those too. There are also a couple of premium channels you can add, namely Showtime and AMC Premiere.

Winner: It's a tie! Yes, we know, you wanted a clear winner here, but we can't really do that since they both offer so many channel packs you can add, as well as premium channels.

Supported Features

Sling TV DVR Cloud

How much DVR space do you get? And can your family watch something else on a different device? Let's find out!

Winner: fuboTV wins this one since their offer is better than Sling TV's, especially in the DVR department.

Streaming Quality

FuboTV Best streaming services

When you're considering a platform, you need to know what Internet requirements they have so you can watch your favorites in peace.

Winner: Sling TV takes this one home because we had a slightly better experience during testing.

Supported Devices

Sling TV Devices TVs and Players

These days, it's pretty much impossible not to have at least one device that's on the list of supported platforms, but can you watch on all of them?

Winner: Sling TV wins this one too, mostly because there are so many big platforms missing from fuboTV's list.

Usability

How easy are these platforms to use, especially for first-timers? Let's see.

Winner: Sorry guys, it's a tie here too! The platforms are just too similar in design, which makes them both equally easy to figure out and use.

Sling TV Vs fuboTV: Which One to Pick?

Sling TV wins this one, although not by much. They both have some great features, but fuboTV is mostly geared towards those who love sports above all else, so the target audience is a lot narrower. So, go ahead and subscribe to Sling TV if you want more channel diversity.

Final Thoughts

Both platforms have some great features and we hope that we've helped bring them to focus and compare them for you to make a choice based on what's most important for you.

We'd love to hear what you picked in the comments section below, and please share the article online so maybe we can help other people in making a decision too. Come chat with us on social media, on TechNadu's Facebook and Twitter pages.



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