A beginner’s guide to YouTube TV, a live TV app with 80+ channels and unlimited DVR

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  • Youtube TV is a streaming application that offers more than 80 live channels, as well as on-demand shows and movies.
  • A YouTube television the subscription costs $64.99 per month and comes with cloud DVR service for up to three devices.
  • You can stream YouTube TV on most streaming devices, game consoles, smartphones, and computers.

Ten years ago almost everyone had cable television. These days, it’s much more common to use a live TV service like YouTube TV.

Here’s everything you need to know about YouTube TV, including what you can watch with it, how much it costs, and how to watch.

What is YouTube TV?

Launched by Google in 2017, YouTube TV is a subscription service that offers over 80 live channels. This includes the basic options you’d expect from any TV service – ABC, CBS, PBS – as well as other niche channels, like ESPN, HGTV and TNT.

The exact range of channels you’ll get will vary depending on your location. You can preview your channels by entering your postcode on the YouTube TV homepage.

A YouTube TV ad promoting the number of channels it offers.Youtube

You can also add a number of “premium” channels to your account by paying an additional monthly fee. This includes HBO, STARZ and Showtime. This is in addition to an “Add-on Sports Plus” which adds more than a dozen dedicated sports channels.

And if live TV isn’t really your thing, YouTube TV also has a large catalog of on-demand shows and movies to binge on whenever you want.

A beginner's guide to YouTube TV, a live TV app with 80+ channels and unlimited DVR
YouTube TV offers on-demand movies and shows.Youtube

Finally, every YouTube TV subscription includes an unlimited amount of cloud DVR storage. This allows you to record almost any live TV show or movie and then watch it whenever you want. You will also be able to rewind, fast forward and pause what you have recorded.

How much does YouTube TV cost?

YouTube TV costs $64.99 per month for the most basic subscription. That’s about on par with similar live TV apps like Hulu, and cheaper than most traditional cable services.

It comes with over 80 standard channels and unlimited DVR. You can stream up to 3 devices at a time, shared across 6 separate accounts.

As we mentioned, you can pay extra to add premium channels. This includes HBO ($15/month), STARZ ($9/month), Showtime ($11/month), EPIX ($6/month), Acorn TV ($6/month), and more. Programming and prices are subject to change, so keep an eye on the YouTube TV website for exact information.

And finally, you can register a 4K Plus package which lets you stream in 4K, save your recordings offline, and stream to as many devices as you want at once. It costs an extra $10 per month for the first year, then $20 per month thereafter.

A beginner's guide to YouTube TV, a live TV app with 80+ channels and unlimited DVR
Some of YouTube TV’s premium channels and add-ons.Youtube

How to Watch YouTube TV

Like most modern streaming appsYouTube TV is available on all kinds of devices.

You can watch YouTube TV on all major streaming devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast. Some smart TVs also include YouTube TV as the default app.

There is a YouTube TV app for PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Smartphone users can download YouTube TV from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

And of course, you can watch directly from your computer using the YouTube TV website.

A beginner's guide to YouTube TV, a live TV app with 80+ channels and unlimited DVR
Chances are you already own a device capable of streaming YouTube TV.Youtube

Each version of the app is free to download, but you’ll need a paid YouTube TV subscription to connect.

Sarah Wells contributed to an earlier version of this article.

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