Free, YouTube Premium Vs YouTube TV

FREE YouTube Vs YouTube Premium Vs YouTube TV

Now that we have a three YouTube variants, choosing between them can be a bit confusing.

YouTube Free
YouTube Free
YouTube Premium
YouTube Premium
YouTube TV
YouTube TV

YouTube offers viewers several great streaming options, and we hope this can help make it a little easier for you to decide between YouTube that's Free, YouTube Premium, and Live YouTube TV

The Free ad-supported YouTube channel and app is still as popular as ever. And they log more streaming hours than several others streaming channels put together.

But YouTube also has several other paid streaming TV alternatives they would love to get their Free TV video viewers to sign up for instead.

Their goal is to entice viewers by offering a less expensive channel package than cable TV and hopefully switch them from their habit of only watching their Free ad-supported YouTube app.

YouTube Premium

YouTube Red was their premium ad-free version of YouTube which they since rebranded a while back to YouTube Premium. And it also now includes the YouTube Music Premium Service.

This streaming plan comes with the following features:

Ad-free & Background Play - This is just like their regular free version of YouTube minus the ads. Plus you can watch or listen in the background while using other apps, and even when your screen is locked.

Video Downloads - You can easily save videos by downloading them and taking with you to play when there is no Internet connection. Like in the car, for the kids when traveling or camping.

Regular FREE YouTube videos can also be downloaded and saved, but it takes a few more steps and the use of 3rd party software or website to find the download links. This is also against their terms of service and depending on the video can violate copyright laws. But then their YouTube Premium service lets you easily download any content you want for offline viewing without any such concerns. Instantly without the use of additional software or steps.

YouTube Music Premium - Their new music app is also available to download free with YouTube Premium and it lets you listen to your favorite music artists without any commercial interruptions.

YouTube Original Programming - Their new music app is also available to download free with YouTube Premium and it lets you listen to your favorite music artists without any commercial interruptions. Popular shows on YouTube Prime you won't want to miss during a Free Trial are:
  • Lifeline - Season 1, 8 Episodes Sci-Fi
  • Impulse - 2 Seasons, 20 Episodes Sci-Fi
  • Origin - Season 1, 10 Episodes Sci-Fi
  • Broke - Season 1, 11 Episodes Drama
  • Cobra Kai - 2 Seasons, 20 Episodes Action Drama
  • Single by 30 - Season 1, 8 Episodes Drama Romance
  • Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television - 2 Seasons, 16 Episodes Crime Drama
  • Do You Want To See a Dead Body? - Season 1, 15 Episodes Crime Drama
  • Foursome - 4 Seasons, 36 Episodes Romantic Comedy
  • Sing It! - Season 1, 10 Episodes Comedy
  • Bad Internet - Season, 10 Episodes Dark Comedy
Plus many more original TV shows. Here trailers of all the show on YouTube Prime

YouTube Premium Monthly Fee - YouTube Premium service costs $11.99/month. They also offer discounted plans for students ($6.99) or if you want to sign-up for their family plan. This plan costs $17.99/month and can be shared with up to 5 more (13+) family members.

Get a 30/day Free Trial to YouTube Premium

The YouTube Premium Plan comes with a Free 30/day trial

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Watch Live TV Channels With YouTube TV

If you cut the cord and miss watching some of your favorite live TV channels, then YouTube TV offers a great live TV streaming plans available. And while it's cheaper than anything you will find on satellite or cable TV. Compared to a Netflix or Hulu subscription it's still rather expensive.

The YouTube TV Live streaming plan includes the following:

Unlimited DVR - With YouTube TV you will receive the best cloud based DVRs currently available on any live TV streaming service. You can record as much as you want without any space limitations. The only drawback is recordings only last for nine months. And once a saved recording has reached the nine month time limit, it is then automatically deleted.

Compatible Streaming Devices With YouTube TV
  • Android TV
  • All Vizio SmartCast TVs
  • Samsung & LG smart TVs (2016 models and newer)
  • HiSense TVs (models: MTK5658, MTK5659, MSD6586)
  • Apple TV (4th generation) and Apple TV 4K
  • Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, all-new Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Cube (1st Gen), and all Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVs
  • Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X
  • Roku: All Roku TVs, Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Streaming Stick (3800x, 3600x), Roku Express/Express+ (3910x, 3900x, 3710x, 3700x), Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere, Roku 4, Roku 3 (4200x, 4230x), and Roku 2 (4210x).

On Roku disable HDR if you notice a choppy or glitchy picture during playback. This is done on your Roku in the Settings/Display Type Menu.

Also you have any HDMI Handshake errors otherwise known as the dreaded HDCP error, turn on the HDMI Ultra HD Color setting on your TV.

Up to 6 User Accounts and 3 Streams at The Same Time - This is really useful if you have multiple family members which all like watching different content on multiple TV sets.

But if you think you can split the cost of an account using this feature, you better hope your family members or friends come over to visit a lot. Because YouTube implemented a safeguard that will require the device to randomly be located inside your home network every so often.

So while you can take your Roku or Apple TV with you on the road while traveling and YouTube TV will work outside your home network. It needs to phone home every once in a while, to prove it still belongs to the account subscriber.

Channels Available - This is where again YouTube TV has both Sling and AT&T beat for the shear amount of content they offer. Their channel plan on the higher priced tier is pretty extensive. Here is everything they offer:

YouTube TV Channels List
Just a small sample of the channels included with the YouTube TV Plan

The YouTube Live TV Channel List Get's Even Bigger This Winter - In December PBS and PBS Kids are both arriving on YouTube TV!

Here are all the channels included in the YouTube TV bundle

ACC Network (ACCN)
Animal Planet
BBC America
BBC World News
Big Ten Network (BTN)
Cartoon Network
CBS Sports Network
Cheddar Business
Cheddar News
CNBC World
Cozi TV
Discovery Channel
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
Food Network
Fox Business Network
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Fox Sports 2 (FS2)
Golf Channel
Investigation Discovery (ID)
Local Now
MLB Network
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
Olympic Channel
PBS Kids
SEC Network
Smithsonian Channel
Start TV
Sundance TV
TCM (Turner Classic Movies)
Tennis Channel
Travel Channel
Universal Kids
WE tv

Monthly Cost - When they first launched they started out at $35/month but had less channels. Currently after another recent price increase, YouTube TV costs $49.99 a month.

While this is the most expensive live TV package offered by YouTube, for everything that it offers this still seems like a bargain when compared to the cost of cable or satellite TV.

Try a Free Trial - If you want to try before you buy, YouTube TV offers a Free 7/day trial to try everything this streaming service offers.

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For an even less expensive Live TV Streaming package, Check out these channels Philo TV Offers!

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