Google is officially in the television market with YouTube TV. A new streaming service that competes with Playstation Vue, Sling TV and DirecTV Now. Considering this is still YouTube, millions and millions of potential users have lots of questions. Now that it’s available here’s what you need to know about YouTube TV and where it’s available.
From live TV to breaking news and the latest sports. All of that along with original content is available real-time with YouTube TV on a slew of devices. While Google limited the launch to select cities, YouTube TV is now rolling out to multiple other regions around the US.
How much does YouTube TV cost, what channels are available, and are ads still on videos? Or when can you get it? These are just a few of many questions or concerns. Below are some additional details about YouTube TV and info on if it can replace cable TV.
There is a lot of competition in this space, and it’s only going to grow. Sling TV is growing in popularity and recently added cloud DVR recording, and Playstation has tons of users too. So what makes YouTube TV different and what sets it apart? Let’s go over the basics.
What is YouTube TV?
YouTube TV is extremely similar to Sling TV and others, and basically the complete opposite of traditional cable TV. Instead of being locked into big contracts and bundled channels you don’t need, it’s a pay-by-the-month internet TV streaming service. Live television, sports, news, and movies will be available anywhere with an internet connection. It streams over the internet to any device, wherever you are.
One of the biggest benefits is also a con at the same time. Instead of being forced into 2,000 channels like cable, YouTube TV offers a small list of the most popular stations. And while that’s good, the options are somewhat limited. It’s television trimmed down for the modern world, delivered in a modern way.
YouTube TV Release Date
If you already know exactly what to expect, you’re probably wondering if you can get it. Google officially launched YouTube TV at the beginning of April 2017. For now, it’s limited to New York City, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Starting June 23rd, Google will add Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne and Charlotte.
Google focused on some of the largest markets first and will expand to other regions soon. By the end of the summer, expect a long list of supported locations.
You can sign up right here and get notified when it’s available in your city.
YouTube TV Price?
This new service from Google has a lot of potential, but it needs to improve by the day. Users want a lot of channels at an affordable price point. That’s exactly what you’ll get from YouTube TV.
Google has announced a flat price of $35 a month, with no contracts. So pay when you want it, and cancel at any time. Additionally, there are multiple “add-on” packages with more channels, at a higher price. Like Showtime, and probably many others in the near future.
As a comparison, Sling TV starts out at $20 a month and has multiple $5.99 add-ons with sports, movies, EPIX, RedZone and more. It can go up past $50 a month all said and done. Google will continue to add more throughout 2017.
What Channels Are On YouTube TV?
Here is where things get interesting. This is YouTube after all, so the possibilities are almost endless. With thousands and thousands of hours worth of video uploaded to the site. The $35 a month access to YouTube TV gets all YouTube Original series. Basically, everything from YouTube Red and anything else uploaded to the video sharing site. On June 23rd Google announced 12 new YouTube Red original series will debut soon.
However, you’re probably wondering about the regular cable-like channel lineup. Google has a small list of partners so far, but that’s about it. This is what’s available but more is coming soon.
As you can see Google already partnered with some extremely popular networks. From ABC to Fox News or Sports, Disney, ESPN and more. In May the company added AMC, BBC, Sundance TV, IFC and Spanish channels to the base $35 lineup.
Expect more add-on packages in the near future. So far Fox Soccer Plus and Showtime are the only ones listed. Most likely we can expect HBO and other movie channels to get on board too.
YouTube TV For The Whole Family
A big question with these types of services is about who all can use it. Similar to giving out your Netflix login to family members or friends. This is a gray area with Google but we do have some answers.
Each YouTube TV account is shareable with up to six different Google accounts. And all six users will get individualized recommendations based on viewing habits.
However, there’s one big caveat to that. YouTube TV will only be able to stream to three accounts or devices at a time. So six have access, but only three can tune in and watch at any given moment. Sling TV offers multi-streams too, for what it’s worth. Is three enough for your household?
Does YouTube TV Have DVR?
It’s 2017, everyone wants to pause and rewind live television, or skip through the commercials. So this is understandably a big question mark.
YouTube TV has what’s called “Cloud DVR’ where users can record multiple shows at the same time, and they’re stored in the cloud. So you’ll never run out of space like some cable set-top boxes. YouTube TV users also get unlimited cloud DVR space but take note that recordings are only available for 9-months. Then they automatically get deleted. Recorded shows also have pause and the ability for skip commercials with fast forward.
What Devices Can I Use for YouTube TV?
Last but certainly not least is the list of supported devices that have access to YouTube TV. Considering it isn’t traditional cable, any regular TV won’t work. That said, there are multiple cheap products that will turn any TV into a smart one, like the Chromecast dongle.
YouTube TV is available to anyone anywhere, as long as you have something that can access it. Anyone with a smartphone, tablet, laptop, Xbox, Roku, Android TV, Smart TV, Nexus Player, NVIDIA Shield and more. This list isn’t official but almost every platform has support, including iOS. We’ve heard the app is very polished and one of the best available when compared to the likes of Sling TV.
For what it’s worth, a lot of my devices aren’t supported. Like Google’s own Pixel C tablet, the NVIDIA Shield and many others. We’re hopeful this list will expand along with the cities that get YouTube TV.
With that all said, are you interested? YouTube TV has the potential to deliver everything Sling TV, Playstation Vue or regular cable does, in addition to the millions of hours of video on Youtube.com.
Finish watching an episode of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, and YouTube’s famous “recommended videos” will pop-up with similar content, fan pages, fan theories, live streams with reactions and more. The possibilities are almost endless.
Typical ads we see before and during videos on YouTube are still included in regular YouTube content. Meaning you are paying for a service and still get ads. For more details check out any of the many reviews available around the web. Stay tuned for more details, and we’ll update this post as more channels and cities get added.