How many devices can you stream YouTube TV with at once?

Cutting ties with your cable company and cord-cutting is an easy choice, but finding a streaming replacement can be a struggle. Netflix is great, but what about when you want to watch live TV? YouTube TV is a great service that makes it easy to stream your favorite live TV stations. Here’s everything you need to know about which devices support YouTube TV and how many different people can stream on one YouTube account at the same time.

What is YouTube TV?

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Just because YouTube is best known as a video streaming site doesn’t mean that’s the service’s only trick. Launched in April of 2017, YouTube TV is the company’s take on subscription streaming TV. Originally only available in five major markets, YouTube TV has since expanded, with service available in over 100 U.S. markets. You can check to see if it’s available in your city here.

Subscriptions cost $50 per month for 70-plus channels, one of the best deals in streaming TV across any service. You get FX, AMC, CNN, and more. However, YouTube TV is especially attractive for sports fans thanks to the inclusion of ESPN, FS1, MLB Network, NBA TV. In addition, subscribers get unlimited DVR space across six individual accounts, making it a great plan for families. While you sadly can’t add HBO, subscribers can add premium channels like Showtime, Shudder, and Starz for an additional fee every month.     

YouTube TV devices

The one major downside of YouTube TV, other than its continuous roll out leaving it out of certain markets, is its supported devices. A few major players, including Sony and Amazon, are simply left out. However, there are still plenty of ways to stream YouTube TV.  

Roku

  • Roku TVs
  • Roku Ultra
  • Roku Streaming Stick+
  • Roku Streaming Stick (3800x, 3600x)
  • Roku Express/Express+ (3910x, 3900x, 3710x, 3700x)
  • Roku Premiere+
  • Roku Premiere
  • Roku 4
  • Roku 3 (4200x, 4230x)
  • Roku 2 (4210x)

Apple TV

  • 4th gen
  • Apple TV 4K

Google Chromecast

  • All models

Xbox One

  • Xbox One
  • Xbox One S
  • Xbox One X

Mobile

  • Android L or later (with the exception of Pixel C devices)
  • iOS 9.1 or later

Android TV

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YouTube TV on smart TVs

Samsung

  • 2016 models onward

LG smart TVs

  • 2016 models onward

Vizio smart TVs

  • 2018 models

Hisense

  • H9E Plus models

Sharp

  • Select smart TV models
  • Roku TV models

Web Browser

  • Chrome
  • Firefox

How many devices can you use with YouTube TV?

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Hearing that YouTube supports unlimited DVR for up to six accounts might give you a sense of false hope when it comes to how many devices you can use it on at once. We’d like to let you down gently, so be prepared to manage your expectations. Just because YouTube TV supports up to six separate users accounts, doesn’t mean you can have six streams going at once. Instead, subscribers can stream YouTube TV on up to three devices simultaneously. For most people that won’t be an issue, but if you’re worried, be careful about how many people you share your password with.  

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What’s the best YouTube TV device?

We tested YouTube TV on Xbox One, Roku, Chrome, and Firefox. In each instance, the app ran quickly with no hiccups. Based on personal taste we recommend using a Roku, thanks to the company’s incredible product support, the price range of devices, and its wonderful smartphone app.

While any model works, the Roku Stick stands out. Users get a compact streaming stick that offers 1080p HD picture and a voice-controlled Bluetooth remote for just $49.99. It’s tiny so you can throw it in your bag when you’re traveling, or just enjoy that it doesn’t take up space in your entertainment center.

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New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2019 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for premium services, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, and Starz online. Want a specific channel? Here’s how to stream A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC, Bravo, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, Comedy Central, the CW, Discovery, Disney Channel, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Food Network, Fox News, Freeform, FS1 and FS2, FX, Golf Channel, Hallmark, HGTV, History Channel, HLN, Lifetime, MSNBC, MTV, National Geographic, NBA TV, Nickelodeon, PBS, Sundance TV, Syfy, TBS, Tennis Channel, TLC, TNT, the Weather Channel, Willow, VH1, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.

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John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adopter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also also find him regularly performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.