Introducing YouTube TV: A Compelling Replacement for Cable

Here at SoundVision, we’re always experimenting with new technologies and services that we feel can improve the way we interact with technology. We see cable as a necessary evil for many. If you want live TV, you need a satellite or cable contract. They normally have tons of extra fees, pricing that regularly changes, you need a subscription for each home rather than each person and sometimes the interface is unintuitive. Recently, Google came out with YouTube TV: a feature-rich alternative meant to compete with other live TV providers, and we think it’s pretty cool! Here’s why.

No Compromise on Content:

YouTube TV Live TV Guide
Live Guide on YouTube TV

YouTube TV offers live TV through streaming. It has a guide just like traditional cable. It has all the big-name channels too including local channels, sports, cartoons, shopping networks, educational and tons more. There are over 85 channels! We’ve included a list of all the channels offered in the SF Bay Area down below.

Never Miss Your Favorite Show:

One issue I have is I either don’t know when my favorite show is airing or I don’t want to watch it when it’s on. With YouTube TV I can just “favorite” the shows I love and it will automatically record episodes as they air. 

When you add shows to your favorites you also get access to some episodes on-demand with shorter commercial breaks. In our experience, there’s rarely any sports available on-demand, so make sure you add it to your favorites so you never miss it!

The YouTube TV DVR is included for free with YouTube TV. There’s no storage limit and all recordings are kept for up to a year. 

Easy To Find the Content you Want:

There’s a ton of ways to find exactly what you’re looking for. Our favorite is to go to the search in the upper right corner. Then with the Apple TV remote, we can just dictate what we’re looking for.

Once you’ve added all your shows to the library, you can go to your library and see all your favorite content. From there you can play anything that has aired either on-demand or on your DVR. It will also tell you next time your favorite show or movie will be on. 

YouTube TV On-Demand and DVR
Decide between watching a show On-Demand or on the DVR.

Take TV Anywhere:

Our favorite feature of YouTube TV is that you can enjoy it anywhere with just one subscription. Enjoy it on your big home theater or on your mobile phone. You can watch it on your iPad on the plane, on the road, or at a vacation home!

Only One Price:

It’s $65 a month. No fees, no contract. Up to six people can have a personalized interface and up to three streams can be had at once. If you have a home in the bay and a home in Tahoe, you only have to pay for one subscription.

Should I Switch?

That’s up to you. If you’re willing to try something new, we strongly recommend trying it out. You can cancel YouTube TV at any time, so there’s little risk. If you have a Smart TV or Apple TV, you don’t need any additional hardware either. Just sign-on for a month, download YouTube TV, sign-in and try it! Make sure all your shows are there.

However, if you’re really happy with traditional cable or don’t enjoy when things change, just stick with cable!

If you want to enjoy your cable or YouTube TV in a beautiful home theater, consider designing your next system with SoundVision! Give us a call at (415) 456 – 7000, tell us what your dream home theater feels like, and we’ll help bring your dream to fruition!

Channels included in Base Subscription (May 2021)

Kids Local News News Sports Entertainment Education Reality
Nick NBC Sports Bay Area CNN ESPN QVC Smithsonian Channel MTV
Nick.jr NBC Sports Bay Area Plus NewsNation ESPN 2 TBS Animal Planet MTV2
Nicktoons NBC Sports California FOX News ESPNU TNT Discovery Channel MTV Classic
TeenNick NBC Sports California Plus FOX Business ESPNews TV Land Travel Channel TLC
Cartoon Network NBC Sports Bay Area NBC News Now CBS Sports Network Dabl Court TV Food Network
Universal Kids ABC 7 Cheddar News Golf Channel MotorTrend Investigation Discovery (ID) HGTV
Disney Channel KPIX 5 Newsy NBCSN (sports network) OWN National Geographic Paramount
Disney Junior FOX 2 Local Now NBA TV FX National Geographic Wild Bravo
Disney XD NBC 11 – Bay Area Telemundo 48 MLB Network FXX BET truTV
KVIE – PBS ABC News Live ACC Network FXM BET Her Tastemade
KBCW 44 BBC America Olympic Channel IFC AMC WE tv
KQED BBC World News NFL Network Cozi PBS VH1
CNBC World MLB Game of the Week Pop
NBCLX SEC Network Start TV
HLN BTN (Big Network) Comet TV
CNBC Fox Sports (FS1, FS2) Universo
MSNBC E! Sundance TV
TYT Network
Turner Classic Movies
USA
Freeform
SYFY
Oxygen
CMT
Comedy Central