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All of us know and love the YouTube platform.
With creators uploading 500 hours of content every minute, YouTube is the world’s largest video streaming platform.
However, while there’s a generous content offering on the platform, YouTube is not what you would call “traditional TV.”
There’s a lack of professionally produced TV shows, and while some creators do a good job of providing a high-quality experience, they don’t have studio budgets.
As a result, YouTube decided to launch YouTube TV, a platform dedicated to providing premium content for subscribers.
Where Is YouTube TV Available?
Unfortunately, YouTube TV is only available in the United States, so if you’re a Canadian resident, you can’t access the platform because YouTube TV only licenses its content for the American market.
Making their content available in all markets would cost the company too much in licensing fees to make it feasible given the difference in size between Canada and the USA.
What Is YouTube TV?
YouTube TV offers live TV, cloud-based DVR services, and on-demand video from more than 90 TV networks.
Currently, the platform has more than 3 million subscribers in the US.
For those that don’t know, YouTube TV is a subsidiary of Google.
The platform features an impressive lineup which includes nearly all major US TV networks.
The service launched in February 2017, and it’s a broadcast partner of the NBA Finals and the MLB World Series.
YouTube targets the cable-cutter market, offering a comparable subscription to cable TV, with more than 90 channels featuring sports, news, and entertainment.
The subscription fee to YouTube TV is expensive, and there are consistent price increases.
However, you get an excellent selection of streaming options.
What are the Pros and Cons of YouTube TV?
- An excellent selection of news channels, sports, and entertainment.
- User-friendly DVR features
- Intuitive user interface
- World-class support
- Limited parental control options
- No FOX RSNs
- Not available in Canada
How Much Does YouTube TV Cost?
YouTube TV offers you a subscription for $64.99 per month.
That pricing model makes it one of the most expensive streaming options available for your online entertainment.
The June 2020 price hike saw the company tack another $15 onto the monthly subscription cost, which is nearly a 35% increase.
Fortunately, the company keeps adding great content to the platform, and you now have the option of choosing from more than 90 channels for sports, entertainment, movies, and TV shows.
If we compare it to Sling TV, which has the most impressive offering of news and sports channels, we find that it’s $20 more than selecting the combined Orange and Blue packages.
However, you get more channels with YouTube TV, and it’s available through your browser or your mobile device.
YouTube TV also works on Apple and Android TV, Fire TV, Roku, smart TVs, Xbox, and PlayStation.
There’s plenty of ways to tune into YouTube TV.
You get the option of setting up six user profiles under your account, but there’s a limitation of three users accessing the platform simultaneously.
YouTube also comes with a variety of add-ons for your subscription.
- Acorn TV costs $6 per month
- AMC Premiere costs $5 per month
- HBO Max costs $15 per month
- Showtime costs $11 per month
- Starz costs $9 per month
You also have the option of subscribing to the Sports Plus package for an additional $10.99 per month.
YouTube TV offers its subscriptions on a month-to-month basis, so there’s no contractual commitment on your behalf.
What are the Top-Rated Shows and Movies on YouTube TV?
YouTube TV has one of the most comprehensive lineups.
With more than 90 channels, YouTube TV is a leader in the streaming market.
If you’re into the news, you get all the local news channels, including ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS.
If you want the best local news selection, subscribe to the Locast option for the best low cost option.
Locast is the only channel offering local PBS content.
Some international news channels include CNBC, BBC America, FOX News, MSNBC, and CNN.
There are plenty of broadcast affiliates on YouTube TV.
However, the platform really shines in its sports channels, offering you access to the following channels.
- CBS Sports
- ESPN and ESPN 2
- NFL Network
- NBC Sports
- MLB Network
- NBA TV
Unfortunately, YouTube TV recently lost the rights to all FOX regional sports networks (RSNs).
That change in the lineup might affect coverage for the MLB, NBA, and NHL seasons.
YouTube TV includes the NFL network, making it comparable to the leading sports streaming services.
The platform provides you with a stack of top-quality lifestyle and entertainment content.
According to a press release, YouTube TV’s recent deal with ViacomCBS brings another 14 top-quality channels to the platform, such as:
- Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., NickToons, and TeenNick
- Paramount Network
- Comedy Central
- TV Land
- BET Her
- MTV, MTV2, MTV Classic
YouTube’s TV channels give you access to on-demand TV shows, YouTube Originals, and studio movies.
The content mix is like what you can expect on Hulu, but we think the Hulu library is far more extensive.
AT&T TV Now’s channel has a great lineup but splits the popular channels across service tiers.
Some other live TV services, like Sling TV, might have some specific channels you won’t find on YouTube TV.
Do I Need to Pay Extra for Add-Ons?
Yes, unfortunately, YouTube TV comes with a base rate of $64.99, but you’ll need to pay an extra fee to access your favourite entertainment channels.
Is YouTube TV Worth It?
YouTube TV is a suitable replacement for your cable service in 2021.
With so much selection in various categories, it’s hard to find a streaming service that offers a more comprehensive line up than YouTube TV.
You get a combination of sports, lifestyle programming, movies, TV shows, documentaries, wildlife programming, and more.
YouTube TV also comes with DVR services included with your subscription package.
We feel the DVR feature is best-in-class, and there’s no other online streaming service that compares.
The clean, user-friendly interface comes from years of experience learning what its users want on the main YouTube platform.
As a result, you get an experience that’s easy to navigate and use.
The two main downsides with YouTube TV is the monthly subscription cost and lack of availability in Canada.
With the base package costing $64.99, it’s not the cheapest option for online streaming.
Include a few add-ons like Showtime or HBO Max, and you’re starting to get closer to the cost of your cable bill.
However, with the recent price increase in June 2020, we expect that you’ll get in on the same pricing model for at least the first half of 2021.
In the mean time, Canadians still have access to a very large selection of streaming services for every type of consumer including people who love sports, documentaries, and bingeing TV shows and movies.