YouTube TV is the new contender in the live TV market owned by the owners of the first, Google, and second, YouTube, most popular search engines on the internet. Capitalising on its success as the largest content creator on the web, YouTube joined in on the live market action this year with the TV service.
This move is supposedly in an attempt to appease the cord-cutting millennial generation ditching traditional cable services, judging by the rise in online on-demand popularity, and moving on to internet based services. YouTube TV will let you watch major cable networks from any device, for a fee.
Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
👍🏻 The good
- Multiple accounts per subscribtion
- Easy use
- Chromecast integration
👎🏻 The bad
- Selection of channels
About YouTube TV
Although YouTube hopes to make the live TV service has big as its free service, it is currently only available in certain parts of the United States at the moment. You can check if you are eligible for the service here.
Pros and Cons
- Simultaneous streaming: Unlike most Internet-based streaming services, YouTube TV lets you connect up to six accounts per subscription while also allowing you stream on multiple devices simultaneously.
- Partners: As already mentioned, YouTube TV is run by the biggest players in the internet space giving them an edge over other services. Their power makes them an attractive option for both cable network partners and consumers.
- Price: A service like this shouldn’t be expected to be available for free but considering the current offerings and looking at other players in the game makes the hefty price tag of $40 per month unjustifiable. This is way more than similar services such as Netflix.
- Selection: Still on the unjustified subscription price, the selection of channels for the service still has a long way to go for it to make a serious impact.
Features of Youtube TV
Unlimited DVR storage: This is probably the best thing about the service. With a large number of companies charging consumers a premium for cloud storage space, the inclusion of an unlimited amount of space for recordings of your favorite shows is worth swooning over. However, the possibilities of YouTube retaining this feature in the future, with a hopefully larger user base, is left to a wide margin of probability.
YouTube red: Bundled with the YouTube TV is the paid exclusive streaming service, YouTube red. On the market for a longer time, YouTube red brings its own set of perks to the game such as; ad-free content and access to YouTube original shows.
Want to enjoy the benefits of a large screen without paying that cable fee, you can have the best of both worlds by streaming YouTube TV using Chromecast.
- Connect your Chromecast device to your TV and pair with your phone
- Tap on the cast button, lay back and enjoy the large screen view
Is this a good option? Probably “Yes” later in the future but the incomplete nature of the service at the moment makes it unworthy of most people’s cash. Online TV is going to take over the television industry soon but it’s safer to wait till then or simply try the service for free.