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10 tips and tricks to master YouTube TV



Google's YouTube TV ($ 40 at Google Store) streaming service is a worthy contender for those who want to cut the cord and ditch a traditional cable subscription. For $ 40 a month, you get myriad channels, and the company has a history of adding to that offering.

Where can you use YouTube TV?

Almost everywhere. The YouTube TV website, on Android, iOS, as well as Chromecast ($ 30 at eBay) Roku, Apple TV ($ 179 at Apple) and Xbox one. Essentially, regardless of your phone or streaming box, YouTube TV is available.

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The same basic interface is used on all the different apps and devices.

The main layout includes three different tabs: Library, Home, Live.

Library is where you'll find any shows or sports teams you've added to your account, along with your DVR recordings. The Home tab recommends shows to you, based on your viewing habits and your local broadcast channels. Finally, the live tab shows you what it's about.

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It's easy for the Live tab to get cluttered with channels and you do not really watch. You can change the order, or remove channels, from your live guide with a few taps.

Open YouTube TV and select the Live tab. Select Sort > Custom . Tap on the red checkmark to remove the channel from your custom view.

Custom channel list syncs between your devices, as long as you've selected Custom viewing the Live tab

Family sharing

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You can share your YouTube TV account with up to five different people.

Begin the setup process for Family by opening the YouTube TV app, selecting your profile photo > Settings > Family Sharing and following the prompts.

YouTube TV can not be a Google Suite account, it has to be a regular Gmail account.

Your library

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The first time you see a show's page in the YouTube TV app, you'll notice a bell and a "+" icon.

The "+" icon wants to add the show to your library, and begin recording any new episodes or games. Do not worry about managing your DVR, YouTube TV does not have a storage limit.

Skip commercials

Speaking of the DVR, when watching something that's stored in your DVR, you can skip commercials. The controls are similar to YouTube's on a touchscreen device: double-tap the right side of the screen to skip ahead 15 seconds at a time. 15-seconds or break the show.

Avoid score spoilers

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If you've got a YouTube or YouTube TV account, you'll want to periodically receive alerts and updates, as well as scores whenever you open the YouTube TV app. If you'd rather not have a game

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Dark mode

There is a dark mode for YouTube TV, but it's only available as an on-demand feature on your computer. Other apps and devices, such as Apple TV, use the dark mode by default.

Dark Theme from the list. To enable dark mode on your computer when using YouTube TV, click on your profile icon and then of options.

Disable Night Theme Off position.

Make it kid-friendly

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In the YouTube TV app, select your profile icon> Settings > filter . Toggle the switch to the On position.

Once enabled, the filter will only apply to that particular device and will limit the rating of any TV-Y, TV-G, TV-Y7 FV, TV-G and movies to G and PG ratings.


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