People are becoming increasingly tired of the need to spend money on cable and satellite television services, largely because the cost goes up on a yearly basis without any appreciable increase in services provided. As such, most consumers are constantly looking for some type of alternative. Today's cost-conscious customers want something that will give them a lot of options without tying them down to expensive contracts or restricting them to only one or two devices that they can use at any one given time. By the same token, most people are trying to get out from under bills that easily exceed $150 a month. One of the alternatives that is brought up quite frequently is YouTube TV. The question is, how much does it cost and is it worth it?
What Is It?
If you think that YouTube TV is just a way to watch all types of videos on your computer without being forced to sit through their endless ads, think again. It genuinely is like having your own programming service and you pay a subscription for it. The difference is that it is nothing like cable or satellite television. In fact, it's more economical and in many cases, it actually gives you more choices. As a matter of fact, YouTube TV just recently added an upgraded 4K version to their subscription service. You can pay their base price, which is $65 a month or you can add an extra $10 a month to that in order to get the 4K subscription. Obviously, the 4K service is geared toward televisions that have the technology necessary for you to view things in 4K. However, there is also a lot more that goes into this upgrade as far as YouTube TV’s end is concerned. For example, you can watch programs offline as opposed to streaming them. This isn't something that you can do with their standard service, so if you have internet that goes down from time to time or you simply want the security of having access to your favorite programs whether you have internet access or not, this upgrade is probably going to be worth the $10 and then some to you.
What do you actually get if you decide to purchase a subscription to YouTube TV? For starters, you should know that their base subscription gives you access to 107 different channels. You get access to many of the same channels that you would get through cable or satellite subscription services. In fact, you can get access to all of your local news channels, plus a number of channels that are typically considered premium options on your satellite plan. Of course, you should check to make sure that your favorite channels are included on the plan, but there is every chance that they are. In addition, you can purchase add-ons such as channels that are sports-specific. It's also worth noting that you get a 14-day trial that's free of charge. That should give you enough time to try things out and see whether or not you like this service better than whatever provider you are currently using. If you do, then you can choose to go on and pay the subscription price at the end of the 14-day trial. If you're not so impressed, then you can simply cancel the service before the 14 days is up and you won't be charged anything. Considering the wide range of channels that they offer and the fact that they're giving you a full two weeks to try things out, it's quickly apparent that there is really nothing to lose by at least giving it a go. If you are like many people, you'll find that you do indeed like it better and you'll be ready to get rid of your cable or satellite provider in no time.
No Unpleasant Surprises
Nobody likes unpleasant surprises when it comes to things that are going to cost them money. When was the last time that you signed a contract with a cable or satellite provider and the bill didn't end up costing you more than you thought it would? If that's not bad enough, those bills have a tendency to keep going up every time you turn around. This is one of the best things about YouTube TV. For starters, there are no contracts and you won't end up paying more than the price you agreed on when you signed up for the service. In addition, you don't have to worry about having a separate cable box for every television because the service is completely free from cable boxes to begin with. Anyone who has ever dealt with one of these things knows that this is a plus. However, if you're still not sure you're ready to try it for yourself, there's more. You can stream programs live or you can record them on a DVR that is cloud-based. Instead of having the hardware inside your home, everything is done in the cloud. That means that you get to store as much as you want without any limits whatsoever. You also don't have to worry about paying extra fees for adding more storage. Last but certainly not least, your subscription includes six different devices that you can watch on. Go ahead, add all of the television sets in your home and then include your laptop or tablet as well. That way, you'll be able to watch no matter where you are. As you can see, this is a service that is very much worth the purchase price. After all, there is a reason that it has repeatedly been deemed as one of the best streaming services out there. If you're looking for something that will give you maximum versatility without costing you a fortune in the process, YouTube TV is hard to beat.
Written by Dana Hanson
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