Your Independent TV Streamer Guide

YouTube TV

Quick Look: YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service that gives subscribers access to over 70 networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, AMC, Disney Channel, ESPN, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network, FOX Sports, FOX News, and MSNBC, for $50 per month. A number of premium channels are also available as add-ons for an additional fee.

YouTube TV is currently available in many metro areas. To see if YouTube TV is available in your market, visit tv.youtube.com andenter your 5digit zip code in the form under "What's included for $40/month."

YouTube TV's home screen will show you "top picks" as well as recommendations for both live and on-demand content in categories that include Family, Movies, Shows, Sports, and News. The home screen also provides access to YouTube Red Originals and regular YouTube content such as "Food Shows on YouTube" and "Trending on YouTube." Keep scrolling to the bottom of the home screen and you'll find a list of all available networks. Select a network to view live, upcoming, and on-demand listings, including listings by genre. Select any show for a schedule of upcoming airings and information about that show along with related videos on YouTube and similar shows. If you only care about live programming, though, select the "Live" option from the top of the screen for a traditional TV programming grid.

In addition to live streaming, YouTube TV includes a cloud DVR service with unlimited storage space. The "Library" selection at the top of the screen is where you'll find your DVR recordings. To schedule a recording, find a show using the channel's search function, through the live TV grid, or any other means available, and then select the plus sign to add it to your library. By adding it to your library, all future airings of that show will be recorded. (No, you cannot record only selected episodes of a series.)

Channels available on YouTube TV

As of February 14, 2019, the following channels are available on YouTube TV:

ABC CBS FOX
NBC AMC BBC America
BBC World News Big Cheddar Big Cheddar News
Bravo Big 10 Network Cartoon Network
CNBC NBC Sports CBS Sports Network
CNN Comet The CW
Disney XD Disney Channel Disney Junior
SEC ESPN Network E Network ESPN
ESPN 2 ESPNU ESPN News
Fox Business FOX News Fox Sports
FreeForm FS1 FS2
FX FXM FXX
Golf Channel HLN IFC
Local Now Los Angeles Football Club MLB
MSNBC National Geographic IFC
NBA TV NBC Sports Network NECN
NESN Newsy Olympic Channel
Orlando City SC POP Seattle Sounders
Smithsonian Channel SNY Start TV
Sundance TV SYFY Tastemade
TBS Telemundo Tennis Channel
TNT Turner Classic Movies Tru TV
Universal Kids NBC Universo USA
WE TV YES Network The Young Turks
YouTube originals

Visit tv.youtube.com for a list of current channels, but note that some channels are not available in all areas. To find out which channels are available in your area, visit the YouTube TV website and follow the prompts for a free trial. You'll be shown the exact TV networks, including local channels, for your area before you have to commit to the free trial.

How to get YouTube TV on Roku

Here is how to get YouTube TV on you Roku device:

Start a Free 7-day Trial of YouTube TV

  • Visit tv.youtube.com and click on the "TRY IT FREE" button.
  • Sign in to your Google account (if you don't have a Google account, you will need to create one).
  • Let Google know your location (necessary to allow YouTube TV to identify your local TV stations).
  • Review the list of channels available in your area and select premium add-ons, if desired.
  • Add or confirm a payment method (you won't be billed if you cancel before the 7th day).

Link your Roku device to your YouTube TV account

  • Launch the YouTube TV Roku channel and select "already a member" from the home screen.
  • Visit tv.youtube.com/activate from a computer or mobile device, sign into your Google account, and enter the code shown on the Roku channel.
  • The Roku channel will automatically log you in after you've gone through the process on the website.
  • If the linking code is not accepted, you may have waited too long between generating the code and entering it on the website; return to the Roku channel to generate a new linking code.

Devices that support YouTube TV

According to Roku, YouTube TV is currently supported on all Roku TVs, Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Streaming Stick (3800x, 3600x), Roku Express/Express+ (3910x, 3900x, 3710x, 3700x), Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere, Roku 4, Roku 3 (4200x, 4230x), and Roku 2 (4210x). YouTube TV is also available on Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Android TV, and some smart TVs, as well as on mobile devices and computer.

-- Information is current as of February 19, 2019

Roku Channel Store Description:
Cable-free live TV. No cable box required -- just your Roku.
• Watch major broadcast and cable networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, AMC and more, including your local sports & news channels.

• Watch on all your devices, including the big screen.
• Watch on-the-go with your smartphone, tablet, or computer. • Cloud DVR without DVR storage space limits. Each recording will be stored for 9 months.
• 6 YouTube TV accounts per household. Everyone gets their own login, recommendations and DVR.
• No commitment, no contracts; cancel anytime.
• Start your free-trial today.
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CHANNEL STORE CATEGORY: Movies & TV

DEVELOPER: Google

FEES: $49.9/month after free trial; premium channels available for additional monthly fee

RELATED LINKS:
YouTube TV Website

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