YouTube TV vs YouTube Red TV Channels

YouTube Red TV Channels

Shortly after the introduction of YouTube, YouTube TV was launched and thereafter, a slightly tweaked version of itself called YouTube Red TV Channels was introduced that gave viewers an ad-free experience. While the main YouTube app is filled with ads and is predominantly a people’s video service, YouTube TV provides a whole new experience. Additionally, YouTube Red provides a much enhanced experience than YouTube. Fundamentally, both the services are different.

YouTube Red

From YouTube Channel, there is a feasibility to upgrade to YouTube TV Red. In this, you can watch puppy videos, unboxing tutorials, etc. free of commercials. You can use the YouTube Music app to listen to audio and download videos for viewing later on your mobile devices.

YouTube Red TV Channels

YouTube Red TV Channels

Feature programming

The YouTube Red TV usually comprises of original content created by YouTube celebrities who have their own subscribers. Reality, feature programming and documentaries along with scripted shows are being rapidly added to the service. There are some more noteworthy original programs and movies planned regularly with shows from Ellen DeGeneres, Katy Perry and Kevin Hart.

Kids and Gaming

Your new features will work with YouTube Kids and YouTube Gaming if you upgrade to YouTube Red. When you subscribe to YouTube, you can also get YouTube Red in many ways. Furthermore, YouTube mobile apps come with some extra features such as download, background play, etc. on Android and iOS devices.


YouTube Red TV channels are exclusively available in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea as well as the United States. YouTube picks the content and YouTube Red posts those contents ad-free. You can also find services such as ad-free music streaming through Google Play Music, YouTube original content, etc.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a robust streaming service available for the users at $35 a month. It aims at competing with other more prevalent services such as PlayStation Vue, Hulu Plus, Sling and Live TV. Additionally, you also get live television including cable network streaming on the channel. With good network availability, the service is on par with the others. Four major broadcast networks ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC relay their live programming. There are other news, sports and entertainment networks available too such as (to name a few):

  • BBC America
  • AMC
  • Bravo
  • BBC World News
  • ESPN
  • The Disney Channel
  • FX
  • Telemundo
  • Showtime
  • Fox Soccer Plus

Out of the above, Fox Soccer Plus and Showtime both involve additional charges. There are some good on-demand content available on the networks too.

Shared service and other features

Six users can share the service amongst each other on YouTube TV. View YouTube TV on your iOS and Android devices besides others such as Apple AirPlay, Chromecast, etc. Its Cloud DVR functionality is ‘Unlimited’. There is a limited market in the US, where this service is available. Some of the places it is available are:

  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Orlando-Dayton Beach-Melbourne
  • Phoenix
  • Washington DC

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