Youtube TV: Everything you need to know

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What is YouTube TV? 

YouTube TV is an American streaming television service that offers live TV, on demand video and cloud-based DVR from more than 85 television networks, including the Big Four broadcast networks and PBS in most markets. It is owned by YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, itself a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. 

YouTube TV launched on February 28, 2017, and is the presenting partner of the World Series and the NBA Finals. 

What are the features of YouTube TV? 

YouTube TV offers a cloud-based DVR service with unlimited storage that saves recordings for nine months. Each subscription can be shared among six accounts and allows up to three simultaneous streams. 

Where is YouTube TV supported? 

1. Smart TVs 

● Android TV 

● LG Smart TV (on webOS 3.0 or higher) 

● Samsung Smart TV (2016 & higher models only) 

● Vizio Smartcast 

● Roku Smart TV 

● Hisense Smart TV 

● Sharp Smart TV 

● Walton Smart TV 

2. Streaming media players 

● Chromecast 

● Nvidia Shield TV 

● Roku Players 

● Amazon Fire TV 

● Apple TV (4th generation & 4K) 

● Chromecast with Google TV 

3. Game consoles 

● PlayStation 4 (Original model, PS4 Slim, and PS4 Pro) 

● Xbox One (Original model, Xbox One S, Xbox One S All Digital Edition, and Xbox One X) 

● Xbox Series (Series S and Series X) 

4. Mobile 

● Android mobile devices 

● iOS mobile devices (10.x or higher) 

5. Computer 

● macOS 

● Windows 

What Channels Can You Watch on YouTube TV?

YouTube TV features a collection of over 90 channels, which stacks up well against the competition. In fact, it offers one of the most complete channel lineups of all the video streaming services I’ve reviewed. Starting with the locals, you get all the major networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. If all you care about is watching your local channels, Locast is a solid, inexpensive choice. YouTube TV and Locast are the only live streaming services we’ve reviewed that offer local PBS channels. Some of the news channels on YouTube TV include BBC America, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC. That lineup compares favorably to others. 

How Much Does YouTube TV Cost? 

At $64.99, YouTube used to be one of the most expensive full-featured options, but now Hulu + Live TV charges the same price. Sling’s Orange and Blue plans only cost $35 per month ($50 per month combined), but their channel lineups are limited. If you really want to keep costs down, Philo only charges $20 per month for about 60 live channels, though most are of the entertainment genre. 

Some people are not happy with the price of Youtube Tv which is why I have written about the best alternatives to Youtube TV where I have listed free and paid alternatives.

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