If you’re hoping to cut the cord, but don’t want to give up your local broadcast networks like NBC, CBS, FOX and others, YouTube TV may be an option to consider. Not only is this service among the fastest-growing in the country, but it’s also now available nationwide with a large number of local channels in most major regions. Here’s more information on YouTube TV local channels that you may be able to receive.
What YouTube TV Local Channels Are Available?
YouTube TV has just one subscription package available to customers. For $54.99 per month, you’ll get 60+ channels, including popular sports, entertainment, and news networks. You’ll also get a selection of local broadcast networks, depending on your location.
That last point is important, as you’ll find that the local broadcast channels you get will vary. You may be able to get a full load of popular broadcast networks, but you may also find that you only get a small number of them. As a whole, YouTube TV has broadcast rights in varying markets for the following local TV networks:
- PBS (select regions)
- The CW
YouTube TV, unfortunately, does not have any broadcast rights for some of the other major local broadcasters, including PBS and MeTV.
How Do I Check My Local Channel List for YouTube TV?
There’s no dedicated page for YouTube TV’s local broadcast TV list. However, you can check on the local channel availability for any zip code. Simply head over to tv.youtube.com, then scroll down to where it says “What’s included for $40/month”. Under that heading, enter your zip code, or the zip code for the city you’re checking. The list of available channels will update to reflect what channels are available for that region.
Live TV Recording for Local Channels
By default, YouTube TV offers an unlimited cloud DVR with a 9-month expiration date on videos you save to the cloud. This is a fairly extensive DVR and in fact the best on the market. You can record your local channels live as well, and watch your favorite shows for up to 9 months after you record them.
There may be some restrictions on your local channel recordings, however. YouTube TV is not entirely forthcoming on how many restrictions exist and on what channels, but you may find that some of your recordings do not allow fast-forwarding, especially through ads. You may also find that some sports broadcasts do not allow recording. According to YouTube TV, however, these kinds of DVR restrictions are rare.
How Do I Get Local Channels Not Available on YouTube TV?
If you checked your channel availability for YouTube TV and found it lacking, you have other options to get the local channels you want. One easy option is to use a digital over-the-air (OTA) antenna. Using an antenna, you can pick up OTA broadcasts for free with no subscription required, and there are no restrictions on the recordings if you use an OTA DVR from a company like Tablo.
Your other option is to compare streaming services to see if one has a better line-up of local channels. Our Cord Cutter Express tool will let you easily compare different streaming service packages based on the channels you want. Simply pick your desired channels and features, then receive an easy-to-read comparison of what channels and features different internet TV services offer.