YouTube TV is an online streaming service that allows viewers to watch live TV on computers, phones and other devices that are compatible. This requires a high-speed internet connection, and is essentially a perfect replacement for cable television for those looking to cut the cord.

The biggest difference between YouTube TV and cable TV is that, in terms of subscription plans, YouTube TV is far less complex. The standard YouTube TV subscription option comes with a range of major network and basic cable channels, and you can then pay extra on a la carte basis for additional channels.

YouTube TV is available in most major U.S. metropolitan areas but there is limited availability of broadcast network television channels such as Fox and ABC based on geographic location. Which means you can actually watch your local channels on YouTube TV, but if you move outside the region they will become inaccessible.

Although YouTube TV is a direct substitute for cable and satellite television, it also has many rivals providing live TV streaming, too. Sling TV and DirecTV Now offer similar offerings, although many of the details vary. CBS All Access is another rival but it only offers live CBS TV.

For anyone who does not want to watch live TV, streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video all provide on-demand viewing of previously aired TV shows, in addition to movies and original content.

How to Sign Up for YouTube TV

It’s a very easy process to sign up for YouTube TV and there is even a free trial, so you can kick the proverbial tires before you commit to a monthly charge.

Until signing up, it’s important to note that if you already have a Google or YouTube account, there is one issue you may encounter. If you have a link to your YouTube account through Google+, you may have what they call a brand account that can not sign up for YouTube TV.

Although people with these accounts still have the option to sign up for YouTube TV, there is another move involved.

To sign up for YouTube TV:

  1. Navigate to tv.youtube.com.
  2. Click TRY IT FREE.
  3. If prompted to select a Google account, choose the one you want to use for YouTube TV (this will not happen if you only have one account).
  4. Click LET’S GO.
  5. Click NEXT.
  6. Select any add-on networks you would like to subscribe to and click NEXT.
  7. Enter your credit card and billing information and click BUY.

YouTube TV Plans and Availability

YouTube TV is very simple and easy to understand, in comparison to cable television and many other live streaming services. There is only one subscription bundle, and 40 + channels are included, so there are no complicated options for worrying over.

Once you sign, you will get a list of all the channels included in the subscription. If you don’t see a channel, it either doesn’t exist in your region, or it just isn’t included in the basic package.

HOW MANY SHOWS CAN YOU WATCH AT ONCE WITH YOUTUBE TV?

Streaming services such as YouTube TV restrict the number of shows, or streams, that you can view simultaneously. If you opt for a more costly subscription package, some providers restrict you to one series.

YouTube TV explicitly limits the number of devices you can connect to at one time. Since there is only one subscription option, however, you can stream to multiple devices without having to pay extra.

WHAT INTERNET SPEED IS REQUIRED TO WATCH YOUTUBE TV?

YouTube TV requires a high-speed internet connection, but the specifics are somewhat more complicated. For example, a slower velocity will result in lower image quality, and you may experience buffering where the stream intermittently stops for a while.

According to YouTube, you need:

  • 3+ Mbps for standard definition video.
  • 7+ Mbps to stream a single high definition show if no other devices are using the network.
  • 13+ Mbps to stream shows in high definition if other devices are using the same network.

YouTube TV Add-Ons and Special Features

As with most other streaming services on live television, YouTube TV offers a number of add-ons. Nevertheless, the situation with YouTube TV is a little less complicated, as the add-ons come in the form of single channels rather than larger packets.

It helps you to pick the specific channels you want for live sports, like Fox Sports Sports, without charging for channels you might not be watching.

The other distinction between YouTube TV and other streaming services is that YouTube’s original content is actually produced. Such shows are normally available via YouTube Premium, a different subscription service which allows you to remove advertising from regular YouTube videos.

While all original YouTube Premium shows and movies are available on request from YouTube TV, registering for YouTube TV is still different from signing up for YouTube Premium.

YouTube TV subscribers still see ads on normal YouTube videos, YouTube Music videos, YouTube Gaming videos, and don’t get access to Google Play Music All Access, which are all perks received by YouTube Premium subscribers.

Watching Live Television on YouTube TV

YouTube TV’s entire concept is that it allows you to watch live TV without a cable subscription or antenna, and it allows you to watch it on your screen, TV, phone, or other compatible devices.

If you have a compatible smart TV, you can watch YouTube TV directly on your Screen, and if you have the right equipment you can also beam from a mobile device to your TV.

With that in mind, watching live television on YouTube TV is extremely easy:

  1. From the YouTube TV home screen, click LIVE.
  2. Mouse over or click the channel you want to watch. This will provide more information about the show that is currently on the air and the show that will come on next.
  3. Click the show you want to watch.

Since YouTube TV allows you to watch live television, you can expect to watch the same exact commercials you would see if you watched the same channel on broadcast or cable television.