10 Things to Know Before You Subscribe to YouTube TV

Harshita Agrawal

Harshita Agrawal is the Founder at eSocMedia. She is a social media and influencer marketing specialist who spends most of her time behind the screen. She's also an avid reader and a travel enthusiast.

Can’t decide if YouTube TV is worth your hard-earned money? Google launched YouTube TV in April 2017 in five US cities. Fast-forward to 2019 and YouTube TV is accessible in 99.5% of households in the US. According to Business Insider, YouTube TV has more than 1 million subscribers. Growing at a fast pace, here are the 10 facts that you should know about YouTube TV before finally subscribing to it. 

YouTube TV is cable-free live TV streaming

Stream live TV on any of your devices without any cable or stick with YouTube TV. With a video player very familiar to YouTube, YouTube TV offers a comfortable, easy-to-use live TV to everyone. 

Live streams up to 70 channels depending on your city

Right from numerous sports channels, Disney channels, BBC channels, Discovery channels, and many more, the YouTube TV channel list depends on your location in the US. You can enter your ZIP code at Youtube TV site to know the exact channels in your city. 

Shows On-Demand videos and YouTube channels

Other than live streaming TV, you can also watch on-demand videos and YouTube channels, trending YouTube videos on YouTube TV. When searching for a show or movie on YouTube TV, it gives results from all live TV channels and YouTube videos. 

Compatible with most devices

You can watch YouTube TV on your mobile phones, tablets, TVs, and computers. Supported TV devices are Android TV, Apple TV, Samsung & LG TVs 2016 and onwards, Xbox, Roku TVs, and more. 

YouTube TV provides complete family comfort with 6 accounts

Each YouTube membership allows 6 accounts that can be used amongst family members and friends. There’s no limit on the number of devices used and can stream on 3 accounts at the same time. 

Unlimited DVR up to 9 months

YouTube’s Digital Video Recorder (DVR) is the best feature that sets it aside from all its competitors. YouTube TV gives you unlimited storage space to record your favorite shows and save it for 9 months. Each account can have its own personal library thus making it suitable for everyone. 

User experience on YouTube TV is great

YouTube TV guide has a list of available channels with a live preview of what is been aired currently. If you are using your device in landscape, you can also see what’s aired next. The playback is very similar to YouTube. The search is user-friendly with search results from channels and YouTube. 

YouTube TV is not Ad-free

Watching live TV on YouTube doesn’t make it ad-free. You still see the ads as on TV that can’t be skipped but you can pause and later fast-forward to catch up to the live TV. Ads on recorded videos can be simply fast-forwarded. 

Other than TV ads and YouTube ads, YouTube TV has also introduced a masthead ad box at the top. This might sound like bad news for the viewers but great news for the advertisers. According to Google, YouTube TV ads have a 10% higher recall compared to linear TV. 

Ad-Free YouTube Videos with YouTube Premium

YouTube premium allows its users an ad-free and downloadable environment on YouTube. Youtube premium members can also watch ad-free YouTube videos on YouTube TV. 

Available at $49.99 per month

With no hidden charges, box fees, or rental fees, YouTube TV is available at $49.99 per month with 6 accounts. For additional monthly charges, you can add premium networks like Showtime, Starz, etc. You can also take the free trial for 5 days if you’re not sure of subscribing to it yet.  

Final Words

YouTube TV has some amazing features making your home entertainment simpler and better. You can learn more about YouTube TV here and if you have any questions, you can share with us in the comments below.