Amazon and Google had been at odds for several years, and all the while, consumers were greatly affected. Some of the highlights of this feud included Amazon banning Google hardware from being sold on its shopping site, and in 2017 Amazon tried implementing a YouTube player on its Echo Show, which Google said Amazon did without consultation.
In 2019, Amazon began integrating YouTube TV into its live streaming section on all Fire TV products.
Whether you want to ditch your cable bill, or simply have more control of your programming selection, YouTube TV is by far one of the best live streaming options. With almost 100 channels and a wide variety of content, with even more coming in the future, everyone can find something they enjoy.
Benefits To Adding YouTube TV To Your Fire TV Cube
Keep reading to see all of the benefits to adding YouTube TV to your Fire TV Cube.
Use Alexa Functionality For Hands-free Viewing
The ability to use voice commands with your Alexa enabled Fire TV Cube is a luxury all in itself. Adding the option to stream live tv using YouTube TV, Philo, and Hulu, makes watching TV more consumer friendly than ever before. The hands free capability truly is unmatched by other streaming services and devices that have joined together.
Virtually Unlimited Programming
YouTube TV boasts 85+ channels including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC as well as popular cable networks such as Discovery, TNT, CNN, and other well-loved on-demand programming.
In addition to the already large selection there are premium add-ons available for an additional monthly cost. Some of the premium add-ons included in youtube tv are FOX Soccer Plus, SHOWTIME, STARZ and more.
Unlimited Cloud DVR Storage
When YouTube TV says it offers unlimited cloud storage they mean it. You can record as many programs as you want at the same time, without ever running out of storage space. The recordings are also kept in the cloud for up to 9 months. Added bonus to the unlimited storage is once your program is recorded and saved, you can watch it from anywhere on any device.
Multiple Personalized Accounts
YouTube TV allows their users to create up to six accounts per household, and the user interface learns your streaming habits so each profile populates different viewing selections. This feature is awesome if you have kids with seperate profiles, that way their shows won’t keep populating in your viewing history and messing up the “You Might Like This” section.
How To Install YouTube TV Onto Your Fire TV Cube
You can go onto tv.youtube.com/welcome and sign yourself up for an account, which is $64.99 per month, not including the add on packages. If you’re unsure about that kind of commitment, like most streaming services, YouTube TV has a free trial for new customers. And with the upcoming holiday season YouTube TV is advertising 2 weeks free trial.
After you’ve signed up for an account, you’re going to need to start your device, in this case we are talking about the Fire TV Cube. Once your main home screen is visible, you’re going to want to search for “YouTube TV” using either your remote or asking Alexa. From there you will need to download the app, once that’s done you need to sign in.
The app will ask to verify using an activation code, which you can get by using a separate device such as your phone or computer, go to tv.youtube.com/start and sign in your account. Enter the activation code you see on your TV screen, select the appropriate account, then select “Allow” and enjoy your programming.
If you would like to learn more about troubleshooting your Fire TV Cube, check this article out.
Can You Censor The Programming
Just like in the regular YouTube website and app, you can definitely censor the programming you and your family watch. There are the general age restrictions that you can set in place, but YouTube TV also has a special restricted mode that will screen out potentially mature content you or others using your devices may not prefer to see.
Also, when restricted mode is on the comments section may not be visible, allowing for further surety that you and your family won’t be exposed to potentially harmful or mature content.
Does YouTube TV Have “Commercials”
Just like cable tv or OTA channels, ads are a common occurrence with most live streaming services. This is because ads help generate revenue for the company doing the live streaming, which in this case is YouTube TV, and helps YouTube pay their employees and the content creators they support.
A good way to not have to deal with the hassle of ads is by downloading to the DVR in the YouTube TV app, not only will future airings as well as reruns of the program be recorded automatically, but you can also fast forward thru the ads.
Another way to bypass ads is by purchasing a premium youtube account, you won’t see any ads on any YouTube videos while in YouTube TV, but will still have them while watching major networks.