What’s up, guys!! I have seen most of you are keen on knowing more about live TV streaming service. So I decided to write an article on YouTube TV, a new addition to the list of live TV streaming service! YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service which is powered by Google. The service is made available throughout the nation from 27 March 2019. They are giving a tough competition to other live TV streaming services like Hulu with live TV, Sling TV, Direct TV Now.
What is YouTube TV? Is it at par with the other live TV streaming services? We will answer all these today. So, without a further delay, let’s begin with it!
What is YouTube TV?
YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service which was launched in the year 2017 but it was restricted to limited areas. But recently they have expanded their services to various parts of the nation. Now the service covers almost 210 US markets. The features of YouTube TV is almost similar to the other live TV streaming service, though it has fewer channels compared to the other TV streaming services. If you’re thinking that you can access YouTube TV just from the normal YouTube app then you are wrong. You need to install a separate app called ‘YouTube TV’ in your device to access their services.
Youtube TV Channels And Pricing
Now, let’s come to the most important part, the pricing of YouTube TV is pretty good. Since the service is new on the block, it is quite modest with its pricing. YouTube TV will cost you $50 per month! This is pretty amazing and reliable and you may have to pay a few extra bucks if you add some extra channels. They don’t have separate packages as you find in most of the live TV streaming services such as sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Direct TV now.
Below, you can find the list of the channels which are available on YouTube TV from March 2019. The local channels may vary depending upon your location. You will get several sports channels based on your geographic area!
Cable Networks & Broadcast channels
- Animal Planet
- BBC World News
- BBC America
- Big Ten Network
- Big News
- Cartoon Network
- CBS Sports Network
- Comcast RSN (regional)
- Disney Channel
- Disney XD
- Disney Junior
- Fox News
- Fox Business
- Fox RSN (regional)
- Golf Channel
- LA Football Club
- MLB Network
- Nat Geo
- Nat Geo Wild
- Orlando City Soccer Club
- Olympic Channel
- SEC Network
- Seattle Sounders FC
- Smithsonian Channel
- Tennis channel
- Travel Channel
- The CW
- Universal Kids
- Universal HD
- YouTube Red Originals
- YES Network
Add ons With Pricing
- AMC premiere ($5 extra per month)
- CuriosityStream ($3 extra per month)
- Fox Soccer Plus ($15 extra per month)
- NBA League Pass ($40 extra per month)
- Showtime ($7 extra per month)
- Shudder ($5 extra per month)
- Sundance Now ($7 extra per month)
- Starz ($9 extra per month)
How Is YouTube TV?
The features and services of YouTube TV have made it stand out amongst its competitors. Their service, the video quality is equally good and powerful on each supported devices. Some of you complain regarding the poor service quality of the other TV streaming services when streamed on phones. But YouTube TV fixes that problem of yours by providing an equally good service on phones as well.
When you open the app, it will take you to the ‘Home’, where you can find recommendations of the shows that are on air and shows that are on demand. If you go to the ‘live’ section, you will find a guide-like interface which will show you what’s live!
Let’s talk about the best feature it has, it is nothing but the cloud DVR. Many of the live streaming services do have the same feature but they restrict it with a time frame. But YouTube TV allows you to record your favorite shows in its cloud DVR for a longer span ( up to 9 months).
Another good feature is it allows six people to jointly share the service together and three can watch at the same time. Which is more than enough for anybody out there!
YouTube TV is accessible from limited devices. You can access it from Android TV devices, Fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple TV 4k, Chromecast. It is also accessible through Roku TV and media players. You can access it from LG, Samsung smart TVs which are manufactured 2016 onwards. Apart from these, it is accessible from Vizio smart cast TV and Xbox models.
Due to a continuous feud between Amazon and Google, it is not supported on Amazon’s devices like Amazon Fire TV. It is also not supported on PlayStation Vue, PlayStation consoles, etc.
YouTube TV is a simple live streaming service with a very clear user interface and good features. With pretty much decent channel list like Hulu and convenient pricing, the service of YouTube TV is pretty good. Since it has a great interface for mobile users, so I find it pretty amazing as I like to watch content from my phone. I have not faced any issues like buffering or sound quality. Overall it’s a pretty decent live TV streaming service go for.
They offer a 7 day free trial period. But the same is not available for the iOS users so if you want to have a trial before you finally subscribe, you may choose other supported devices.