YouTube TV Users Share Passwords & Accounts More Often Than Other Services and Google Is Cracking Down
Do you share your YouTube TV account with people outside your household? You are not alone. A new study from All About Cookies says YouTube TV is one of the most popular services that people share logins for.
One of the best features of YouTube TV is the ability to share your account with other people. The catch is you are only supposed to do that with people who live with you. In the past, Google didn’t enforce this rule, but recently they have been.
According to All About Cookies, 47% of YouTube TV customers are on a free trial or share a login with a free trial. This makes YouTube TV one of the most shared free trial services. Others, like Amazon Prime Video, are shared 21% of the time.
Over the last year, YouTube TV has gotten stricter about sharing accounts outside your household. And Google has become more aggressive enforcing its rule that you must reconnect your device back to your home network at least once every three months. To watch MLB content, you must connect once every 30 days in your home area to avoid MLB game-related viewing restrictions.
In the past Google had these rules but was relaxed in enforcing them. Now Google has started to cut off more users. If fact, over the last few months, we have been getting more messages from readers about being cut off until they return home.
With a study showing 47% of subscribers sharing logins or using a free trial, you can understand why Google is enforcing these rules now more than ever.
The good news is you can still travel with your YouTube TV account. Here are Google’s rules about using YouTube TV when traveling:
YouTube TV is available in the United States. You can enjoy YouTube TV while traveling in the United States, but programs will vary by location.
- If you’re a frequent traveler, make sure to use YouTube TV at least once every 3 months in your home area to make sure we can continue to offer you the correct local networks.
- If you’re an MLB fan, make sure to use YouTube TV once every 30 days in your home area. Checking in will help avoid MLB game-related viewing restrictions.
- If you move out of the home area where you signed up in, update your location in YouTube TV.