There is going to come a time when cord cutters have more options than cable TV users. It was announced recently that Google is launching its own live streaming service through YouTube that will serve as an alternative to cable TV. The service, which will be known as YouTube TV, will be along the same vein as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and other streaming services. And in early April of 2017, YouTube TV officially launched – albeit, only in 5 select cities. Keep reading for our full YouTube TV review.
What is YouTube TV? And what can we expect from the new service? Well, that’s what we’re going to tell you in this YouTube TV review. From the YouTube TV channels list to its price, we will tell you everything we currently know. So, if you’re looking for a new streaming service, this should help you determine if YouTube TV is what you’re looking for.
What is YouTube TV?
First off, Google owns YouTube, and the new YouTube TV will leverage this existing platform to deliver live linear cable channels streaming directly to your devices. YouTube has been trying to get into the TV game for a long time, and 2017 is the perfect time for them to do so as the traditional cable model continues to lose subscribers.
Currently live TV streaming options that act as a cable alternative include Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and DIRECTV NOW. More services, like Hulu Live and VIDGO will be rolling out shortly. Apple and Amazon both have plans similar to YouTube TV going, also. YouTube has mentioned getting into the live TV game previously, as far back as in 2012, though this is the first time any concrete details have emerged.
YouTube TV officially launched in early April, 2017. Currently, it’s only available in 5 markets: New York, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia. YouTube TV will eventually roll out nationwide, but Google has not released a firm timeline to that point.
YouTube TV Channels List
The YouTube TV channels list has just been announced, and it has a little bit of something for everybody, from sports fans to TV junkies to those wanting to keep up with the latest news.
The current YouTube channel lineup includes the following for $35 a month:
Sports — ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, CSN (regional Comcast SportsNet stations), regional FOX Sports Networks, FS1, FS2, BTN (Big Ten Network), NBCSN, ESPN U, SEC Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPN News, Golf Channel
YouTube TV Local Channels — ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW, Telemundo
Entertainment — USA, FX, Freeform, Disney, E, Bravo, Oxygen, FX, Syfy, Disney Junior, Disney XD, National Geographic, FXM, Sprout, Universal, Nat Geo Wild, Chiller, Telemundo
News — MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC, Fox Business, Local Now
Spanish — Telemundo, NBC Universo
Additionally, YouTube TV will give subscribers the option to add-on premium channels at an additional cost. Currently, premium YouTube TV channels include Showtime and FOX Soccer Plus.
It’s worth noting there are some key absences from the YouTube TV channels list. The service doesn’t offer TNT, TBS, CNN, AMC, A&E, History, Comedy Central, HBO, Discovery, and a few others. These networks are offered in most of the best streaming services that are now direct competitors to YouTube TV.
What Will YouTube TV Cost?
The YouTube TV price is of course going to be a factor in anyone’s decision. Now that the service has launched, we know that it has plans starting at $35/month. This is no contract, so you pay month to month and can cancel at anytime. This is competitive with the price points of PlayStation Vue and DIRECTV NOW, but it is more expensive than Sling TV’s entry price point of just $20 a month.
There is currently only one plan available, with 2 additional add-on channels available. It is unclear at this time whether YouTube TV will add new plans, or whether the existing plan will just be expanded.
YouTube TV Release Date
YouTube TV officially launched on April 5th, 2017. As mentioned, it’s currently only available in 5 cities. We do not have a timeline for when the full nationwide service is going to be released, but we’ll keep this guide updated.
YouTube TV Review: Device Offerings
Here’s what we know so far: YouTube TV device compatibility is limited at this point, but that’s to be expected with a brand new service. We expect many more devices to be added before the service rolls out nationwide. Currently, you can use YouTube TV on:
Phones: Android and iOS devices
Tablets: iPad iOS 9.1 or later
Computers: In-browser (works best in Chrome)
TVs: Google Chromecast, Chromecast built-in TV, or Android TV.
Is There a YouTube TV Free Trial?
Yes, there is! Currently, the YouTube TV free trial is a very generous full month for free. This is quite a bargain, considering most competing services only offer 7 day trials.
YouTube TV Review: More Details Coming Soon
We will update this YouTube TV review as information is made available about the streaming service. Make sure to check back later for more information!