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Best answer: As of March 31, 2020, Hulu With Live TV remains the largest live TV streaming service in the United States with 3.3 million paid subscribers.

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Hulu With Live TV is the most popular streaming live TV service

For the first time in, well, forever, we have new leader in the streaming wars. With its Q2 2020 quarterly earnings announcement, Hulu remained in the lead over Sling TV, with some 3.3 million subscribers to Hulu with Live TV. That number was certainly buoyed in no small part by the addition of Disney+, which can be purchased bundled with Hulu and ESPN+ for just $12.99 a month.

And we'll have to see how long Hulu stays on top. Sling TV's parent company, Dish, is due to report its Q4 2019 earnings in the coming weeks. The latest numbers for Sling had it at 2.59 million paid subscribers, keeping it squarely in second place.

No. 1

Hulu with Live TV

We've got a new leader

As the name implies, Hulu with Live TV is the live side of Hulu. And as of Dec. 29, 2019, it's the new leader in live streaming services, with some 3.3 million subscribers. (Who also get to take advantage of Hulu's vast catalog of on-demand content. All told, Hulu now has more than 30.7 million subscribers, so the vast majority of them still aren't yet on the live programming.

No. 2 (tie)

Sling TV

Two basic plans, with loads of add-ons.

Sling TV remains the most popular of the streaming services, with some 2.592 million subscribers as of the end of 2019. It has two basic plans — Orange and Blue — that run $25 a month each (or $40 if you get them both) and a world of add-on packages.

No. 2 (tie)

YouTube TV

Also with more than 2 million subscribers

We stll don't know exactly how many subscribers YouTube TV has. But Google CEO Sundar Pachai in the company's Q4 2019 earnings call (on Feb. 3, 2020) announced that YouTube TV has more than 2 million subscribers. Exactly how many more isn't known, though, and so we'll lump Hulu With Live TV and YouTube TV together for our puposes.

No. 4


A world of channels, but the fewest subs

AT&T TV Now — formerly known as DirecTV Now — is the streaming side of satellite giant DirecTV — both of which are owned by AT&T. It's been hemorrhaging subscribers for a number quarters now. Things didn't get any better for it through the first three months of 2020, with the total number of subscribers at 788,000, down from 926,000 at the end of 2019.

No. 5

Fubo TV

Small, but growing

Fubo TV is now part of a publicly traded company, and it's given us our first peek behind the curtain. As of Dec. 31, 2019, Fubo TV had 315,789 paid subscribers, up about 37 percent year over year. That's about 10 times smaller than the leader, Hulu With Live TV.

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