Roku makes the most popular streamers and is a perennial favorite of CNET's more than half of the streaming player installed base in the US.and reviews, which are the best values on the market. Apple TV is more expensive but still for its polish and raft of capabilities. Between the two they account for
The launch of YouTube TV on both platforms means that Roku and Apple TV users now have access to yet another alternative to traditional cable TV. The YouTube TV app is the same as the oneon Android TV, Xbox One and other platforms, complete with access to the service's unlimited cloud DVR, personalized recommendations and a full grid-style program guide.
YouTube TV, not to be confused with the free version of YouTube filled with music videos, late-night TV clips and cute puppies, costs $35 per month and appeals to CBS, Fox and NBC as well as cable stalwarts including AMC, ESPN, the Disney Channel, Fox News and Bravo. (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET and Showtime.) Initially restricted to a handful of cities, YouTube TV is now , covering 80 percent of the US population.. Its package of 40-plus live TV channels includes locals such as ABC,
When YouTube TV first launched in April 2017 it was available on PCs, phones and tablets, but the only way to watch it on an actual TV was by casting from your phone to a Chromecast. Now it can be used on the following TV devices:
- Apple TV
- Vizio and others)
- Android TV (including Sony TVs)
- Samsung 2016 and 2017 smart TVs
- LG 2016 and 2017 smart TVs
YouTube TV's competitors, including Fire TV or PlayStation apps., , and , are all currently available on most of the same devices, as well as and (in the case of Vue) PlayStation. YouTube TV has not announced plans for
Like its competitors, YouTube TV offers a free trial for new subscribers. In this case it's well-timed to catch some of the biggest broadcast events of the year.
Update, Feb. 2 at 11:10 a.m.: Adds the addition of the Apple TV app. First published February 1.