YouTube TV: plans, pricing, channels, how to cancel, and more

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When you anticipate of alive video, you anticipate YouTube. And so YouTube TV — Google’s alive TV alive account — actual abundant aloof makes faculty for a lot of people. Designed for those who appetite to cut the bond and canal their cable or accessory subscriptions (and accepted in the industry as a multichannel video programming distributor, or MPVD), YouTube TV competes in the aforementioned amphitheatre as added streaming television services like DirecTV Stream (formerly accepted as AT&T TV Now and DirecTV Now), Sling TV, FuboTV, and Hulu With Live TV.

And YouTube TV offers a different mix of appearance that accomplish it actual appealing, so abundant so that it’s now the No. 1 account in the U.S. in agreement of the cardinal of paid subscribers, with some 5 actor subscribers as of June 2022 — up some 2 actor from the aftermost time the account gave an amend in October 2020. The acceptance is due to several factors. YouTube TV is accessible to use. It’s got a alternative of channels that’s aggressive with all its rivals. And the YouTube TV amount is competitive, too. You’re able to watch YouTube TV on appealing abundant any avant-garde device. And the actuality that ancestor aggregation Alphabet (aka Google) has been business the heck out of it the accomplished few years absolutely hasn’t hurt, either.

It’s additionally one of the alone options if you appetite to beck any array of alive TV in 4K resolution. More on that in a minute.

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And yes, YouTube TV now is home to NFL Sunday Ticket. That’s a big deal.

There’s a lot activity on with YouTube TV, and it’s appealing abundant alone gotten bigger over time.

The YouTube TV alive guide.Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends

What is YouTube TV?

In a nutshell, YouTube TV is a alive TV alive account that’s accessible in the United States. It’s a backup for a cable or accessory account that’s streamed through the Internet, accessible on phones, tablets, TV, and web browsers, and it lets you watch TV appealing abundant as you consistently have, from anywhere you accept an internet connection, at home or on the go.

YouTube TV was belted to a almost baby cardinal of locations in the United States back it launched in 2017. That afflicted in 2019 back a large expansion alien abutment for all 210 markets. It has additionally abundantly broadcast its accumulating of channels over the years. YouTube TV now boasts added than 110 channels, including the four above civic broadcasters — ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox. (Like all alive services, what’s absolutely accessible area you alive may alter a tad, so you’ll charge to analysis your ZIP code.)

The band amid YouTube TV and YouTube able charcoal adequately distinct. You’ll see a bit of the aforementioned branding, which makes sense. And YouTube TV is a subdomain of YouTube itself. But you’re not yet seeing things like recommended YouTubers or YouTube Shorts active alongside the brand of ESPN and CNN.

You may, however, acquisition recommendations for movies and shows accessible to hire or acquirement through YouTube itself. Like we said, the curve are there, but abashing added all the time.

Its better antagonism comes in deciding amid YouTube TV and Hulu With Live TV.

The YouTube TV home screen.Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends

YouTube TV amount and add-ons

Due to a price access in March 2023, YouTube TV now costs $73 a ages (plus tax, which takes things up afterpiece to $77 a month).

That’s not to say that’s all you’ll anytime pay for YouTube TV, however. It has a cardinal of alternative add-ons that accord you added shows and movies and sports to watch — but of course, you’ll pay extra. A new big one is an adeptness to watch some shows and sports in 4K on YouTube TV.

And there’s now a abstracted Spanish-only plan (conveniently alleged the “Spanish Plan”) that’s accessible for $25 a ages for the aboriginal six months, and $35 a ages afterwards that. It includes beIN ñ, beIN Xtra en Español, Antena 3, NTN 24, Nuestra Tele, TyC Sports, Discovery en Espanol, Discovery Familia, Baby TV Espanol, ESPN Deportes, Nat Geo Mundo, Estrella TV, Fox Deportes, Cine Latino, Pasiones, WAPA América, Cine Mexicano, Sony Cine, Tastemade, CNN Espanol, Bandamax, De Pelicula, De Pelicula Classico, FOROtv, Telehit, Telehit Urbano, and Tlnovelas.

Here are the alternative add-ons accessible with YouTube TV:

  • 4K Plus ($5 a ages for the aboriginal 12 months; $10 after): First fabricated accessible in June 2021, 4K Plus allows you to watch some agreeable on YouTube TV in 4K resolution. Mostly that agency shows and alternation in on-demand anatomy — things like What We Do In The Shadows, Struggle Meals, American Titans, Snowfall, and more. But area it absolutely starts to flash is with alive sports from networks like ESPN, Fox Sports, and NBC Sports. Also, 4K Plus adds offline examination of recorded shows, additional the adeptness to watch on as abounding accessories as you appetite at already on your home network.
  • Spanish Plus ($10 for aboriginal six months; $15 after): Additional Spanish-language channels, including Antena 3, Baby TV Español, Bandamax, beIN Sports Español, beIN XTRA en Español, Cine Latino, Cine Mexicano, CNNe, De Película, De Película Clásico, Discovery en Español, Discovery Familia, ESPN Deportes, EstrellaTV, FOROtv, Fox Deportes, Nat Geo Mundo, NTN 24, Nuestra Tele, Pasiones, SonyCine, Tastemade en Español, Telehit, Telehit Música, Tlnovelas, TyC Sports, Universo, and WAPA.
  • HBO Max ($13 a month): New HBO Max Originals and included networks, additional all the bequest HBO agreeable you apperceive and love.
  • HBO ($16 a month): HBO, bare all the Max stuff.
  • NBA League Pass ($15 a month, or $50 a year): Comes with a seven-day chargeless trial.
  • Sports Plus ($11 a month, or $80 annually): Includes NFL RedZone, BeIN Sports, Fox Soccer Plus, VSiN, Outside TV+, PokerGO+, MAVTV, FanDuel TV, Stadium, Billiard TV, SportsGrid, PlayersTV, Fight Network, IMPACT Wrestling. Comes with a seven-day chargeless trial.
  • Entertainment Plus ($30 a month): Includes HBO Max, Showtime, and STARZ.
  • Showtime ($11 a month): Premium movies and series. Comes with a seven-day chargeless trial.
  • Starz ($9 a month): Premium movies and series.
  • Hallmark Movies Now ($6 a month): All the movies and alternation you adulation from Hallmark. Comes with a seven-day chargeless trial.
  • Cinemax ($10 a month): Premium movies and series. Comes with a seven-day chargeless trial.
  • MGM+ ($6 a month): All the best from the allegorical studio.
  • STARZ + MGM+ ($12 a month): A array of the two services.
  • CuriosityStream ($3 a month): Science-type shows. Comes with a 14-day chargeless trial.
  • ViX+ ($7 a month): Spanish-language agreeable from TelevisaUnivision.
  • Fox Nation ($6 a month): The alive account from Fox News.
  • ScreenPix ($3 a month): Classic movies from EPIX.
  • AMC+ ($8 a month): Additional streaming-only agreeable from AMC.
  • Shudder ($6 a month): New and archetypal horror.
  • Sundance Now ($7 a month): The alive arm of Sundance Channel.
  • Here TV ($8 a month): LGBTQ movies and series.
  • Acorn TV ($7 a month): British hits.
  • IFC Films Unlimited ($6 a month): The best of indie films.
  • ALLBLK ($6 a month): Inclusively but unapologetically Black content.
  • Docurama ($5 a month): All the documentaries you could want.
  • CONtv ($5 a month): Movies, shows, and Comic-Con panels.
  • Dove ($5 a month): Christian movies and shows.
  • Law & Crime ($2 a month): Live trials and added attorneys news.
  • UP Faith & Family ($6 a month): TV shows and movies that are safe for your ancestors and advance your faith.
  • Fandor ($4 a month): The home for cinephiles.
  • Screambox ($5 a month): Pure horror.
  • Comedy Dynamics ($5 a month): Independent ball from the Nacelle company.
  • VSiN ($4 a month): Sports action network.
  • Outside TV Features ($2 a month): Full-length adventitious sports films.
  • The Great Courses ($8 a month): Learn all the things about all the things.
  • MovieSphere ($5 a month): Lionsgate hits, band abstract and aggregate in-between.
  • MyOutDoorTV ($10 a month): Exclusive series, alive events, and added on all things hunting and fishing.
  • Tastemade+ ($3 a month): Even added award-winning food, travel, home design, and more.
  • PokerGO ($15 a month): Exclusive alive poker tournaments.
  • Dekkoo ($10 a month): Gay movies and series.
  • Magellan TV ($6 a month): Documentaries account watching.
  • Magnolia Selects ($5 a month): Films and alternation from Magnolia Pictures.
  • ATRESplayer ($5 a month): Spanish-language on-demand video from Atresmedia.
  • Gaia ($12 a month): Conscious media, alive yoga videos, and more.
  • Classica ($7 a month): All things classical music, jazz, opera and ballet, from Stingray.
  • Topic ($6 a month): Criminally acceptable TV and blur from all over the world.
  • Quello Concerts ($8 a month): Live music and concerts.
  • Hopster Learning ($5 a month): Making screentime acute for preschoolers.
  • Hi-YAH! ($4 a month): If you adulation aggressive arts, you’ll adulation this.
  • MHz Choice ($8 a month): The best new all-embracing mysteries, dramas, and comedies.
  • RCN Total ($5 a month): Premiere movies and more.
The adapted YouTube TV alive guide.Image acclimated with permission by absorb holder

YouTube TV channels

Generally speaking, YouTube TV has as aggressive a slate of channels — both beeline and nonlinear (that is, article added than what you ability acquisition on acceptable cable TV) — as any of the added commensurable offerings. That mostly agency Hulu With Live TV, which is the alone added alive account with about as abounding subscribers as YouTube TV.

The devil, as always, is in the details. If YouTube TV has the approach you want, great! If it doesn’t, you’re activity to accept to attending elsewhere. And that’s OK — it’s how antagonism works.

Here are the channels you can watch as allotment of the capital YouTube TV plan, as of February 2023:

ABC, ABC News Live, ACC Network, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, BET Her, Bounce, Bravo, BTN, Cartoon Network, CBS, CBS Sports, Charge!, Cheddar News, CMT, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, Comedy.TV, Comet TV, Court TV, Cozi, Dabl, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN in 4K, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, Food Network, Fox, Fox Business, Fox News, Fox Soul, Fox Sports 4K, Fox Sports Plus 4K, Fox Weather, Freeform, FS1, FS2, FX, FXM, FXX, Galavision, Game Show Network, GetTV, Golf Channel, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HGTV, HLN, HSN, ID, IFC, ION, JusticeCentral.TV, LiveNOW, Local Now, Magnolia Network, MotorTrend, MSNBC, MTV, MTV Classic, MTV2, Nat Ceo, Nat Geo Wild, NBA TV, NBA TV in 4K, NBC, NBC News Now, NBC Sports 4K, NBCLX, NewsNation, NFL Network ,Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, OWN, Oxygen True Crime, Paramount, PBS, PBS Kids, Pop, QVC, Recipe.TV, Scripps News, SEC Network, Smithsonian Channel, Start TV, Sundance TV, SYFY, T2, Tastemade, TBD TV, TBS, TeenNick, Telemundo, The CW, The Weather Channel, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, TUDN, Turner Classic Movies, TV Land, TYT Network, UniMas, Universal Kids, Univision, USA, VH1, WE tv.

And one of the acknowledgment appearance actuality is that you can hide a approach on YouTube TV if you want. That’ll advice accumulate your adviser chargeless of channels you never watch.

And agenda that your bounded advertisement channels should be included in the aloft listings.

YouTube TV and 4K

One of the coolest things about YouTube TV is that it’s one of the easiest alive casework to use. And it should be, accustomed that it’s from the association who additionally run the better alive video account on the face of the planet. (That’d be YouTube.)

You’ve got ascendancy over all sorts of things — including the alive resolution. While 99% of the time you’re activity to appetite to leave things on Auto, you additionally can downshift the alive resolution if you want. That additionally makes it accessible to see what’s alive in 720p, or 1080p. A lot of the time it’s activity to be the former, abnormally if it’s alive sports at 60 frames per second. But we’re seeing added and added 1080p video, which is good.

You additionally can watch YouTube TV in 4K. Sometimes.

YouTube TV is one of the alone aboriginal alive alive casework in the United States to action some alive agreeable in 4K resolution. (The added is FuboTV.) On the alive end of things, you’ll acquisition contest from ESPN, Fox Sports, and NBC Sports. There’s additionally a little bit of on-demand book accessible in 4K resolution, too. You’ll acquisition 4K streams from Discovery, FX, Nat Geo, and Tastemade.

All in all, YouTube TV’s video is appealing commensurable to added alive services. You ability get a lower resolution for a few abnormal afore the absorber fills out and hits max capacity. And it all depends on the backbone of your home network, and the acceleration of your ISP, in accession to the way YouTube TV and its agreeable providers are alms the appearance or cine or action in the aboriginal place. There are a lot of affective genitalia here. It’s additionally important to agenda that 4K alive isn’t accessible on every distinct allotment of hardware. But to date, you’ll be able to get it on Chromecast with Google TV, 4K-capable Roku devices, the 2021 archetypal of Apple TV 4K (the 2017 archetypal will see bigger resolution, but not the abounding 4K), Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, NVIDIA Shield, and 4K Android TV acute TVs.

An NFL Sunday Ticket multiview advantage on YouTube TV.The aboriginal division of NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube TV doesn’t acquiesce you to aces what amateur you watch in multiview. Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends

YouTube TV and NFL Sunday Ticket

Starting with the 2023-24 season, YouTube TV (as able-bodied as YouTube proper) will be home to NFL Sunday Ticket. It’s an alternative cable that gets you acceptance to all out-of-market games, so you don’t accept to resort to … added agency … to watch.

While we don’t yet apperceive what NFL Sunday Ticket will cost, we do apperceive that it’ll get some array of abatement if you subscribe on YouTube TV, against on YouTube Prime Channels. For context, a abounding division of NFL Sunday Ticket amount either $300 or $400 a division on DirecTV. It’s additionally accessible that we’ll see some added cable options, but we’ll aloof accept to delay for added capacity on that.

NFL Red Zone — basically a live, in-game highlight approach for scoring opportunities — additionally will be available, but that will be an added alternative subscription, aloof like all the added add-ons. No chat yet on what that will cost, either.

Multiview options on YouTube TV.Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends

YouTube TV and multiview

YouTube TV didn’t ad-lib multiview, but it’s fabricated acceptable use of it. The name is adequately self-explanatory. Multiview allows you to watch assorted things at one time. And aural YouTube TV, that agency sports, news, business, or weather. (Yes, you can watch assorted acclimate channels at the aforementioned time. It’s incredible.)

And multiview alike — or abnormally — works with exceptional sports subscriptions like NFL Sunday Ticket or NBA League Pass, which makes those casework alike better.

There’s alone one above affair with the accepted accomplishing of multiview — you don’t get to aces the channels you watch simultaneously. YouTube TV picks them for you. Hopefully that will change at some point.

What can you watch YouTube TV on?

The abbreviate acknowledgment actuality is that if you’ve got a almost avant-garde phone, tablet, TV, or computer, there’s a bigger than alike adventitious that you’ll be able to use it to watch YouTube TV.

Mobile is accessible — YouTube TV is accessible on Android (so continued as it’s got acceptance to Google’s apps), as able-bodied as on iPhones. That extends to tablets, too.

As added and added acute televisions apply their own operating systems and apps, YouTube TV has kept up with its availability. Native apps are accessible on TVs from Samsung, LG, Vizio, Hisense, Sharp, and Sony. (And that includes annihilation that’s application Android TV as the operating system.)

Streaming media players are accurate as well, and YouTube TV covers the gamut. It’s accessible on Roku and Amazon Fire TV, which takes affliction of the two best accepted options in the world. YouTube TV additionally is accessible on Chromecast with Google TV and added bequest Android TV accessories like NVIDIA Shield. Apple TV additionally is supported.

Game consoles get adulation from YouTube, with the account accessible on Xbox One through the newer Xbox Series X and Series S lines. You additionally can watch YouTube TV natively on PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, and on the newer PS5.

You additionally can watch YouTube TV in a web browser — including Chrome, Firefox, and, finally, Safari.

And if you’re all about the affiliated home, it’s additionally accessible to watch YouTube TV on the Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max.

YouTube TV features

The adeptness to watch the aforementioned TV channels you’ve consistently watched is the capital affection of a alive account like YouTube TV. But it’s hardly the alone one. You’re additionally able to watch shows and movies on your own time. You’re able to accept customized recommendations, which is a lot added fun than approach surfing. And that’s table stakes — YouTube TV is able to accouter the ability of Google Assistant and do some added crazy stuff.

Here’s a attending at some of the best YouTube TV appearance you’ll absolutely appetite to booty advantage of.

Unlimited recordings

Out of all the appearance broiled into YouTube TV, “Cloud DVR” stands out. And not aloof because it exists — appealing abundant every account has the adequacy to “record” a appearance or cine and acquiesce you to comedy it aback whenever you want. But best of the added casework allegation an added fee for their Cloud DVR service, or at atomic for added storage.

Google, on the added hand, gives absolute recordings, all for free. So continued as you accumulate your subscription, you accumulate your recordings for up to nine months. That goes for shows, movies, alive sports, and added events. And YouTube TV is acute about it. Most recordings extend one minute accomplished their appointed end time. Sporting events, by default, almanac an added 30 account — and YouTube TV can alike ascertain if things are activity to run best and extend things from there.

It’s additionally a accurate recording, acceptation that ads are recorded as they were presented alive — and that agency you can fast-forward appropriate accomplished them if you want.

Multiple users and assorted devices

YouTube TV additionally is one of the best adjustable options you’ll find. By default, you’re able to watch YouTube TV on up to three accessories at the aforementioned time.

If you subscribe to the 4K Plus add-on, you’ll additionally get the account of absolute streams while you’re application your home network.

YouTube TV additionally allows for up to six user profiles on a distinct account. That’s important because it affects appearance and cine recommendations. So you don’t accept to see your kids’ recs, and they don’t accept to see yours. YouTube TV is angry to your Google account, and the profiles will be accessible for up to bristles added ancestors associates as appointed in your Google account.

On-demand

Many of the channels included with a YouTube TV cable let you watch their shows afterwards they initially air, on-demand. It can be a accessible way to bolt up on earlier episodes or seasons that aired afore you started to almanac them application the DVR function. The aberration amid this and DVR is that you won’t be able to skip the commercials.

Voice control

YouTube TV has a air-conditioned affection if you own a Google Home speaker, like the Google Nest Mini, and use a Chromecast accessory to watch YouTube TV: You can use aloof your articulation to ascendancy functions like selecting a TV approach to watch live, starting specific shows, recording a show, or application playback functions such as pause, resume, and rewind. Here’s how to set it up.

Picture-in-picture for mobile

One of the greatest things about adaptable video apps is the adeptness to watch via picture-in-picture. If you’re application an Android or iOS device, you can abide to watch YouTube TV in a minimized window while alive on article abroad in the foreground. It absolutely is a game-changer.

Multiview for sports content

With the alpha of the March Madness NCAA amateur in 2023, YouTube TV is rolling out a new multiview feature that will let you baddest up to four sports channels and appearance them all accompanying on one TV screen. The affection is currently alone for TV-based examination and should be absolutely accessible by abatement 2023, in time for the NFL Sunday Ticket amateur to start.

Jump

This affection lets you jump to assorted segments aural baddest account programs on YouTube TV. Similar to the key plays appearance for sports, on some programs, you’ll be able to jump to specific account clips aural the complete recording. This affection is accessible on TV apps now and will appear to adaptable accessories soon.

Dark mode

Desktop and adaptable YouTube TV adventures can accept a darker affair to advice with eye strain.

Mark as watched

Select Mark as Watched on desktop and adaptable accessories for any TV appearance you’ve already seen.

How to abolish YouTube TV

YouTube TV, like all added alive services, is simple to cancel. All you accept to do is go to your YouTube TV anniversary on the web, at tv.youtube.com. Go to Settings, then Membership, then Manage, and click Cancel membership.

Your acceptance to YouTube TV won’t be anon shut off, though. You’ll still get acceptance to YouTube TV on the web and all accessories until the end of your announcement period. Once you hit that point and the acquittal doesn’t renew, you’ll lose acceptance to all alive TV streaming.

After 21 canicule after acquittal on the account, you’ll lose all of your recorded programs as well.

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