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YouTube TV 4K Package: Everything You Need to Know

Ben Bowman

For people who want to watch live TV in 4K, YouTube TV is an option worth considering. Although the price for 4K is not cheap, fans of high-resolution viewing might find it worth the investment.

What is 4K?

4K is sometimes called Ultra High Definition (UHD). The resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is approximately four times the resolution of Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). The increased resolution allows for a more detailed and lifelike image, making it especially great for larger displays or home theaters. 4K TVs are becoming increasingly popular, and many new models are now available on the market.

Although the image is remarkably lifelike, very few TV programs are shot in 4K. The most popular application is for sporting events, but not every event is shot with 4K cameras.

Importantly, you will need a 4K-compatible streaming device and television to be able to see the proper resolution.

How Much Does YouTube TV 4K Cost?

To access the 4K package, you’ll need to start with the YouTube TV base subscription for $72.99 / month. The 4K package is added to that.

After a free 14-day trial, the 4K package costs $9.99/month for 12 months, then $19.99/month thereafter.

When you purchase 4K Plus, you get these added features:

  • 4K viewing on available content
  • Unlimited concurrent streams at home
  • Ability to view DVR recordings offline for available content (mobile devices only)

If you’d like to add this package, go to Settings and then Membership in the YouTube TV app.

Can You Watch 4K Events for Free?

Yes. If FOX is airing a game in 4K, you’ll be able to watch it for free in the Fox Sports App. Simply sign into the app using your TV Everywhere credentials from YouTube TV. You don’t need to pay for the 4K add-on to use this workaround.

What Channels Are Available in 4K?

4K playback is available on select live and on-demand content from these networks:

Again, not every show or event is available in 4K. Some of the 4K content available is just upscaled from 1080p.

What Devices Are Needed to Stream 4K Content?

In order to stream YouTube TV in 4K, you need a device that supports YouTube VP9 codec. Unfortunately, that means the 2017 Apple TV 4K won’t work.

4K Smart TVs

  • 4K Android TV models like Sony Bravia, and others
  • Samsung, LG and HiSense 4K Smart TVs (2016 or later)

4K Streaming Devices connected to a 4K TV

  • Chromecast with Google TV
  • 4K Roku Streaming Devices
  • Apple TV 4K (2021)
  • PS4 Pro
  • Amazon Fire 4k Stick (1st Gen - 2018)
  • Nvidia Shield

Note: 4K is only available on select content for Apple TV and PS4 Pro. Some programs may have lower resolution.

What Other 4K Live TV Services Are Available?

If you’re interested in 4K, you may also consider fuboTV. YouTube TV includes 32 of the top 35 cable channels, while fuboTV has 25. Overall, YouTube TV has 113 channels while fuboTV offers 151.

YouTube TV offers these channels that fuboTV doesn’t: AMC, Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, TNT, truTV, and WE tv.

To get 4K with fuboTV, you need to subscribe to the Elite Plan for $95.98 / month. You can try fuboTV for free to see if you like the experience.

Related: Full comparison of YouTube TV vs. fuboTV ►

YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service with more than 60 channels for $72.99/month. This plan includes local channels, 32 of the top 35 cable channels, and regional sports networks (RSNs) in select markets. The service includes an unlimited DVR.

With the recent addition of Viacom channels (BET, MTV, Comedy Central, etc.) to the service, they are only without Hallmark and A+E Networks (Lifetime, History, A&E).

They recently added NFL Network and new Sports Plus add-on which include channels like NFL RedZone for $11 a month.

YouTube TV offers select 4K content, including some live sports and on-demand shows, as part of their 4K Plus add-on. The 4K Plus add-on is $9.99 a month and also includes offline downloads and unlimited streams on your home network.

If you want a cheaper service with many of the entertainment channels on YouTube TV, you can subscribe to Philo which includes A+E, Discovery, Viacom, Hallmark, and other channels for just $20 a month after a 7-Day Free Trial.

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