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Editors' Review

by   / April 05, 2017

YouTube TV is Google's skinny-bundle TV service, offering 40-something channels for $35 per month.

Pros

Easy to navigate interface: The app's main screen is split into tabs. The Live tab is where you see what is, well, on live, right now. On the Home tab, browse for shows as well as see recommendations based on your viewing habits. As you browse through a tab, the app will display a thumbnail of whatever you are watching at the bottom of the window.

Unlimited DVR: On the Library tab, add shows, movies, events, and even sports teams to your library to then watch whenever you want. Once you add a show to your library, the service will record all upcoming new shows and reruns. YouTube TV's DVR space is unlimited, and the service keeps recordings for nine months. Recordings of sporting events will run 30 minutes beyond the scheduled end time in case matches run long.

Variety of sports events: YouTube TV may have the broadest collection of sports channels available in an OTT service or skinny bundle. Sporting channels from ESPN, Fox, and NBC are part of the basic package, letting you watch everything from golf and college sports to English Premier League football. Events are subject to blackouts, and some events can't be viewed on mobile devices.

Excellent search: Owned by Google, YouTube TV is great at searching for shows. But the search screen also groups together similar content by genre, what's trending, sports leagues, and late-night television, for example. This is helpful if you can't remember the name of a show or a network.

Watch nearly anywhere: View YouTube TV in a browser, on a phone, or streamed to a TV via Chromecast. You can watch on three devices simultaneously and set up Family Sharing to share YouTube TV with five other people.

Excellent streaming quality: On our Samsung Galaxy phone, live streams looked great and ran smoothly.

30-day free trial: After the trial period, you pay $35 a month plus taxes for the basic service. Or $39.99 if you subscribe through the iOS App Store. Adding Showtime adds $11 a month, and Fox Soccer Plus is another $15.

Cons

Football restrictions: Because of NFL broadcast licensing agreements, you may not be able to watch professional football games on a mobile device, but you will be able to watch on a computer or streamed to a TV.

Bottom Line

Joining the rapidly growing market of cable-cutting services, YouTube TV stands out with a broad collection of sporting channels and major broadcasters, supported by generous DVR capabilities.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.39.1

Basketball fans, rejoice! NBA League Pass is now available as an add-on to your membership. Follow all your favorite teams on the hardwood.

Also, regular bug fixes.

General

Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date November 15, 2018
Date Added November 15, 2018
Version 2.39.1

Category

Category Entertainment Software
Subcategory Entertainment Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

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File Name External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 36,966
Downloads Last Week 51

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations 30-day trial
Price Free
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