The Streaming Channel Matrix

What you can watch, and where you can watch it.

The biggest question when you’re looking at cutting the cord and moving to an all-streaming solution is this: “But can I watch …”

The back half of that question is going to be different for all of us, of course. Maybe you’re way into movies. Maybe you have to have sports. Maybe local channels are the most important. Maybe it’s something more obscure. But what you’ll quickly find is that, YES, you can watch the same things you watched before.

The real questions are “How?”, “Where?”, and “What’s it going to cost?”

The Streaming Channel Matrix is a high-level look at which channels are available on which major streaming platforms, all in one place, with the following caveat: Not all channels are available on all plans on each streaming platform. And some may be add-ons, with additional fees.

Scroll on through to find the channels that matter most. And continue on down to the bottom.

Which streaming channels are on which services …

PlayStation Vue DirecTV Now Sling TV Hulu Live YouTube TV Philo
ABC On Demand x x X x
CBS On Demand x x x
Fox on Demand x x X x
NBC On Demand x x x x
A&E x x x X
ACC Network x
AMC x x x x X
American Heroes Channel x x X
Animal Planet x x X
Audience x
AXS TV x x X
BabyFirst x
BBC America x x x x X
BBC World News x x x X
BET x x X
BET Her x X
Big Ten Network x x x x
Bloomberg Television x x
Boomerang x x x
Bravo x x x x x
Cartoon Network x x x x x
CBS Sports Network x x x x
Cheddar x x x X
Cheddar Big News X x
Chiller x
Cinemax x x
CNBC x x x x
CNBC World x x
CNN x x x x x
CNN International x
Comedy Central x x X
Comedy TV x
Comet x
Cooking Channel x x X
CW x x X
Decades x x
Destination America x x X
Discovery x x X
Discovery Family x x X
Discovery Life x x X
Disney Channel x x x x x
Disney Junior x x x x
Disney XD x x x x
DIY x x X
E x x x x
El Ray Network x x
EPIX x x
EPIX Drive-In x
ESPN x x x x x
ESPN Deportes x
ESPN2 x x x x x
ESPN Goal Line x
ESPN News x x x x
ESPN U x x x x
Flama x
FM x
Food Network x x x x X
Fox Business x x x x
Fox Sports x x x
Fox News x x x x
Fox Sports Florida x
Fox Sports Sun x
Freeform x x x x X
FS1 x x x x x
FS2 x x x x x
Fuse x x
Fusion x x
FX x x x x x
FXM x x x x
FXX x x x x x
FYI x x X
GinX E Sports TV x
Galavision x x
NBC Golf x x x x x
Hallmark x x
Hallmark Drama x
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries x x
HBO x x x x
HGTV x x x x X
History x x x X
Hi-Yah x
HLN x x x x
IFC x x x x X
Impact x
Investigation Discovery x x X
Justice Central x
Lifetime x x x X
Lifetime Movies Network x x X
Local Now x
Logo x X
Machinima x
MLB Network x x x
MSNBC x x x x x
MTV2 x X
MTV Classic x
MTV Live X
MyNetworkTV x
Nat Geo Wild x x x x x
National Geographic x x x x x
NBA TV x x x
NBCSN x x x x x
Newsy x x
NFL Network x x
NHL Network x
Nick Jr. x x X
Nickelodeon x X
Nick Toons x X
Olympic Channel x x x x
Outdoor Channel
OWN x x X
Oxygen x x x x
Paramount Network X
POP x x x x
Reelz Channel x
Revolt x
SCI x x X
SEC Network x x x x
Showtime x x x x
Smithsonian Channel x x
Sony x
Spike x
Sportsman Channel x
Sprout x
Starz Encore Action x
Starz Encore Black x
Starz Encore Family x
Starz Encore Classic x
Starz Encore West x
Starz Encore Suspense x
Starz Encore Westerns x
Starz East x x
Sundance TV x x x X
SYFY x x x x x
Tastemade x
TBS x x x x x
TCM x x x x
TeenNick x X
Telemundo x x x x
Tennis Channel x x
TLC x x X
TNT x x x x x
Travel x x x x X
Tribeca Shortlist x
TruTV x x x x x
TV Land x X
TVOne x
The Young Turks x
UniMas x x
Universal Kids x x x x
Universo x x
Univision x x
Univision TDN x
USA x x x x X
Velocity x x X
VH1 x X
Viceland x x x X
WeTV x x x X
Weather Channel x
Weather Nation x

This just a starting point. Most of the major streaming services (save for YouTube TV and Hulu Live) have different packages available at different price points — and, yes, with different channels available. (Yes, a lot like cable TV. Some things never change.)

And a special caveat for Sling TV. While it may look like Sling is missing a lot of channels the other services have, remember that it’s got a huge world of a la carte add-ons in addition to the Orange and Blue plans, which is what we’ve listed here.

And to repeat: Just because you see a channel is available on a particular service doesn’t guarantee that it’s available on the least-expensive plan, or without a separate fee.


Source: The Streaming Channel Matrix