5 Things You Need to Know Before Signing Up For YouTube TV




This week YouTube TV rolled out to 12 more markets bringing its total coverage to over half of the United States.

So I wanted to take a moment and lay out five-and-a-half things everyone should know before they sign up for YouTube TV.

#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:

*Note in a few of the new markets not all locals are available. When you sign up, pay close attention to what locals they show.

#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 some Chromecast TVs, but it seems that not all content can be watched on your TV.

The YouTube TV Help section 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.

YouTube TV’s Help page 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: More Device Support Coming Soon

Recently it was announced that YouTube TV will add more device support this fall. So keep an eye open for more device announcements.

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

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