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YouTube TV 2021 vs. 2019 Channels Comparison: What’s Changed?

YouTube TV changed a lot between 2019 and 2021 and not only in terms of price, but also in channels.

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YouTube TV has changed a lot over the years. Not only has the price significantly increased, but the channel lineup itself has also changed. All of which does make YouTube TV in 2021 a very different product to YouTube TV in 2019. Whether the changes are for the better of worse comes down to what a consumer expects from live TV streaming in 2021, as well as what they expected a couple of years ago.

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Technically, YouTube TV launched in 2017. However, this was a beta launch with the service only available in select locations in the U.S. As time went on, the service continued to expand to new places, but it was not until early in 2019 when YouTube TV announced it was available nationwide. Which makes 2019 a good point in time to compare with the service on offer today.

As of March 1, 2019, YouTube TV was priced at $40 per month. For that cost, subscribers had access to more than 60 live TV channels. The exact number of channels could vary slightly, due to the difference in local channels in different locations.

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As of March 1, 2021, YouTube is priced at $65 per month. For that price, subscribers get access to more than 85 channels. Once again, the exact number might vary, depending on location. Two aspects that haven’t changed over the years is the unlimited cloud DVR and the ability for an account to be shared with up to five additional family or household members.

YouTube TV 2019 and 2021 channels compared

With the advertised number of channels having risen from 60 to 85, it is a more robust product now than it was two years ago. Of course the price has also risen from $40 to $65 per month during the same period. While this isn’t as simple as each additional channel having increased the price by $1, the base number of channels and the rise in price each total 25.

For a clearer view of how the service has changed in terms of channels over the years, below is a side by side comparison of the YouTube TV channel lineup in 2019 and in 2021.

YouTube TV 2019 and 2021 channels:

Channel20192021
ABC
ABC News
ACCN
AMC
Adult Swim
Animal Planet
BBC America
BBC World News
BET
BTN
Bravo
CBS
CBS Sports
CNBC
CNBC World
CNN
Cartoon Network
Cheddar
Cheddar Business
CMT
Comedy Central
Comet TV
CourtTV
Cozi TV
Discovery
Disney
Disney Junior
Disney XD
E!
ESPN
ESPN 2
ESPN U
ESPNEWS
FOX
Fox Business
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports
FS1
FS2
FX
FXM
FXX
Food Network
Freeform
Golf Channel
HGTV
HLN
IFC
Investigation Discovery
LAFC
Local Now
MLB Game of the week
MLB Network
MSNBC
Motortrend
MTV
MyNetworkTV
National Geographic
NatGeo Wild
NBA TV
NBC
NBCLX
NBC News Now
NBC Sports
NBCSN
NECN
NESN
Newsy
NFL Network
Nickelodeon
Orlando City SC
Olympics Channel
OWN
Oxygen
Paramount Network
PBS
PBS Kids
POP
QVC
Seattle Sounders
SEC Network
SNY
Smithsonian Channel
StartTV
SundanceTV
SyFy
TBS
TCM
TLC
TNT
TYT
Tastemade
Telemundo
Tennis Channel
The CW
Travel Channel
TruTV
TV Land
USA
Universo
Universal Kids
VH1
WE TV
WGN America
YES Network
YouTube Originals

Just taking the numbers at face value and it clear that YouTube TV now offers access to more channels than it did in 2019. Once again, things are not quite that simple. While the overall number of channels has increased, this is not simply a matter of YouTube TV having added more channels. Instead, the channel lineup has been revised on more than one occasion, resulting in some channels having been removed from a subscription.

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2019 channels gone in 2021:

  • Cheddar Business
  • Fox Sports
  • Local Now
  • NESN
  • Orlando City SC
  • Seattle Sounders
  • Tennis Channel
  • YES Network

Even with the list above, the exact change in lineups is not totally accurate, considering a number of Fox RSNs were also removed in recent years. Still, the changes do highlight how the increased number of channels might not automatically translate to a better product for all consumers, and especially those interested in sports.

Regardless of the channels that have been removed, plenty have been added at the same time, so it is worth taking a moment to see which channels are available now that weren’t available two years ago.

2021 channels added since 2019:

  • ABC News
  • ACCN
  • Adult Swim
  • Animal Planet
  • BET
  • CNBC World
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • CourtTV
  • Cozi TV
  • Discovery
  • Food Network
  • HGTV
  • Investigation Discovery
  • MLB Game of the week
  • Motortrend
  • MTV
  • NBC News Now
  • NBCLX
  • NFL Network
  • Nickelodeon
  • OWN
  • Oxygen
  • Paramount Network
  • PBS
  • PBS Kids
  • QVC
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel
  • TV Land
  • VH1
  • WGN America

YouTube TV 2019 and 2021 summary

Whether YouTube TV does offer a better package in 2021 than it did in 2019 will come down to the individual. The higher number of channels has resulted in more choice and especially for busier households where an account is shared with others. However, the cost of the subscription has increased at the same time. For many, the product that was available for $40 in 2019 was likely a better deal. Although the channel lineup was more limited, the lower price and the access to more local channels would have been a better option.

Regardless of anything else, what is clear is just how much and how quickly the market has changed. Two years feels like a long time ago in streaming years, but in reality it wasn’t that long ago. Leading to the question of just how different YouTube TV (and live TV streaming in general) will look in another two years?

Read more: How YouTube TV’s Sports Plus Compares to fuboTV’s Sports Plus

By John Finn

John started Streaming Clarity to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingclarity.com or on Twitter

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