YouTube TV is a no-contract streaming service that lets you watch live and on-demand TV. Unlike other streaming services, YouTube TV has no hidden costs, which is exactly what you need when you’re saving for your first home or that special vacation. With just one plan for a set price of $64.99/mo., you have unlimited cloud DVR, tons of channels, exclusive content and live streaming. Although there are no deals available through YouTube itself, you can purchase premium add-ons for even more content every month. Or sign up for YouTube TV through Verizon for a great discount. Check out our YouTube review for more information about everything the service has to offer.
YouTube TV free trial
YouTube TV offers a seven-day free trial, which is typical of most other streaming services. Competitors such as HBO Max, Hulu and Netflix all let you stream for seven days free. Then there are more generous services like Amazon Prime Video offering a full two weeks free, while Sling TV gives you just three days to test out its service.
Overall, YouTube TV gives you plenty of time to test out its service at no cost. You have unrestricted access to all of YouTube TV’s features, including the one feature that really makes YouTube TV stand out — unlimited cloud DVR storage. A lot of other services limit you to 20-50 hours. With YouTube TV, you can download as many shows and movies as you’d like to watch back another time. If you only want to try the service for free, then make the most of your unlimited storage during the seven days.
YouTube TV bundles
Although YouTube TV doesn’t have any deals and seldom offers YouTube promos, you can bundle your monthly package with many other popular streaming services for an extra fee — this includes sports packages. There’s no actual discount for bundling your package, but signing up through YouTube TV means all your streaming services are in one place, and there are no hidden costs involved, which is exactly what you need when you’re tracking your monthly expenses. Here are your options (prices shown are total cost):
- YouTube TV and Acorn TV — $70.98/mo.
- YouTube TV and AMC — $69.99/mo.
- YouTube TV and Cinemax — $74.98/mo.
- YouTube TV and CuriosityStream — $67.99/mo.
- YouTube TV and Epix — $70.99/mo.
- YouTube TV and FOX Soccer Plus — $79.99/mo.
- YouTube TV and HBO Max — $79.98/mo.
- YouTube TV and NBA League Pass — $104.99/mo.
- YouTube TV and Showtime — $75.00/mo.
- YouTube TV and STARZ — $73.99/mo.
YouTube TV and HBO Max
The YouTube TV and HBO Max combination is one of the more costly options at $79.98/mo. ($959.76/yr.), giving you even more action, horror and must-see titles, including Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Catch Me If You Can. HBO Max’s partnership with WarnerMedia also means you can stream Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Batman and more.
If you’re into fast-paced, action-filled movies and TV shows, then coupling your YouTube TV subscription with HBO Max is worth the extra fee, but you’ll be left feeling unfulfilled if you’re after comedy, kid-friendly TV shows and romantic comedies.
YouTube TV and Showtime
YouTube TV and Showtime cost $75.00/mo. ($911.88/yr.) for both together. As well as offering plenty of hit movies and TV shows, you can find sports series and behind-the-scenes footage for some of the largest sporting events, including Fight Night and boxing podcasts. There’s also a strong mix of documentaries and comedy stand-up shows, so it’s a good choice for those who like a real mixed bag.
YouTube TV and STARZ
Adding on STARZ to YouTube TV costs you $73.99/mo. ($887.88/yr.) There are hundreds of hit movies and TV shows alongside a list of original content, including American Gods and Power. There are also loads of kid’s movies, such as Wreck-It Ralph and Toy Story 3. It offers a good mix of all content, and at a cheaper price tag than some other services like HBO, which doesn’t offer much in terms of kids and comedy, so you’re getting much more bang for your buck.
YouTube TV and NBA League Pass
YouTube TV and NBA League pass is the most expensive package, setting you back $104.99/mo. ($1,259.88/yr.) If you really love your live NBA games, though, it’s probably worth the investment. You can stream every game throughout the entire season — that includes playoffs, finals and everything in between. Think you can live without sports? Ditch the NBA league pass and opt for a cheaper bundle instead so you can put the extra dollars towards your wedding fund.
YouTube TV and FOX Soccer Plus
The FOX Soccer Plus and YouTube TV bundle is a good middle ground for getting your sporting fix and not paying too much every month. The package costs you $79.99/mo. or $959.88/yr., with access to the most popular U.S. soccer and rugby games. From UEFA Champions League to the FA Cup, you can stream it all.
Other YouTube TV deals and discounts
One month free with Verizon
You can also get a YouTube TV discount by signing up through Verizon. The Verizon YouTube TV deal includes one month free access to YouTube TV, then monthly payments of $64.99/mo. That means you save $64.99/yr., which can make a big difference when you’re trying to add to your savings pot. You still get access to the same content and everything else that comes with your YouTube TV subscription.
Our hot take
If you’re looking for a streaming service that offers live and on-demand content across all genres, then YouTube TV is a strong contender. Its no-contract policy means you can cancel anytime, without any hidden costs. And you also get something you don’t see very often — unlimited cloud DVR storage and access to live sports. While you can bundle your subscription with many other streaming services, there aren’t many discounts available for YouTube TV. If you shop around, you might find other platforms that can offer you a better deal. With one-week free access, though, and the possibility of a month free with Verizon, it’s worth testing out. So, why not give YouTube TV’s free trial a try?