4 Things to Know Before You Sign Up for YouTube TV

  • YouTube TV typically offers a free trial of at least five days, with no promo code necessary. 

  • YouTube TV increased the price of its only streaming TV plan to $50 a month (up from $40) in April 2019. The service provides access to 70+ channels, including local sports and news in most cities.

  • Unlimited DVR is included at no additional charge and recordings can be kept for up to nine months.

YouTube TV is money expert Clark Howard’s favorite live TV streaming service for sports fans who want to save money by cutting the cord without giving up their favorite channels.

The streaming TV service is one of a handful of options, including Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV and AT&T TV Now.

What Is YouTube TV? Team Clark Reviews the Live TV Streaming Service

For $50 per month, a YouTube TV membership provides access to more than 70 broadcast and cable networks, plus regional sports networks — no cable box required.

Clark has tried several streaming TV services and says YouTube TV is the best:

“My favorite of all the streaming products is YouTube TV. It has a pretty wide array of television programming, but what’s really neat is that multiple people could be watching different things at the same time and everybody has an unlimited DVR.”

YouTube TV went nationwide in early 2019 and expanded to cover nearly 98% of U.S. households. I recently signed up to experience it for myself!

Here are some of the things I learned about the YouTube TV streaming service…

YouTube TV Review: Table of Contents 

1. What Channels Do You Get With YouTube TV?

When you’re trying to choose a cable or satellite TV alternative, the list of channels is probably the most important factor.

The strength in YouTube TV’s channel lineup is with sports channels like ESPN, Fox Sports 1 & 2, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, MLB Network, NBCSN, SEC Network, NBA TV and regional sports networks.

In December 2019, dedicated live channels for PBS and PBS KIDS were added to YouTube TV’s list of networks.

RELATED: Streaming TV Channel Comparison Chart 


YouTube TV Channel List

YouTube TV:
ACC Network (ACCN)
Animal Planet
BBC America
BBC World News
Big Ten Network (BTN)
Cartoon Network
CBS Sports Network
Cheddar Business
Cheddar News
CNBC World
Cozi TV
Discovery Channel
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
Food Network
Fox Business Network
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Fox Sports 2 (FS2)
Golf Channel
Investigation Discovery (ID)
Local Now
MLB Network
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
Olympic Channel
PBS Kids
SEC Network
Smithsonian Channel
Start TV
Sundance TV
TCM (Turner Classic Movies)
Tennis Channel
Travel Channel
Universal Kids
WE tv

2. Does YouTube TV Include Unlimited DVR?

YouTube TV’s navigation makes it easy to find live TV shows, but it’s equally as simple to record content to watch at a later time with its cloud DVR function.

Subscribers can record as many shows as they want to — no storage limit — and recordings are kept for up to nine months.

In the video below, we demonstrate how to navigate YouTube TV’s cloud DVR and some of the other features like its live TV guide, which looks a lot like what you get with cable.

3. How Do You Stream YouTube TV on Your TV? 

You can always watch YouTube TV on your phone, tablet or computer, but what if you just want to stream your favorite shows on the big screen?

YouTube TV’s list of supported devices includes Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and some Samsung and LG TVs. Support for Amazon Fire TV devices arrived in September 2019.

YouTube TV Supported Devices 

  • Smart TVs
    • Select Sony TVs, NVIDIA Shield, & more with Android TV built-in
    • Samsung smart TVs (2016+ models only)
    • LG smart TVs (2016+ models only)
    • Select Vizio SmartCast models
    • Select Hisense Smart TV models
    • Select Sharp Smart TV models
  • Streaming Media Players
    • Chromecast & Chromecast Ultra
    • Roku Players & TVs
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick, Cube and TVs
    • Apple TV (4th generation & 4K)
  • Game Consoles
    • PlayStation 4
    • Xbox One, Xbox One S, & Xbox One X
  • Smartphones and Tablets
    • Phones & tablets running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above
    • iPhones & iPads running iOS 9.1 or later

If you don’t already have a streaming device, Clark recommends the $30 Roku Express because it’s cheap and easy to use. Click here to read our Quick Tips for First-Time Streamers.

Roku Express streaming media player
Roku Express streaming media player

4. Can a Family Share YouTube TV?

There are six accounts included with a YouTube TV membership for family members and roommates to receive their own unique recommendations and cloud DVR. Each household can watch up to three streams at a time.

If you want to use YouTube TV while traveling, you can access certain programs based on your location. Learn more here.

Pros and Cons of YouTube TV 

Just like Clark, I’ve been impressed with YouTube TV. I didn’t experience error messages or buffering while streaming over an internet connection with roughly 60 Mbps download speed.


The service recommends a download speed of at least 13 Mbps to reliably stream HD video. (Learn how to check your speed.)

YouTube TV has a great lineup of sports networks for $50 a month, but other services like Hulu with Live TV and Sling TV offer a variety of sports, news and entertainment networks for a cheaper price.

Unlimited DVR is a bright spot for YouTube TV because some of its competitors place limits on storage or charge extra for it. The ability for family members to have their own personalized DVR is also nice.

Most major streaming devices are compatible with YouTube TV, with Amazon Fire TV added in late 2019.

YouTube TV: Pros and Cons 

Pros Cons
One simple plan for $50/month Price increased from $40 to $50 per month in April 2019
Lots of sports: ESPN, FS1, FS2, MLB Network, NBA TV and more
PBS added in December 2019
Unlimited DVR

If you’re thinking about switching from cable to YouTube TV, take advantage of the free trial first. If you don’t like it, just keep trying other services until you find one that’s a good fit. They all have free trials, typically for five or seven days.

Learn more and compare your options in Clark’s guide to the best live TV streaming plans and deals!

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