Cord Cutting Guides, News, and Reviews
Are you thinking about cutting the cord? Hear what our experts have to say about YouTube TV and some of the YouTube TV alternatives.
YouTube TV is one of the newest streaming services on the market and is a powerhouse when it comes to video. YouTube and now YouTube TV have a solid reputation, which means they are an option you can trust. So it's no surprise that YouTube now offers a streaming service for those who wish to cut the cord. YouTube TV, whose parent company is Google, has only been around since 2017, yet it already has more than 1 million paying subscribers. That's impressive, but is YouTube TV right for you? Let's find out.
Is fuboTV a good alternative to YouTube TV? Maybe. FuboTV is designed for sports fans; however, it has plenty of other programming options as well. So there is pretty much something for the whole family. FuboTV offers a 7-day free trial and doesn't require you to sign a contract, but neither does YouTube TV. YouTube TV does offer a free trial; however, the length of that free trial keeps changing. It was a 5-day free trial, then they offered a 7-day free trial. Then YouTube TV raised its monthly cost, then started offering a 14-day free trial period that was supposed to be temporary, but they keep extending it. So we'll have to wait and see what they do next.
With fuboTV you can stream two devices at once unless you pay extra for their upper-tier plan, then they give you three simultaneous streams. YouTube TV allows you to stream up to three devices at once, but don't give you the option to pay for additional streams. Additionally, both fuboTV and YouTube TV offer live TV streaming and mobile playback. However, only YouTube TV comes with original content programming, fuboTV does not.
FuboTV has four monthly subscription plans, one of which is a Latino plan. Its plans are between $19.99/mo. (Latino Quarterly) and $74.99/mo. It has a great mix of sports, news, movies, and family entertainment of all kinds. YouTube TV has one paid option and it's $49.99/mo. and it includes local channels, ESPN, regional sports networks, and unlimited cloud DVR storage. YouTube TV also has sports and premium networks you can add-on for an extra monthly fee. If you are comparing costs, the fuboTV two lower-tier plans are comparable to the YouTube TV price, but the fuboTV upper-tier plan is slightly more.
A Great Alternative to YouTube TV
Sling TV might also be a good YouTube TV alternative. Sling TV has a 7-day free trial, so if you like it you can easily cut the cord. YouTube TV's free trial keeps changing. Right now it's 14-days, but that was supposed to be temporary; however, they keep extending it. The good news is that neither YouTube TV nor Sling TV requires you to sign a contract and neither has any hidden fees of any kind.
How many devices you can stream at once with Sling TV will depend on the plan you choose, which is between one and four, with four being on the upper-tier plan. With YouTube TV, you can stream three devices at once. Additionally, both Sling TV and YouTube TV offer live TV streaming options, mobile playback, and original content programming.
The Sling TV streaming service is pretty affordable comparatively. Sling TV has three plans to choose from, and they are between $15 and $25 per month. Sling TV also allows you to customize with sports, kids, and news programming, and it even has cloud DVR as well. YouTube TV has one plan and it's $49.99 per month, but it does include local channels and unlimited cloud DVR storage space. YouTube TV has premium add-ons available as well. So Sling TV is a bit cheaper than YouTube TV.
Philo might be another possible YouTube TV alternative. Philo TV gives you a 7-day free trial. YouTube TV's free trial keeps changing. However, the YouTube TV free trial periods have previously ranged between 5-days and 14-days. So you'll have to check with them when you are ready to subscribe if you want to take advantage of the free trial. However, neither YouTube TV nor Philo requires you to sign a contract or stick you with a bunch of hidden fees.
As far as the costs go, Philo TV and YouTube TV are both pretty straightforward and only offer one plan. The Philo plan is only $20 a month, but they don't give you any sports or news channels so keep that in mind. But it does give you 10 DVR profiles per account. The YouTube TV plan is $49.99 a month, which is a bit more; however, it does come with plenty of sports, news, and local channels included. YouTube TV also comes with unlimited cloud DVR storage as well. Additionally, YouTube TV has a variety of premium add-ons available.
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