YouTube TV's number of subscribers beats the 4.1 million subscribers of rivalas of April 2. Other competitors include Dish Network-owned , which was at 2.25 million members at the end of March, and , which has around 1.06 million subscribers.
The live-television streaming market surged about eight years ago, but has since struggled with sluggish growth. Live-channel services like YouTube TV were once seen as the natural successor to expensive cable and satellite subscriptions for cord-cutters. But TV customers have instead gravitated to cheaper, on-demand streaming services like and , while most services have only grown more expensive.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, launched its live TV platform five years ago, and it's now available with 100-plus channels, unlimited cloud DVR space, Spanish language content and a family plan., with $10 off for your first three months.
YouTube TV is CNET's Editors' Choice for best premium live TV streaming service. In his YouTube TV review, Ty Pendlebury says, "While it has almost doubled in price since [launch], it continues to be a better choice than any of its premium competitors."
Along with the 5 million subscriber announcement came a Top 5 list of the most DVR'd shows on the platform:
- Saturday Night Live
- This Is Us
- 60 Minutes
- Grey's Anatomy
The announcement also included a Top 5 of the series "viewers are nostalgic for":
- The Office
- Two and a Half Men
- Big Bang Theory
- Everybody Loves Raymond
For tips on which live TV streaming service is right for you, here's a comparison of.