The Pros and Cons of Youtube TV

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The Pros and Cons of Youtube TV

If you're a cord cutter, you have decent internet speed and you're looking for a legal way to watch live television, consider Youtube TV.
It costs $35/month and it's available in the Saline area and Metro Detroit.


  • Cheaper than cable.
  • It's a legal way to watch without paying a cable/dish provider.
  • Not giving extra money to Comcast.
  • Works with Chromecast fairly well on a 48 inch TV - but I usually watch on a smaller desk TV or laptop and it's fine.
  • Awesome and super easy record feature gives you unlimited record programming. Recorded items stay in your library for 6-9 months.
  • iPhone and android apps let you tune in (but only on a wifi connection)
  • You can have it on 6 devices
  • Cancel at anytime - no contracts
  • Some locals (No CBC)
  • Can watch live
  • Some on demand offerings (haven't really checked it out.


  • Some Smart TV apps aren't out yet. Still waiting on Roku and Apple TV. Read that PS4 won't allow it because it competes with their Vue model.
  • I read somewhere that the iphone app is blocked over the mobile network, due to some Verizon exclusive rights deal,  but I tried it Saturday and it worked, so I don't know.''
  • $35/month isn't that great for limited channels.

Overall, it's worth it for me. 

But I am disappointed that a big player like Google/Youtube couldn't figure out a way to break the mold when it comes to TV offerings. I'm buying this service mostly because I want to watch the Detroit Red Wings - and that's virtually impossible unless you subscribe to Comcast, some satellite provider, or unless you're willing to watch an illegal stream. Even the NHL.TV app is useless unless you're willing to be deceitful about your IP address to get around local blackout rules.

A big player like Youtube/Google could have shattered the mold and started offering a la carte offerings. For instance, if all I wanted was hockey, maybe I pay $8/month for the over-the-air channels, $5/month for FSD and $5/month for NBC Sports. So, I continue to wait for a la carte television.

But in the meantime, I'm pretty happy with Youtube TV.

Go Red Wings!

Here is the lineup I have in Saline.

  • Fox 2
  • NBC 4
  • Abc 7
  • CBS 62
  • CW50
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • SEC
  • ESPN News
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FS Detroit
  • FSDetroit+
  • BTN
  • CBS Sports Network
  • NBC Golf 
  • Tennis Channel
  • Olympic Channel
  • Disney
  • Disney2?
  • Disney XD
  • Universal
  • AMC
  • BBCAmerica
  • Free Form
  • FX
  • FXX
  • FXM
  • IFC
  • Pop
  • Sundance TV
  • USA
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Wild
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • SYFY
  • Bravo
  • E
  • WE
  • BBC News
  • Fox News
  • Newsy
  • CNBC
  • Fox Business
  • Telemundo Chicago
  • Universo