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YouTube TV Review 2020: Packages, Pricing, Channels

by David Miklos Hazi
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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 smart TVs, 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 which is called YouTube Premium. Subscribers of YouTube TV get access to original content from YouTube Premium, like Cobra Kai, Buddy System, The Lazer Team, and Mind Field.

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YouTube TV launched on February 28th, 2017. The streaming service offers more than 90 different television networks and programming from major broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, FX, AMC, CNN, Fox News, TBS, Discovery, and ESPN. Having all four local stations sets it apart from most other services available. The initial launch of this service was limited to a handful of major markets but now is available throughout the entire United States.

The TV streaming service has really elevated the bar in 2020. The price remains a very competitive value but what really sets this service apart is the features. One of those features is the unlimited DVR storage with unlimited simultaneous recordings that stay for up to 9 months. You can also have 6 accounts with 3 simultaneous streams. Other great features include premium add-ons such as Showtime and NBA League Pass.

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YouTube TV Packages and Pricing

YouTube TV has a fairly disappointing amount of options: One. The plan is priced at $64.99/month and can be canceled anytime with no contract or fees. The price increased in 2018 from $35/month to $40/month back on March 14, 2018, when the service picked up Turner Networks. Since then the service has also picked up the Discovery and PBS networks which explains the recent price hikes.

YouTube TV Channel List

There are over 90 different channels available including locals, news, business, comedy, entertainment, lifestyle, drama, and more. The following is the listing of YouTube TV channels:

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • FOX
  • NBC
  • ACCN
  • AMC
  • Adult Swim
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC
  • BBC World News
  • BTN
  • Bravo
  • CBS Sports
  • CNBC
  • CNBC World
  • CNN
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cheddar Big News
  • Cheddar Business
  • Cheddar News
  • Comet TV
  • Cozi TV
  • Discovery
  • Disney
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • ESPN U
  • ESPNEWS
  • FOX Business
  • FOX News Channel
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • Food Network
  • FOX Sports
  • Freeform
  • Golf Channel
  • HGTV
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery
  • LAFC
  • Local Now
  • MLB Game of the week
  • MLB Network
  • MSNBC
  • Motortrend
  • MyNetworkTV
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports
  • NBC Universo
  • NBCSN
  • NECN
  • NESN
  • NatGeo Wild
  • National Geographic
  • Newsy
  • OWN
  • Olympics Channel
  • Orlando City
  • Oxygen
  • PBS
  • PBS Kids
  • POP
  • SEC ESPN Network
  • SNY
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • StartTV
  • SundanceTV
  • SyFy
  • TBS
  • TCM
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • TYT
  • Tastemade
  • Telemundo
  • Tennis Channel
  • The CW
  • Travel Channel
  • TruTV
  • USA
  • Universal Kids
  • WE TV
  • YES
  • YES Network

Premium Channel Add-Ons

There are 11 add-ons currently available for YouTube TV. Most of these add-ons are not unique to YouTube TV and can be purchased separately as a stand-alone. 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. Here is the list of add-ons:

  • NBA League Pass – $40/monthly or $124 for entire 2019-2020 season
  • Showtime – $11/month
  • Starz – $9/month
  • CuriosityStream – $3/month
  • Fox Soccer Plus – $15/month
  • AMC Premiere – $5/month
  • Shudder – $6/month
  • Sundance Now – $7/month
  • EPIX – $6/month
  • Urban Movie Channel – $5/month
  • Acorn TV – $6/month
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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 streaming devices:

Smart TVs

  • Android TV
  • Samsung Smart TV (2016 & higher models only)
  • LG Smart TV (on webOS 3.0 or higher)
  • Vizio Smartcast
  • Roku Smart TV
  • Hisense Smart TV
  • Sharp Smart TV
  • Sony Smart TV
  • Walton Smart TV

Streaming Media Players

  • Chromecast
  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • Roku Players
  • Xbox One
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV (4th Generation & 4K)
  • PlayStation 4

Mobile

  • Android mobile devices
  • Apple iOS mobile devices (10.x or higher)

Computer

  • macOS
  • Windows

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Other Features and Information

Streams

Subscribers of this live TV service can watch on up to 3 devices at the same time.

DVR

The cloud DVR offered to users is probably the greatest feature available. 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. Users also get 6 accounts and each account has a personalized DVR.

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Features

There are two unique features. The first is the family sharing feature which allows you to create up to 6 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 35 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.

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