With a YouTube TV subscription, you can watch live TV, sports, news, record your favorite TV series for later viewing, or explore a vast library of previous episodes.
YouTube TV’s $64.99 monthly price is equivalent to what you’d pay for traditional cable providers, but it’s not intended to be a less expensive option to cable.
However, YouTube TV is a great service because of the variety of ways you may interact with the content and the variety of programming it offers.
What is YouTube TV?
A live TV streaming service is YouTube TV.
Access to live TV from more than 85 broadcast, cable, and local sports networks is offered.
In addition, it provides limitless DVR space, up to six accounts for a single fee, and the capability to stream to all of your devices (like your phone, tablet, computer, or TV)
YouTube Originals and popular YouTube videos are also available on YouTube TV.
With Live TV, it directly competes with Sling TV and Hulu.
How much does YouTube TV cost?
You must be a premium user to access YouTube TV.
The Base Plan has a monthly price of $64.99 (plus tax).
You receive programming from major broadcast networks, well-liked cable networks, premium networks, as well as well-liked YouTube creator-produced shows, in exchange.
You can, for instance, access the regional sports networks of CBS and FOX in your area.
Up to six separate profiles may be used with the base subscription, which also offers unlimited free cloud DVR storage.
There are “no hidden fees, equipment rentals, or installation appointments needed,” according to Alphabet.
There is also no obligation; you are free to end it at any moment.
For an extra monthly fee, you may additionally add premium networks and sports.
For a fee, you may tack on other features like the “4K Plus” add-on and gain access to Fox Soccer Plus, Showtime, and Starz, for example.
According to Alphabet, 4K Plus offers improved video quality on the available content, the opportunity to watch recordings offline, and limitless home streaming.
Do you subscribe to YouTube Premium?
YouTube TV is a separate service from YouTube Premium, which allows ad-free access to YouTube videos, and it gives users access to live TV programming from networks like CBS, FOX, NBC, HGTV, and TNT.
You can view YouTube videos on YouTube TV without advertising if you have both a YouTube Premium and YouTube TV subscription.
However, commercials will still appear on both live and recorded TV.
How to set up a YouTube TV account
1. Open the YouTube TV website on a Mac or PC.
Download the YouTube TV app from the app store on an Android device.
The YouTube app for the iPhone and iPad lets you watch YouTube TV but not sign up.
Enter your Google or YouTube credentials once there.
2. Tap or click the “Try It Free” button to begin the free trial.
3. Share your home location and zip code.
4. Review the total price and networks included in your membership, then tap or click “Next: Add-Ons.”
5. Check the box next to any premium networks you want to add to your membership by selecting them, then tap or click “Next: Checkout.”
If you decide you want more channels, you can also add them later.
6. Type in and verify the credit card that you want to use to pay for your membership, or link your PayPal account.
After your free trial expires, you’ll be charged, but you can discontinue it at any moment before then.
7. When you’re ready to complete the process, tap or click “Free Trial” or “Buy” (if your trial has expired).
How to use your smart TV or gaming system to watch YouTube TV
On the majority of smart TVs and game consoles, you can view YouTube TV.
Apple TV, PS4, Roku, Xbox One, Android TV, Fire TV, and several Samsung, LG, and Vizio devices are available as options.
With AirPlay, Google Chromecast, or a TV that supports Chromecast, you can also stream content to your TV.
Just be aware that YouTube TV cannot be viewed in 4K, even if you have a 4K TV and streaming device.
How to customize your YouTube TV subscription
Once you’ve made your account and started watching, there are various ways to enhance your subscription, and personalize it for your tastes.
Navigate and customize the three main tabs on the YouTube TV homepage
“Library, Home,” and “Live” are these tabs.
You may find YouTube’s suggested videos under the “Home” tab.
YouTube TV will automatically record all shows as they air if you hit the “+” button next to the shows you want to add to your library.
Then, all of them are accessible through the Library tab.
You may see everything that is now airing by selecting the “Live” TV tab.
Check out the local live broadcast stations in your area to watch sports, regional news, or primetime programming.
More than 70 well-known cable networks and regional sports networks are visible by scrolling further down.
The Live tab can be modified to suit your viewing preferences.
You can, for instance, reorganize the networks in the guide or conceal some networks to make only your preferred networks visible.
To do this, press “Edit” and then “Sort” on the Live tab to personalize it.
The “Library” tab is where you store all of your recordings. Simply hit the “+” button to add any show, sports team, event, movie, and so forth to your library.
All recent and prospective broadcasts will be recorded by YouTube TV.
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