There’s so many different streaming services out there nowadays that it’s pretty difficult to even know where to begin. Adding that many of these platforms are only available in certain areas of the world, we can see how it’d be even more frustrating.
This is definitely the case for YouTube TV. Whilst this has been launched in the United States, as of 2021 it isn’t even available in every state yet. At the present, it’s also not available in the UK yet either. You’ll need to use a VPN if you want to watch YouTube TV in another country.
And even then, is it going to be worth it? There’s a lot of reports online about the YouTube TV app crashing a lot, so it seems a pretty expensive price to pay when you’re not even getting the best service. Let’s look at YouTube TV in closer detail.
Youtube TV Crashing & Freezing Issues
If you’re having problems with your YouTube TV app crashing, then the first thing you’ll want to do is check that your app is fully updated. In many cases, this is the problem and it can be resolved pretty easily by simply keeping your app up to date.
Your YouTube app could also crash due to a poor internet connection, as this can cause your interface to lag. Any kind of signal hitch can definitely cause video streaming issues. Resetting your home Wi-fi router is the best thing to do if you think this may be the case.
And although YouTube TV crashing issues aren’t as common as those some people have with other streaming platforms out there, you can still have problems with the app. For many people, this seems to happen much more through a smart TV than it does with any other device.
If you can’t seem to find a resolution to the problem, then you can try reaching out to YouTube for some assistance.
You can also access YouTube TV directly through their browser, so you could do this in the meantime until you can find a resolution.
YouTube TV Review
For people that are looking to get away from their regular network, Youtube TV might seem like the best way for you to do this. It had a pretty big launch over in the States, with a few million subscribers signing up to the service already.
Whilst it isn’t yet in the UK, we can test it out and use the US version with a VPN. The truth is that we don’t really know how it’s going to hold up in the European market.
We can still run through the basics of YouTube TV in its current format. This can give you an idea of what the streaming service actually has to offer.
YouTube TV – Channels
One of the reasons that YouTube TV is pretty expensive is that it has a long list of channels for you to watch, including some of the major ones available. For Americans, this includes all of the Fox channels, CNN, CBS, ABC, Paramount and most importantly in our opinion, all of the ESPN channels.
Having ESPN and NFL + NBA TV is a massive plus for sports fans, but there’s not a great range of other channels on there for everyone else. We’re expecting to see some new additions soon to try and beat out the competition.
It leaves us wondering what’ll happen with the UK channels, especially with the football games (which are hotly competed for between primarily Sky and BT, but also Amazon nowadays too).
YouTube TV – Devices
Another good thing about YouTube TV is that it’s fully compatible with the majority of devices out there. This means that it’s available with most of the big smart TV brands like Samsung and LG, as well as being compatible with Vizio too (check this article for our best 50 inch TV’s under £500).
It’s also available on pretty much any modern iPhone or Android device, and you could even watch it directly in your web browser if you want to as well. The YouTube TV app is downloadable on any device that you can typically get Netflix on.
You can also use a variety of different streaming options too, like Roku sticks, Fire sticks, Chromecast and via Airplay. You should also be able to find the app on your Apple TV too.
YouTube TV – Pricing
One of the sticking points with many potential customers is that they think that the subscription fee is too expensive. The current charge for this service is $64.99, which is likely going to be too much for some people.
However for this, you do get 6 different user accounts that can be used on 3 devices simultaneously, so it’s intended for the entire family. And when you consider what it has to offer – sports, movies, TV shows – it’s really intended to be the sole service you opt for.
YouTube TV UK – When is it going to happen?
Whilst many of us in the UK are waiting for YouTube TV to arrive on our shores, it doesn’t look likely it’s going to happen any time soon. Why? Well, the company hasn’t even expanded to serve the whole of the United States yet, so this will likely be a priority for them before they expand overseas.
If you do want to watch YouTube TV in the UK, then you can still watch it via a VPN. This isn’t the best way to do this, but it’s the only way we have so far. It’s too early to tell whether YouTube TV will be a success in the UK, but if it’s the same price as the American version, then it’s going to be pretty expensive.
What is YouTube TV?
It’s important that you actually know what YouTube TV is, as it’s quite different than standard YouTube and even YouTube Premium. Whilst YouTube Premium is essentially just a better version of YouTube without ads, YouTube TV is something completely different. It actually gives you access to a ton of different cable channels that you might not already have. So, it’s something completely different to other iterations of YouTube.
What is better Hulu or YouTube TV?
Two of the biggest subscription services in the US are YouTube TV and Hulu+ TV. Whilst they were originally the same price, nowadays Hulu is actually a little better than its competitor. To put it simply, Hulu+ TV tends to be the better choice for those who want to stream primarily TV shows and movies, but YouTube TV is a better option for those that want to stream live action sports.
How many TVs can you have on YouTube TV?
At the moment, you can connect up to 3 devices to your standard YouTube TV all at the same time. For some people, this may not be enough, so we’ll see what other solutions YouTube come up with in the future.
Can YouTube TV record?
One of the best things about YouTube TV is that you can actually use it to record live TV and watch it later. You’ll need to maintain an internet connection to watch your recordings, though.
Is YouTube TV worth it?
For those looking to watch the best channels available and are not bothered by price, then YouTube TV could actually be worth it for you. For many people though, YouTube TV may not actually be worth it, mainly because there’s a ton of other streaming options out there to take advantage of instead.
Although there are some annoying issues with streaming via YouTube TV, most people seem to be happy with the service. There’s a good variety of different shows to watch, and there should be enough on their to please most folks.
However, the high price will likely put many people off the service. This is especially true when you compare it to Netflix, Disney+ and all of the other streaming services out there. You can probably have a better viewing experience by signing up to several of those than opting for YouTube TV.