YouTube TV vs YouTube Red: How They Differ

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YouTube now offers two premium video services. YouTube Red and the newly announced YouTube TV both appear to offer a paradise of content to streamers, but it can be confusing to figure out what you get with each.

While YouTube TV looks to replace your TV service, YouTube Red is more targeted at those who can’t get enough of the videos that you can find on YouTube itself. Here are the differences between YouTube TV and YouTube Red.

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What do they offer?

YouTube TV is a cable-TV replacement service, supplying a mix of broadcast networks, cable-TV channels and live news. YouTube Red is an optimized version of the video site that is ad-free and features exclusive content made by popular YouTubers.

Those YouTube Originals will also be offered on YouTube TV.

How much do they cost?

YouTube TV costs $35 per month, while YouTube Red is $9.99 per month. Your YouTube Red subscription comes with six accounts, with three concurrent streams available. YouTube Red includes free access to Google Play Music, a Spotify competitor that includes a cloud-locker service.

Where can they be used?

YouTube TV and YouTube Red can be accessed in the same ways: with Android and iOS devices, computers and Chromecast-enabled TVs (whether built-in or connected). YouTube TV will likely be its own app, while YouTube Red is found by opening the traditional YouTube site or app (provided that you’re subscribed).

You can access YouTube Red on Roku and Apple TV set-top boxes, but not on the Amazon Fire TV. YouTube TV will not be available on any of those boxes, but AirPlay could send it from an iOS device to an Apple TV.

How can you save YouTube Red and YouTube TV content?

YouTube Red allows videos to be saved to local devices for playback later. The exceptions are when content creators decide they don’t want to allow for that.

YouTube TV includes a cloud-based DVR with few restrictions. You’ll get to record as many shows as you want at once, without any storage limits. The only constraint is that YouTube TV will erase recordings after nine months.

Bottom Line

YouTube Red and YouTube TV both make it easy to consume tons of content, but they differ in what they provide. Cord-cutters will want YouTube TV, while YouTube Red is for those who love their YouTube and want as much of it as possible, without any ads.

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