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YouTube TV Free Trial: How Long & Options Explained

YouTube TV only offers a 7-day free trial, but there are times and opportunities to get an extended free trial.

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YouTube TV provides new customers with a 7-day free trial. However, the live TV streaming service also routinely offers access to longer free trials as part of various limited-time promotions throughout the year. In addition, Verizon Fios customers can secure an extended 30-day free trial to YouTube TV.

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YouTube TV is a popular live TV streaming service and is understood to now be providing live TV to more than two million subscribers in the US. However, YouTube TV is not the cheapest live TV service around as a subscription currently costs $64.99 per month, following a $15 per month price increase that took effect earlier in 2020. At this price, YouTube costs more than other popular live TV streaming services, including Hulu Live TV.

At $64.99 per month, the option to have a free trial is all the more important, as it can provide consumers with the opportunity to see if the service is right for them before having to commit to the monthly payment. For those looking to optimize the free trial period, timing is everything.

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YouTube TV standard free trial

As standard, YouTube TV offers a 7-day free trial. While that is not long, it is the standard length offered by live TV streaming services in general. Unlike on-demand subscription services that typically offer up to thirty days for free, live TV services tend to only provide access for the first seven days.

Read more: YouTube TV: All the Live TV Channels You Get for $65

This is the case with fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, AT&T TV NOW, as well as YouTube TV. In fact, seven days is usually considered the high end of the spectrum, considering PlayStation Vue’s free trial was only five days, and Sling TV currently only offers three days.

It should be noted, that although seven days is the standard length, sometimes YouTube TV offers less than seven days. Likewise, there are also times when the live TV service will be offering an extended free trial.

YouTube TV extended free trial

While YouTube TV only provides a 7-day free trial, that’s not to say it is the only option. Those looking to maximize the free period can do so, although they will likely have to bide their time.

Although the standard free trial is seven days, the service routinely runs promotions that include extended free trials. These promotions most often result in the standard free trial being extended to 14 days, effectively doubling the length on offer. Considering a YouTube TV subscription costs $64.99 per month, this is the equivalent to $32.50 worth of free live TV before having to pay.

While there is no way of knowing exactly when YouTube TV will offer an extended free trial, the service does run these promotions enough times throughout the year, that those who want a longer evaluation time shouldn’t have to wait too long for the next promotion to go live.

YouTube TV 30-day free trial

With most on-demand services offering thirty days of access, a 30-day YouTube TV free trial would be a great way for consumers to really test out the service before committing to monthly payments. However, YouTube TV tends not to offer such a long free trial, preferring to only extend it up to the fourteen days during promotional periods. That said, select Verizon customers do have the option of getting access to YouTube TV for 30 days, for free.

Back in 2019, Verizon and YouTube TV partnered up to offer their respective services as a bundle. Essentially, new and existing Verizon mobile or home internet customers now have the option to add YouTube TV to their package. However, those who specifically sign up for a Verizon Fios plan not only have the option of adding YouTube TV, but they will also get the first month for free.

YouTube TV free trial summary

YouTube TV offers a 7-day free trial to all interested consumers and throughout the year. However, the live TV streaming service also routinely runs promotions where new subscribers can test run the service for up to 14 days. Although YouTube TV does not announce these extended free trials ahead of time, they are often enough that the next 14-day free trial is never that far away. At present, those who are considering signing up for Verizon Fios have the option of adding YouTube TV to their bundle, along with a 30-day free trial.

Read more: How to Cancel a YouTube TV Subscription (Why Pausing Might Be Best)

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12 replies on “YouTube TV Free Trial: How Long & Options Explained”

I am no supporting You Tube TV (I am on trial and may sign up). However, Spectrum is not $45 per month no way. They are a horrible company that cannot even tell you what it will really cost. Note the $45 is for 12 months and does not include a $16.45 local channel service fee, required equipment fees that average $10-$15 monthly (or $5 per month if you stream spectrum only on your smart TV PLUS taxes. The $45 is really more like $75 the first year and the 12 year increase is currently $35 on top of all the other fees. At least You Tube is up front with the cost which is almost half of Spectrum’s actual cost after the 12 month teaser.

Spectrum will probably raise you after a year or two. They never tell you about the additional charges until after the fact. Xfinity is the same. I cut the cable with Xfinity. There’s never anything on. I signed up for YouTube TV. It’s great. I can watch it at home and at work in my iPhone. As expensive as it looks , its really not. Its worth the money. I was gonna drop it the end of the month but after a week or so, I’m going to keep it. For 65 bucks , its worth it.

Right, as of 12/29 it is only two days….seriously not enough time to decide if you want to commit to the platform…..

Right now its offering 5 days.Then when you look up promo codes it says there’s a 30 day code and even a 2 month free code lol,of course you click cut where it says and then when you try to paste it in the spot before starting it , it has clipped the words auto applied.it doesn’t show anything where you are supposed to paste it.So i went to my txt messages and hit paste and the words auto applied are what you cut.So as always in life if something seems to good to be true then of course it is.Ph,and one other thing, nothing in life is free & if it says you have 5 days then your best bet is to always cancel ot at least 1 day early.Sometimes these things will be exact to the hr or closer to the exact 7 days worth of time.so i would do sunday to saturday evening for a 7 day one.good luck peeps.

BEWARE! I was charged ($122.99) on the 5th day of a 7 day trial. When I contacted customer service for a refund they said they do not offer a 7 day trial, only 5 days and that’s why I was charged. But, everything online says 7 day trial.

I signed up fir the free trial and was charged for the full month after only 4 days! It’s a ripoff. I cancelled but of course by the time taxes and everything were charged I had over 70.00 charged to my card! Not happy at all!

Yeah, I don’t know what is going on. I am finally ready to make the switch and check it out………and it’s a TWO day free trial.

Yes, the same thing happened to me; that’s why I haven’t signed up yet. I’ve been thinking of getting rid of my Comcast cable. I bought 2 Roku’s and was going to sign up after a free trial to UTube TV. I’m not sure what to do now!☹️

The “free” trial was trying to charge my debit card and it SAID 0 dollars due today. Tried everything but they actually WANT money for the “free” trial. REDICULOUS. Wouldn’t even Consider a subscription to this False Advertising company.

Hi Gin,
I agree that it is ridiculous they charge your card at all when you sign up for a free trial anywhere online for any service, What they did was charge my card $0.60 to authorize the card. They do this to make sure it is a legit and active account. The charge should show as pending on your back account then after 3 business days that charge falls off or is reversed (credited) back to your account. This is how it all appeared on my account for the free trial. Hope this helped.

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