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YouTube TV is a LIVE TV streaming service, founded by parent company Google in February of 2017. It allows television show and movie streaming from various networks (TNT, ABC, ESPN, etc…).
YouTube is for users to upload their own content and make their own “channel”, allowing people to amass subscribers and fans (think of it as a video-centric media platform). YouTube TV was specifically designed for streaming live TV (from various large networks like TNT, ABC, ESPN, etc…). Users can’t upload content to YouTube TV.
As of May 2019, YouTube TV costs $50 / mo. If you subscribe through Apple, you’ll pay $55 / mo.
The YouTube TV DVR storage limit is unlimited, but recordings delete after 9 months of storage. Some recordings may vary based on agreements with YouTube TV’s partners.
No, YouTube TV does not require any kind of contract. You can cancel at anytime.
YouTube TV does allow you to share your account with up to 5 other people. All they need is a Google login.
YouTube TV allows up to 3 simultaneous streams at a time.
Before January of 2019, YouTube TV was still in beta, and only available in select, larger markets. As of January 2019, YouTube TV expanded coverage to 98% of American households, thus coming out of beta. In March of 2019, it launched in Glendive, Montana for 100% U.S. coverage.
YouTube TV has over 70 channels to choose from, including CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, TNT, HGTV, and more.
You can view the YouTube TV Directory for a more complete list.
Yes, after YouTube TV expanded to 100% of the United States, they were partnered with the different areas to bring you local channels. For example, in North Louisiana, you get FOX 14, KNOE 8, NBC 10, and others. In New York you would get CBS 2, FOX 5, ABC 7, and more.
You can stream YouTube TV on the following devices: smartphones, tablets, web browsers, chromecast devices, Android TVs, AirPlay for Apple TV, Google Smart Displays, Vizio SmartCast TVs, Samsung & LG smart TVs (2016 and newer), HiSense TVs (models MTK5658, MTK5659, MSD6586), Apple TV (4th generation) and Apple TV 4K, Xbox One, Xbox One S, XBox One X, and Roku devices.
View the full list of devices at YouTube TV’s Supported Devices documentation.
YouTube has a decent amount of sports channels available, with additional packages available for purchase. Some of the included sports channels include: ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Fox Sports, MLB, and more.
Additionally, you can purchase the following additional sports packages: Fox Soccer Plus ($15 / mo) and NBA League Pass ($40 / mo). NFL Red Zone is not currently available as of May, 2019.
YouTube TV Live Sports
YouTube TV does have on-demand television and movies for most recently aired programs. For instance, recent episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit are available to watch. But sometimes, not all episodes of a recent season are available. For example, Blue Bloods, Season 9, only has episodes 18-22, and episode 4 (as of May 5th, 2019). This is likely due to agreements with content partners.
We hope you’ve found this YouTube TV FAQ helpful. If you want a more in-depth look, see our YouTube TV Review.