There's no CNN or TNT, no Comedy Central or HGTV, no Lifetime or MTV.
Unfortunately the experience on an actual TV is less satisfying.Unless you have a PC connected to your TV, you'll have to use a Chromecast or other cast-compatible device to get You Tube TV on the big screen, and until Google develops actual apps for devices like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV -- like its competitors already have -- it feels half-baked for living-room use. Compared to cable, and even to other live streaming TV services like Sling TV and , the selection has some obvious holes.Unlike You Tube TV, each of its competitors is available nationwide, although channel lineups (and with Vue, pricing) vary per city, and you only get access to local channels in a few major cities.Each service also supports more TV devices than just You Tube, which is restricted to the Chromecast family of streamers for big-screen watching.It also offers on-demand access to shows on local networks nationwide.
You Tube TV lacks Turner channels (CNN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network) and Scripps channels (HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel), which are both available on all three of its competitors.
As usual, most sports die-hards will have to subscribe to cable or satellite TV to watch their teams.
Here's the full list of You Tube TV's regional sports networks: NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Bay Area Plus, NBC Sports California Plus, CSN Chicago, CSN Chicago Plus, CSN Philadelphia, CSN Mid-Atlantic, FOX Sports West, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, YES. I watched a few hours of live and recorded TV in total and it mostly worked well.
There's a free 30-day trial before you'll have to pony up, and Google is throwing in a free Chromecast (worth ) after the first month's payment, "while supplies last." If you've never had cable TV service, you've already cut the cord or you're on the fence considering whether to do so, You Tube TV offers yet another way to stream live TV channels over the internet.
Here's the basics: Three similar services exist already, namely Sling TV, Play Station Vue and Direc TV Now, and Hulu has said it will debut yet another entry in this field before the end of the year, too.
Play Station Vue also has a cloud DVR, however, but it's more limited than You Tube's (Vue's DVR shows expire after 28 days).