Generally, people are not fully aware of what YouTube TV is. While watching TV, when you tune into live sports, sitcoms, dramas, and other types of programs. Tonnes of contents are available to choose from but are limited on how to watch it. With TV, we cannot watch any content whenever we want without a contract. And also, we don’t have access to fancy TV features like a DVR. However, YouTube decided to improve this part. YouTube has designed ‘live TV’ especially for the YouTube generation. Now, it is easier with this feature for people to watch whatever they want at their preferred time.
Channels available on YouTube TV:
More than 85 channels are included on YouTube TV, which are:
- Also, cable players, including FX and USA.
YouTube TV provides approx. 10 sports networks that are Fox Sports, NBCSN, and ESPN. It will include local affiliates as well, which will allow you to watch the news from the same channels you did on air. For an additional price, you get to add Showtime. It can be said that YouTube TV stands equal to Hulu and Sling TV. Both of the streaming services offer access to live TV from sports and cable players networks. The lists of streaming channels include such:
- BBC America.
- Cartoon Network.
- MLB Network.
- NBA TV.
- Sundance TV.
- We TV.
- Adult Swim.
- Turner Classic TV.
What are the add-on channels offered on YouTube TV?
Yes, YouTube provides users with few add-on packages to purchase, such as:
- Acorn ($6).
- ALL BLK ($5).
- AMC+ ($7).
- Cinemax ($10).
- Hallmark Movies Now ($6).
- HBO Max ($15).
- HBO ($15).
- IFC Films Unlimited ($6).
- Showtime ($11).
- STARZ ($).
- Shudder ($6).
- Sports Plus ($10.99).
- Urban Movie Channel ($5).
- We TV+ ($6).
- Sundance Now ($7).
- TV ($25/month or $130 for the season).
What does it feature?
Unlimited Cloud DVR Storage
Besides live TV from major networks, it includes unlimited cloud DVR storage. This feature allows you to add a show or sports team to your favorite list and will save the content automatically. The cloud DVR can record shows as many as you want without needing space or data on your phone. And you can stream recordings from your preferred device at any time. According to Google, each of your recordings will be stored for nine months. Also, it offers a feature of rewind or fasts forward the DVR content. It makes skipping the commercials easy and quick.
Availability on all screens
You must be wondering that on which platform it works. Well, it is safe to say that YouTube TV’s mobile app works on both iOS and Android. With this feature, you can easily watch YouTube TV on your computer, tablet, or phone. It can be stream to your TV with Google Chromecast in-built TV or a Google Chromecast. It is well designed to work with Google Home and allows to stream shows via Home on Chromecast. And worry not, yes, there is a YouTube TV app available for big-screen TVs.
How does YouTube TV mobile app process?
YouTube TV app
YouTube TV is accessible from the YouTube TV app for iOS and Android and also from the web on your computer. The mobile app has a “cast” button designed at the top, which allows you to put a video to Chromecast or a compatible TV. The mobile app features only three main screens like a home, library, and live. It contains a feature of universal search located at the top, which allows to search by genre, categories, and network. For instance, you can search by the name “Cat,” and a program that features a cat will appear. In addition, if you searched for a TV show, then the lists of episodes will appear.
Live features the current running program broadcasting by networks along with living previews of each channel. You just have to click. You can utilize plus icon given on the preview to record something to watch later. While watching in portrait mode, you will get recommendations at the bottom. You also get the option to flip the phone for full screen. However, you cannot watch NFL games on your phone due to Verizon’s deal with NFL. But you can stream them on the TV or desktop and not on your mobile device.
The library includes recorded contents and scheduled to be recorded on DVR.
The appearance of Home is similar to YouTube. You can see your recent watchlist and recommendations based on your watchlist.
Google informed Engadget that users are allowed to contact customer service via YouTube TV at any time. It can be either voice chat or text chat.
How to build a library and set up live recordings?
You can add any show, event, movie, sports team, and others to your library by clicking the “+” button. YouTube TV has a feature to record upcoming and current broadcasting programs. YouTube TV contains recording and unlimited cloud-based DVR space. And the recording will not consume much space on your device.
How much does it cost?
YouTube TV provides costs approx $64.99 per month without needing any contract. It also indicates that you can cancel at any time. According to Google, approx six users can access the content at a preferred time. And each user has access to the recommendations and personal cloud DVR storage.