When YouTube TV was announced at the end of February, it didn’t seem like the best value for your money. For $35 a month, customers had access to live shows from about 40 networks. Unlimited DVR space was a huge plus, but the price comparison with cable, satellite, and other streaming services like Netflix left us wanting more.
And now that Hulu has its own live TV service, the competition is heating up. Hulu is only $5 more per month but customers have access to live TV from over 50 channels and all of the movies, TV shows, and original Hulu content that was available with their old subscription format. Will adding seven networks to YouTube TV be enough for prospective customers?
Well, that might depend on what you like to watch. YouTube TV now includes five channels from AMC Networks (AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, and WeTV) and two Spanish-language channels (Telemundo ane Universo). So if you can’t wait for season eight of “The Walking Dead” or telenovelas are your guilty pleasure, then this could be the right service for you. As of now, none of these channels are available on Hulu with Live TV Beta.
When we first told you about YouTube TV, one of the limitations was that it required Google Chromecast. This $35 device turns a regular TV into Google’s version of a smart TV. Paying for additional hardware was probably a turn off for some customers so YouTube decided to give them away. For a limited time, new YouTube TV customers will receive a complimentary Google Chromecast.
However, there’s a slight catch. They will send you the device after you complete your one-month free trial and make your first payment. So during the trial period, you can’t watch YouTube TV on an actual TV. The service also works on computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Another thing to consider is that unlike Hulu’s service, YouTube TV isn’t even available to everyone yet. Right now, only residents of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay area can sign up. If you try to sign up but you don’t live in one of these areas then they will email you once it has launched in your city.
Hulu looks like the better option until you read their feedback page. Although it’s available everywhere, it’s still in beta so Hulu wants input from their customers. The top-rated reviews state that the new layout is “terrible,” “annoying,” and not as user-friendly.
Until YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV Beta overcome these challenges, maybe you can explore other options. Click here to see how other streaming media players compare.