FREE Trial of YouTube TV? No, thank you.

Google teased me again with a FREE trial of YouTube TV. I looked over the channels included for the $50 per month and it was easy to decline the offer.

Currently, I’m not paying for any live TV service. I have a Roku stick with a bunch of channels/apps on it plus I have an antenna for FREE over-the-air TV. Here I’ll go over what YouTube TV offers.

Local Channels

This doesn’t even include all the over-the-air channels in Philadelphia, missing are channels 2 and 17 (others are missing too). Also missing are the multicast channels (2.2, 2.3, 17.2, 57.2, 3.3, etc.). The regional sports networks – like NBC Sports Philadelphia – are very expensive. They rival the cost of ESPN. I’m guessing that about half the $50 per month will go to pay for the sports channels. I wouldn’t watch NBC Sports Philadelphia that much, so I don’t want to pay for it. Also, I don’t want to give the Murdoch family any money so f*ck Fox 29 (I removed the channel from my TV and the online TV listings I use.)

Sports Channels

This is where most of the cost for YouTube TV – and all TV services – comes from. Personally, I don’t need most of them. I want to watch English Premier League soccer so NBC Sports Network would be nice. The Tennis Channel would be nice too. However, those two channels are not worth $50 per month to me. And I still don’t want to give the Murdochs money, so I especially don’t want to pay for Fox Sports 1 and 2. To watch the Premier League NBC sells a Gold package that’s separate from TV services like this.

Lifestyle Channels

I think of these channels as the basic cable TV channels and none of them are “must have” for me. If I had access to these then I may occasionally watch AMC, National Geographic, Syfy, or TCM but I somehow manage to live without them. And WTF, no History channel? Oh, and I get Comet and Cozi on FREE over-the-air TV. If you just want basic cable TV channels then try Philo, they have 58 channels (including History channel) for just $20 per month.

Family Channels

I would check out the Smithsonian channel but otherwise I have no interest in these channels.

News Channels

I gave up watching the 24/7 news channels back during the first Obama administration, so I have no need for these channels. I thought BBC America was the Star Trek: Next Generation and Doctor Who channel, has it changed? Oh, and yet again I don’t want to give the Murdochs money so f*ck Fox News and Fox Business.

Others and Additional Networks

Most of these “premium” channels I could get separately from YouTube TV and watch on my Roku stick. I don’t know how much they want for MLB Game of the Week but when I had ESPN Plus ($5/month) it included one MLB game per day, so I would compare the cost to that and see how it stacks up.

Tl;dr

Basically the only channel that I would watch is NBC Sports Network (for the English Premier League) and it’s not worth $50 per month. NBC Sports Gold Premier League Pass is how I watch the Premier League. … And I really, really do NOT want to give the Murdochs any money whatsoever.

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