Everything you need to know about YouTube TV in 4K – Cord Cutters News (2022)

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YouTube TV is a live and on-demand streaming service with over 80 channels available. While YouTube TV isn’t actually a 4K streaming service, it does have 4K streaming abilities with the new 4K Plus add on for $19.99 a month. We’ve summarized everything you need to know about YouTube TV in 4K, including which content is available and the devices you can watch it on.

What does 4K mean and why would I need it?

The highest possible viewing quality you can get is 4K. It uses the largest number of pixels available, which means there are more pixels to fit the frame. What you see is a much sharper, more detailed, and brighter picture quality.

To put it into perspective, full high definition (HD) uses 1080p at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, while 4K offers 2160p, using 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. Most modern devices like smart TVs and game consoles support 4K viewing if you have the content available, of course.

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Only select streaming services offer 4K, and most only offer certain titles in UHD. It’s specifically designed for bigger screens, so if you like streaming movies direct to your smart TV, then you can make the most of 4K.

As there are more pixels to fit the frame, 4K viewing means images don’t need to be lengthened to fit the size of your 55-inch smart TV, so they’re much clearer and more defined. By comparison, if you stream something in standard definition (SD) to your large screen, it’ll probably appear fuzzy, and images might even look stretched.

Which YouTube packages support 4K resolution for streaming?

As of June 29th, YouTube TV now offers the 4K Plus plan which provides users access to content in 4K if you have a 4K streaming device. The package is an add-on to the normal YouTube TV plan that gives you access to live TV from 70+ channels, including entertainment, news, and sports from channels such as ESPN, Food Network, FOX, FS1, and NBC Sports Network.

YouTube TV also covers local channels depending on your zip code, which means it offers the benefits of a cable subscription, too. So you can watch local news and sports channels with the service in 4K with the 4K Plus add on.

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YouTube itself is free, and there are some videos available in 4K at no-cost, but this doesn’t include movies, shows, or any live TV. YouTube has a list of movies and shows that you can rent in 4K through the YouTube app on certain devices, including smart TVs and Android TVs. You’ll need to pay a fee, usually between $2-$15 to stream these movies and shows.

You can also sign up for YouTube Premium for $11.99/mo. You have a one-month free trial with YouTube Premium to test it out at no cost first.

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This plan lets you stream available 4K content (and everything else too) free from sponsored YouTube ads. Remember, though, any live TV you watch always has commercials.

You get access to exclusive YouTube originals, like Cobra Kai, Liza On Demand, and Mind Field. YouTube Premium also lets you download videos to watch another time.

Families can choose the YouTube Premium Family plan at $17.99/mo., which lets you share your subscription with 5 family members. Or if you’re a student, choose the discounted Student plan for $6.99/mo.

What 4k content is there on YouTube TV?

YouTube has a small library of content that’s available for 4K streaming but it is growing rapidly. It currently includesAlpha, Blade Runner, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Peter Rabbit, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and The Equalizer.

To find 4K movies on YouTube TV, search the YouTube app using relevant keywords. If you add tag words like 4K video, 4K HDR, 4K, and UHD after the show or movie title, it’ll display any available viewings.

You can apply filters to your search results so that it only shows 4K programming. To do this, click on the filter icon once you’ve searched for a movie or show and select 4K under the Features list.

You can also set the YouTube video quality to 4K rather than searching manually, by choosing 2160p for UHD in the settings menu on the movie or show — this looks like a small toggle icon. While some movies might be available in UHD, if your internet speed is too slow or you don’t have the right device, you won’t be able to watch videos in UHD.

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There’s a 4K video channel on YouTube available for free that you can subscribe to. The channel offers a huge variety of videos, including nature documentaries, car stunts, and even food-related 4K content. Remember, though, just because a video is labeled as 4K in the title doesn’t mean it is available in UHD. Check the video settings once you start watching to see if your content is definitely playing in UHD.

Popular titles on the 4K channel include The Extraordinary Eruption of the Calbuco Volcano in Chile and GoPro HERO4: The Adventure of Life in 4K. You can also watch various film trailers in 4K through YouTube, too. If you pay for YouTube Premium, these will all be ad-free.

Which devices support 4k streaming on YouTube TV?

YouTube TV supports most popular devices, though you can only use specific devices for 4K streaming. This includes the following:

  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast Ultra (with 4K displays capable of HDCP 2.2)
  • Fire TV Stick 4K
  • Hisense TVs
  • Samsung & LG smart TVs
  • Vizio SmartCast TVs

While YouTube TV is compatible with the above smart TVs, devices must support 4K viewing to watch anything in UHD on YouTube.

There are some devices that simply don’t support 4K viewing. Android mobile, desktop, iPad/iPhone, PlayStation 4, Roku, and Xbox One aren’t compatible for streaming 4K on YouTube TV. Even if you purchase a movie in UHD from a compatible device like your Apple TV, it won’t play in 4K on your Android mobile or iPhone — at most, you’ll have HD with 1080p.

Other streaming services like Amazon Prime Video let you stream in 4K on game consoles, so you could look there if you need to watch videos in UHD on your Xbox or PlayStation. Or if you’re after 4K streaming on your Roku device, fuboTV has you covered.

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What internet speed do I need for 4K streaming on YouTube TV?

Even if a movie or show is available in 4K and you have a compatible device, you can only watch something in UHD if you have a high-speed internet connection.

If your internet speed is slow, the quality of your stream will be much lower. For example, most streaming services require a minimum of 3 Mbps to stream in SD — anything below this, and you’ll find your video is usually pixelated, buffers regularly, and might even stop altogether.

For YouTube TV, you need a consistent internet speed of more than 15 Mbps to stream in UHD. If your speed drops below this at any time, it’s likely your movie or show will switch to 1080p instead. You can turn 4K viewing back on again, but only when your internet speed allows it.

If more than one person in your household plans on streaming at the same time, you’ll need an even faster connection. For example, if you plan on using all of your 3 simultaneous streams with YouTube TV at once, your internet speed would need to be 45 Mbps or higher for all of you to stream in 4K.

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The final cut

YouTube TV is growing its library of 4K movies and shows, but it’s important to remember that it’s not a 4K streaming service without the 4K Plus add on. Altogether you’re looking at around $85 a month for the YouTube TV service with the 4K Plus plan, however there are deals out now for you to get a free trial before you purchase the add on.

While you can stream in 4K on YouTube TV, there are certain criteria you must meet first — available 4K content, a compatible device, and a consistent high-speed internet connection of 15 Mbps or more. Even if the video is available in 4K, if you don’t have the right device or your internet speed is slow, your movies will stream in HD or lower quality. A free seven-day trial, so you give the service a try without spending a penny.

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FAQs

Is it worth paying for 4K on YouTube TV? ›

That YouTube TV 4K Plus add-on actually gets you three major features, and they definitely help justify the price (especially considering that you don't get everything in the higher resolution). They are: 4K resolution on some content. The ability to watch as many streams on your home network as you want.

Is YouTube TV a good alternative to cable? ›

YouTube TV is one of the best options for cord-cutters looking for a live TV streaming service to replace their cable television package. For $49.99 a month, you get quite a lot — a strong channel lineup, unlimited DVR and an easy-to-use app available on every major platform.

What is the downside of YouTube TV? ›

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The main downsides are the service's price and limited RSN coverage. As with any live TV service, you still have to deal with the annoyances of cable television, such as ads during live TV and potential streaming resolution limitations by the broadcast networks.

What does YouTube TV 4K get you? ›

The platform's popular 4K Plus add-on enhances your viewing experience of certain live and on-demand programs with 4K Ultra High Definition playback. Subscribers also gain unlimited simultaneous streams at home and can use the mobile app to view recordings offline on a phone or tablet.

Which streaming service is best for 4K? ›

Top live TV 4K streaming services
ServicePriceEditorial rating
YouTubeTV Editor's choice$64.99/mo.4.5/5
Hulu + Live TV Best value$69.99–$75.99/mo.4.2/5
Philo Cheapest$25.00/mo.3.7/5
fuboTV Good for sports$69.99–$79.99/mo.4.0/5
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Can you cancel 4K on YouTube TV? ›

You can cancel or pause your YouTube TV membership at any time. When you cancel or pause your membership, you'll still have access to YouTube TV until the end of your payment period. Canceling YouTube TV does not immediately remove your access to the service unless you are in a free trial.

Is YouTube TV worth getting? ›

Bottom Line. YouTube TV is worth it if you cut the cord and miss live TV, need a DVR, and like to stream on multiple devices. If you watch a lot of regional sports or spend a lot of time outside of the U.S., you'll be disappointed.

Is YouTube TV cheaper than cable? ›

Pricing: YouTube TV has one straightforward price at $65 per month. Xfinity TV has two plans to choose from, and both require a 1-year contract. Popular TV will be $50/month for your first year then will increase to $71 for the rest of your service time.

What equipment do I need for YouTube TV? ›

YouTube TV works with streaming media players including Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku players & TVs. There are also YouTube TV apps for smart TVs and game consoles.

Which is better Hulu TV or YouTube TV? ›

The 'better' streaming service depends on your personal preferences. Hulu + Live TV is best for families who want more parental control options, as well as access to Disney Plus and ESPN Plus, while YouTube TV is the more affordable option with a more extensive channel lineup.

Can I record on YouTube TV? ›

Add as many programs to your library as you like—YouTube TV includes DVR without storage space limits. You can record any program that airs on YouTube TV. Recording doesn't take up space on your device, but you need to be connected to the internet to view recorded programs.

Can you watch YouTube TV in multiple locations at the same time? ›

Can you watch YouTube TV in multiple locations? Yes, you can watch YouTube TV in multiple locations. However, you'll have to check in at your Home Area at least every three months in order to see your local networks.

How many channels are in 4K on YouTube TV? ›

YouTube TV 4K Plus is an add-on service available to subscribers of YouTube TV. The YouTube TV base plan includes over 85 live TV channels, and 4K Plus gives members access to three key upgrades: 4K playback, offline viewing, and no limits for simultaneous streams at home.

Which channels are 4K on YouTube TV? ›

4K playback is available on select live and on-demand content from these networks:
  • Discovery.
  • ESPN.
  • FOX Sports.
  • FX.
  • Nat Geo.
  • NBC Sports.
  • Tastemade.
  • MLB Network.

Is 4K streaming worth it? ›

The question on everyone's mind is, what is 4K and is it even worth it? Well, 4K resolution is top tier viewing quality. It uses more pixels to fit the frame of the screen, so pictures and videos appear much larger. This also means that 4K is perfectly designed for the big screen, including large home smart TVs.

Can you stream 4K over WiFi? ›

To ensure you have plenty of bandwidth for 4K, you'll need broadband service such as cable or fiber Internet. Most 4K TVs fall into the “smart” TV category, which means they're ready to receive WiFi out of the box.

What cable provider has the most 4K channels? ›

It makes sense to call DIRECTV the best TV service for 4K because it was the first provider to offer 4K resolution. It does more with 4K than any other TV service. DIRECTV has two dedicated 4K Ultra HD channels (which play 4K programming 24/7) and one 4K channel that plays in 4K for half of the day.

How do I know if I'm watching 4K? ›

To check this, you need to go into your source's Display or Video settings menu and look at the output resolution; you can also check it by pressing the Info button on your TV's remote control to get an on-screen display that shows what resolution the TV is receiving.

Is YouTube 4K really 4K? ›

4K UHD (or Ultra High Definition) refers to a higher quality of video than HD. On UHD, the picture will be sharper than on HD. On YouTube, UHD means a video has 2160–3840 lines of vertical resolution (compared to 720 or 1080, which are typical for HD). You can see video quality details within the YouTube video player.

Can you share YouTube TV with family in another state? ›

Location requirements work the same if you're sharing your YouTube TV membership with a family group. The family manager sets the home area, and all family members must primarily live in the same household. All family group members must periodically use YouTube TV in your home location to maintain access.

Is the NFL in 4K on YouTube TV? ›

My Dad watched Big Ten and college football in 4K, but 4K Plus subscribers will also be able to get some NFL games, NBA, and NHL action, all in 4K. YouTube TV streams select ESPN programming in 4K.

How many shows can you record at the same time on YouTube TV? ›

There is no limit as to how many shows you can record at the same time. Your family members who are connected to your YouTube TV account can also enjoy these DVR features. If you haven't tried it already, you can add a maximum of 5 family members to share your YouTube TV membership with.

Do you need WIFI for YouTube TV? ›

A Stable Internet Connection Is Required

According to the YouTube TV troubleshooting page on Google's support site, you need to have at least 3 Mbps for standard definition video, at least 7 Mbps to stream one HD video at a time, and at least 13 Mbps if watching multiple videos on the same network.

Why is YouTube TV so expensive? ›

The latest cost is a result of the service adding ViacomCBS channels to its subscription package. At the time of its announcement, the $64.99 was considered expensive, as YouTube TV's closest competitors, Hulu+ Live TV and fuboTV, were $54.99 at the time.

How many tvs can you watch YouTube TV on? ›

You can use YouTube TV on up to three devices at the same time. Note that watching YouTube TV on a computer and a mobile device at the same time counts as two of the three available devices. Was this helpful?

Is it cheaper to stream or cable? ›

Outside of a few “skinny bundles,” most streaming packages are just as expensive as cable TV. We still consider streaming TV a cheaper alternative in the long-term, however, since price increases tend not be as severe with streaming services as they are with cable TV.

Which TV streaming service is best? ›

Best live TV streaming services
  • #1 YouTube TV – Editor's choice ($64.99/mo.)
  • #2 Hulu + Live TV – Best value ($69.99–$75.99/mo.)
  • #3 Philo – Cheapest ($25.00/mo.)
  • #4 DIRECTV STREAM – Best for sports ($69.99–$149.99/mo.)
  • #5 Sling TV – Best for add-on channels ($35.00–$50.00/mo.)
  • #6 Vidgo – 100+ channels ($59.95–$79.95/mo.)

What speed Internet do I need for YouTube TV? ›

Check your internet connection

Note: YouTube TV requires a connection of at least 3 Mbps for optimal viewing experience. Learn more about internet download speeds, including how to test your internet speed, below.

What equipment do you need to start a YouTube channel 2022? ›

Whatever the case, all you really need to start a YouTube channel is a Google account and a camera capable of recording video. For almost everyone, this means using your iPhone or Android. Sure, an old video camera or webcam might seem attractive, but smartphone cameras are overwhelmingly better.

Is YouTube TV free with Amazon Prime? ›

YouTube TV is not free with Amazon Prime, but it can be downloaded and installed on a Fire TV device. YouTube TV is a live TV streaming subscription service and it is not included with any other subscription for free.

What's better Sling TV or YouTube TV? ›

Is Sling TV or YouTube TV better? Sling TV offers a good deal for an affordable price; its add-on packages offer flexibility, and its largest plan is still cheaper than YouTube TV. If you want more channels, including locals and premiums, and unlimited DVR recording, YouTube TV is the way to go.

Is FUBO better than YouTube TV? ›

Although YouTube TV is best for some consumers, fuboTV will be best for most. YouTube TV has a channel lineup of 85+ channels and contains no fluff. It also comes with an unlimited DVR storage space. fuboTV gives you 120–210+ channels of a great variety, including 50+ sports channels.

Can you delete recordings on YouTube TV? ›

Access the show or movie page. Click the checkmark icon at the top right corner. When it reverts to the “+” icon, which means you remove the show from the library and its scheduled recordings.

Does YouTube TV block screen recording? ›

Can you screen record YouTube TV? The answer is Yes. However, only YouTube TV shows without DVR settings can be recorded. YouTube videos with DVR protection can not be recorded for limitations.

Can you extend recording time on YouTube TV? ›

To extend a live recording, simply click on the "Live+" icon next to the event in the YouTube TV guide. This will open a new window where you can select the length of time you'd like to extend the recording.

How does YouTube TV determine home WIFI? ›

YouTube TV will use your IP address and your device's location services (GPS, nearby Wi-Fi) to determine your current location. Your current location determines which local and regional channels you can watch, regardless of your home area.

Can you change your location on YouTube TV? ›

Update current location on a smart TV

If you're watching with our TV app, you can update your current playback area (for example, if you're traveling). Open the YouTube TV app on your TV. Select your profile photo . Select Update next to "Current playback area."

Why are my channels locked on YouTube TV? ›

Viewing restrictions are set by our content partners, such as sports leagues or network partners. They vary based on your current or home location, the content you're trying to watch, which platform or device you're watching on, and possibly other restrictions made by our partners.

Is 4K streaming worth it? ›

The question on everyone's mind is, what is 4K and is it even worth it? Well, 4K resolution is top tier viewing quality. It uses more pixels to fit the frame of the screen, so pictures and videos appear much larger. This also means that 4K is perfectly designed for the big screen, including large home smart TVs.

Is YouTube 4K really 4K? ›

4K UHD (or Ultra High Definition) refers to a higher quality of video than HD. On UHD, the picture will be sharper than on HD. On YouTube, UHD means a video has 2160–3840 lines of vertical resolution (compared to 720 or 1080, which are typical for HD). You can see video quality details within the YouTube video player.

How many YouTube TV channels are in 4K? ›

YouTube TV is a live and on-demand streaming service with over 80 channels available.

Is the NFL in 4K on YouTube TV? ›

My Dad watched Big Ten and college football in 4K, but 4K Plus subscribers will also be able to get some NFL games, NBA, and NHL action, all in 4K. YouTube TV streams select ESPN programming in 4K.

What is the downside of a 4K TV? ›

The higher the resolution, the larger the number of pixels present; and the more pixels present, the sharper and more defined the image will be. On the downside, there's a higher chance of items appearing smaller than before, such as icons and logos, as they no longer need to stretch to fit the screen resolution.

What Internet speed is needed for 4K? ›

Ultra HD Streaming Video Data Usage

Also known as 4K (2160p), this resolution uses five times more data than HD video and requires at least 25 Mbps of bandwidth.

What cable provider has the most 4K channels? ›

It makes sense to call DIRECTV the best TV service for 4K because it was the first provider to offer 4K resolution. It does more with 4K than any other TV service. DIRECTV has two dedicated 4K Ultra HD channels (which play 4K programming 24/7) and one 4K channel that plays in 4K for half of the day.

Is YouTube TV worth the money? ›

Bottom Line. YouTube TV is worth it if you cut the cord and miss live TV, need a DVR, and like to stream on multiple devices. If you watch a lot of regional sports or spend a lot of time outside of the U.S., you'll be disappointed.

Is UHD the same as 4K? ›

For the display market, UHD means 3840x2160 (exactly four times HD), and 4K is often used interchangeably to refer to that same resolution. For the digital cinema market, however, 4K means 4096x2160, or 256 pixels wider than UHD.

How long does it take YouTube to process 4K? ›

A 4K video with a frame rate of 30 fps that is 60 minutes long can take up to 4 hours to finish high-resolution processing.

Can you watch YouTube TV on multiple tvs at the same time? ›

You can use YouTube TV on up to three devices at the same time. Note that watching YouTube TV on a computer and a mobile device at the same time counts as two of the three available devices. Was this helpful?

Can you watch YouTube TV in multiple locations at the same time? ›

Simultaneous streaming

Family group members can use YouTube TV on up to three separate devices at the same time. If one member is watching on both a computer and a mobile device, it counts as two of the three available devices.

Can you share YouTube TV with family in another state? ›

Location requirements work the same if you're sharing your YouTube TV membership with a family group. The family manager sets the home area, and all family members must primarily live in the same household. All family group members must periodically use YouTube TV in your home location to maintain access.

Whats better Hulu or YouTube TV? ›

The 'better' streaming service depends on your personal preferences. Hulu + Live TV is best for families who want more parental control options, as well as access to Disney Plus and ESPN Plus, while YouTube TV is the more affordable option with a more extensive channel lineup.

How much does it cost to add 4K Plus to YouTube TV? ›

YouTube TV 4K Plus summary

4K Plus costs $19.99 per month but YouTube TV is currently offering those new to the add-on the option to sign up and only pay $9.99 per month for the first 12 months. The add-on also comes with a 30-day free trial to test out the features.

Can you share YouTube TV? ›

If you've purchased a YouTube TV membership, you can create a family group. A family group lets you share your membership with up to 5 members at no extra cost.

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