YouTube TV Review: Is It Worth It?

We’ve all spent hours watching videos on YouTube. Whether it’s travel, home improvement, educational, or just funny videos, YouTube’s free video selection seems endless.

But what many don’t realize is that YouTube also has an online streaming service called YouTube TV. And depending on your viewing habits, you might find YouTube TV to be an attractive choice among popular cable TV alternatives.

In this YouTube TV review, I’ll explain how the streaming service works and how it compares to other popular streaming platforms.

Table of Contents
  1. What Is YouTube TV?
  2. YouTube TV Pricing
    1. Base Plan
    2. Spanish Plan
    3. NFL Sunday Ticket Plan
    4. YouTube TV Add-Ons
  3. YouTube TV Trials and Discounts
    1. Cancellation Policy
  4. YouTube TV Channel Lineup
  5. Cloud DVR
  6. Required Equipment
  7. Household Sharing
  8. Multiview
  9. YouTube TV Pros and Cons
    1. Pros
    2. Cons
  10. YouTube TV Alternatives
    1. Sling TV
    2. Hulu With Live TV
    3. FuboTV
  11. YouTube TV FAQ
  12. Is YouTube TV Worth It?

YouTube TV is a streaming service launched by YouTube in 2017. It offers subscribers access to many popular broadcast and cable channels and focuses on live and on-demand viewing.

Although the service started out at an affordable $35 a month, prices have risen in the years since its launch. YouTube TV is definitely more expensive now, but depending on what you pay for cable or satellite TV, YouTube TV may be more affordable. 

YouTube TV Pricing

As mentioned earlier, YouTube TV charged just $35 per month when it was launched. However, like all things, prices have risen. You can choose from a few different plans and add-ons with YouTube TV. Here’s a breakdown of the plans, add-ons, and their respective prices.

Plan Price Features Included
Base Plan $72.99/month – 100 live channels
– Unlimited cloud DVR space
Spanish Plan $34.99/month – 30 Spanish networks
– Unlimited cloud DVR space
NFL Sunday Ticket Plan $349/year – Access to every out-of-market Sunday game
– Does not require a 2-year contract

Base Plan

YouTube TV’s base plan is priced (as of this writing) at $72.99 per month. The base plan includes over 100 live channels and unlimited cloud DVR space. 

You’ll also get some additional features, such as additional customizable household accounts with this plan. And up to three users can stream at once. 

Spanish Plan

YouTube TV’s Spanish plan is priced (as of this writing) at $34.99 per month. This plan comes with over 30 Spanish networks and unlimited cloud DVR space. 

As with the Base plan, the Spanish plan comes with additional customizable household accounts, other features, and the ability for up to three users to stream at once. 

NFL Sunday Ticket Plan

The NFL Sunday Ticket plan can be purchased as a standalone product or in conjunction with your YouTube TV subscription. You’ll get a discount if you purchase it with your YouTube TV subscription. 

The NFL Sunday Ticket plan gives you access to every out-of-market Sunday game unavailable in your local broadcast area. 

You’ll pay (as of this writing) $349 per year to add NFL Sunday Ticket to your YouTube TV subscription. You can watch NFL Sunday Ticket on unlimited streams at home and up to two streams out of the house. 

Subscription fees for NFL Sunday Ticket can be paid for all at once or in 4 monthly installments. 

YouTube TV Add-Ons

You can also purchase add-ons with your YouTube TV subscription and your NFL Sunday Ticket plan. With NFL Sunday Ticket, you can get NFL Red Zone for an extra $40 per year. NFL Red Zone is an add-on that gives you whip-around coverage of every Sunday game. 

Other premium channel add-ons run $15 a month on average when added to your YouTube Basic plan:

  • HBO
  • Max
  • Cinemax
  • Showtime
  • Shudder
  • MLB TV
  • Starz 

See the YouTube TV webpage for a full list of premium channel add-ons and pricing. 

YouTube TV Trials and Discounts

YouTube TV and add-ons such as NFL Sunday Ticket often run discount promotions. For example, as of this writing, you can get $20 off per month of YouTube TV for the first three months. 

You can also get $50 off of the annual NFL Sunday Ticket plan price, with or without YouTube TV. However, these promotional prices change often, so watch the YouTube TV website for details. 

Note that promotions rotate and vary, so the above-mentioned discount may not be available when you read this review. 

YouTube TV offers a 5-day free trial or a 20-minute free preview trial as well. After your 5-day free trial expires, you’ll be charged the regular price of $72.99 per month for YouTube TV, plus any prices for add-ons that you choose. 

Trial promotions will vary just as price promotions do, so keep your eyes open for special offers for YouTube TV trial offers.

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel your YouTube TV subscription anytime, with no penalties. That being said, YouTube will not refund you for a partial month if you cancel your YouTube TV subscription mid-month. 

NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Red Zone packages are non-refundable once purchased. 

YouTube TV Channel Lineup

YouTube TV has over 100 channels with its basic plan. Channels as of this writing include:

ACCN AMC Animal Planet BBC America BBC WorldNews
BET BETher BTN Bravo Bounce
CBS Sports Ntk CNBC CNBC World Cartoon Network Charge
Cheddar Cheddar News CNT Comedy Central
Comet Court TV COZI DABL Disney
Disney Junior Disney XD Docurama Dove E!
ESPN ESPN2 ESPN News ESPN U Fox Business
Fox News Fox Soul Fox Weather FS1 FS2
FX FXM FXX Food Network Freeform
Gameshow Network Hallmark Channel Hallmark Drama Hallmark Movies Mystery Justice Central TV
Galavision getTV NBC Golf HLN HSN
IFC ion HGTV Law & Crime Fox Live NOW
Local now Localish Magnolia MSNBC Motortrend
NBC News Now Universo NBCsn LX neon
Nat. Geographic Nat. Geo. Wild NewsNation NFL Network Nickelodeon
Nick jr. Nicktoons OWN Oxygen Oxygen True Crime
Paramount PBS PBS Kids Pop
Smithsonian TLC TNT TruTV VH1

And others. Note that the channel lineup changes based on your geographical location. See the YouTube TV website and enter your zip code to get the exact channel lineup for your area. 

Cloud DVR

As mentioned elsewhere in this review, YouTube TV comes with unlimited, separate cloud DVR storage for all of the household accounts you utilize with your subscription. 

Note that recordings are kept for nine months, at which point they are deleted from the user’s cloud storage space. You can stream your DVR-stored shows from anywhere in the U.S. with available internet.

Required Equipment

You must have compatible equipment to stream YouTube TV, but the list of devices is long. You can use YouTube TV with any of the following devices:

Gaming Consoles Smart TVs Streaming Devices
PlayStation 4 Vizio SmartCast TVs (select models) Android TV (not available on some Android mobile devices)
Playstation 4 Samsung Smart TVs (2017+) Apple TV (4th gen. & 4k)
Xbox Series X Roku TVs (all models) Chromecast with Google TV
Xbox Series S LG Smart TVs (2016+) Fire TV Stick (Lite, 2nd gen, 3rd gen, 4k)
Xbox One X Hisense Smart TVs (select models) Fire TV Cube & Fire TV Cube 1st gen
Xbox One S Fire Edition TV Smart TVs (select producers) Google TV
Xbox One Tivo Stream 4K
Xfinity Flex devices
Roku (most devices)

Household Sharing

A YouTube TV subscription comes with the ability to have six separate household accounts at no extra charge.

Similar to how Netflix works, each of the six household accounts will have its own login. YouTube TV also grants each account its own personalized recommendations and its own unlimited cloud DVD storage account. 

Note that even though you are entitled to share your subscription with up to five additional family members or roommates besides yourself, the Basic plan only allows for three people to stream at one time. 

However, there is an add-on called 4k that allows you to watch on as many compatible streaming devices at a time as you want. The 4k add-on costs (as of this writing) $9.99 per month. 


Multiview is a feature that will allow you to watch up to four shows or games simultaneously on one screen. It’s a great feature that will appeal to sports fans who don’t want to miss any of the action.

The feature allows you to switch between audio tracks as you’re watching easily. You’ll see a white border around the show that you have audio for. 

And you can switch back to just one screen, two or three at any time. You can also manage and view a watch history for multiview. 

There is no extra cost to take advantage of the multiview feature. 

YouTube TV Pros and Cons

Here are some YouTube TV pros and cons you may want to consider as you ponder whether or not to use the streaming service.


  • Ability to add a live sports package
  • Stream away from home on up to two devices.
  • Up to six household accounts
  • Unlimited DVR cloud storage
  • Multiview screen capabilities


  • Costs are similar to traditional cable or satellite TV
  • DVR has limited features

Likely the biggest “con” is the high price. Paying anywhere between $73 to $150 or more per month (depending on add-ons) might be unaffordable for many households and doesn’t offer much savings over cable or satellite TV.

That being said, YouTube TV’s biggest attraction is the multiple features it offers standard plan users, from multiview to unlimited DVR storage. 

YouTube TV Alternatives

Here are a few YouTube TV alternatives that you might want to check out as you’re deciding which streaming service is best for you. 

Sling TV

Sling TV offers three live TV plans; Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and the option to get both. Sling Orange and Sling Blue both offer different live TV lineups. Certain channels are exclusive to Sling Orange or Sling Blue, while several channels are provided on both plans.

Sling Orange Sling Blue Sling Orange & Blue
ESPN2 Fox Sports 1 AXS TV
ESPN3 Fox News AMC
The Disney Channel Discovery BBC America
Freeform E! BET
Local Now FX Bloomberg Television
Motortrend Bravo CHARGE!
MSNBC Cartoon Network
The NFL Network Comedy Central
National Geographic Comet
SyFy Food Network
truTV Fuse
USA History Channel
Investigation Discovery

Additional channels include Nick Jr. TBS, TNT, Travel Channel, and Vice. 

Regular prices for Sling TV are $40/month for Orange, $40/month for Blue, and $55/month for both. However, you can regularly find discounts for 50% for a limited time. 

Sling TV also offers sports channels and a premium sports add-on called Season Pass that starts at $199. There are premium channels available for an additional cost as well. 

Sling Orange users can watch on one screen at a time. Blue users can watch on three screens at once. And users who subscribe to Sling Orange + Blue can watch on up to four screens simultaneously. 

The list of Sling TV-supported devices is long and includes gaming consoles, streaming devices, and smart TVs. You can cancel your subscription at any time; however, you will not be refunded a partial portion of what you paid. For more details, check out our full Sling TV review

Learn More About Sling TV

Hulu With Live TV

Hulu With Live TV is a product of the popular streaming service Hulu and offers 90+ channels, Hulu originals, and movies, along with live streaming of your favorite news channels, sports channels, and more. 

While the price for regular Hulu is $7.99 per month, and ad-free regular Hulu is $14.99 per month, Hulu with Live TV costs $69.99 per month. 

The service promises a no-hassle setup, no hidden fees, and unlimited DVR. Available channels are as follows. 

ABC ABC News Live CBS CBS News Fox
NBC ESPN Accn Adult Swim A&E Animal Planet
BET BIG Network Bloomberg TV Bravo Cartoon Network
CBS Sports Cheddar News CMT CNBC
CNN COZI Crime Investigation Dabl Discovery
Disney Disney Junior E! ESPN ESPN2
ESPN News ESPN U Food Network Fox Business Fox News
Freeform fyi Game Show Network getTV NBC Golf
The Grio Hallmark Hallmark Movies & Mysteries HGTV History Channel
HLN Justice Central Localish Lifetime Lifetime Movies
Magnolia Military History MSNBC Motortrend MTV
NASA National Geographic National Geo.Wild NFL Network Nickelodeon
Nick jr.  Oxygen OWN Paramount POP
QVC ESPN SEC Smithsonian StartTV Syfy
Trvl truTV TVland Universal kids USA

And others. One cool thing about Hulu is that it doesn’t charge box rental fees, administrative fees and other similar fees like cable and satellite channels do. 

Note that Hulu with Live TV does have ads at the $69.99 price point. However, you can get it ad-free if you pay the higher price of $82.99 per month. 

But even if you get the Hulu Live TV with no ads, you’ll still see ads on ESPN channels. You can have up to six household accounts with Hulu and can cancel at any time. If you cancel, you won’t get refunded for your paid billing period. 

Hulu offers 30-day free trials for its plans. 

Learn More About Hulu


FuboTV is a live TV streaming service that can offer you nearly 300 channels, depending on the market you’re in and the subscription package you choose. 

You can choose from four different packages with FuboTV:

  • Pro: $74.99/month, 166 channels, 1k DVR hours, up to 10 screens
  • Elite: $84.99/month, 242 channels, 1k DVR hours, up to 10 screens, 4k included
  • Ultimate: $99.99/month, 286 channels, 1k DVR hours, up to 10 screens Showtime, NFL Redzone, 4k included
  • Latino: $32.99/month, 58 channels, 250 DVR hours, up to 2 screens

Some of the channels included with plans are:

ABC Fox NFL Network Bally Sports FS1
TUDN Bravo E! Food Network Fox News
HGTV MSNBC usa BIG Network NBC Golf
Fox Business FS2 Hallmark Channel Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Hallmark Drama
Oxygen ESPN Syfy Tastemade Freeform
FXX National Geographic Bloomberg Television Tastemade Travel Comedy Dynamics
Disney Channel Disney Junior FX NBC News Now Disney XD
ESPN2 ABC News Live gustoTV CLEOTV Fox Weather
Great American Family Curiosity Channel Tastemade Home Fox Live Now The Pet Collective
Fox Soul LOCALish Motoamerica SportStak Speedvision
PFL Glory StartTV Dabl BoxingTV
ion ionPLUS ionMYSTERY Billiard TV CourtTV
The big dish ORIGIN Sports Design Network Grit BOUNCE
Bob Ross Channel FailArmy familytime Swerve Sports Dove Channel
SCRIPPS News Bleav Football Law & Crime AXS TV Now Bleav Sports
EarthxTV Magnolia Infast QVC Univision
Telemundo Trvl BET CMT MTV
Comedy Central Nickelodeon Nick jr. TVLand VH1

And others. You can also get add-ons such as Showtime, Starz, MLB.TV, Sports Plus with NFL Redzone, and more for an additional monthly charge. 

Each FuboTV package comes with a free trial as well. For more details, read our FuboTV review.

Learn More About FuboTV

YouTube TV FAQ

Are there ads on YouTube TV?

Yes, you will see ads on YouTube TV, just like you would with regular live TV. Depending on what you’re watching, and how, you may be able to fast-forward through some ads.

What is YouTube Premium?

YouTube Premium is a separate plan that allows you to watch YouTube videos and YouTube music ad-free, offline, and in the background. The cost (as of this writing) for YouTube Premium is $13.99 per month. 

Does YouTube Premium come with YouTube TV?

YouTube Premium does not come with YouTube TV. It is a separate plan. However, if you are a YouTube Premium member and a YouTube TV member, You can watch YouTube content on YouTube TV without ads. 

What are YouTube Primetime Channels?

YouTube TV has a separate feature called Primetime Channels, but they don’t include them with your Basic YouTube TV subscription. They are available if you pay an extra fee for them. 

Learn More About YouTube TV

Is YouTube TV Worth It?

The main appeal to YouTube TV when it first launched, was that it was an affordable $35 per month and much cheaper than traditional cable or satellite TV packages. 

However, in the 6+ years since, YouTube TV prices have increased dramatically, putting it almost on par with what you will pay for cable or satellite subscriptions. 

That being said, the streaming service does have several attractive features and add-ons, such as multiview, unlimited cloud DVR storage, and its NFL Sunday Ticket add-on. YouTube TV is worth a look if you are hooked on traditional cable or satellite TV. You’ll like it even more if you’re a die-hard football fan. 

YouTube TV


  • Ability to add a sports package
  • Stream away from home on up to two devices
  • Up to six household accounts
  • Unlimited DVR cloud storage
  • Multiview screen capabilities


  • Costs are similar to traditional cable/satellite
  • DVR has limited features

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