YouTube TV currently provides subscribers with access to more than 85 live TV channels as well as a selection of on-demand content. In addition, subscribers have the option to increase the amount of content available by adding any of the premium channels, or by bundling the Entertainment Plus and Sports Plus add-ons. As to be expected, these additional services will also result in an increase in the monthly cost.
YouTube TV currently only offers consumers one live TV plan option. This makes it a little different to many of the other live TV streaming services which tend to offer multiple plans that not only vary in price but also in the selection of channels. The downside of this approach is that consumers don’t have as much choice with YouTube TV. The price is the price and the channel lineup is the channel lineup.
Officially, YouTube TV states that it offers access to more than 85 channels, with the list made up of a mixture of entertainment, news and sports channels. For those currently considering signing up to YouTube TV for the first time, it’s worth knowing exactly which channels are included with a base subscription before paying for the live TV streaming service.
Below is a complete list of all the channels currently included with a YouTube TV subscription. The list is continually updated each time YouTube TV makes a change to its channel lineup.
YouTube TV live TV full channels list: updated December 18, 2021.
|AMC||Golf Channel||Olympics Channel|
|Adult Swim||Game Show Network||OWN|
|Animal Planet||Hallmark Channel||Oxygen|
|BBC||Hallmark Drama||Paramount Network|
|BBC World News||Hallmark Movies & Mysteries||PBS|
|CBS Sports||LAFC||Smithsonian Channel|
|CNBC||Law & Crime||StartTV|
|CNBC World||LiveNOW from Fox||SundanceTV|
|CNN||MLB Game of the week||SyFy|
|Cartoon Network||MLB Network||TBS|
|Cozi TV||MyNetworkTV||Teen Nick|
|Docurama||NBC News Now||Travel Channel|
|E!||NBC Universo||TV Land|
|FOX News Channel||NBCLX||UniMás|
|FOX SOUL||NECN||Universal Kids|
|Food Network||Nickelodeon||WE TV|
|Galavisión||Nick Jr||YouTube Originals|
Although the list above includes all the channels provided with the base plan, YouTube TV also provides access to select local channels and regional sports networks. Due to this, the exact channel lineup an individual receives when signing up can vary slightly, depending on their location and local channel eligibility.
YouTube TV’s Disney Situation
The YouTube TV channel list used to be longer. However, in December 2021, the live TV streaming service found itself in a situation where it had to drop a number of Disney-owned channels. This was the result of the current distribution deal expiring and no new terms agreed between the two companies. This decision resulted in the following channels being removed from the YouTube TV lineup.
- ABC News Live
- Disney Channel
- Disney Junior
- Disney XD
- National Geographic
- National Geographic Wild
- ESPN3 (via ESPN app)
- SEC Network
- ACC Network
It currently remains unclear if these channels will return to YouTube TV in the future. However, as they are all owned by Disney and part of the same deal, it seems highly likely that they will either all return together, or all continue to be unavailable through YouTube TV.
Options to expand channels
While consumers can’t choose between plans, they do have the ability to improve the selection through add-ons. For example, YouTube TV does offer the option to add various premium networks to a base subscription. These are single channels and services, like HBO Max and Showtime, with each premium network priced differently. Existing subscribers are free to add as many or as few premium networks as they like.
Alternatively, YouTube TV also has a couple of channel packs available which add multiple channels/services to the base subscription for a single set price. The first is the Entertainment Plus add-on. Priced at $29.99 per month, Entertainment Plus brings together HBO Max, Showtime and Starz, and can be a good way to increase the number of premium networks at a slightly cheaper price than subscribing to each one separately.
Similar to the Entertainment Plus add-on, there’s also a Sports Plus add-on as well. As the name suggests, Sports Plus is solely designed to increase the number of sports-channels and content that’s available through YouTube TV. In total, the Sports Plus package adds 16 channels, including NFL RedZone, to the base subscription. Adding Sports Plus will result in an additional $10.99 per month cost on top of the price of the base YouTube TV plan.
YouTube TV channels summary
A YouTube TV subscription costs $49.99 per month following the removal of the various Disney-owned channels, and provides access to more than 85 channels overall. While subscribers don’t have the option of choosing between multiple plans, they can improve the YouTube TV experience by adding premium networks, Entertainment Plus, or Sports Plus to their plan. However, these channels and Plus bundles do increase the overall monthly cost.
Knowing which channels are included with a subscription should make it easier to decide whether YouTube TV is the right live TV streaming service for an individual or household. If it’s not quite right, there are alternatives available, including fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, and Sling TV. All of which offer their own unique channel lineups and at various prices.
Updated December 2021