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Google has been offering their YouTube TV service for a few months in select areas, and is now available in many cities across the US.
With YouTube TV, you can:
Works on your living room HDTV with compatible streaming capabilities:
YouTube TV price and free Chromecast:
- Watch unlimited live TV channels from a list of local and cable channels, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, MSNBC, USA Network, Telemundo, AMC, CBS Sports Network, E!, FXX, Nat Geo, AMC, and others.
- Free DVR.
Works over the network (no equipment required).
Gives the same pause, rewind, and fast forward expected from a DVR, but also gives the YouTube time slider to click, drag, and quickly jump to certain times in the show.
- Record unlimited shows with unlimited storage.
Recordings automatically delete after 6-9 months.
- Watch TV at home, at work, at a friend's house, coffee shop, or anywhere with an Internet connection.
- Works on a laptop, tablet, or phone.
- Watch up to 3 TV streams at once.
- 5 friends and family can watch TV using your account at the same time.
- Works when traveling within the US, within a supported geographic area.
- Can control YouTube TV with your voice, using a Google Home.
- TV streams at 1080p, and will support 4K when channels upgrade their streams.
Quality automatically degrades when Internet bandwidth slows.
Original YouTube Red shows seem to be available on YouTube TV, even without a YouTube Red subscription.
YouTube Red is still a separate service that costs $10/mo and gives ad-free YouTube video and music watching/listening.
- Limited channel list.
No CNN, Comedy Central, TBS, or MTV.
- NBC shows are available, but may be on-demand only (not live) in certain areas.
On-demand means TV shows are available 1 day after they broadcast, for example, Saturday Night Live can be watched on Sunday.
- Requires the YouTube TV app, or a computer.
Unlike cable which gives you a TV box and a remote control.
- Houseguests may not be able to change the channel on their own, unless you have a Google Home speaker.
- Live local sports may only sometimes be available.
YouTube TV has limited live channels, and sports are not available to watch on-demand.
So, if your favorite team broadcasts on a channel not included (Yankees play on YES, Red Sox on NESN, New York Rangers on MSG, etc.), you will need to keep cable or sign up for that team's stream (like, MLB.TV for baseball).
- The "YouTube TV" app is separate to the regular "YouTube" app, so it adds another app to your long list of apps.
- Does not yet work on Roku, but sounds like they're working on it.
- Probably will never work on Amazon devices, including the Fire TV, Echo Show, and Fire tablets.
Google and Amazon do not play nice with each other.
- Can not keep recordings forever; they delete after 9 months.
- Quality is dependent on your Internet connection.
At least 4 megabit required for 1080p, and 2 megabit for 720p.
- Cable providers could successfully lobby to eliminate net neutrality, preventing YouTube TV from working properly while using Internet from Comcast, Spectrum, AT&T, Verizon or other large cable company.
It happened when Comcast throttled Netflix to hurt their business after taking their TV customers.
For more information, check out tv.youtube.com.
Other competing TV streaming services are available, as shown in this Huffington Post article.
Some of those services include:
- Playstation Vue "Core Plan" for $45/mo is better for sports watchers since it includes NFL RedZone, NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA TV, and ESPNU.
- DirecTV Now for $35/mo includes more channels than YouTube TV.
- Hulu TV is $40/mo and also includes more live TV channels than YouTube TV.
Also has enormous streaming device support, including Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Xbox 360/One.
- Sling TV is the cheapest option at $20-25/mo, but carries few local channels (no CBS, ABC, etc.).