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How to stream YouTube TV: Channels, cost, devices, and how to sign up

Here's everything you need to know.

Aug 6, 2020, 10:14 am*


Austin Powell 

Austin Powell

  • YouTube TV provides over 85 channels of entertainment, news, live sports, and more.
  • YouTube TV is available for $64.99 a month.
  • YouTube TV comes with six accounts included so the whole family can watch.
  • YouTube TV lets you build a dream library of TV series and movies with unlimited DVR storage space at no additional cost.
  • YouTube TV comes with a two-week free trial.

YouTube TV is one of the most straightforward streaming TV services on the market, but is it worth your hard-earned dollars? Here’s everything you need to know about YouTube TV. 


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How much does YouTube TV cost?

One of the best aspects of YouTube TV is the time you’ll save picking a package, because the company only offers one. YouTube TV service costs $64.99 per month for a nearly 80-channel lineup featuring some of the biggest channels on the market. Families will appreciate big names like Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, all three Disney channels, Food, and PBS Kids. 

Sports fans can rest easy knowing they’ll never miss a big game, thanks to one of the best sports packages in streaming. The package comes with sports favorites like ESPN, FS1, MLB Network, and NBA TV, while also making space for college sports networks and top-flight soccer. 

Looking for more grown-up entertainment? You’ll find FX, AMC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Adult Swim, and more ready and waiting. There are certainly a few channels in the lineup that will make you say “huh?” such as the Orlando Channel, but for the most part, YouTube TV’s lineup is killer from top to bottom. There are even local channels which we’ll cover a little more deeply later. 



YouTube TV Streaming Devices

Part of what makes YouTube TV great is that it works on every major streaming device on the market. Here’s everything you can use to start watching. 



What is on YouTube TV?

YouTube TV Originals

While YouTube TV doesn’t make any of its own original shows, YouTube TV subscribers get access to YouTube Red. YouTube Red is the company’s in-house production house, making original series and movies with celebrities and YouTube personalities. Technically this isn’t YouTube TV content, but it’s included with your subscription so it counts. 

YouTube TV Channels

With over 70 channels to choose from, there’s always something to watch or discovery on YouTube TV. Here’s what you get with your subscription. Note that local channel availability depends on where you live. 


Adult SwimAnimal PlanetBBC
BravoCBS SportsCartoon Network
CNNComedy CentralComet TV
Court TVCoziDiscovery
DisneyDisney JuniorDisney XD
ESPNUESPNewsFox Business
Fox News ChannelFS1FS2
Food NetworkFox SportsFreeform
Golf ChannelHGTVHLN
IFCInvestigation DiscoveryLAFC
MLB Game of the WeekMLB NetworkMSNBC
NBA TVNBC SportsNBC Universo
NatGeo WildNational GeographicNewsy
NickelodeonOWNOlympics Channel
OxygenParamount NetworkPBS
PBS KidsPOPSEC Network
SNYSmithsonian ChannelStart TV
Sundance TVSyfyTBS
TV LandTYTTelemundo
Tennis ChannelThe CWTravel Channel
TruTVUSAUniversal Kids
VH1WE TVYouTube Originals



YouTube TV local channels

Missing out on local TV channels is the only real downside of streaming TV, but you don’t even have to do that with YouTube TV. In most markets, YouTube TV subscribers will be able to access every major local broadcast network. To see what local channels you can access via YouTube TV in your market, enter your zip code here



YouTube TV add-ons

One frustrating aspect of YouTube TV is the lack of big premium movie channels like HBO and Cinemax. But that doesn’t mean the service don’t have plenty of add-ons to choose from. Here are all the ways you can augment your YouTube TV subscription. 

  • Acorn: $6 per month
  • AMC Premiere: $5 per month
  • Curiosity Stream: $3 per month
  • Epix: $6 per month
  • Fox Soccer Plus: $15 per month
  • HBO Max: $14.99 per month
  • NBA League Pass: $40 per month
  • Showtime: $11 per month
  • Shudder: $6 per month
  • STARZ: $9 per month
  • Sundance Now: $7 per month
  • UMC: $5 per month
  • Urban Movie Channel: $5 per month


YouTube TV DVR and multiple screens

Of all the streaming TV services, YouTube TV has the most generous DVR on the market. Users gets unlimited DVR space as part of their accounts. Even better, each account can have up to six separate user profiles, each of which also gets its own unlimited DVR. That means you’ll never have to worry about a member of the family accidentally recording over your favorite shows. 

While YouTube TV allows up to six different user profiles it limits the number of people who can use it at once. YouTube TV subscribers can only stream on up to three different devices simultaneously. If you have a big family the kids might have to share. 

YouTube TV on-demand and offline content

Like all streaming TV services, YouTube TV draws its on-demand content from the channels in your package. There are thousands of movies and TV shows to choose from, though it’s ultimately up to the networks to determine what is included. Some networks only include the three most recently aired episodes, while others offer full seasons of shows. You’ll need to browse around to see what’s offered. 

There is currently no offline content offered on YouTube TV. 



YouTube TV vs. The Competition

YouTube TV vs. Sling TV

When looking at streaming TV services, you need to think about what you need from your package. Is cost the most important thing? Or will you splurge for a slightly nicer package? Sling TV offers smaller packages of channels at a discount from normal streaming TV packages, starting at $30 per month and topping out at $45 per month. For just $30 a month, for example, you can get 47 channels with Sling Blue. It’s a great deal.

But if you’re looking for more, the deals start to look a little less sterling. The $45 Sling Orange + Blue package includes 53 channels and DVR. But that’s also only $5 cheaper than YouTube TV charges for 70+ channels. YouTube TV also includes unlimited DVR, where Sling gives you just 10 hours. Unless you’re trying to get by on a budget, YouTube TV is the clear winner. 

YouTube TV vs. AT&T TV Now

Once upon a time, DirecTV Now was the best streaming TV service on the market, but those days are over. Now under the name AT&T TV Now, the service costs more to start than anyone else around, with frustrating gaps in its coverage. A basic package starts at $65 per month with fewer channels than YouTube TV and less DVR storage space. Save money, and get more while you do it, with YouTube TV. 

YouTube TV vs. FuboTV

Interestingly, the closest competitor YouTube TV has is the quickly-growing upstart, FuboTV. For $59.99 per month, FuboTV gives subscribers 100+ channels, including local channels and cloud DVR. Membership also comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR, though more can be added for $9.99 per month.

Where FuboTV really shines is sports, with a number of channels covering games and matches around the globe. Want to watch sports in 4K? FuboTV is the only streaming TV option that lets you, even though its selection is limited. However, Fubo doesn’t have ESPN’s channels, and YouTube TV does.

The question ultimately comes down to price. Each service has its own charms, and while FuboTV has way more channels you might end up asking exactly how many channels you need. At $49.99 per month and unlimited DVR, YouTube TV is in the sweet spot of pricing and features. But if you don’t mind paying extra for one of the best sports packages around, FuboTV is a great deal.    

YouTube TV vs. Hulu Live TV

Hulu Live TV is an incredible service with a comparable price to YouTube TV. While YouTube TV offers more channels, 70+ to Hulu’s 60+, when it comes to the major channels they’re the same. Hulu offers far less DVR, just 50 hours, but otherwise these packages are very similar. The question ultimately comes down to on-demand content. Hulu Live TV includes access to the Hulu streaming service, effectively giving it the largest on-demand library in streaming TV. But YouTube TV comes with unlimited DVR space and slightly more channels. Personally, we prefer Hulu Live TV to YouTube TV, due to the addition of Hulu streaming. But it’s a truly close call, and for many viewers, YouTube TV will be the superior service. 



Is YouTube TV worth it?

YouTube TV is one of the premier streaming TV services on the market today. It’s simple to understand, simple to sign up for, and simple to use. Most importantly it offers a ton of features and channels at a fair price. There are definitely more niche streaming TV services out there that for people who need a more customizable package. But for the average cable fan looking to make the jump to streaming TV, YouTube TV is hard to beat.



How to Sign-up for YouTube TV

Thanks to the ubiquitous nature of Google, getting started with YouTube TV is a breeze. Here’s how it works. 

  1. Visit the YouTube TV site and select the “Try It Free” button. This will set you up with a two-week free trial.
  2. On the next page, you’ll find a Google account login. Because YouTube TV is owned by Google, you use your existing Gmail account to log in. 
  3. Once you log in, YouTube TV will guess the city you live in and ask you to confirm your area code. 
  4. Before you start your free trial, YouTube TV does something unlike any other streaming TV service: It lets you look around. Browse around the YouTube TV site and search your favorite movies, TV shows, and channels to see if they offer what you’re interested in. Once you’re done, select the “Start Free Trial” option at the top of the page.
  5. YouTube TV will walk you through what channels will come with the package in your area. Once you’re done, select “Next.” 
  6. YouTube TV will ask if you want to add any premium channels. Select the ones you want and hit “Next.” 
  7. Enter your payment information and select “Buy.” You’re now ready to start watching YouTube TV.

Live TV Service Guides

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Hulu with Live TVPhiloPluto TV
Sling TVVidgoYouTube TV

Premium Streaming Service Guides

Amazon PrimeCrunchyRollAcorn TV
CBS All AccessCuriosity StreamAMC Premiere
Disney PlusDC UniverseBritBox
HBO MaxShowtimeShudder
HuluStarzRooster Teeth
NetflixCriterion ChannelYouTube Premium

Entertainment Channel Guides

A&EAMCAnimal Planet
BBC AmericaBETBravo
Cartoon NetworkComedy CentralDiscovery Channel
Disney ChannelDisney XDE!
Food NetworkFreeformFX
FXXHallmark ChannelHGTV
History ChannelIFCLifetime
MTVNat GeoNickelodeon
Nick JrParamount NetworkScience Channel
TLCTravel ChannelTruTV
VH1WillowThe Weather Channel

Sports Channel Guides

ESPNUESPN DeportesACC Network
Big Ten NetworkBeIN SportsFox Sports
FS1FS2MLB Network
Mountain West NetworkNBA TVNBC Golf
NBC Sports NetworkNFL NetworkNFL Redzone
NHL NetworkPac 12 NetworkTennis Channel
SEC NetworkDAZNUFC Fight Pass
WWE NetworkTUDNCBS Sports Network

Streaming Device Guides

Streaming Device Guides

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RokuSmart TVsXBox
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*First Published: Sep 10, 2018, 5:30 am