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YouTube TV Channels, Packages & Pricing in 2021: Channel List, DVR, Add-ons

YouTube TV channels are available for $65 a month.
YouTube TV channels number close to 100 and are available for $65 a month. (Image credit: WhatToWatch.com)

There are more than 90 YouTube TV channels available today. That includes your local broadcast networks from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, as well as many traditional cable networks and regional programming. YouTube TV is available in more than 98 precent of American households.

So if you're considering YouTube TV channels and considering YouTube TV as your streaming solution of choice, it's definitely worth a look. And it's also worth your time to peruse the myriad options YouTube TV presents. The good news is it won't take long. There is but one plan for YouTube TV. One flat price. That's it.

YouTube TV costs $64.99 a month. OK, plus tax. But that's it. You don't have to figure out which channels you get with which options. Just a single monthly fee (again, plus tax), and you get what you get.

And, yes, that price is higher than what it used to be. YouTube TV announced the $15 price hike on June 30, 2020, and it went into effect immediately. But there also are more YouTube TV channels than ever before.

Just like other streaming services, YouTube TV doesn't have any contracts, so you can cancel at any point without penalty. And while it doesn't have as many channels as some of the other services (mainly Sling TV, which has lower prices but more options, and AT&T TV Now, which has a slew of more expensive plans), it's still highly competitive, with local channels available through streaming, and a free, unlimited cloud-based DVR.

And if you decide to go with YouTube TV, you'll find yourself in good company. The service has more than 3 million subscribers as of October 2020 and is basically as big as the other major players in the space. YouTube TV's parent company, Google, doesn't give updates on subscriber count as much as the other services do, however, so there's a lack of fidelity there. We know that it had more than 2 million subscribers at the end of 2019, and 3 million just nine months later.

YouTube TV also has continued to add new add-on options. HBO Max is available for the first time, as is Showtime. And there's also a new Sports Plus option with NFL RedZone, Fox Soccer Plus and more. And in November 2020, YouTube TV added an option for Hallmark Movies Now.

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YouTube TV alternatives

If you're looking for the latest on the other live TV streaming services that compete with YouTube TV, we've got you covered. Here's what you should take a look at:

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YouTube TV Channels, Add-ons, Sports Plus and more

YouTube TV has a number of premium add-on channels available. That includes the following:

  • Acorn ($6)
  • AMC Premiere ($5)
  • Cinemax ($10)
  • CuriosityStream ($3)
  • EPIX ($6)
  • Hallmark Movies Now ($6)
  • HBO ($15)
  • HBO Max ($15)
  • Showtime ($11)
  • Shudder ($6)
  • STARZ ($9)
  • Sundance Now ($7)
  • Urban Movie Channel ($5)

YouTube TV also now has a Sports Plus premium add-on. For $10.99 a month you can also get the following as part of a package:

  • NFL RedZone
  • Fox College Sports
  • GOLTV
  • Fox Soccer Plus
  • MAVTV Motorsports Network
  • TVG
  • Stadium

What YouTube TV channels are available?

YouTube TV channels come in a single plan, so you get the same channels as everyone else. (It's possible there are regional restrictions.)

Here are the YouTube TV channels available to most subscribers:

  • ABC
  • ACC Network
  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • BET
  • BET Her (Coming later in 2020)
  • BTN
  • Bravo
  • CBS
  • CBS Sports Network
  • CMT
  • CNBC
  • CNBC World
  • CNN
  • Cartoon NEtwork
  • Cheddar Business
  • Cheddar News
  • Comedy Central
  • Court TV
  • Cozi
  • Discovery Channel
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • E!
  • EPIX*
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNews
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • Food Network
  • Fox
  • Fox Business
  • Fox News
  • Freeform
  • Golf Channel
  • HGTV
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Local Now
  • MLB Network
  • MSNBC
  • MTV
  • MTV Classic (Coming later in 2020)
  • MTV2 (Coming later in 2020)
  • MotorTrend
  • NBA TV
  • NBC
  • NBCSN
  • Nat Geo
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • NBCLX
  • Newsy
  • NFL Network
  • Nick Jr. (Coming later in 2020)
  • NickToons (Coming later in 2020)
  • Nickelodeon 
  • OWN
  • Olympic Channel
  • Oxygen
  • PBS
  • PBS Kids
  • Paramount Network
  • Pop
  • Regional Sports Networks
  • SEC Network
  • SYFY
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • Start TV
  • Sundance TV
  • TBS
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • TV Land
  • TYT Network
  • Tastemade
  • TeenNick (Coming later in 2020)
  • The CW
  • Travel Channel
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • USA
  • Universal Kids
  • Universo
  • VH1
  • WE tv
  • truTV