What is YouTube TV?

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Among YouTube’s various premium services, like YouTube Premium, YouTube Music, and YouTube Kids, YouTube TV is perhaps the least self-explanatory despite the simple name. Having launched back in 2017 and boasting over three million subscribers today, is YouTube TV is YouTube’s cord-cutting alternative to standard cable television. 

What is YouTube TV?

YouTube TV offers over 85+ top entertainment, news, and live sports television channels, most notably ABC7, BET, Fox 5, ESPN, CBS, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, Fox News, HGTV, MSNBC, NFL Network, Nickelodeon, PBS, TNT, and various others.

YouTube TV doesn’t only offer television channels, though, as subscribers also get access to the diverse catalogue of movies and original content that’s available on YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red), YouTube’s subscription service that, among hosting original content and movies, enhances the overall YouTube experience with various premium features.

A single YouTube TV subscription can be shared with up to six accounts and allows for up to three simultaneous streams. If you’re worried about missing shows, the service also has cloud-based DVR with unlimited storage, and your recordings will be saved for up to nine months. It also doesn't require a cable box, and has no contracts or hidden fees.
 

How much is YouTube TV? 

It costs $64.99 per /month and does not include any installation fees. Though the price may at first seem steep, remember that unlike most other streaming services, YouTube TV is streaming actual live television channels. 

Does YouTube TV offer any discounts or specials?

It offers a seven-day free trial. Sometimes, YouTube will offer promotional deals on the YouTube TV website, like $10 or $20 off per month, but these offers typically tend to show up sporadically. 
 
If you’re a T-Mobile customer, you’re eligible to receive $10 off per month for YouTube TV due to it being T-Mobile’s premium live TV solution. 
 

How can I watch YouTube TV?

 

It can be watched either at home or on the go, viewed on any device with internet access that offers the YouTube TV app. Devices include a variety of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, streaming media players, as well as game consoles. You can also go directly to tv.youtube.com/ to watch directly from a web browser. 

 

Supported devices include: 

 

  • Chromecast with Google TV devices 
  • Android TV (Note: TVs running a mobile version of Android may not be supported) 
  • All Vizio SmartCast TVs 
  • Samsung & LG smart TVs (2016 models and newer) 
  • HiSense TVs (models: MTK5658, MTK5659, MSD6586) 
  • Apple TV (4th generation) and Apple TV 4K 
  • Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen), Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, all-new Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Cube (1st Gen), and all Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVsXbox: Xbox Series X, 
  • Xbox Series S, Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and Xbox One 
  • Roku: All Roku TVs, Roku Smart Soundbar, Roku Ultra, Roku Ultra LT, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Streaming Stick+ HE, Roku Streaming Stick (3600x and newer models), Roku Express/Express+, Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere, Roku 4, Roku 3 (4200x, 4230x), and Roku 2 (4210x) 
  • PS5, PS4 
  • TiVo Stream 4K
     

What can I watch on YouTube TV?

YouTube TV offers over 85 channels of television along with YouTube Premium’s original content and movie catalogue, but if you’re wondering if you can really afford to cut cable in favor of YouTube TV, here are some standout shows that are available through the service.

 

Yellowstone: Kevin Costner’s prestige family drama that follows the Dutton family, who control the largest contiguous ranch in the United States.

 

Prodigal Son: The show follows the son of an infamous serial killer who, having grown up to become a criminal profiler, must confront and consult his father about a copycat killer. 

 

Queen of the South: This series follows a woman who, after fleeing from Mexico to the United States following her drug cartel boyfriend’s murder, ends up building her own drug empire.

 

Good Trouble:  A spinoff of the Freeform (formerly ABC Family) show The Fosters, this show follows two young women as they embark on their journeys as young adults living in Los Angeles. 

 

Good Girls: Growing tired of their routine suburban lives and financial burdens, three women break bad and enter the world of crime. 
 

 

Is YouTube TV Worth Getting? 

YouTube TV is fairly unique among the streaming landscape, as it offers actual television channels. This makes the subscription higher than, say, your standard Netflix or Disney+ monthly cost, but it’s one of the few streaming services that would let you cut the cord but keep some television channels that you just don’t want to lose. YouTube TV, offering over 85 channels, doesn't offer nearly the number of channels many cable packages do which often offer hundreds. However, it could be worth checking to see if the channels YouTube TV does offer are the ones you’d want to keep if you’re set on cutting the cord. 

We do not believe that YouTube TV is a worthwhile alternative to cable, mainly due to the limited channels and steep price, but if you’re already a cord-cutter, it could be a decent complement to the host of streaming services to which you may already subscribe, like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, and others. 


 

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