Sling TV Vs. Hulu: Who Wins the Live TV Showdown?

By Gabriela Vatu / October 19, 2018

When you're cutting the cord, there are many platforms that can take the place of your cable contract, providing you with access to dozens of channels, including Sling TV and Hulu with Live TV. Now, both platforms are awesome in their own way, and each has its own pros and cons list. That being said, we thought we should come up with our own Sling TV vs Hulu with Live TV comparison.

The reason we keep mentioning "Hulu with Live TV" rather than just Hulu is that for this particular article we only care about the part of the service that gives users access to watching live TV channels, so we're not really going to take into account the video-on-demand part of Hulu. This is something we mentioned when we reviewed Hulu with Live TV.

We also reviewed Sling TV, so we have a good idea about how each service works and we're going to put them face to face and see where the battle takes us.

First, we thought we should break down the main aspects of Hulu and Sling TV, comparing their main features.

Overview Sling TV Hulu
Bundles Sling Orange ($25/mo), Sling Blue ($25/mo), Sling Orange + Blue ($40/mo) A single bundle - Hulu with Live TV - $39.99 per month
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)

Premium channels - HBO, Showtime, Cinemax
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 iOS, Android, FireTV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, browsers
DVR Up to 50 hours, unlimited storage time. Expandable by another 50 hours with an extra feature Unlimited storage space, recordings saved for 9 months
Free trial Yes, 7 days Yes, 7 days
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Now that you have a good idea about that part, let's see how each service fared during our review.

Criteria Sling TV Hulu with Live TV
Channel bundles 10/10 4/10
Customization options 10/10 8/10
Supported features 6/10 7/10
Streaming quality 10/10 8/10
Supported devices 8/10 7/10
Usability 9/10 9/10
Overall Score 8.8/10 7.2/10

The scores make it pretty clear, but let's see why the scores look like they do.

Sling TV Vs Hulu: Side by Side Comparison

Much like we did in the reviews of the two platforms, we're going to take a look at several important aspects, such as the devices they support, the bundles they offer, and what cool features and channels you can add to each of them.

Channel Bundles

Sling TV Orange + Blue

We know that each company has its own policy on the options they offer potential subscribers, but we find there's quite a big difference between our two competitors.

Winner: We value the possibility to choose what channels you can watch and how much you're going to pay each month since that's one of the main reasons why people cut the cord in the first place, so the clear winner is Sling TV.

Customization Options

hulu add-ons

Just as we mentioned earlier, it's important that you can make the service reflect your needs and wants.

Winner: While what Hulu has to offer is pretty great in its own, the clear winner here is Sling TV because it's the only service that really gives you room to customize your subscription.

Supported Features

Sling TV DVR Cloud

Does your platform allow simultaneous streaming? How about DVR? Well, let's see what the results of this battle are.

Winner: By only a slight margin, Hulu wins this one. Even though you can't watch on multiple devices, you can expand that number indefinitely. It comes with built-in DVR, however, and an impressive expansion pack you can pay extra for, while Sling TV allows you to watch on multiple devices only if you pick the right bundle, which is confusing since both Orange and Blue have the same price. So, this one goes to Hulu.

Streaming Quality

Hulu live TV

The quality of the live streams is, of course quite important, so we thought we should put these two head to head and see what the end result is.

Winner: Sling TV wins this one too because you can get by even with a slower Internet connection.

Supported Devices

Sling TV Devices TVs and Players

How many devices can you watch your favorite shows on? Well, let's see how each platform fares.

Winner: Sling TV wins this one too, with slightly better device support.


Hulu Live TV Usability

The way the platform's interface looks is most important because that's what makes it easy for people to get around from one area to the next.

Winner: It's a draw! No one wins this one since the interface of both services is so similar.

Sling TV Vs Hulu: Which One to Pick?

Sling TV and Hulu are both great services and offer a nice set of channels, but there can only be one winner in this battle, and that's Sling TV.

Sling TV offers a lot more room for customization, great features, and prices, and you don't need the super-fast Internet to get along. While Hulu has many perks, in the end, Sling TV is better in our opinions. So go ahead and sign up for Sling TV, even if it's only for a trial.

Final Thoughts

We hope you've enjoyed our comparison of Sling TV and Hulu and that we've helped you make a decision. There are many other factors we're sure will contribute to your decision, but these are the ones we could take into account.

Let us know what you picked in the comments section below, and please share the article online so others can find it too. Follow TechNadu on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

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