Thursday, April 6, 2017

YouTube TV: Everything You Need to Know

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For those that haven’t heard, Google is getting into the television market with YouTube TV. A new service aiming to take on Playstation Vue, Sling TV and DirecTV Now. Considering this is still YouTube, millions and millions of potential users likely have lots of questions. Now that it’s available here’s what you need to know about YouTube TV.

From live TV to breaking news and the latest sports. It will all soon be available on a slew of devices in real-time with YouTube TV. Google’s latest foray into internet TV streaming. While the launch is only limited to select few cities more will be available in the near future.

Read: Sling TV Review: Is $20 a Month Worth It?

How much will YouTube TV cost, what channels will be available, and will ads still be present inside 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 whether or not it can replace cable.

This is YouTube 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? Lets 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. 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. Not just at home.

TV is delivered live over the internet right to your device of choice. And most of the channels available are some of the most-watched networks, rather than having 2,000 channels you don’t use. It’s television trimmed down for the modern world.

YouTube TV Release Date

If you already know exactly what to expect, you’re probably wondering about the release date. For everyone else, keep reading for additional details on the service. Google officially launched YouTube TV at the beginning of April 2017. For now though, it’s limited to New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia. However, the company promises it will be available in other select markets soon.

Google will focus on some of the largest markets first, and expand to other markets and regions as time goes on. As of right now it looks like they’re still working with different regions in an effort to offer the best experience possible. So if you aren’t in the above cities, stay tuned for more details.

You can sign up right here to be notified when and where it’s available.

YouTube TV Price?

This new service from Google has a lot of potential, but it needs to be done right. It needs to be affordable and have a lot of channels if it wants to replace cable. Right? Well, apparently that is the exact plan. Although things could change over time.

Google has announced a flat price of $35 a month, with no contracts. So pay when you want it, and cancel at anytime. Additionally, there are be multiple different “add-on” packages with more channels. Like Showtime, and probably many others in the near future. We’re expecting more details about pricing and extra add ons later.

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.

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. These are what make the cut as of right now.

Initial channels available on YouTube TV

As you can see Google already partnered with some extremely popular networks. From ABC to Fox News or Sports, Disney, ESPN and more. AMC is missing, which was a huge hit with Sling TV and Playstation Vue.

Then of course add-on packages will be coming soon. 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 regarding who all can use it. Similar to giving out your Netflix login to family members or friends. While we don’t have all the details or limitations yet, Google already answered some of the most important questions.

Each YouTube TV account is sharable with up to six different accounts, in a family plan. And all six users will get individualized recommendations based on viewing habits.

However, there’s one big caveat with 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 be running at once. Sling TV offers multi-streams too, for what it’s worth. One in the bedroom, living room and kids room and that’s all three for YouTube.

Does YouTube TV Have DVR?

It’s 2017, everyone wants to be able 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, ever 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 be 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 Access 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.

Google states that YouTube TV will essentially be available on any and all screens. 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 presumably many more. This list isn’t official, but we have a feeling every major platform will be on board. Including support for iOS.

Get the YouTube TV app right here.

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. Hopefully this list continues to expand.

Other Details

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

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 will be included in regular YouTube content though. Meaning users will be paying for a service that will still serve up ads. While it’s only limited to a few small regions right now, reviews are readily available around the web. Stay tuned for more details, and we’ll update as soon as YouTube TV gets released for more cities throughout the US.

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