YouTube TV Rating
YouTube TV Review
YouTube TV is a no-contract live TV streaming service that delivers live television through your internet connection to devices such as computers, tablets, smartphones, or streaming devices. It requires no installation, there are no extra fees, and you can cancel anytime. This service is separate from the normal YouTube that you probably know.
YouTube TV is one of the newest services having launched in February 2017. The streaming service offers approximately 40 traditional cable channels and programming from major broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, and NBC. The initial launch of this service was limited to a handful of major markets but now is available in roughly 100 cities.
YouTube TV Packages and Pricing
YouTube TV has a fairly disappointing amount of options: one. The plan is priced at $35/month and can be canceled anytime with no contract or fees. The price will be rising to $40/month starting on March 14, 2018. There are also a few add-ons available but even this is a limited selection compared to other popular streaming services.
ABC, Adult Swim, AMC, BBC America , BBC World News, Big Ten Network, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS, CBS Sports Network, Chiller, CNBC, CNN, Comet, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, FOX, FOX Business, FOX News, Freeform, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, FX, FXM, FXX, Golf Channel, HLN, IFC, MSNBC, NBC, NBCSN, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, Newsy, Olympic Channel, Oxygen, Pop, SEC Network, Sundance TV, Syfy, TBS, TCM, TNT, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Telemundo, Tennis Channel, Universal Kids, Universo , USA, YouTube Red Originals, and WE tv.
This streaming service offers four-channel add-ons. Most other services offer HBO, Cinemax, EPIX, or some type of Spanish language add-on so this is a pretty disappointing selection for many cord cutters.
Devices Compatabile With YouTube TV
YouTube TV is supported by a wide array of devices leaving subscribers with many options. Users have the flexibility to watch their favorite shows and movies in a variety of different ways such as at home on your television or on your phone while you’re on the go. Here is a list of compatible devices.
Compatible Devices for TV:
- Android TV (excluding Xiaomi Mi Box)
- Xbox One, Xbox One S, and the upcoming Xbox One X
- Samsung & LG smart TVs (2016 & 2017)
- Apple TV: Apple TV (4th generation), and Apple TV 4K
- Roku: All Roku TVs, Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Streaming Stick (3800x, 3600x), Roku Express/Express+ (3910x, 3900x, 3710x, 3700x), Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere, Roku 4, Roku 3 (4200x, 4230x), and Roku 2 (4210x)
- Chromecast Devices
Compatible Smartphones & Tablets: Android phones 5.0 and higher, Android tablets 5.0 and higher, iPad iOS 9.1 and higher, iPhone iOS 9.1 and higher, iPod Touch iOS 9.1 and higher
Compatible Browsers: Available on all browsers.
Other Features and Information
Subscribers of this live TV service can watch on up to 3 devices at the same time.
The cloud DVR offered to users is probably the one shining bright spot on an otherwise lackluster service. Subscribers get unlimited DVR service for free. You are allowed to keep recordings for up to 9 months which is much longer than most other services. You cannot record individuals episodes of shows however, you can only record entire series, sports teams, or major events.
There are two unique features. The first is the family sharing feature which allows you to create up to 5 different user profiles that can be linked to Google accounts. The other is that users get access to original content from YouTube Red such as Buddy System, The Lazer Team, and Mind Field. Subscribers will gain access to roughly 23 different “TV Anywhere” channel apps such as ABC, Disney, and ESPN. There are no parental controls.
Local Channel Restrictions
Like many other services, there are limitations and restrictions depending on where you live. There are six local channels that are available in most markets: ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, NBC, and Telemundo.
YouTube TV vs. Cable Cost Calculator
This calculator is designed to demonstrate what your typical cost savings would be if you canceled your cable subscription and signed up for one of YouTube’s streaming plans. First, enter the cost of your current plan and then choose which plan you would like. Click here to see our 2018 Cord Cutting Calculator that includes all services.