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LAST UPDATED: September 7th, 2021
Owned by Google, YouTube is one of the largest video streaming platforms available online. With millions of views racking up every day, YouTube's platform has a little bit of everything for all interests and genres. Ranging from short viral videos and local channels to clips of a series you've been struggling to find, YouTube has access to channels all over the world through its streaming tv services. Stream any show, movie, or video you want and enjoy live tv. YouTube even has youtube music to enjoy and stream all sorts of music from your mobile device.
 
Anyone can create a video and upload it to YouTube today and could be seen by millions of viewers tomorrow using the video streaming services for all sorts of original content. Subscribers can even buy or rent some of the newest movies and TV shows for live tv streaming. Use multiple devices to watch your favorite subscription, premium channels, and cable channels. All you need is an account, device, wi-fi network, and you can watch tv, channels, and subscription from anywhere! With mulitple streaming tv services to choose from, you can easily find all of the top subscription you love using YouTube. You can also search for all sorts of original content to satisfy whatever watching situation you are in.

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The Good

  • Unique content
  • Device compatibility
  • Affordable pricing

Millions of YouTube Videos

Users can watch literally millions of easy "how-to" videos, music videos, commercials, and so much more for educational or entertainment purposes. With the freedom to post and view, find all of your live streaming needs with a simple search. You can even pay for movies like star trek or a handmaid's tale on YouTube to continue to watch all of your favorite movies and tv networks.
 

Compatible on All Devices

Because YouTube is a website, it can be accessed on any device. YouTube's streaming services are compatible with all devices, whether you are on Android or Apple. With great customer service, you can also easily type in questions and get an immediate response back regarding all of your subscription and streaming tv services needs.

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Ad Free Viewing

Due to movies having to be purchased or rented, users are able to watch rented or purchased movies and TV episodes on YouTube ad free. This makes your experience more enjoyable not just on mobile devices, but also on channels, cable, and on-demand service.

Competitive Pricing

YouTube offers rentals starting at $1.99 per TV episode, which is competitive for the streaming TV industry. Looking at top competitors prices like cable tv, netflix, vudu, prime video, pluto tv, and other streaming services, you can find all sorts of great deals and find all of the shows, movies, and video you love and enjoy.
 
Overall, YouTube is extremely well known for their viral videos and commercials, but now YouTube provides even more value by allowing users to rent or purchase movies and TV shows. Users are able to watch rentals or purchased media on any device, as YouTube is accessible from all devices. In addition, users can watch for an affordable price per rental/purchase and watch ad free.
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The Bad

  • Rental limitations
  • HD not available on web browsers
  • No parental controls

72 Hours to Finish Watching

Users have 30 days to watch and 72 hours to finish watching rented movies once they have started. This may be a disadvantage to users who are trying to watch a movie that is quite long. You also dont own the movies or video you rent which can be a bummer if you want to watch it again and again.

HD Version Not Available on Web Browsers

HD versions of movies and TV shows cannot be viewed within a web browser on YouTube. However, most streaming devices allow for HD viewing, such as Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, etc. Be sure to check compatibility on your mobile devices to ensure the most optimal viewing standards so you can enjoy your live tv streaming and video streaming.

No Parental Controls 

Currently, YouTube does not have parental controls for their movie streaming services. YouTube has many great features to their services, but it is good to note the few drawbacks we found. The main drawback to YouTube's streaming TV services is that HD isn't available through web browsers, only through streaming devices such as the Chromecast or Roku. Also, parents don't have filtering control if they are going to watch a movie with their children. This is an important family feature that is not available on YouTube. You can install an app that helps to enable stricter viewing standards to keep your family safe, but be aware of what premium channels, live streaming, and cable channels can present on live tv streaming. View Top Rated Companies
 
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The Bottom Line

YouTube is another great source to supplement streaming TV and movie needs. Users will find a variety of different rental and purchase prices depending on the release date and popularity of the movie or TV show. And don't expect to find favorite movies, or TV series, in the free content. Users will most likely have to pay for full movies or TV shows they are looking for on YouTube. However, if you're looking for free and interesting content, YouTube has got you covered. With millions of new videos uploaded by users every day, you're bound to find something completely unique. Don't expect many videos longer than ten minutes, but have fun following viral videos and trending content on the most widely used video streaming service today. Overall, we recommend reviewing the top rated companies before making a final decision.

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JJ Jenkins Phoenix, AZ

I use YouTube everyday to watch stories that are suggested to me because of my past viewing habits. I like that this features of a YouTube always picks news. stories, and movies that are exactly what I like. It saves me time from hours I do not have to use looking for things that I like. Also it is free!

1 month ago

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Rafet Afnan Mymensingh, 34

YouTube is one of the best online streaming software. YouTube offers you a thousand varieties of videos on every aspect of your day-to-day life. If you want to learn something new peep into YouTube, You need to assist in homework YouTube is for you! You need a new dish to try a search on YouTube! Thousands of movies, shows, talk shows, Ted talk, Educational shows, music, everything is available on YouTube. The subscription charges are much lower considering its wide variation of collections and benefits. One more thing, You can monitor and restrict your underage children from adult content on YouTube.

3 months ago

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Kamrul Kibria Rangpur City, 55

It is a great experience with youtube. I have learned many things on it. It's like a world. I can enjoy movies, songs, documentary, inspiring videos and many things by the help of youtube. I can't live without youtube in this pandemic situation. Thumbs-up for Youtube always.

2 months ago

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Darrin Pelham Rincon, GA

I am on YouTube daily as I have a wide array of channels that I like to follow. You can find anything that you need to learn or want to find out about on YouTube. It is so cool to see people grow on YouTube and to see them become successful at what they are doing along with recognition from YouTube on reaching milestones. I really enjoy watching YouTube and although there are adds you can skip them after 5 second if you want and some of them are actually interesting and have lead me to seeking out products to investigate them further.

3 months ago

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Chris Bright Tempe, AZ

You tube used to be cool, but they fall short in keeping up with the times. I rarely use this service anymore, its much easier to rent and buy from Amazon

3 weeks ago

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Barbara Bacoor, CAV

My experience with them has been so amazing especially the free content. I love watching random videos on Youtube but I also love that they have movies that you can rent as well.

3 months ago

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Makayla Holland Gaithersburg, MD

I five YouTube a 5 star rating this is such a good site to promote business, become bloggers, and its mainly just a site where you can get helpful tips and suggestions with anything. Any problem that you have ,you can find the solution when you search it up on YouTube and it’s all for free.

4 months ago

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Andrea Wheaton, IL

We had YouTubeTV for a while when we needed to lower our expenses and was so impressed with it. While the offerings are limited, they offer local channels and pretty much all of the popular cable channels. You can add sports and movie channel packages, but we never found that we needed them.

5 months ago

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Corbin Short ,

Honestly, this far more worth paying for than satellite TV. Streaming capabilities are the future for convenience and quality. I do believe YouTube is better able to price discriminate in the sense that I can get exactly what I am willing to pay for (which is not a lot). It has been well worth using. My only complaint is how using YouTube TV blends too seamlessly into the way I use the normal YouTube. I wish there was a more clear separation, maybe a better environment for the streaming product.

8 months ago

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BFK

After being dissatisfied with Dish Network we finally settled on YouTubeTV. The cost was better than others and they had the content our family wanted. Another great feature was that each of our children could have their own account under our account.

1 year ago

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Julia UP Southbury, CT

Youtube a good site to view videos, movies, music but it would be even awesome if they reduced ads, kids videos and another crazy content

1 month ago

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William Golden Peekskill, NY

I love You Tube. I am able to find and watch music videos and watch instructional videos. I am entertained and educated. I especially valued all the photography videos that helped improve my skills.

5 months ago

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Clark Beus Richland, WA

I’m very impressed as I’ve begun to see the breadth of programming available on YouTube. We just have the free YouTube and don’t pay for YouTube premium. Whether it’s learning how to do a fixit task around the house, how to improve my tennis skills, or to watch a complete history of World War 2, there is a wealth of information available.

7 months ago

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Peter

No issues. The programming is what my family and I watch. The extra movies they allow you to watch later are great. If I wanted to record missed episodes feature is great and being able to do it from my cell phone is great. Only issue is the cost.

1 year ago

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Sandi Westover Fremont, CA

We currently are not paying for television service, no satellite or cable TV. So we have just been using free YouTube to get current news and sports. My husband misses his ESPN but after a game he watches the highlights on YouTube. It's great! He watches a whole basketball game in no time. They just show the baskets being made so you don't see all the dribbling back and forth. I love it! He does miss ESPN but we're saving $70 a month. We also look up news events and anything else we're interested in. At some point we'll probably get some type of TV service, he does enjoy watching the whole game. But YouTube is a great resource and the best part is that it's free.

3 years ago

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Mary Gunn

Amazing! You can find whatever you need just like Google. Day without YouTube is beyond imagination.

1 month ago

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Jean Pleimann Hollywood, FL

There is a video showing you step by step instructions for anything and everything you need or want to do! Don’t know what I’d do without it!!! Love Love Love it!!!!

5 months ago

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Aaliyah Fuller Tallahassee, FL

YouTube is an amazing platform that allows me to watch a multitude of different videos, shows, or movies. I have never encountered any issues with YouTube. I am able to find whatever I'm looking for with ease.

7 months ago

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ang Milwaukee, WI

Even though YouTube TV is more expensive than most I find myself coming back to it because of the variety of shows offered at any given time. It’s my favorite streaming service.

7 months ago

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Teri Kohl

For the most part positive. It is the only streaming site that works well with my poor internet service. There is a very good varity of programs. And it appears that there is not too much censorship.

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Bill Hull

Much cheaper than cable with a solid lineup of channels. Plus, I like being able to watch it on my phone while sitting on the toilet. ewhile sitting on the toilet on m

1 year ago

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Amy Billings Smithfield, UT

My husband loves sports. When we decided to eliminate our satellite bill, we tried several different streaming services. YouTube T.V. Was by far the best option for viewing football, basketball, soccer, baseball, and golf! We particularly love the pause option. It is also a great way to watch local news. I would highly recommend this service.

10 months ago

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Wendy Smullin Logan, UT

You Tube is the video search engine of all search engines! We have used YT videos for everything from fixing a car to home decorating to diy anything. The vast amount of information and entertainment provides everything one could ever need.

10 months ago

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Lizzy Puentes Tallahassee, FL

YouTube is such a great streaming service with unlimited searches to anything. They also have the option to purchase some movies that aren’t available for free. They have a package to steam tv without commercials as well. The quality of the streaming is great, but this also depends on how well your internet connection is.

11 months ago

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Zac Cannon Long Beach, MS

I use YouTube constantly to show my students videos of successful musicians and ensembles to supplement content for my percussion and band classes. It's great for them to see videos made by real people to help motivate them in their own careers as young musicians. I have not done any of the YouTube Television service, but I'm sure it is great and will maybe one day get a subscription!

1 year ago

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Richard Westover Fremont, CA

I have been very pleased with You Tube. I currently do not have any TV service I use You Tube to watch highlights from Sports events, current news and even updates from TV shows. Currently with NBA games with in a hour after a game is done I'm able to watch highlights. Back in September I was able to view the final results from America's Got Talent even before it was broadcast here in the West Coast. Additionally I'm able to watch other videos from your normal You Tube queries.

3 years ago

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Michael Lyman Salt Lake City, UT

YouTube has become the 2nd most used website essentially on the internet. No one can beat them for original content and variety. You can find videos for almost any purpose, from education to entertainment. I really like that they have started offering video renting through their site, I was really surprised when I found it. The prices are comparable to other movie rental streaming sites.

4 years ago

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Doyal Stewart Salt Lake City, UT

I use YouTube all of the time to see how to do different things like fixing my car, fixing my computer, or learning more about different things in finances and stocks. If you want a video, you can find it on YouTube. I spend a great deal of time finding interesting videos to watch and learn from. I was really excited when I got the app on my phone so I didn't have to just watch it on my laptop.

4 years ago

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Susan Stewart Salt Lake City, UT

YouTube has some of the funniest things I have ever seen. I remember when YouTube first came out and my kids would show me really lame things, and I thought it was so dumb. But now, almost everyday I am given funny videos from YouTube from family and friends. I send them all of the time too. It's been a funny weird way to connect with other people.

4 years ago

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Christopher Haueter Salt Lake City, UT

Youtube is the epitome of why the internet is both great and terrible at the same time. I love youtube for entertainment whether it's funny videos or redbull action sports videos. I also love that I can learn just about anything on youtube. I've taught myself how to repair my mountain bikes, maintain them and ride them better. I've also learn how to fix my cars, and even learned some woodworking skills, math skills, chemistry skills, etc. Unfortunately, youtube has a ton of porn and there is basically no way to filter it. If it's owned by google, you would think that they would have done something about that by now. There are also a lot of ads unfortunately.

4 years ago

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Matthew Carbaugh Herndon, VA

I'm a youtube junkie! As a platform for education/ self improvement vides it is unparalleled. I frequent the youtube app multiple times a day and when I have a topic of interest I love getting totally engrossed in it through videos. The only two things I have to say negative about youtube is that the suggested videos the algorithm suggest are kid of wonky and corner you in to topics that don't really help you explore. Also find it irritating that being able to play with phone locked is a paid service. I tried the 3 month demo and don't think it is worth the money to unlock this feature and the exclusive series they offer.

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josharmatage Alpine, UT

YouTube is one of my favorite platforms because there is something on it for everyone, and I mean EVERYONE! I personally spend at least an hour on YouTube everyday, sometimes 5, but that is because there is so much entertaining content uploaded every minute. There are also videos to help you with a problem you are having like how to change a tire, or how to tie a tie. I also have my own YouTube channel called Josh Armatage, and I have found that uploading content is very easy, it takes some time to upload a video depending on how long the video is, but overall the YouTube platform is very, very easy to use.

2 years ago

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Holly Abramovitz Monett, MO

YouTube is great to find anything you want to see. However, I disagree with their policies regarding monetization, as well as criteria to ban content. Their is extremely sexually explicit material that remains on YouTube even without age restrictions. But opposing political views get banned.

5 months ago

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CoasterRider Show Low, AZ

I love YouTube. You can learn anything on there. There is a great selection of learning tools and it's organized and easy to find what you are looking for.

7 months ago

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Jesse

Reliable connectivity. The price is very reasonable. I like the fact that it doesn't disconnect from my internet constantly like Directtvnow does.

1 year ago

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Cathy Milne

The ability to have an unlimited on-demand library and live TV is great. I also use Netflix, Pureflix, and Amazon streaming services.

1 year ago

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Bergen Billings Smithfield, UT

It is a phenomenal idea it is a mix of many things will not disappoint it really has almost Andy movie you want to see, and if not you can record. So many options you won’t j is where to start.

10 months ago

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Brandy Tallahassee, FL

Youtube is such a great platform! Its so easy to use, even my 52 year old mom figured it out without my help. I also love the fact that Youtube makes it very easy to upload and stream videos. One of my top 5 streaming apps.

10 months ago

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Amber Mixon Houston, TX

I’ve used YouTube for a while and it’s a very enjoyable platform. I will say some of the content displayed on the platform is for mature eyes only. However it’s great for videos to watch and music! Very satisfied!

11 months ago

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Kajsa Kirby Denver, CO

They have such a wide selection. I love how they have movies and other things now aside from self-published videos but it is an awesome platform and cool that it then pays people through adds! I also think they do a great job at monitoring it for inappropriate videos, while still giving people the freedom to post almost anything they want!

1 year ago

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Eddie Rios Ogden, UT

From random internet site to absolute giant in entertainment. Tons of content on YouTube. You can stream just about anything, anytime. Streaming is easy and it only leaves you wanting more! You can enjoy streaming in an easy to use format.

1 year ago

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Violet Acosta Stewart Gulfport, MS

I watch YouTube on a daily, when I feel stressed out, I just watch YouTube videos . It's helped me find a ton of extremely enjoyable content creators and the platform always has everything I want to watch. It's even a good way to get peoples content out into the world.

1 year ago

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Julia Halliday Pleasant Grove, UT

I use YouTube daily. I usually listen to music on it, and I love how easy it is to find what you want! I will admit the ads drive me crazy sometimes, especially since they bumped it up to two ads instead of just one, and sometimes you can't skip the ads. All-in-all I love the variety of content on YouTube! If the ads could be cut down, my review would definitely be 5 stars!

2 years ago

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Preston Fowler Pleasant Grove, UT

I love youtube, just the ability to connect with the people that I love watching and being able to create my own videos to share with the world. On youtube you find communities that you can share your voice and opinion with, and you can make friends that otherwise you wouldn't have.

3 years ago

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Sam Larson Eagle Mountain, UT

I am addicted to YouTube. Sometimes I get on the app and a few hours later, I'm still on it. I love that it has vines on it since vine is dead. YouTube red is really nice too. However, I feel like it isn't worth how much it costs.

3 years ago

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Derek Heiner Centerville, UT

I love that you can upload your own videos and pretty much find any video you want on Youtube. Everything is really easy to use and the layout they have makes it very simple. I use it almost everyday and I have some of the funniest videos on there. I love it.

3 years ago

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Pete Centerville, UT

YouTube is so easy to use and you can find anything you are looking for on there. My main use for it is to find new music and watch music videos. It's helped me find a lot of new artists and I really enjoy it for that reason.

3 years ago

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Erin St Pierre

YouTube is not only entertaining, it's a great way to connect with people who have the same interests and likes that you do. I have met and made friends with many people through our mutual enjoyment of YouTubers. YouTube is replacing television.

4 years ago

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Molly Smith Herriman, UT

Youtube is pretty great - both for learning and for entertainment.

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Stephanie Love Herriman, UT

We all love you tube. It’s been great to watch videos and post videos for family and family to see that don’t live local. You tube has just anything that you wanna watch. It has videos on how to do things on your own. It’s been so helpful in so many project that I do around the house or on the car, hair, nails, tips on cleaning and organizing, etc...it has just about anything on there. You tube is a must.

1 year ago

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