YouTube TV in 4K: Everything you need to know
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YouTube TV is one of the few streaming services that offers any content in 4K resolution. Here's what you need to know to get it.
When it comes to streaming live TV in the United States (or streaming any kind of video anywhere, for that matter), resolution and bit rate remain as important as ever. After all, what good is freeing yourself of the shackles of cable and satellite companies if you're stuck watching a stream with subpar quality?

The basic fact is that it takes a lot of bandwidth to stream video — and that's even more difficult when you're talking linear TV, (and more so still if it's a live event like sports). So it's not really that much of a surprise to learn that most live channels stream at 720p resolution — or maybe 1080p if you're lucky. (We'll leave frame rate out of the equation for a minute, but it's a thing, too, especially for sports.)

For the most part, 4K resolution — we're talking 2160p — is pretty hard to come by. FuboTV has had some in the past, and YouTube TV has joined the 4K party via its optional 4K Plus add-on.

That 4K Plus add-on actually gets you three major features, and they definitely help justify the price (especially considering that you don't get everything in the higher resolution). They are:

4K resolution on some content.

The ability to watch as many streams on your home network as you want.

The ability to watch recorded shows and movies offline on mobile devices.

Those are the big points, but let's break it down a bit. Here's everything you need to know about 4K streaming on YouTube TV.

YouTube TV 4K price and how to add it

First things first: You'll need an existing YouTube TV subscription if you want to watch anything in 4K. That still runs $65 a month (as of September 2021), plus tax. The 4K Plus add-on costs another $20 a month. But it's currently offered at a $10-a-month promotional discount, which is good for the first 12 months. After that, you'll pay the full price.

So with no other add-ons, including 4K on your YouTube TV subscription will cost a total of $75 a month for the first year, then $85 a month after that.

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Phil Nickinson
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