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YouTube TV Channel Lineup Review and Availability

Google has entered the Live TV over Internet foray with this week’s launch of their new service, YouTube TV. Thus far, the service looks like it will give DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation VUE a run for their money.

YouTube TV offers nearly all your favorite pay TV networks. Subscribers will have access to channels like AMC, USA, Bravo, and much more. All you will need is stand-alone home internet service and you can watch TV over your internet connection.

Furthermore, subscribers will have major broadcast networks (ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS, and CW) live through the service. While all these local networks are available. A few locations may offer certain networks “on-demand only.” This Google Help page outlines what to expect for each channel in a given area.

In addition to broadcast numerous cable TV networks, YouTube TV includes a Personal Cloud DVR and YouTube Red original series. All this costs subscribers just $35 a month for six accounts.

A single subscription can be used by six Google accounts, but will only provide three simultaneous streams. This comes with the benefit of hiding your viewing habits from others that share your subscription.

YouTube TV Channels

As previously stated, the service will provide live access to ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS. The CW will also come with the service. However, the service really starts to shine when it comes to sports.

Having the local broadcast networks will already provide plenty of live sports. Furthermore YouTube TV provides the following channels: AMC, BBC America , BBC World News, Big Ten Network, Bravo, CBS Sports Network, SNY, CNBC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, FOX Business, FOX News, Freeform, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, FX, FXM, FXX, Golf Channel, IFC, MSNBC, NBCSN, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, Newsy, Olympic Channel, Oxygen, Pop, SEC Network, Sundance TV, Syfy, Telemundo, Tennis Channel, Universal Kids, Universo , USA, YouTube Red Originals, Cheddar, Weather Channel Local Now and WE tv.

As of 2/14/2018, YouTube TV has added Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comet, HLN,  TBS, TCM, TNT, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. If you sign up for YouTube TV before March 13, you will be grandfathered in to the $35 per month cost along with current subscribers. However, due to the additional channels, the price is going up to $40 for new subscribers after that March 13 date.

As of 3/7/2018 YouTube has also added MLB Network and NBA TV.

Local broadcast networks are live in most areas. Here are some exceptions:

ABC – Video-on-demand only in Albany, Cedar Rapids, Fresno, Madison, New Orleans, South Bend, Springfield (Missouri), Paducah, Providence. Live elsewhere.

CBS – Video-on-demand only in Flint, Ft. Myers, Jackson, Knoxville (Missouri), Roanoke. Live elsewhere.

FOX – Video-on-demand only in Albany, Buffalo, Colorado Springs, Madison, Raleigh, Shreveport, Waco. Fox is live in other markets. However, when it comes to the NFL FOX has not secured the rights to NFL games on its national feed. Subscribers in Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville (South Carolina), Harrisburg, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Norfolk, Portland, Raleigh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, and West Palm Beach will not see NFL games on FOX.

NBC – Video-on-demand only in Austin, Cedar Rapids, Colorado Springs, Baton Rouge, Columbus, Des Moines, Fresno, Ft. Smith, Grand Rapids, Greenville (North Carolina), Little Rock, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Savannah, Shreveport, Springfield (Missouri), Tampa. NBC is live Elsewhere

CW – Video-on-demand only in Albuquerque, Austin, Baton Rouge, Buffalo, Cedar Rapids, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Des Moines, Ft. Myers-Naples, Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers (Arkansas), Greensboro, Greenville (North Carolina), Greenville (South Carolina), Harrisburg, Hartford, Huntsville-Decatur (Alabama), Indianapolis, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Knoxville, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Omaha, Orlando, Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg, Phoenix, Portland, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Providence, Roanoke-Lynchburg (Virginia), Rochester, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Savannah, Shreveport, South Bend-Elkhart (Indiana), Spokane, Springfield (Missouri), St. Louis, Toledo Tucson, Tulsa, Waco, Washington DC. Live Elsewhere

Telemundo – Video-on-demand only in Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Cincinnati, Columbus, Greenville (South Carolina), Jacksonville, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Norfolk, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Tampa, West Palm Beach.

The image below shows all the channels available. However, some regional channels will only be available if you live in that market.

YouTube TV also offers Fox Soccer Plus and Showtime as add-on channels. The image below shows the full channel lineup. YouTube TV will also soon provide access to Shudder and Sundance Now. All this will come at no additional charge.

Where YouTube TV is Available

YouTube TV isn’t available everywhere. Google is trying to ensure as many local live networks affiliates as possible are signed onto the service before releasing in that area. Below is a list of current cities offering YouTube TV:

  • Albany
  • Albuquerque
  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Baltimore
  • Baton Rouge
  • Birmingham
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Burlington
  • Cedar Rapids
  • Champaign & Springfield-Decatur
  • Charleston, SC
  • Charleston, WV
  • Charlotte
  • Chattanooga
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Colorado Springs
  • Columbia, SC
  • Columbus
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Dayton (Ohio)
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • El Paso
  • Flint
  • Fresno-Visalia
  • Ft. Myers-Naples
  • Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers (Arkansas)
  • Grand Rapids
  • Green Bay
  • Greenville (North Carolina)
  • Greenville (South Carolina)
  • Greensboro
  • Harlingen-Wslco-Brnsvl-McA
  • Harrisburg
  • Hartford
  • Honolulu
  • Houston
  • Huntsville-Decatur (Alabama)
  • Indianapolis
  • Jackson (Mississippi)
  • Jacksonville
  • Kansas City
  • Knoxville
  • Las Vegas
  • Lexington
  • Little Rock
  • Los Angeles
  • Louisville
  • Madison
  • Memphis
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale
  • Milwaukee
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul
  • Mobile-Pensacola (Ft Walt)
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • New York City
  • Norfolk
  • Oklahoma City
  • Omaha
  • Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne
  • Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland
  • Portland-Auburn (Maine)
  • Providence
  • Raleigh
  • Richmond-Petersburg
  • Roanoke-Lynchburg (Virginia)
  • Rochester (New York)
  • Sacramento
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Savannah
  • Seattle
  • Shreveport
  • South Bend-Elkhart (Indiana)
  • Spokane
  • Springfield (Missouri)
  • St. Louis
  • Syracuse
  • Tampa
  • Toledo
  • Tucson
  • Tulsa
  • Waco
  • Washington DC
  • West Palm Beach
  • Wichita
  • Wilkes Barre-Scranton-Hztn

To find out if YouTube TV is available in your area, you can attempt to sign up for a  free trial on their website. The process will also let you know which channels are available in your area.

Other Features

YouTube has already been delivering video over the internet for years, so I would expect YouTube TV to have quality at launch. However, Google will support users through text and voice chat over the YouTube TV app.

Subscribers will be able to watch three streams simultaneously. The service also includes a personal cloud-based DVR for each of the subscription’s 6 account profiles. In addition, the DVR provides unlimited storage and simultaneous recordings. Furthermore, your recordings are available for nine months.

YouTube TV Device Support

YouTube TV is available on Roku, Android, iOS (includes AirPlay to Apple TV), and Chromecasts/Chromecast-compatible TVs. Therefore, if you want to watch YouTube TV on an actual TV, you will need a Chromecast device.

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  • Thanks GroundReason --- Keep the news coming.
    -- As a tangent, are there any streaming services that carry PBS, or it just available through the pbs.org site?

    • Thanks Dennis for the great info! Here's my personal experience cuttting the cord.

      I use DirectTVnow and love it. I also used Sling and have Amazon Prime we got at a discount when my son started college. They have a deep discount for college students. 6 mo free then $49 to join for a year. Amazon Prime is just awesome!! Their own shows are good. Check out series "Sneaky Pete". We like shows on FX and the HBO add-on is only $5 with DirectTVNow. If you are a Twilight Zone or Perry Mason fan stream using CBS app for $6.99. The great thing is I can cancel anytime based on my budget. Some months I just use Hulu until I want to go back to Live TV streaming options.

      Helpful Hint: if you keep the cable cord connected to your TV even though you don't have paid cable , the cable cord works as an antenna. I get over 30 TV channels doing this with TV setting on cable and do a channel search. You'll get HGTV, ABC, WE, VH1, etc. When I can't afford the $35 Direct TV we just do Cable TV and Amazon Prime.

      To get the Amazon fire stick or Roku player, look at the way to get a free one on Sling and DirectTVnow. I switched back and forth until I had one of each for every TV, never paying for the device, just the streaming service. Prepay Sling and get Roku, Prepay DirectTVnow and get an Amazon fire stick.

      Hope this info helps! It's hard to think of cutting cable but you can do it and it's amazing how much else is out there. Take a deep breath and do it!

      • Thank you for the great comment! I find most folks that jump in and cut the cord don't even miss traditional pay TV.

    • Hey The Christopher! Have you checked out the PBS Roku app? They offer a lot of content there.

  • Hello Dennis, Can you tell me anything you know about Tick box tv? Is it comparable to Roku? Thanks-your the man to go to with your vast knowledge of everything good for my tv viewing.

    • It's a KODI box, likely wth un-official plug ins. If it's promising free subscription free content, then it's too good to be true.

  • Hi, do you know if YouTube TV, or any other service, provides local PBS channels as part of the local broadcasting channels? I never see them listed.

    • I don't think they have the local channel, but there is a lot of PBS content on YouTube. You can also get the PBS app to supplement your YouTube TV subscription.

  • Thank you Dennis or all the information you provide.
    Will an older Roku 3 stream YouTube TV? I just signed up for it on my PC, however its not showing as an available channel on my Roku, YouTube shows up but not YouTube TV, am I doing something wrong or is it my equipment?
    thank you for your help

    • Just saw this response. I also informed a representative. But yes it streams through my roku stick. You get the entire app with the live tiles. Plus if you back out a show or put a small picture in picture at the bottom of the app so your program keeps playing while got search. I don't know how or why it just works

    • Dennis SURPRISINGLY AND I MEAN ABSOLUTELY SURPRISINGLY youtibe live tv is streaming through my roku streaming stick interface ff and all. It shocked me but it's true.

    • YouTube TV isn't available on Roku. You can get a Chromecast and "Cast" it to your TV.

    • You can AirPlay it over Apple TV, otherwise not really. Google wants you to use the ChromeCast.

  • Sling TV has the NBA on TNT and TBS, also the NCAA Tournament in March. Difficult to leave these off if you want basketball fans.

  • Thanks, Dennis. Always love your articles/podcasts.
    I'm confused about this YouTube. Seems like a small amount of channels for the money. Our local cable offers hundreds of channels for the same $. Am I missing something?
    Also, I love the cloud DVR idea, as not having a way to record regular TV has really put a cramp in my style. I cannot afford a few hundred dollars just to do that, nor can I afford $35 Month for that feature. Is there a way to get just this?
    I have only broadcast TV, a ROKU, and Amazon Prime and there is an abundance of stuff to watch. Would love Netflix too, for their original series. I do not like that I am tied to watching everything live. I miss a lot, and I would have to pay to see them streamed.

    • The Cable offer will wind up costing close to double after box rentals and fees are factored in. However, for you I would just get an internet only plan. That will let you stream on your Roku. There is no need for the cable bundle.

  • Thanks Dennis, we're a large TV family, we have six TV's throughout the house and an absolutely ridiculous ATT bill whereas they raise the price before you get the 1st invoice after a new agreement and constantly thereafter. We would like U Tube's new system especially with the six streams but we have six ROKU boxes and am not buying six different units. Any idea if they will ever accept these boxes and gain customers or is selling boxes one time more important. Personally I'd go for a continuous $35 a month

    • I'm hopeful they will bring in other streaming devices soon. However, I think services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now will be picking up these local networks soon as well.

  • No one ever mentions buffering problems & I know they are rampant just listening to people talk. Also, I would think twice about Google. They ruin your personal computer with ads. You buy the computer, you pay for service - and somehow Google enters your home and your equipment with ads - AND - will charge YOU to eliminate them? I am already signed up to your site.

    • I only have buffering issues if I cast directv to my Sony Bravia (with built-in chromecast). I fixed that issue by disabling chromecast on the tv app and just threw on a physical chromecast on the back of the tv. No issues since, runs beautifully.

    • I find the buffering issues with live streaming mainly due to poor WiFi networking. I never have buffering.

  • I was interested and went to sign up for the free trial. I figured all those channels for $35 a month wasn't too bad however the pricing after the free trial period was $44.99. I'll stick with my Tablo and Amazon Prime for now. Dennis, I appreciate what you do, thank you!

    • The reason why it went up might be because you didn't cancel Showtime. If you did, your price still stays at $35 plus tax.

    • My trial ended yesterday. I was only charged $37.10 after taxes. That's crazy they tried to charge you $45. Did you opt in for the extra channels? So far I have nothing to complain about with YTTV. 1st gen Chromecase takes about 1min tops to load and no buffering issues. Only had 1 blackout instance (it was Ghost Hunters International on Chiller). I guess YouTube doesn't have "Internet Streaming Rights" for that show.

  • Just signed up to try their 1 month free service. They tell you that this service is for the SECOND generation Chromecast. First generation may have buffering issues or, will not work at all. I tried my first gen Chromecast and it went into an endless loop. Never did hook up. So I was really amped up getting YoutubeTV and thought maybe I'll just buy the new gen. Chromecast instead of waiting until you make your first payment, (then they send you a free 2nd Gen. Chromecast) ....BUT, they do not support Android Tablets ! ! I talked to support team and they said this is on their list! ! ! REALLY!!! That and the negative comments on forums made the decision of waiting a lot easier for me. I didn't think this was a well thought out delivery presentation for this product. Still have my fingers crossed though!

  • Hi Dennis,

    We cut the cord months ago. We tried the 30-day YouTube TV trial when it first appeared under one email address and then under another email address. The broadcast networks in live TV, the cable channels and the DVR features were great and easy to use on a computer, cell phone and tablet (but not TV)!

    With 3 Rokus there's no interest in casting with Chromecast. It appears that YouTube TV won't expand to more devices, especially Roku. So, buying an TV antenna (one-time charge) and already having Netflix, Amazon Prime and Roku (with so much free stuff) is enough. Saving $55 after dropping cable was worth it.

  • Hello Dennis,

    Thank you for all the great information you provide us, and thanks to all the input from all contributing here.

    I am in the process of cutting the cord as you suggested to me a while back. I have connected with Sling and am in the process of leaning. I have a left over Direct TV antenna facing in the right direction for my home. It is outside the room near my Century Link Modem/Router ZyXEL C1100Z which is connected to my computer. There is also a Cox Cable that is still here but not attached

    I have Samsung Hd, 4K TV. which is located about thirty feet away from Modem/Router.

    So far in the little time I have used it reception has been good. I am non-techie, and have several questions.

    1. Is there a way I can use the Direct TV dish as my antenna, and I also have a Cox Cable coming in right by my TV. I have an RCA indoor Antenna connected to my TV.

    2. If the answer to Question # 1 is no, what is Air TV that Sling promotes, and would that help?

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

    Don

    • While it's possible to use the Dish, it's likely not optimal. Give it a try and see how it works. If the reception is poor, then give a proper antenna a try. As for Air TV, it's like a Roku device that has an input for an antenna. It provides all the streaming channels available on an Android device with the added benefit of viewing the local channels pulled in from the antenna.

  • Does anyone know if any of the services: Direct TV Now, Sling TV or YouTubeTV offer TCM (Turner classic movies)? I want to cut the cable cord but my 86 yr old mom watches this channel all day/every day. Much appreciated for any info!

  • Hi

    Have a question about Youtube tv and Chromecast. I have never used/seen Chromecast but my question is this, lets say i turn on my tv and start watching and i "cast" my screen so it comes up on my tv. Now, lets say I tune to 5 different channels in the next 30 or 60 minutes, do i have to "cast" every single time I change the station? That would be a big pain if true.

    Also, for you guys using youtube tv and chrome cast, are you watching tv over wifi? Or did you purchase that ethernet adapter made for the chrome cast?

    thanks in advance, would really appreciate it.

    • The casting is by App. So as long as you are still in the App you shouldn't have to recast.

  • Hi,

    If I add showtime on to my youtube tv package, can you record shows off showtime with youtube tv? If I'm not mistaken I don't believe Vue lets you record off showtime.

    thanks

    jeff

    • I haven't try the new Showtime app yet, but my question is Why? Showtime has everything available on demand through the app.

  • Love the podcast! YouTube TV just added Greensboro, NC. Is there any way to find out (without signing up for trial) if the local networks are live or on-demand only? Can seem to find it anywhere.
    Thanks!

    • Thank you, Jon! I found this article in the Google Help pages that outlines broadcast TV limitations in certain areas. I'll be sure to update the article. Thanks for the question!

  • They all seem to have their quirks, good and bad. Why can't one of the services offer unlimited cloud DVR, all local channels, AMC, All Sports channels, Food Network, Bravo, HGTV, A&E, and maybe a few others. It seems like not one of these services offer ALL. So you have to get bits and pieces and select which one offers the most. Why does TV have to be so dog gone difficult. Just let the market decide by household what channels we want! TRUE a la carte tv!

    • No disagreement here. It will take time. This new technology is trying to work with archaic licensing agreements. It will improve over time.

  • Hi Dennis,

    I'm ready to take the plunge into internet TV. I've ordered the most current gen amazon firestick and will be using PS VUE.

    My question is this. Must i have a seperate firestick for every TV in my home or will 1 firestick somehow broadcast the signal to all my TV's?

    Thanks,
    Brian

    • You'll need a way to watch streaming apps on each TV. You can move the stick around, but if you want to watch at the same time you will need 2 devices.

  • Except for sports, the Youtube lineup is pretty anemic. No A&E properties (History, A&E, Viceland), no Discovery properties (Discovery, TLC, Velocity, Science, Animal Planet), no Turner properties (TNT, TBS, TCM, CNN, Cartoon, TruTV).

    And oddly... why only CBS and it's affiliated channels from Viacom, but none of their cable channels?

    Essentially, Youtube Live is Disney/NBCUniversal/Fox.

    • Agreed. We just got it in Phoenix and on Android TV (NVidia Shield). The UI is great, very fast and intuitive. I have Tivo from DirecTV as well, and I'm trying to retire it, but YouTube TV is not quite there yet. The missing channels of CNN, A&E, History, TruTV, etc. are really deal breakers. If they want to succeed in this market, they have to get better coverage. I love the fact they have NBC, NBCSN, ESPN, etc. along with Fox etc. but there are just a few hold outs that stop this from being a viable alternative to cable (yet). Fingers crossed they will negotiate something to get this to work, but right now its interesting but not yet a true alternative.

  • "Helpful Hint: if you keep the cable cord connected to your TV even though you don’t have paid cable , the cable cord works as an antenna. I get over 30 TV channels doing this with TV setting on cable and do a channel search. You’ll get HGTV, ABC, WE, VH1, etc. "

    If you are getting HGTV, WE, VH1, that cable is not acting as an antenna. Those three channels are not broadcast OTA. Sounds more like your cable company hasn't actually switched off the feed to you. Lucky you.

  • Looking to cut the cord and investigating many options. Is there a reference out there where you can see what channels are offered on various services? Ideally, I would like to be able to select the channels I commonly watch and then have a recommendation of a service (or combination of services) that will best meet my needs... anything like that out there?

  • Sundance and shudder cost extra not included for free with youtube tv. I'm honestly just disappointed history isn't included in the line up, other than that I'm happy with youtube tv, hulu live was expensive for all the bells and whistles ended up costing as much as cable without the over abundance of channels and not even having a box,..

  • I just got the Houston offer. Only 24 channels, less than half the number you show above.

    • I would contact support and see what's up. That doesn't sound like it should be happening.

  • When it comes to local channels, will I be able to get both Portland and Seattle news?

  • Does it broadcast the sub-channels of the OTAs? Like on FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC does it have the dot2, dot2 etc channels? Not sure if I explained that correctly... But if your FOX station is 61 will you get 61.2 or just the main one 61.1. NBC is 30.1, 30.2 and 30.3. CBS is 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4.
    Also I'm wondering why a home internet service is needed. Is a WiFi signal required to stream on a phone or can I just use the data plan already in place?

    • No, it will not have the sub channels. You can use the data plan, but most providers will count it against your tethering allotment of data when you stream it to the TV.

    • Its kinda like the Tivo recording features, but I can't yet see if there is a way to tell it to "Record all shows with XXXX in the title" or something like that. Right now its tied to the show that is selected for recording, but its early days for me and maybe I'm not quite seeing it yet.

    • You just use it through the YouTube TV interface. There is a square record button you press on the menu.

  • YouTube TV is good, but not great. Interesting, but not yet viable. We have it with an Android TV player app (recently released on Nvidia Shield) and its a great UI, fast and intuitive. Player is excellent. Ad skipping no problem. The DVR is good and competitive with Tivo. I'd basically say its a Tivo with less button mashing required for daily use.

    BUT.... No A&E, History, CNN, Bloomberg, etc. is a deal breaker for me. And no local PBS affiliate either. Until they get licensing and whatever needed to cover the broad spectrum, this is still an interesting but not yet viable alternative to cable.

    That said, I've got a Tablo TV for OTA content and its awesome. I'd be happy to lose any local channels since I can get them OTA for free, and use this just for premium channels that are not free but until it has full spectrum that competes with cable offerings, its not going to work.

    I was also trying to find out if the DVR content can be downloaded for offline viewing? Would love to be able to watch shows on planes, etc. with this. Does anyone know if that is possible?

    • But event tho you have an OTA Antenna, you would need a free-standing DVR to record from your local network channels.

    • I don't think any of the services that stream live TV will allow you do download the shows easily. It's similar to how pay-TV providers completely wall off access to their DVR. That said, I'm sure with a bit of research their is a way to capture the feed from your streaming device as it's being replayed. But I'm guessing it would be a frustrating task to say the least.

      • Comcast has let you download from your DVR to your device (IOS for sure) for a few years now. There are limits, I think 2-4 shows max at a time.....

        • It’s through their app only. You can get access to the raw file outside their app. I’ll look into available streaming services and see if I can find some offline viewing options.

  • Hi,
    My wife and I watch Eternal Word TV Network. "EWTN" Do you have it or will?

  • Can anyone tell me how to access my local PBS station if I live out in the sticks and would like to get YouTube TV?

    • Local may be tough without an antenna, but you can get a lot of PBS content from their website and app.

  • Google, please add Food Network and the Hallmark channels (including Movies & Mystery and the new Drama) along with EWTN. Also, I know you stated that you have to have Chromecast, but does Roku not work as well? Your app is showing up on my Roku device.

    Happy New year and Tia!

    • I'm not affiliated with Google, I just cover the topic. However, Google is slated to release Youtube TV on the Roku early this year. The app you see now is for Youtube, not the live TV service.

  • No Roku and HBO are Deal Breakers for me. I'm trying Hulu....so far so good!

    • Does Hulu have Fox News and TV Land? Also, is there any buffering? I have DirecTV Now, and getting upset with all the buffering every couple of minutes.

        • Thank you for the response. Yes, I have been comparing the DTV and Sling TV. And since divorcing have acquired HULU Plus (for TV shows). I really think Sling is good and have not noticed any buffering. I am on Ethernet connection with Charter (Now Spectrum takeover). I like the classic TV guide listings of DTV & Sling (on phone). But of course, I just want to cut down on having several platforms. I noticed Sling premium channels include more versions of Showtime & Starz where as DTV give the minimized options. Alright, thanks again for your assistance.

          • Yeah, It's really hard to objectively say which service has the least buffering. It seems some services are better depending on the area. They may have something to do with infrastructure of various services in certain parts of the country. However, it could also be dependent on the ISP. There are really too many variables to make an objective call.

      • I did experience some buffering with Hulu, not much but it's definitely there. I had ZERO buffering with YouTube TV however.

  • Thanks to following your lead, I'm well set with internet, Mohu Sky 60 antenna and a smart tv. Already had Amazon Prime (no fee) and Netflix ($8.99) and now 63 free all local broadcasting. Would like to get FoxNews Channel, H&G & maybe Food Ch. What's the best way/cheapest to do that?

  • FYI: some TVs have an app available for YouTube TV so you won't need a Chromecast (the WebOs LG TVs for example). It's a little shaky and a little buggy so far on the Roku app (at least on the Roku stick on my upstairs tv) but runs great on the app on my LG TV.

    • That's an excellent point. Youtube TV is pretty good about "TV anywhere" app support.

    • I'd contact YouTube TV support and ask. If they have enough requests they may pick it up.

  • Given this change in pricing, does anyone know how long the grandfathered in $35 a month cost will last? When other companies (Netflix) have done this it was for a specified period of time, then the price went up to what everyone else is paying.

    • Anyone who signs up BEFORE March 13th will be grandfathered in to the $35 price.

  • Hi Dennis, Great news! Thanks for the update. I was waiting for Roku access after I initially used the YouTube trial. The DVR feature and the fast operating times were impressive. Plus the local broadcast networks are great since my TV antennas sometimes are shaky. Now I I'll sign up via Roku.

  • I like the looks of YouTube TV - but without AMC (Walking Dead) or
    History (Vikings) - it is a non-starter for me. Do the new streaming
    services ever announce in advance when they are adding new channels?
    Thanks!

    • Occasionally. However, in my experience it's usually a same day announcement.

    • I am sorry - I was wrong about AMC (I meant A&E) - so I would get the Walking Dead.

  • I'm not sure if I missed something here? I have Roku with Direct TV now. I paid the $5.00 extra for HBO Now. Installed a great OTA antenna, all per your help & great recommendations. It was glad to cut the cable. I did not see in your article if HBO was going to be available with You Tube TV? If so at what coat? The DVR feature sounds good but I'm not sure of the other Pro & Cons? Thanks again Dennis for all your helpful advise!

    • Sure thing! Thanks for reading the blog Robert. Unfortunately, HBO isn't available on YouTube TV. I find the DVR for YouTube TV to be top notch.

  • No Scripps Network, no go. Food Network, Travel Channel and HGTV are must haves in my house.

  • Hi Dennis; Thanks. Just looked to perhaps sign up for free trial, and NOT "two weeks" Now they have "One Week" Free trial.

    Akela

    • Thank you. They must have changed that since launch. I'll take care of it.

  • When you DVR a program can you pause, rewind and fast forward through commercials, mainly interested in ESPN?

    • On recorded you typically can, but not when watching live. Keep in mind that this behavior is typically dictated by the channel.

  • Well I bought a new Roku Stick with the new controller, and signed up for the trial (one week not two)'
    Once ai got connected (bit of a hassel) I was VERY disappointed to see a bit of buffering first of all, then the picture was NOT CLEAR and CRISP. almost blurry. If this dows not change I will be cancelling before the week is up. When I tried Sling, it was clear. Any comments Dennis?
    Akela
    Update on Monday: Welll-- I have to take it all back!!! The picture is now clear and crisp! I have no idea what happened, but nothing was changed in my setup. The picture is SHARP! BETTER THAN DISH, and with the new Roku Ultra, which I will be picking up from Walmart tomorrow ($99) I will be cancelling Dish once again! With the volume control (wish there was a mute!) and power the TV on and off, only one controller needed. This is why I had to go back to the small Dish package. Wife did not want to have to use two controllers. This looks really good to me. If I have any problems I will post again.
    Akela

        • One more question, I'm looking for something cheaper than Spectrum cable but the only thing keeping me is the DVR. does Sling have any kind of DVR? direct TV is out of the question I had a dispute with them that's when I went to Spectrum. Thanks.

  • Great review and I'm almost swayed in going with YouTube TV, but I still have a question: Will I receive LOCAL channels in New York City via YouTube TV or must I have an over the air indoor antenna in order to view my local channels? It would be great if both local and network coverage is to be had with YT TV. Please inform. I sure would appreciate it. Thanks! Peace...♐

    • Yes, you should have all the locals in New York.However, I don't live there so I haven't personally tested it. They do offer a free trial, so you can test it without any risk.

  • Dennis, I’ll cut out Comcast TV this weekend, but I have a question. The surge protector I have is ten or fifteen years old. Should I buy a new one? I’ll be hooking up laptop, modem, printer, and router.

    • I would. There is actually a cap on how many joules it can absorb over it's lifetime. I like to replace mine about every 5 years.

  • I am in chicago does this work thru your wifi and do have the hallmark channel and dvr

  • Hi, just wondering if beIN Sport channels will be a part of the YouTube tv package any time soon? Thanks.

    • You are just as blind physically as you are politically. MSNBC is listed right there.

      • Let's keep it cordial. The world is messy enough right now. Their are plenty of websites we can insult each other on.

      • Thanks for pointing that out. If you like faux news, your knowledge of politics is limited to what they tell you. It is the granddaddy of fake news.

  • Thank you, I signed because of your Review, Dennis Rocks...
    Im loving it and seeing how the services grows.
    2 phones, 3 apple tvs and a Computer. I have a art studio in a old warehouse, sometimes I have the artists come to my studio and hang out pizza Beer, I have a daylight projector (25 foot screen) they are so happy with the addition.

  • I really want to love YTTV but it’s not there yet. Great interface and good sports selection but missing Discovery, TLC and Food Network. If it gets those, I’m sold

  • Do I need roku if I have a smart tv I have recently purchased a Samsung 4 k smart tv with apps already installed including You Tube .

    • If you have the apps you need on the TV then there is no need to get a streaming device.

  • I seem to always have issues with streaming other apps due to the fact that I have a Vizio TV. Could you please tell me if the YouTubeTV will work on my Vizio? Thank you.

  • Also, I did not see Paramount, formerly Spike. Is it possible that it will be offered in the future? Please and thanks.

    • None of the viacom networks are. Like Discovery they are wanting to do their own service. With the CBS re-merger rumored, the could end up on that.

  • I had directvnow but got tired waiting on the DVR they kept saying is coming, I’ve had YouTube tv now for about a month and like most of the time but the program guide could be better and I miss few channels from directvnow so I’ll wait till the get a DVR and probably switch back.

    • It's available in certain areas, I would check youtube TV's support page to see if it's available in your area.

  • Can you offer me advice on which would be the greatest success path to take to get my TV network on YouTube TV?

  • I meant on your TV broadcasting however that works I'm an educator hell not a tech Savvy kind of gal haha

  • I live near Binghamton, NY. Is this one of the areas where YouTube TV is available. Also what about local programing?

    • You can check your Zip code on their website. That will let you know for sure.

  • I live in Syracuse In. We are in the South Bend IN TV market. Is this service available in Syracuse IN

  • Does youtube work via roku in Maplewood, NJ 07040. Specifically will I be able to view the Golf and Tennis channels. Thank you