What is Youtube TV? Everything You Need to Know

The cord cutting trend is taking over in USA. More and more cable companies are offering stand-alone streaming services that do not require a cable subscription. AT&T, Sony, as well as Dish Network have already jumped on the bandwagon. In an attempt to not get left behind, Google is set to roll out its own new live streaming service soon. As the launch date get closer more info is becoming available. But, what exactly is Youtube TV? How does it compare to similar channels in terms of supported devices, available channels, and subscription prices. Let’s take a look at everything we know about Youtube TV so far in the guide below.

What is Youtube TV?

What is Youtube TV?

What is Youtube TV?

The new streaming service basically is a stand-alone live streaming channel similar to Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now. That means you can subscribe to Youtube TV to watch live television online without the need for a cable subscription. There are no long-term contracts and you will be able to cancel any time you want.

Will Youtube TV Be Available in Canada, UK, outside USA?

As with all other top streaming services, it looks highly unlikely that Youtube TV will be available outside the United States. Luckily for all us American TV lovers living abroad, using VPN will allow you to get around these regional restrictions i.e. you will be able to unblock Youtube TV outside USA with the help of VPN.

On What Devices Will Youtube TV Be Supported?

Apart from the Amazon Fire TV, which still does not have a Youtube app, Google is set to release Youtube TV on all major streaming platforms. At launch, you will be able to watch Youtube TV on Android, iPhone, and iPad. Take a look at the confirmed Youtube supported devices below.

  • PC
  • Mac
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android
  • Chromecast

What Channels does Youtube TV Offer?

At launch, Google will offer subscribers around 40 American channels. This includes ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, Bravo, Disney Channel, Fox News, FX, MSNBC, Sprout and USA Network. AMC, Discovery Channel, CNN, TBS, TNT, HBO, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, PBS, or The Food Network will not be available, however. Here’s a list of all Youtube TV Channels that have been confirmed so far.

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • Fox
  • NBC
  • Disney Junior
  • Bravo
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney XD
  • Fox News
  • FX
  • MSNBC
  • Freeform
  • CW TV
  • CSN
  • E! Entertainment
  • SYFY
  • BTN
  • Chiller
  • Youtube Red
  • National Geographic
  • Universo
  • Universal
  • Local Now
  • Oxygen
  • Sprout
  • USA Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • ESPNU
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network
  • CBS Sports
  • NBCSN
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Fox Sports Networks

How Much Will Youtube TV Cost?

Subscribing to Youtube TV will set you back around $35 per month. This price is pretty similar to other live streaming services. Youtube Red and Google Play Music are both bundled into the subscription.

When Will Youtube Be Released?

Google has not yet confirmed a launch date. We do know however that Youtube will be gradually released across American. This approach is similar to that Sony adopted when it released Playstation Vue.

Youtube TV Announced

Youtube TV vs Sling TV

Sling TV  Subscription Plans

  • Orange: $20/month, 30 channels.
  • Blue: $25/month, 40 channels.
  • Orange + Blue Combo: $40/month, 70 channels.

Sling TV Supported Devices:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Xbox One
  • Android TV

Sling TV Pros:

  • 30,000 hours of on demand content
  • NBC’s regional sports networks in April, 2017.
  • Free 7-day trial.
  • 3-day replay.

Sling TV Cons: No CBS. Cloud DVR is also not available.

Youtube TV vs PS Vue

PlayStation Vue  Pricing:

  • Slim Package: $29.99/month
  • Core Slim Package: $34.99/month, 60+ channels.
  • Elite Slim Package: $44.99/month, 90+ channels.
  • Ultra Slim Package: $64.99/month,90+ channels, includes HBO and Showtime.

Supported Devices:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Roku
  • Chromecast
  • PlayStation 3
  • PS4

Pros: 

  • On-demand and cloud DVR.
  • Free 7-day Trial
  • Timeline

Cons: No BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV or Nickelodeon.

Youtube TV vs DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now Pricing

  • Live a Little: $35/month, 60+ channels
  • Just Right: $50/month, 80+ channels
  • Go Big: $60/month; 100+ channels
  • Gotta Have it: $70/month, 120+ channels

Supported Devices

  • Android and
  • iOS devices,
  • Amazon Fire,
  • Apple TV,
  • Chromecast
  • Roku (Soon)

Pros:

  • Free streaming for AT&T wireless customers.
  • 3-Day Catchup
  • 2 Simultaneous streams.
  • Free 7-day trial.

Cons: No CBS or DVR at the moment.

Is Youtube TV the Ultimate Cable Killer?

Cable TV’s days are numbered. To say Youtube TV will put an end to cable subscriptions on its own, however, is far fetched. While Youtube does boost an unrivaled number of subscribers, not all of them will end up signing up with the new live TV service. As with every other live streaming service that launched in the past couple of years, there are bound to be some issues that will only surface once Youtube TV is released. The fact that some major channels are missing from its line up will also drive potential costumers to other services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now. We do need to remember though that both these channels were also severally lacking at the beginning.

Do you think Youtube TV has what it takes to complete change how we stream TV online? Or will it end up like a lot of other Google inventions including Youtube Red, Nexus Player, or Google+? Share your thoughts below.

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