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The Ultimate Guide to YouTube TV

When YouTube TV reached 800,000 subscribers last summer, it was easy to see that the streaming service was a strong competitor in live streaming. It’s estimated that since then, YouTube Live reached the million subscriber mark by the end of 2018.

If you’re thinking about joining those million subscribers and starting a YouTube TV subscription, here’s what you should know.

The Basics

As of January 23rd, the streaming service is available nationwide. Entering your zip code when you sign up allows YouTube TV to provide live local channels in addition to regular content.

A focus on live sports is one of the factors that sets YouTube TV apart. You’ll get CBS Sports, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, and ESPN, just to name a few networks.

With a YouTube TV subscription, you can create up to 6 accounts per household. Each profile will have their own login info, notifications, and DVR settings. Your DVR has unlimited storage and allows simultaneous recordings.

Supported Devices

You can watch YouTube on the following devices:

  • Google Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • Xbox One
  • Android Devices
  • iOS Devices
  • Chrome and Firefox browsers

Noticeably missing from the list is Amazon Fire devices. Google pulled their app from Fire TV, but there’s talk of bringing Fire TV support back in the future.

Plans and Pricing

YouTube TV keeps it simple with only one subscription plan to choose from. For $40/month, you’ll have access to 60+ networks. Give YouTube TV a try with a 14 day free trial before subscribing.

What You Can Watch

When you sign up for YouTube TV, you’ll enter your zip code to see what your local lineup will look like. After you’ve entered your location, you’ll get the full lineup of local and national networks available to you.

These are the channels you’ll get with your YouTube TV subscription:

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • Fox
  • NBC
  • AMC
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • Big Ten Network
  • Bravo
  • Cheddar
  • Cheddar Big News
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • Comet
  • CW
  • Decades
  • Disney XD
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNEWS
  • ESPNU
  • Fox Business
  • Fox News
  • Freeform
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • Golf Channel
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • MLB Network
  • MSNBC
  • My Network TV
  • NBA TV
  • Nat Geo
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • Newsy
  • Olympic Channel
  • Pop
  • SEC Network
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • Start TV
  • Sundance TV
  • Syfy
  • Tastemade
  • TBS
  • TCM
  • Telemundo
  • Tennis Channel
  • TNT
  • TruTV
  • TYT Network
  • Universal Kids
  • Universo
  • USA
  • YouTube Originals
  • WeTV

If you’re looking for premium channels to add on to your basic lineup, there are a few options to choose from. These are the channels you can add on for an extra fee.

  • AMC $5/month
  • Curiosity Stream $3/month
  • Fox Soccer Plus $15/month
  • NBA League Pass $40/month (or $124/year)
  • Showtime $7/month
  • Shudder $5/month
  • Starz $9/month
  • Sundance Now $7/month

Features

YouTube TV isn’t an app for watching YouTube videos on your streaming device. It’s a service offering live TV and on-demand content with a clean and easy to navigate interface. Unlike Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV has its own app, separate from YouTube.

While nearly every live streaming service offers cloud DVR storage, YouTube TV makes it even easier to save and watch your favorite content. Set up the DVR to record shows and movies with unlimited storage. Your content will be saved for up to nine months, giving you plenty of time to watch.

Like Hulu and Netflix, YouTube also offers original content through the YouTube Originals channel. On the YouTube Originals network, look for shows and movies from top YouTube creators like Escape the Night, Squad Wars, and Liza on Demand and specials produced by the network, like Ariana Grade’s Dangerous Woman Diaries.

Aside from a few missing channels and lack of support on a few platforms, YouTube TV is a great streaming service with nationwide availability and a reasonable price point. It’s also the favorite among Cord Cutters News readers! If you’re looking for the right live streaming service for your cord cutting setup, give YouTube TV a try.

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