5 Things to Know Before You Sign Up For YouTube TV




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This week Google rolled out its long-awaited live TV streaming service, YouTube TV, but before you sign up make sure you know these five things.

#1 YouTube TV Costs More on iOS…

Are you an Apple user? Don’t sign up for YouTube TV with iTunes. Google will charge you an extra $5 a month to cover the fees Apple applies to services such as YouTube TV.

You can avoid this fee by signing up on your web browser with the same Google Account you use on iOS.

#2 YouTube Red Is NOT Included With YouTube TV…

Hate ads? Sadly YouTube TV does not include YouTube Red’s ad-free YouTube experience. Although you will get access to YouTube original content, you won’t get the ad-free experience YouTube Red subscribers get.

If you want commercial-free YouTube, you will have to pay an additional $9.99 a month on top of the $35 a month for YouTube TV.

#3 Channels

The following channels come with YouTube TV:

#4 Not All Programming Can Be Watched on a TV

Not a fan of watching all your TV on your phone or tablet? YouTube TV will allow you to cast it to any Chromecast TV, but it seems that not all content can be watched on your TV.

According to the YouTube TV help section it says, “Certain programs may not always be available through casting.”

#5 May Not Work Well With First Generation Chromecast

Not only does YouTube TV only work on Google hardware it seems the older and slower Chromecast stick (not the second generation ball-shaped Chromecast) has some issues with YouTube TV.

According to YouTube TV’s help page it says, “If you’re using a first generation Chromecast, you may experience a higher rate of errors. It may also take up to 30 seconds to load.”

Bonus: When You Travel You Will Lose Access to Local Stations

As with all streaming services, when you travel you will lose access to local programming. This has a lot to do with FCC laws about broadcasting local content outside of its market.

There you go, five and a half things to know about before you sign up for YouTube TV.

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