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Google TV vs YouTube TV: What’s the Difference?

YouTube TV and Google TV are very different services.

Google TV is a service that brings the Google Play digital movies and TV store together with a dashboard that displays content from other streaming services. YouTube TV is a digital alternative to traditional cable providers that offer many live TV channels and cloud DVR capabilities for later content viewing. We chose between the two and went through each to get a better understanding of how Google TV and YouTube TV work.

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google tv

  • A new place to buy or rent content on Google Play Movies & TV.

  • The dashboard also displays content from connected services.

  • This can be confusing as the Google TV app is not available on all platforms.

youtube tv

  • Unlock over 85 live TV channels.

  • Unlimited cloud DVR to record content.

  • The YouTube TV app is available on almost all major platforms.

  • Some limited on-demand content

Google TV and YouTube TV are solid products that offer very different services. YouTube TV is a competitive cable TV alternative that offers 85+ live channels for a fixed monthly price. Additional channels are available as add-ons, and everything is possible and you can record everything with the Cloud DVR feature which provides unlimited storage. Anyone thinking of leaving their incumbent cable provider should watch YouTube TV.

Google TV is a typical digital store that offers the purchase and rental of movies and TV shows. What sets it apart from its competitors is its ability to display content from connected services and provide suggestions based on user data from Google. But what brings Google TV down is the limited availability of the app, which limits the potentially available features on your device.

Platforms and apps available: YouTube TV is everywhere, Google TV is not.

google tv

  • Integrates with Chromecast with Google TV Stick and Google TV Smart TV.

  • Google TV app available for Android devices.

  • Purchased media can also be viewed on Google Play Movies, TV, and YouTube.

  • Web viewable watchlists and media viewing capabilities.

youtube tv

  • The YouTube TV app is available for a variety of smart TVs from Samsung, HiSense, Android TV, and Vizio.

  • Xbox and PlayStation consoles support the YouTube TV app.

  • The YouTube TV app is available on the Fire Stick, Chromecast with Google TV, and the Roku streaming stick.

  • Supports iPhone, iPad and Android smartphone and tablet apps.

YouTube TV is more consistent of the two in terms of app and device support. You can find the YouTube TV app on many popular smart TVs, video game consoles, Roku, Fire TV Stick and Chromecast with Google TV streaming sticks, iPhone and iPad, Apple TV, Android tablets and smartphones. The experience is also reasonably consistent between each app version.

Google TV has an app for Android devices and its functionality is strongly integrated into the operating system of Chromecast with Google TV Stick and Smart TV with Google TV. That’s it. Purchased or rented media can be viewed on other devices through the regular YouTube app or the traditional Google Play Movies & TV app, but it doesn’t support Google TV watchlists and dashboards.

Live and on-demand content: One is different.

google tv

  • Movies and TV series available for purchase and rental on Google.

  • Integrate with other services for more on-demand content.

  • The Google TV app does not support live TV or shows.

youtube tv

  • 85+ live channels with basic plans.

  • Additional premium channels are available as additional features.

  • Some on-demand content is limited and has some ads.

In terms of content, Google TV and YouTube TV are different. YouTube TV serves as a digital alternative to traditional cable services by offering over 85 channels that are streamed live from the app. All YouTube TV channels are live, but you can record shows later through the built-in DVR cloud service with unlimited storage. YouTube TV offers on-demand content from a variety of channels as part of a subscription, but many shows and movies include ads and limited selection.

Google TV is a dedicated digital showcase of on-demand movies and episodes that users can rent or purchase. The main focus of Google TV is the digital store, a rebranding of Google Play Movies and TV. The Google TV app, Chromecast, and Smart TV can also display available content from other services you are using, but you must subscribe to those services to view content from those services. For example, if you’ve signed up for HBO Max, you’ll see recommendations for shows and movies on Google TV, along with basic Google TV purchases and offers.

Cost: YouTube TV is a cable cutter’s dream.

google tv

  • Content must be purchased or unlocked through a separate service.

  • Movies cost about $5 to rent, or $5-25 to buy directly from Google TV.

  • TV episodes cost on average about $3.

youtube tv

  • Access to 85+ channels is $64.99 per month.

  • $5-15 for premium channel add-ons.

  • YouTube TV is cheaper and easier to understand than regular cable plans.

Comparing the cost of using Google TV and YouTube TV is not easy. This is because each service behaves slightly differently from each other. Google TV apps and services are free to use on all supported devices, but you must purchase shows and movies from Google or connect to other services in the app to stream additional content.

YouTube TV is much simpler than Google TV. A monthly subscription of $64.99 unlocks 85 channels. You can add a variety of premium channels from $5 per month for AMC Premiere to $15 per month for HBO Max. A $25 package called the Entertainment Plus Package is also available, which includes HBO Max, Showtime and Starz.

Final Verdict: Are Google TV and YouTube TV the same?

Google TV and YouTube TV are very different streaming services that don’t compete at all. At least not directly.

Google TV is mostly an upgrade from Google Play Movies & TV. Users can use it to purchase or rent on-demand content directly from Google, or access content from other services they already subscribe to through a convenient dashboard.

YouTube TV is the solution for cable cutters looking to switch to a cheaper and cheaper cable solution. Unlimited Cloud DVR is a special bonus and the number of channels included in the basic plan is impressive. However, on-demand content on YouTube TV can be a hit or miss, depending on the series or movie you choose to watch.

If you are looking for a live TV channel, YouTube TV is for you. But if you’re looking for a place to buy or rent digital content, Google TV is the obvious choice.

Does Google TV have YouTube TV?

The YouTube TV app is available for download for smart TVs with Google TV and Chromecast with Google TV streaming sticks. Apps may come pre-installed on your Google TV hardware, but if not, you can find them in your device’s App Store.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can YouTube TV connect to Google Home?

    If you have a YouTube TV account that streams from your TV and you have connected Google Home to your TV, you can use Google Home voice commands to control YouTube TV. If you have a Google Home/Nest Hub or other Google-enabled smart display, you can say “Watch YouTube TV” to see it directly on your screen.

  • Can I pay for YouTube TV with Google Play?

    You can pay for YouTube TV with a credit card, PayPal, or Google Play credit. To change your payment method, go to your profile picture > setting > invoice and choose To update It’s next to your payment method. You can view your current payment method, change your payment method, or add a new payment method.

  • How do I update YouTube on Google TV?

    To check for available updates, go to your profile icon on the Google TV home screen and setting > system > over > software update > check for updates. Install all available updates. You may need to restart your device by going to setting > system > start fresh.


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Google TV vs YouTube TV: What’s the Difference?

YouTube TV and Google TV are two very different services

Google TV is a service that merges the digital movie and TV store from Google Play with a dashboard that displays content from other streaming services. YouTube TV is a digital alternative to the traditional cable provider that offers many live TV channels and a cloud DVR feature for watching content later. We gave each service a look to make it easier to choose between the two and better understand how Google TV and YouTube TV work.  

Overall Findings
Google TV

The new place to buy or rent content from Google Play Movies and TV.

Dashboard also displays content from linked services.

Google TV app isn’t available on all platforms which can be confusing.

YouTube TV

Unlocks over 85 live TV channels.

Unlimited cloud DVR for recording content.

YouTube TV apps are available on almost every major platform.

Some limited on-demand content

Google TV and YouTube TV are both solid products offering very different services. YouTube TV is a competitive alternative to cable with over 85 live channels for one fixed monthly price. Additional channels are available as add-ons, and all can be, and you can record all of it with the cloud DVR feature that boasts unlimited storage. Those thinking about leaving their traditional cable provider should look at YouTube TV.

Google TV is a typical digital storefront that offers film and TV purchases and rentals. What sets it apart from its rivals is its ability to display content from connected services and offer suggestions powered by Google’s user data. However, what brings Google TV down is the limited availability of its apps, which restricts what features you may be able to use on your devices. 

Platform and App Availability: YouTube TV Is Everywhere, Google TV Isn’t
Google TV

Built into Chromecast with Google TV sticks and Google TV smart TVs.

Google TV app available on Android devices.

Purchased media watchable also via Google Play Movies and TV and YouTube.

Watchlist and media viewing functionality available on web.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV app available on a large number of Samsung, HiSense, Android TV, and Vizio smart TVs.

Xbox and PlayStation consoles support the YouTube TV app.

YouTube TV app available on Fire Stick, Chromecast with Google TV and Roku streaming sticks.

iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphone and tablet app support.

YouTube TV is the more consistent of the two regarding app and device support. You can find YouTube TV apps on many popular smart TVs, video game consoles, Roku, Fire TV Stick, and Chromecast with Google TV streaming sticks, iPhone and iPad, Apple TV, and Android tablet and smartphones. The experience is also reasonably consistent between each app version.

Google TV has an app for Android devices and has its functionality integrated heavily into the operating systems on Chromecast with Google TV sticks and smart TVs running Google TV. That’s about it. Media purchased or rented can be viewed on other devices via the regular YouTube app or the old Google Play Movies and TV app, but these don’t support Google TV’s Watchlist and dashboard.

Live and On Demand Content: One Is Not Like the Other
Google TV

Movies and TV series available to buy and rent from Google.

Integration with other services for more on-demand content.

No support for live TV or broadcasts in the Google TV app.

YouTube TV

Over 85 live channels with the main plan.

Additional premium channels available as add-ons.

Some on-demand content but limited and with some ads.

Content is where Google TV and YouTube TV differ. YouTube TV acts as a digital alternative to traditional cable services by offering over 85 channels streamed live from within its apps. All YouTube TV channels are live broadcasts, but a built-in DVR cloud service with unlimited storage does let you record programs for later, though. YouTube TV does offer some on-demand content from the various channels as part of your subscription, but many shows and films feature commercials, and the selection is limited.

Google TV is a dedicated digital storefront with on-demand films and episodes that users can rent or purchase. The main focus of Google TV is its digital store, which is a rebranding of Google Play Movies and TV. The Google TV apps, Chromecasts, and smart TVs can also display available content from other services you use, but you will need to subscribe to those services to view their content. For example, if you have an HBO Max subscription, you will see recommendations for its shows and films within Google TV amongst the native Google TV purchases and suggestions.

Cost: YouTube TV Is a Cable Cutter’s Dream
Google TV

Content needs to be purchased or unlocked via a separate service.

Movies cost around $5 to rent and $5-25 to buy directly from Google TV.

TV episodes average around $3 each. 

YouTube TV

$64.99 per month to access to over 85 channels.

$5-15 for premium channel add-ons.

YouTube TV is cheaper and easier to understand than regular cable plans. 

Comparing the cost of using Google TV and YouTube TV isn’t easy as each service works slightly differently than the other. The Google TV app and service are free to use on all of its supported devices, but you’ll need to purchase shows and films from Google within the app or connect to another service to stream additional content.

YouTube TV is much more straightforward than Google TV. A $64.99 monthly subscription unlocks over 85 channels. You can add additional premium channels with prices ranging from $5 per month for AMC premiere to $15 per month for HBO Max. A $25 bundle, called the Entertainment Plus package, is also available, including HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz.

Final Verdict: Are Google TV and YouTube TV the Same?

Google TV and YouTube TV are very different streaming services that don’t compete with one another at all. At least not directly.

For the most part, Google TV is an upgrade of Google Play Movies and TV. People can use it to buy or rent on-demand content from Google directly or access content from other services they already subscribe to within one convenient dashboard.

YouTube TV is more of a solution for cable cutters looking to switch to a cheaper, more affordable cable solution. Its unlimited cloud DVR is a special bonus, and the number of channels included in the base plan is impressive. YouTube TV’s on-demand content can be hit-or-miss, though, depending on what series or film you’re looking to watch.

If you’re after live TV channels, YouTube TV is for you. However, if you’re looking for a place to buy or rent digital content, Google TV is a solid option.

Does Google TV Have YouTube TV?

The YouTube TV app is available to download for smart TVs powered by Google TV and Chromecast with Google TV streaming sticks. The app will likely come pre-installed on your Google TV hardware but, if it isn’t, you should be able to find it within the device’s app store.

FAQ

Can YouTube TV be linked to Google Home?
If you have a YouTube TV account that you stream on your television and have connected Google Home to your TV, you can control YouTube TV using Google Home voice commands. If you have a Google Home/Nest Hub or other Google-enabled smart display, you can say “Watch YouTube TV” to view it directly on the screen.

Can you pay for YouTube TV with Google Play?
You can pay for YouTube TV with a credit card, PayPal, or Google Play balance. To change the payment method you are using, go to your profile picture > Settings > Billing and choose Update next to Payment Method. You can view your current form of payment, change your payment method, or add a new form of payment.

How do I update YouTube on my Google TV?
To check for available updates, go to your profile icon on the Google TV home screen and select Settings > System > About > Software update > Check for update. Install any available updates. You may also need to restart the device by going to Settings > System > Restart.

#Google #YouTube #Whats #Difference

Google TV vs YouTube TV: What’s the Difference?

YouTube TV and Google TV are two very different services

Google TV is a service that merges the digital movie and TV store from Google Play with a dashboard that displays content from other streaming services. YouTube TV is a digital alternative to the traditional cable provider that offers many live TV channels and a cloud DVR feature for watching content later. We gave each service a look to make it easier to choose between the two and better understand how Google TV and YouTube TV work.  

Overall Findings
Google TV

The new place to buy or rent content from Google Play Movies and TV.

Dashboard also displays content from linked services.

Google TV app isn’t available on all platforms which can be confusing.

YouTube TV

Unlocks over 85 live TV channels.

Unlimited cloud DVR for recording content.

YouTube TV apps are available on almost every major platform.

Some limited on-demand content

Google TV and YouTube TV are both solid products offering very different services. YouTube TV is a competitive alternative to cable with over 85 live channels for one fixed monthly price. Additional channels are available as add-ons, and all can be, and you can record all of it with the cloud DVR feature that boasts unlimited storage. Those thinking about leaving their traditional cable provider should look at YouTube TV.

Google TV is a typical digital storefront that offers film and TV purchases and rentals. What sets it apart from its rivals is its ability to display content from connected services and offer suggestions powered by Google’s user data. However, what brings Google TV down is the limited availability of its apps, which restricts what features you may be able to use on your devices. 

Platform and App Availability: YouTube TV Is Everywhere, Google TV Isn’t
Google TV

Built into Chromecast with Google TV sticks and Google TV smart TVs.

Google TV app available on Android devices.

Purchased media watchable also via Google Play Movies and TV and YouTube.

Watchlist and media viewing functionality available on web.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV app available on a large number of Samsung, HiSense, Android TV, and Vizio smart TVs.

Xbox and PlayStation consoles support the YouTube TV app.

YouTube TV app available on Fire Stick, Chromecast with Google TV and Roku streaming sticks.

iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphone and tablet app support.

YouTube TV is the more consistent of the two regarding app and device support. You can find YouTube TV apps on many popular smart TVs, video game consoles, Roku, Fire TV Stick, and Chromecast with Google TV streaming sticks, iPhone and iPad, Apple TV, and Android tablet and smartphones. The experience is also reasonably consistent between each app version.

Google TV has an app for Android devices and has its functionality integrated heavily into the operating systems on Chromecast with Google TV sticks and smart TVs running Google TV. That’s about it. Media purchased or rented can be viewed on other devices via the regular YouTube app or the old Google Play Movies and TV app, but these don’t support Google TV’s Watchlist and dashboard.

Live and On Demand Content: One Is Not Like the Other
Google TV

Movies and TV series available to buy and rent from Google.

Integration with other services for more on-demand content.

No support for live TV or broadcasts in the Google TV app.

YouTube TV

Over 85 live channels with the main plan.

Additional premium channels available as add-ons.

Some on-demand content but limited and with some ads.

Content is where Google TV and YouTube TV differ. YouTube TV acts as a digital alternative to traditional cable services by offering over 85 channels streamed live from within its apps. All YouTube TV channels are live broadcasts, but a built-in DVR cloud service with unlimited storage does let you record programs for later, though. YouTube TV does offer some on-demand content from the various channels as part of your subscription, but many shows and films feature commercials, and the selection is limited.

Google TV is a dedicated digital storefront with on-demand films and episodes that users can rent or purchase. The main focus of Google TV is its digital store, which is a rebranding of Google Play Movies and TV. The Google TV apps, Chromecasts, and smart TVs can also display available content from other services you use, but you will need to subscribe to those services to view their content. For example, if you have an HBO Max subscription, you will see recommendations for its shows and films within Google TV amongst the native Google TV purchases and suggestions.

Cost: YouTube TV Is a Cable Cutter’s Dream
Google TV

Content needs to be purchased or unlocked via a separate service.

Movies cost around $5 to rent and $5-25 to buy directly from Google TV.

TV episodes average around $3 each. 

YouTube TV

$64.99 per month to access to over 85 channels.

$5-15 for premium channel add-ons.

YouTube TV is cheaper and easier to understand than regular cable plans. 

Comparing the cost of using Google TV and YouTube TV isn’t easy as each service works slightly differently than the other. The Google TV app and service are free to use on all of its supported devices, but you’ll need to purchase shows and films from Google within the app or connect to another service to stream additional content.

YouTube TV is much more straightforward than Google TV. A $64.99 monthly subscription unlocks over 85 channels. You can add additional premium channels with prices ranging from $5 per month for AMC premiere to $15 per month for HBO Max. A $25 bundle, called the Entertainment Plus package, is also available, including HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz.

Final Verdict: Are Google TV and YouTube TV the Same?

Google TV and YouTube TV are very different streaming services that don’t compete with one another at all. At least not directly.

For the most part, Google TV is an upgrade of Google Play Movies and TV. People can use it to buy or rent on-demand content from Google directly or access content from other services they already subscribe to within one convenient dashboard.

YouTube TV is more of a solution for cable cutters looking to switch to a cheaper, more affordable cable solution. Its unlimited cloud DVR is a special bonus, and the number of channels included in the base plan is impressive. YouTube TV’s on-demand content can be hit-or-miss, though, depending on what series or film you’re looking to watch.

If you’re after live TV channels, YouTube TV is for you. However, if you’re looking for a place to buy or rent digital content, Google TV is a solid option.

Does Google TV Have YouTube TV?

The YouTube TV app is available to download for smart TVs powered by Google TV and Chromecast with Google TV streaming sticks. The app will likely come pre-installed on your Google TV hardware but, if it isn’t, you should be able to find it within the device’s app store.

FAQ

Can YouTube TV be linked to Google Home?
If you have a YouTube TV account that you stream on your television and have connected Google Home to your TV, you can control YouTube TV using Google Home voice commands. If you have a Google Home/Nest Hub or other Google-enabled smart display, you can say “Watch YouTube TV” to view it directly on the screen.

Can you pay for YouTube TV with Google Play?
You can pay for YouTube TV with a credit card, PayPal, or Google Play balance. To change the payment method you are using, go to your profile picture > Settings > Billing and choose Update next to Payment Method. You can view your current form of payment, change your payment method, or add a new form of payment.

How do I update YouTube on my Google TV?
To check for available updates, go to your profile icon on the Google TV home screen and select Settings > System > About > Software update > Check for update. Install any available updates. You may also need to restart the device by going to Settings > System > Restart.

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