As we all know, video streaming services would often feature original content, but YouTube TV takes a different approach, as it offers over 70 channels of sports, entertainment, news, and a great user interface. Not to mention that it also has great DVR features. Some users are not that satisfied with the overall price spike, as a monthly subscription is $49.99.
YouTube TV channels
With that subscription, it is almost like you are paying for a set of channels like you would if you purchased a certain TV package. Well, YouTube TV offers BBC America, ABC, CNBC, NBC, CNN, as well as sports channels such as ESPN and ESPN 2, FN1, MLB Network, NBC Sports, NBA TV… Of course, you have over 70 different channels, so there is a lot more for you to look forward to.
You might have already guessed, but YouTube TV also offers a great selection of lifestyle and entertainment content, especially now as they have added the Discovery channel lineup. You can expect channels such as Cartoon Network, FX, The CW, AMC, TNT, National Geographic, Animal Planet, Food Network, Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Epix… and so on.
Simple and user-friendly interface
The overall interface of YouTube TV is very similar to YouTube we are all used to, and that is to be expected. The design is very clean, easy to navigate and user-friendly, which is a good thing. There is a dark mode just like there is on YouTube, and in the top right corner, you have a search tool that will help you find the specific channel or genre you prefer, as that is very helpful when you have so many options.
For example, if you search up something like “science fiction +2004” you will get results of the upcoming airing of iRobot. There is a settings panel that will allow you to manage the subscription details, subscriptions added to the channels and the overall billing information. There, you also have the family preferences, where you can see the history of watching as well.
Mainly, you will navigate with the three top tabs, which are the Home, library and live. The library section is there to organize everything you have recorded in scheduled recordings, recordings, and new content. You can also sort this differently, by content types, such as shows, events, movies, and sports, alphabetically, popularity, and recentness.
The home section is the place where you can discover new content that you want to watch. On the top, YouTube TV will present the recommended content, and that will be based on the things you have already watched or have at least searched for. You can also see different categories as you keep scrolling down.
As for the Live section, you will be able to scroll down a list of different available channels and see what is currently live. In the settings menu, you are able to exclude all the channels that you do not want to watch, and if you find anything interesting in the live section, you just have to click on that content to watch it, it is quite simple.
Watching YouTube TV
Many of you might be interested in how YouTube TV actually performs, and this would all depend on your platform as well as the place of streaming. For example, the NFL game that was streamed on a Windows 10, with an average 200Mbps download speed, on a home network, did not encounter any kind of problems. You could encounter some kind of stutters or lags here and there, but the audio and everything else will keep up the pace of the game.
Keep in mind that you can also stream from your phone, but if your phone is not that good, or your internet connection is not fast, you will encounter some sort of stutters, that is inevitable. On the other hand, the streaming resolution will also be based on the source; for example, if you watch a game broadcasted by Fox Sports, the resolution is often limited to 720p and 60fps.
YouTube TV features and accessibility
One could state that YouTube TV’s DVR features are quite favorable compared to the competitions. For example, you do not have a DVR storage limit, and as long as you stay online and have a good connection, you will be allowed to add as many movies and shows you want to your library. In addition, the recordings you have will be saved for 9 months.
But, the one potential drawback of the online requirement would have to be that one is not able to download recordings for offline viewing, which means that if you do not have internet, YouTube TV basically serves no purpose. Compared to some other streaming platforms that allow their users to do so, YouTube TV should probably step up their game.
If you are wondering how you can initiate the DVR recording, you should just hit the + button below any show hat is playing. To remove such content from your library, you should press the expand button and then you will have an option to remove. One great feature everyone appreciates is the ability YouTube TV has to set up a DVR recording for a specific sports team.
Overall, a great choice!
Those who are tired of having the same-old cable subscription, that does not really have any sort of interesting perks, should check out what YouTube TV has to offer. Currently, this might be a bit of a pricier option, seeing as you have other similar platforms on the market, but it is definitely worth looking into, as YouTube TV has a lot of great options.
You will be introduced to over 70 different sports, entertainment, lifestyle and news channels. YouTube TV’s DVR functionality is the best in class, not to mention that its interface will work across different platforms. As long as you have a good internet connection, you do not have to worry about anything else.