July 13, 2024
This long-awaited YouTube TV function is a channel-flipper’s dream
The previous channel feature on YouTube TV on a TV.
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The transfer from cable to streaming for stay TV modified quite a lot of issues. Alternative, for one. (Now we have extra.) Worth, for one more. (You’re seemingly paying much less.) However not all adjustments have been nice. For those who’re of the channel-surfing selection — or like to flip forwards and backwards between two channels — you’ve seemingly been lacking that function.

YouTube TV — the preferred streaming service within the U.S. with greater than 8 million subscribers — has addressed the latter. After having been teased in some A/B testing for some time now (that’s, some of us noticed it, and most didn’t), it appears like the flexibility to hop forwards and backwards between two channels is now rolling out extra broadly.

That is hardly a brand new thought. Cable remotes lengthy had a devoted button for going to the earlier channel. And the defunct streaming service PlayStation Vue additionally allowed for it in the identical means that YouTube TV has carried out it. Maintain down the OK or choose button (it’d range barely relying on the platform you’re utilizing), and also you’ll return to the final channel you watched. Maintain it once more, and also you’ll return to the primary channel. A YouTube TV neighborhood supervisor on Reddit confirmed that it really works on stay content material, recorded exhibits, and on-demand.


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It’s the type of factor that makes watching stay occasions — particularly sports activities — so significantly better, particularly on smaller screens. Although YouTube TV’s multiview function can also make it moot on bigger televisions.

You don’t should do something to get the brand new function, although you might wish to guarantee your YouTube TV app is up to date on no matter you apply it to. And it gained’t price you any further, which is good in an period wherein streaming corporations are nickeling and diming us to demise.

YouTube TV is accessible on each main streaming platform, from Roku and Amazon Fireplace TV to Google TV and Apple TV and every little thing in between. It’s additionally obtainable on telephones and tablets, and in an internet browser. (Although you gained’t get the earlier channel function there.) YouTube TV prices $73 a month for the bottom service and has a number of non-compulsory add-ons, together with the flexibility to observe some stay and on-demand content material in 4K decision. It’s additionally the place you’ll wish to go to observe NFL Sunday Ticket.

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