- Posted by asmithedtech
- On April 17, 2017
YouTube TV is here! That is, if here is Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, or the San Francisco Bay Area. Industry insiders predict potential for drastic changes in how live television will be viewed. Consumers have plans of cutting the cord. Is this the beginning of the end for cable and satellite companies? Or will it be YouTube TV exposed? Those questions and many more such as what is the YouTube TV channel lineup (YouTube TV channel list) as well as other features will be addressed below.
What is YouTube Live TV?
Pretty much it’s a cheaper alternate to high priced cable and satellite services. In addition to watching on tv, it allows you to watch on your smartphone, tablet, or computer as well.
$35 a month! Added bonus – there are no contracts.
Sharing is caring, and apparently YouTube gets that. YouTubeTV comes with 6 accounts. You can share with anyone in your household. Keyword is household. Although you’re not supposed to, I know that you probably share your Netflix and Hulu logins with people outside of your household. You’re secret is safe with me. But YouTube is not up for those shenanigans. I’m sure someone will find a workaround…
Unlimited DVR Storage
This excites me! You don’t know how many times I have to sift through my DVR to decide what I am going to delete just to be able to record other shows. I may record an entire series knowing that I won’t watch it until the summer. But by the time the summer comes, I had to delete it in order to record something else.
YouTube TV Exposed – YouTube TV Channel Lineup (YouTube TV Channel List)
So is this all too good to be true? It depends on your programming interest.
While $35 a month and no contracts sounds like television heaven, go ahead and actually look at the YouTube TV channel lineup (channel list). Would you still be able to watch all of your favorite tv shows?
The truth of the matter is, the channels you actually want to watch may not be included.
YouTube TV Channel Lineup (YouTube TV Channel List)
- The CW
- Big Ten Network
- CBS Sports Network
- Comcast RSN
- Fox RSN
- Golf Channel
- SEC Network
Entertainment & Lifestyle:
- Nat Geo
- Nat Geo Wild
- Universal HD
- YouTube Red Originals
- Fox Business
- Fox News
- Disney Channel
- Disney Jr
- Disney XD
Can I Cut the Cord?
I have been a loyal DirecTV customer for over 10 years; however, I must say that I like this new concept. YouTube TV offers the most “complete” lineup of channels available in any base package. But that “complete” isn’t “complete” for my programming interest. I know YouTube TV has to start somewhere, I just wish that somewhere included more diverse channels.
After a review of what is offered (click here to access video directly on YouTube), I know that I will be unable to cut the cord. For lack of better terminology, in what some would deem “African-American based television programming,” 6 out of 8 programs that I enjoy watching would not be available via YouTube Television due to the programs’ networks not being in the channel lineup. I also noticed that Telemundo is not available.
Many of you may say, “speciality programming typically isn’t included in base packaging. So the fact that YouTube TV includes some is great.”
And you’re right.
But not so fast…
YouTube, part of Google, is supposed to be an innovator. Why not be more diverse?
If your goal is to tap into the market of cable and satellite services, then you should really undercut them by offering more diverse channels in your base package that the competition offer in much pricier tiers. By not offering more diverse networks, a great number of people may not buy into what you’re doing because they will be unable to fully cut the cord in fear of missing out of their favorite programming.
YouTube TV vs YouTube Red
That’s right. YouTube TV and YouTube Red are not one in the same. YouTube TV will focus on, well, television while YouTube Red focuses on music and regular YouTube videos. Although YouTube Red is ad free, YouTube TV will have ads. There’s only one way to watch YouTube TV ad free. Be a YouTube Red member as well.
Would you be able to cut the cord once YouTube TV is available in your area? Sound off in the comments section on my YouTube channel.