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Here’s everything you need to know.

YouTube TV is the most straightforward option for live TV streaming. That’s because there’s only one tier of YouTube TV channels to choose from, and the perks are relatively straightforward: Each household can create up to six accounts, and each of those accounts receives unlimited cloud DVR, so you can record any show or game to watch later.

Here’s everything you need to know about YouTube TV channels, as well as the premium add-ons and availability of local channels.

YouTube TV

Cost: $40 per month

Devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices

Simply put, YouTube TV is one of the best ways to stream live sports. Unsurprisingly, given its high-profile sponsorship of the World Series, its 70-plus channel lineup is stacked with sports options of every stripe, from obvious essentials (ESPN, FS1, MLB Network, NBA TV) to college sports networks (SEC Network, Big Ten Network), and three channels devoted to MLS teams. Overkill? Maybe, but we’re not complaining. (To get a better sense of how YouTube TV stacks up to the competition, check out these lists of PlayStation Vue channels and DirecTV Now channels.)

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There’s more than just sports, though. You’ll get FX, AMC, and CNN. That said, there’s also a lot of filler (New England Cable News? Comet? Decades? Freeform?). Also worth noting: YouTube TV does not allow you to skip commercials on YouTube. For that, you’ll need YouTube Premium.

One issue you might run into with YouTube TV is finding a way to use it. YouTube TV is not available via Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV, and you won’t be able to use your PS4 either. On the plus side, you can stream on up to three devices simultaneously.

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YouTube TV local channels

As with any streaming service, some networks might not be available in your area, and local sports games are still subject to regional blackouts. To get a better idea of what local channels you’ll be able to watch on YouTube TV, enter your ZIP code here. Here’s what came up for Washington, D.C., for example:

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YouTube TV channels

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • Fox
  • NBC
  • AMC
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • Cheddar
  • Cheddar Big News
  • Bravo
  • Big Ten Network
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • Comet
  • The CW
  • Decades
  • Disney XD
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNEWS
  • ESPNU
  • Fox Business
  • Fox News
  • Fox Sports
  • Freeform
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • Los Angeles Football Club
  • MLB Network
  • MSNBC
  • My Network TV
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Wild
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Golf
  • NBC Sports
  • NBC Universo
  • New England Cable News
  • Newsy
  • Olympic Channel
  • Orlando City SC
  • Pop
  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • SEC Network
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • SNY (SportsNet New York)
  • Sundance TV
  • Syfy
  • Tastemade
  • TBS
  • Telemundo
  • Tennis Channel
  • TNT
  • TCM
  • TruTV
  • Universal Kids
  • Universo
  • USA
  • WeTV
  • YES
  • TYT
  • YouTube Originals

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YouTube TV channels: The add-ons

You can’t add HBO, NFL Network or NFL RedZone, but YouTube TV offers a handful of premium add-ons to enhance your experience.

  • AMC Premiere: $5 per month
  • Curiosity Stream: $3 per month
  • Fox Soccer Plus: $15 per month
  • Showtime: $11 per month
  • Shudder: $5 per month
  • Starz: $9 per month

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For more information, check out our complete YouTube TV guide here.

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Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.