YouTube TV Review 2021

YouTube TV is one of the most complete live TV streaming services on the market
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$64.9985+View Plan

If you’re looking to cut the cord, YouTube TV is a solid choice.

YouTube TV combines the best of all things TV and streaming have to offer with access to live TV, on-demand movies, full seasons of popular TV shows, unlimited DVR space, YouTube videos, and the latest news clips.

So basically, everyone from your die-hard Seattle Seahawks fan dad to your princess-loving younger sister will have something to watch.

Pros

  • YouTube TV has an unlimited DVR storage space
  • It has all of the major sports channels
  • The value of YouTube TV is one of the best

Cons

  • YouTube TV doesn't have the Hallmark or HISTORY channels
  • There is no international sports coverage

How much does YouTube TV cost?

YouTube TV keeps things simple: one plan, one price

Youtube TV costs $65 per month. If you’re a fan of sports, lifestyle, and broadcast channels, 85 channels at that price is a huge win for everyone in the family—especially if you’re the one paying the bill.

YouTube TV was even named our top pick when it came to live TV streaming services.

It has an unlimited cloud DVR and won’t erase your recordings until nine months have passed. YouTube TV also has NFL Network, NBA TV, and MLB Network for your sports entertainment at home. You won’t find these perks with another service at this price.

How does YouTube TV compare with other live TV streaming services?
ProviderMonthly priceAvailable channelsLearn more
YouTube TV$64.99*85View Plan
Hulu + Live TV$64.99$70.99*65View Plans
Fubo$33$79.99*150View Plans
Sling$35$5050View Plans
Data as of 10/28/20. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Data as of 10/28/20. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

YouTube TV gives you on-demand content and live TV channels. You also get a vast amount of choices for whatever mood you happen to be in. You’ll find drama, comedy, reality, action, mystery, and documentaries all in one place.

Does YouTube TV have fees?

There are no hidden fees or penalties for canceling your subscription (high five, YouTube TV!).

And if you want to take a break without losing all of your Friends recordings, then you can pause your membership for up to six months and come back to watch Rachel and Ross break up again.

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Which channels does YouTube TV have?

YouTube TV likely has most of your favorite cable TV channels

YouTube TV Live Tab

One of the main reasons YouTube TV is one of the best all-around services is because of its channel lineup. Most families could live happily with the channels this live TV streaming service provides.

If you want to know why we chose YouTube TV as one of the best live TV streaming services for sports, scroll down a little to the sports channels section.

YouTube TV news, lifestyle, and kids channels include the following:

  • ABC
  • BBC America
  • BET
  • Cartoon Network
  • CNN
  • The CW
  • Disney Channel
  • ESPN, ESPN 2
  • Food Network
  • Fox
  • FX
  • HGTV
  • MSNBC
  • Nat Geo
  • Nickelodeon
  • Paramount Network
  • PBS Kids
  • Pop
  • TBS
  • Telemundo
  • TNT
  • Universal Kids

Also, a bonus feature lets you hide channels you’re not interested in.

You and your family will be able to record or watch your Chopped, Sunday NFL Countdown, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse simultaneously. But you won’t be able to watch Ancient Aliens or Hallmark movies because YouTube TV doesn’t have the HISTORY Channel or the Hallmark Channel.

Which local channels does YouTube TV have?

Now for the local channels. YouTube TV offers ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC for your local news and sports needs. But it could still vary depending on your location, so go ahead and check availability to make sure you get Let’s Make a Deal on your device.

Which premium channels and add-ons does YouTube TV have?

YouTube TV offers monthly subscriptions to premium channels on top of the base monthly price of $64.99. You’ll be able to watch Shameless during your break at work and Power while your spouse shops.

You’ll also get a 5 to 14-day trial before you commit to the monthly cost.

And the best part is YouTube TV offers all of the premium channels so you can have all of your channels in one place.

How much are YouTube TV's premium channels and add-ons?
ChannelAdd-on monthly price
HBO$14.99/mo.
HBO Max$14.99/mo.
SHOWTIME$4.99/mo. (for first 6 months), $11.00/mo.
CINEMAX$9.99/mo.
STARZ$9.00/mo.
EPIX$6.00/mo.
Entertainment Plus (HBO Max, SHOWTIME, STARZ)$29.99/mo.
Sports Plus$10.99/mo.
Hallmark Movies Now$5.99/mo.
CuriosityStream$3.00/mo.
Sundance Now$7.00/mo.
Shudder$6.00/mo.
Urban Movie Channel$5.00/mo.
Acorn TV$6.00/mo.

Which sports channels does YouTube TV have?

YouTube TV finally added NFL Network to its channel lineup, and also added a Sports Plus add-on package that includes NFL RedZone, Fox College Sports, GolTV, Fox Soccer Plus, and Stadium for $10.99 per month.

So for all you NFL and soccer fans, you can get a more complete sports lineup with YouTube TV’s new channels and its Sports Plus add-on for about $76 per month.

After the season is over, you can simply cancel the add-on.

YouTube TV includes the following sports channels:

  • ACCN
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • FS1, FS2
  • Golf Channel
  • MLB Network
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports
  • NBC Sports Network
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • SEC Network

If Roger Federer is your tennis idol or you simply like watching Rafael Nadal’s backhand, you won’t be able to watch either of them with YouTube TV as it doesn’t have the Tennis Channel anymore.

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Bonus for sports fans
When you click the information button on your game, you’ll get details of the current score and the lineup. If you’re watching a recording, you’ll be able to see the final score and stats. How awesome is that?

How much DVR storage space does YouTube TV have?

Unlimited DVR storage for no extra cost. Enough said.

Out of all the streaming services, YouTube TV has the best DVR in the industry.

Unlimited space for no extra cost and recordings will stay in your Library for up to nine months? We’ll take it.

But your device must be connected to the internet to view your recordings. This isn’t a huge problem unless you travel a lot on a restrictive data plan and must be connected to Wi-Fi.

You can record all of the NBA playoff games, your roommate can record all of The Office episodes, and you both can record all of the movies your hearts desire.

How does YouTube TV work?

YouTube TV has a clean interface and a relatively bug-free service, but its guide doesn’t display many upcoming shows

The interface

YouTube TV separates its interface into three tabs (four, if you count Search): Library, Home, and Live. It has a similar look to the regular YouTube website, and there’s even a Dark Mode option in the settings (because that’s the cool thing to do these days).

Home

The Home tab is where you’ll find your suggestions, resume watching, Top Shows, Family, Shows, Movies, Sports, etc., and there’s also a horizontal list of genres you can choose from such as Fantasy, Romance, and Reality Competition.

YouTube TV Family Category

Under Shows, you’ll find America’s Got Talent, Yellowstone, and Chopped. Family will include TV shows from Disney Junior, like Puppy Dog Pals. And in News, you’ll easily find your local news channels, The Situation Room with Wolf, and 20/20 on OWN.

You will have access to classic and newer movies such as Step Brothers, Sully, Austin Powers, American Hustle, Deadpool 2, and Creed II. You’ll also be able to watch full seasons of Gold Rush, Property Brothers, Law & Order, Bob’s Burgers, and Botched.

YouTube TV movies

YouTube TV’s home page will also suggest adding your favorite sports teams to your Library. When you add a sports team or live TV show to your Library, YouTube TV will record all future games and upcoming shows for you to watch whenever you want.

Library

On the Library tab, there are a few different categories: New in Your Library, Most Watched, Scheduled Recordings, and Recordings (all of your recordings).

Live

The Live tab is where you’ll find your live TV channels, giving you that traditional cable TV experience. You can also sort your channels however you’d like, with your favorite channels on top.

The drawback to the Live tab is it only displays a certain number of shows in the Guide. On a desktop, Live displays the show that’s currently airing and the next show in your queue. On a smart TV, Live displays shows airing for the next seven hours. And on a smartphone, Live only displays what’s currently airing.

YouTube TV Cell Phone Live tab

But the search button could come in handy by searching for “movies tonight” or “shows tomorrow”.

Which devices is YouTube TV compatible with?

In case you want to watch First Take on the train to work or your kids want to watch Paw Patrol while you’re grocery shopping, you’re going to need to know if your device is compatible with the YouTube TV app.

But there shouldn’t be any issues, because YouTube TV is compatible with most devices. Here are a few to choose from:

  • iPhone, iPad
  • Android smartphone, Android tablet
  • Apple TV
  • Android TV
  • Roku TVs, Roku smart soundbar
  • Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Express, Roku Premiere
  • Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cubes
  • Vizio SmartCast TVs
  • Samsung & LG smart TVs
  • HiSense TVs
  • Chrome, Safari

You can also watch YouTube TV on multiple devices with up to six accounts and three simultaneous streams.

We should also mention that YouTube TV suggests you have at least a 3 Mbps internet connection to stream and a 7+ Mbps for HD quality while using the app.

Recap: Is YouTube TV worth it?

YouTube TV is officially the GOAT of all live TV streaming services

YouTube TV is a solid option for cord-cutters because you get all of these things for $65 per month:

  • More than 85 channels
  • NFL Network, NBA TV, and MLB Network
  • Disney Channel, HGTV, and Lifetime
  • An unlimited DVR storage space that saves for nine months
  • Access to all of the premium channels
  • A Sports Plus add-on to get the NFL RedZone Channel

Compared to other live TV streaming services, they’re not as well-rounded as YouTube TV because they either don’t offer as many channels for this price, don’t have all of the major sports channels in their lineup, or don’t have an unlimited DVR storage space.

If you like live sports, movies, a DVR with no limits, and a variety of channels that makes everyone in the house happy … you’ll like YouTube TV.

But if you need to get your sappy Christmas movie fix with Hallmark or you just can’t live without the HISTORY channel, then YouTube TV might not be for you.

If you’re not sure if YouTube TV is for you, we suggest checking out our review on fuboTV. fuboTV also has a great dollar-to-channel ratio and an excellent variety of channels.

What do you think?

Do you have YouTube TV? What’s your experience with it been? Or do you like a different streaming service better? Drop us a comment below!

  • Carl Sandage

    UTub has locked the zip code change. GPS location is now forced. It’s a shame.