How to watch YouTube TV on Roku, Apple TV, and Fire Stick

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YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service that is available on apps for smart TVs or streaming devices and via web browsers. The service provides access to more than 70 live channels plus several premium on-demand services and is available for $49.99/mo.

For that price, subscribers can watch on up to 6 accounts at the same time and store an unlimited amount of recordings for up to 9 months with the service’s Cloud DVR feature. YouTube TV also provides access to premium cable channel add-ons, such as SHOWTIME and Starz, which come with an additional monthly fee.

This article will review YouTube TV and provide an overview of how to watch YouTube TV on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire Stick. Our YouTube TV review provides an in-depth roundup of everything the service has to offer. 

YouTube TV on Roku

Most Roku devices include the YouTube TV app in the Roku Channel Store. To download the app:

  1. Press the Home button on the Roku remote control.
  2. Select Streaming Channels in the list that appears on the left of the screen, then select Search Channels.
  3. Enter the search term “YouTube TV” and, when it appears, select Add Channel.
  4. Once the channel has downloaded, select OK and press the Home button again.
  5. YouTube TV should now appear in the Channels list, so select it to open the app.
  6. Existing YouTube TV subscribers can now log in to the app using their credentials. New subscribers can follow the on-screen instructions to sign up for the service using their Roku player and a web browser.
  7. Once signed up, start watching YouTube TV on Roku.

The Roku user interface is in keeping with the company’s aim to make streaming as quick and simple as possible. It provides bold menus that are simple to navigate with the Roku remote control and enable users to download apps from the Roku Channel Store. 

YouTube TV is available on the vast majority of Roku streaming devices. This includes Roku Express and Express+, Premiere and Premiere+, and Streaming Stick and Streaming Stick+, which range from $29.99 to $59.99 in price. Users can enjoy YouTube TV on the high-end Roku Ultra, which costs $99.99. The streaming service is also available on all Roku TVs, which are manufactured by the likes of HiSense, Sharp, and TCL using Roku technology.

Overall recommendation: Roku Streaming Stick+ is simple to use, affordable, plugs directly into the TV, and streams users’ favorite content in picture-perfect 4K video.

YouTube TV on Apple TV

It is also possible for streamers to watch YouTube TV on Apple TV. The premium streaming device has an app that enables people to sign in to their YouTube TV subscription and start watching the service immediately. However, new subscribers will need to sign up for the service on their computer before logging in on their Apple TV device. To download the app:

  1. Open up the App Store on the Apple TV device and search for “YouTube TV.”
  2. When the app has finished downloading, a code will appear on the TV. Visit youtubetv.com/start in a mobile or web browser and type that code in, then select the Next button.
  3. Existing YouTube TV account holders can then sign in to their account. New subscribers will need to sign up for an account by entering their email address.
  4. The next page should inform the user they have successfully signed in or signed up for YouTube TV.
  5. Once completed, YouTube TV will be successfully downloaded onto the Apple TV device and automatically load the home screen.
  6. Start watching YouTube TV on Apple TV.

Apple TV devices run tvOS, which is the TV version of the popular operating system on the company’s iPhone and iPad devices. The interface is relatively easy to navigate and can be customized to users’ personal preferences.

YouTube TV is available to download on both Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K devices. The 4th generation Apple TV high-definition (HD) device comes with 32GB of storage, supports up to 1080p high-definition video quality, and costs $149.99. The high-end Apple TV 4K ensures a premium streaming experience with 4K video resolution, Dolby Vision high-dynamic-range (HDR) video, and Dolby Atmos audio. It comes with either 32GB or 64GB of storage space and costs $179.99.

Overall recommendation: Apple TV 4K is one of the best streaming devices on the market, for those willing to pay the price.

YouTube TV on Amazon Fire Stick

YouTube TV only arrived on the Amazon platform at the end of 2019, but it is now available for subscribers to stream on devices like the Amazon Fire Stick. To download the app on Fire Stick, there are a couple of options.

Option 1: Fire Stick Apps

  1. Open the Fire Stick home screen and scroll across to the Apps section on the right of the top menu.
  2. Press down on the remote to enter the Apps section.
  3. Scroll through the available apps to discover the YouTube TV app and press the center button to open it.
  4. Select Get, and the app will automatically begin downloading.
  5. Existing YouTube TV subscribers can log in to the app with their credentials. New subscribers will need to create an account in a web browser then log in on their Fire Stick.

Option 2: Fire Stick Search

  1. Open the Fire Stick home screen and press the left directional button on the remote to open up the search function.
  2. Use the remote’s directional pad to type in “YouTube TV,” and the app name will automatically appear below the search box.
  3. Press the down directional button and select YouTube TV.
  4. Select Get, and the app will automatically begin downloading.
  5. Existing YouTube TV subscribers can log in to the app with their credentials. New subscribers will need to create an account in a web browser then log in on their Fire Stick.

Fire Stick provides a user interface that is simple to navigate via the device’s remote control. Recently watched apps and shows appear on the home screen, and it is easy to discover new content, which is largely geared towards Amazon’s own programming.

YouTube TV on Firestick is available on Fire TV Stick ($39.99) and Fire TV Stick 4K ($49.99), as well as several other Amazon Fire devices.

Overall recommendation: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is worth the extra $10 for anyone who favors Amazon devices.

The final cut

YouTube TV provides more than 70 channels of live entertainment, news, and sports. The service is easy to access for Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire Stick users, but new subscribers will need to sign up via a web browser on a separate device. YouTube TV costs $49.99/mo. but comes with a seven-day free trial that enables users to try the service before they buy it.