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What is YouTube TV? A Complete Guide

YouTube TV is an over the top video streaming service available in the United States.

The over the top video streaming service has taken the upper hand when comparing to the traditional cable and satellite TVs. With the growth in technology, people started moving to smart TVs. The cable TV and dish TV operators started releasing apps which contains their TV shows and movies. With the help of these apps, you can stream live TV shows, watch catch-up of shows, stream on-demand videos and much more. YouTube after understanding the importance of these applications, released an OTT service named “YouTube TV”.

What is YouTube TV?

YouTube TV is an over the top video streaming service available in the United States. It offers different categories of channels including movies, sports, news, kids, documentaries and much more. It allows the user to watch live TV, on-demand videos and offers cloud DVR storage as well. Currently, there are more than 70 channels available on YouTube TV for streaming.

YouTube TV Subscription

YouTube TV is a subscription-based streaming service that streams live TV channels and YouTube originals. By subscribing to this app, you can stream on 3 devices simultaneously.

  • Basic subscription cost – $ 49.99 per month
  • For Apple devices – $54.99 per month
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Click here to subscribe to YT TV.

Some additional premium packages include

  • Showtime -$ 7 per month
  • Fox Soccer Plus – $ 15 per month
  • Shudder and MAC – $ 5 per month
  • Sundance Now – $ 7 per month
  • Starz – $ 9 per month
  • Epix add-on – $ 6 per month
  • Curiosity Stream – $ 3 per month
  • Acorn – $ 6 per month
  • UMC – $5 per month
  • NBA League Pass – $40 per month

By purchasing a subscription, 6 users can share the membership. You can simultaneously stream on 3 different devices.

YouTube TV Free Trial

YouTube TV offers 7 days of free trial for new subscribers. For a free trial, there is no promo code required. You can easily enjoy a free trial by clicking on the free trial button on the homepage of the website. If the user wants to cancel the free trial or subscription, go to the subscription settings and choose Deactivate membership to cancel the subscription.

List of channels

YouTube TV offers various channels under different categories. It streams different channels from more than 70 popular networks. Out of the 70, 59 channels are U.S based networks. The list of channels available are,

Entertainment Channels: AMC, Bravo, FX, CNN, TNT, Adult Swim, Tru TV, Turner Classic Movies, Discovery channels, Food Networks, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Motor Trend, HGTV, TLC, We TV, Yes Network, TYC, Oxygen, Universal HD, The CW, SyFy, HLN, Freeform and Travel channel


24/7 News Networks: BBC, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, Newsy and World News

Kids channels: Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Universal

Spanish language channels: Universo, Telemundo

Sports channels: ESPN channels, CBS sports, The Tennis Channel, The Big Ten Network, NESN, SEC Network, Golf channels and the Olympic channel.

Local channel networks: ABC 7, CBS 2, FOX 5, NBC 4 and many more.

How to save videos to Cloud DVR?

Cloud DVR is one of the main features of YouTube TV which allow the user to save favourite videos to stream later. It can store the videos for up to 9 months. To record the video click on the (+) icon, the video will automatically start saving to cloud DVR storage. There is no storage space limitation, but the saved videos are automatically deleted after a period of nine months.

Cloud DVR

Supported Devices

Supported browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Android (Version 5 lollypop or higher)
  • iOS – iPhone and iPad  (Version 9.1 or higher)
  • Windows
  • Mac

Streaming Media Player

Supported Smart TV:

  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Roku smart TV
  • Vizio Smart TV

How to sign in YouTube TV?

To sign in to YouTube TV, go to the official website and click on the sign-in button on the homepage.

(1) Sign in to your google account.

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(2) Select your location.

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(3) Check out the channels and click next.

(4) Add extra networks by making payment (optional).

(5) Choose a payment option (credit card, Google pay credit, PayPal etc.).

(6) Click on the “Buy” option to purchase the package.

Now you are allowed to access YouTube TV until the package validity.

How to Install YouTube TV?

YouTube TV on Smartphones

The app is available on official stores on android and iOS. You can download and install it directly from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

YouTube TV on Firestick/ Roku/ Chromecast

You can install it directly from the Amazon App store and Roku Channel Store. Therefore, you can easily install it on Firestick and Roku. This app is also compatible with Google Chromecast and hence, you can easily cast Live TV shows on TV as well.

Our Opinion

Currently, YouTube TV works only in the United States. It offers live streaming of movies, TV shows, sports event and on-demand contents from 70+ channels. All the videos available on YouTube Tv are very clear and streams in an HD quality. It allows the user to select the video format like 720 or 1080p or 4 k Ultra HD to stream their channels and videos. This app gives a better viewing experience when compared to other streaming services.

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