5 Tips to Help You Get the Most from YouTube TV




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Since YouTube TV launched it has slowly been adding new features to make the service even better. After talking with many new and old subscribers, I was shocked at how many did not know everything YouTube TV has to offer. So, I want to point out some of the best YouTube TV features I think most subscribers should take advantage of. If you are a long-time YouTube TV subscriber, you may already know these options. Yet with the rapid growth of cord cutting, we hope this post helps new subscribers learn how to get the most out of YouTube TV.

Here are my top 5 tips to help you get the most from YouTube TV:

#1 Customer Channel Guides

Ever wish you could create your own custom channel guide? Ever wish all the sports channels would be at the top? Or bottom? With YouTube TV on mobile devices, you can do just that.

To do this you first need to open the YouTube TV app and select the Live tab. There you will find an option called Sort that will allow you to create a custom channel guide. Tap on the red checkmark to remove the channel from your custom view. You can also drag and drop each channel to reorder them to your preferred list.

#2 Family Sharing

With YouTube TV you can share your account with up to five different people. (You are still limited to three streams at once, but five people can have their own logins.) This means that each account will get their own DVR, favorites, and alerts. No longer will you have to see all the shows your kids are DVRing.

To set this up, click on your profile photo and select Settings. In the Settings, you will find an option for Family Sharing. Follow the steps listed there to set up family sharing.

#3 Parental Controls

YouTube TV offers a great set of parental controls to make YouTube TV kid safe. With this option, you can block shows based on their ratings. For example, you can only allow access to V-Y, TV-G, TV-Y7-FV, TV-G shows.

To set this up, go into the YouTube TV Settings and select Filter. There you will be able to set up the parental controls on that YouTube TV account.

#4 Hide Sports Scores

Do you ever DVR a sporting event and don’t want to know what happened? YouTube TV will by default show the score of the game in the channel listing, but you can turn it off.

Here is how you turn off this feature, according to Google:

  1. Open YouTube TV.
  2. Select the overflow menu on a team or league page.
  3. Toggle on “Hide all scores for this team/league.”

Note: When you turn on this feature, it will be enabled across all your devices.

#5 YouTube TV’s Roku Single Sign-on

If you own a Roku player, you can use Roku’s Single Sign-on feature to log in to multiple network apps at once. This means you can use apps like ESPN and FS1 without having to log in to them.

You can find out what apps YouTube TV supports HERE. You can also learn more about Roku’s Single Sign-on feature HERE.

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