With the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, more and more people are making the switch from expensive cable packages to cheaper, streaming video services. While catching up on the latest episodes or watching long forgotten movies is great, there is nothing like watching live tv.
This is where Youtube has stepped in and closed this gap. Launching in early 2018, Youtube released Youtube TV – a branch of the popular site that streams live TV alongside the standard uploaded videos. Google’s mission statement is to let people watch what they want, when they want, how they want, without commitments. Could this be the end of cable? We look at all of Youtube TV’s features and what makes it the next big TV contender.
How Does Youtube TV Work?
- Youtube TV can be bought for the low cost of $40 month with no contract commitment, meaning you can cancel at anytime.
- Up to 6 people can watch different programs at one time on each account.
- Youtube TV can be accessed through their dedicated mobile app or their TV app for viewing on larger screens.
- You can watch live tv as it is being broadcasted on each channel.
- You can also record and save programs to your library with your DVR.
- There is a Home screen similar to Youtube that shows what you have watched and recommendation based on your watch history.
Using Youtube TV With Google Home
- Step 1: Setup Your Chromecast & Google Home Device
- Step 2: Using The Google Home App, Link Your Chromecast
- Step 3: Control Youtube TV With Voice Controls
Getting Notifications From The App
A cool feature designed to allow you to never miss your show again, Youtube TV notifications, allows you to set up reminders for when your favorite shows are live. Simply click the bell icon in the app to get a push notification each time the show goes live.
What Channels Are On Youtube TV?
There are over 40 channels currently on Youtube TV including the top 5:
Using Youtube TV With Google Chromecast
If you have a Google Chromecast, you will be able to stream Youtube TV to your television (unless you have the older, first generation chromecast models). This is a great thing to have if you do not have a smart tv with the Youtube TV app.
What About Ads?
A common question about Youtube TV is ‘Will I see ads if I am a Youtube Premium or Youtube Red subscriber?” Unfortunately, you will still see ads on live TV and DVR-saved videos. If you have Youtube Premium and you are a Youtube TV member, you can still enjoy ad free videos on the Youtube TV app.
With cable companies not adapting to change and streaming sites offering cheaper alternatives, it’s not surprise that Youtube TV is already a hit. We foresee more channels joining the service in the near future making Google’s platform an even bigger powerhouse than before.