A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
YOUTUBE TV is a "free" app that requires a monthly subscription fee. It allows you to watch live TV anywhere (as long as you have a good internet connection) as well as search for and record your favorite shows. It also lets you save shows in a personal library, record them at the touch of a button, and filter content (per device) to protect your kids. However, the parental controls only allow you to toggle between G- and PG-rated content, and they're easy to shut off. Enjoy unlimited DVR storage and keep recorded shows for up to nine months.
Is it any good?
This app's a no-brainer if you need a way to keep your kids (or yourself) busy. As long as you don't mind paying the $40 monthly fee, you can enjoy live TV, so long as you live in a select city and your internet connection is strong enough. It's extremely easy to search for shows and add them to your personal library, and the second you add them, they're set to record. The month-to-month, cancel-anytime policy is nice, as is being able to share your account among six people and watch shows on up to three devices at once. The only downside really, is that like with any other TV subscription service, some shows and channels just aren't available, so if you're using YouTube TV to augment your other subscriptions, things can get a little pricey. All told, it's a nice entertainment add-on for your smart phone, if you don't mind forking over the cash.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about setting TV time limits. With TV available now 24/7, how much is too much? How can you watch the shows you want in balance with other, offscreen activities?
Discuss how to be cautious about "free" apps that require a monthly subscription. How can you tell if the subscription is worth it?
Think about how apps use technology to track your viewing behavior without your knowledge. What does it mean to "opt out," and how do you do it?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
- Skills: Emotional Development: perspective taking
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try ($39.99/mo.)
- Release date: April 5, 2017
- Category: Lifestyle
- Size: 108.00 MB
- Publisher: Google Inc
- Version: 1.06.8
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.1 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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