If you’re like most people, you probably watch at least some TV online. Whether it’s through Netflix, Amazon Prime, or some other streaming service, there are plenty of great options these days for watching your favorite shows without having to deal with commercials. But what if you want to watch live TV? Well, that’s where YouTube TV comes in. Offering a mix of live channels and on-demand content, YouTube TV is a great way to cut the cord and ditch cable. But before you can start enjoying all that YouTube TV has to offer, there are a few things you need to know. In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips and tricks for using YouTube TV so that you can get the most out of it.
Sort Out Notifications
Have you ever been watching a show, waiting for the next episode, and you can’t help but check your phone every few minutes to see if it has been released yet? The great thing about YouTube TV is that you can turn on notifications for specific shows and you’ll be notified when the next episode is live. However, sometimes notifications can be quite annoying, especially for shows that we no longer watch, so don’t forget to turn them off if need be.
Dislike Something You Don’t Want to See
As amazing as technology is, and as great as it is for algorithms to predict what we enjoy watching, which saves us the time of having to explore and find it ourselves, it isn’t infallible. Unfortunately, the YouTube TV algorithm will get recommendations wrong now and then, but there is hope. To further help the algorithm along, you can click the three-dot menu and select “don’t show me this”, and the algorithm will learn what you don’t like.
Try Out a VPN
One of the biggest benefits of the internet is the fact that it has brought the world a lot closer, and we can now learn a lot about different cultures, and talk to people on the other side of the globe. Unfortunately, sometimes some shows aren’t accessible in the country you live in due to geographical restrictions. To combat this, the best thing that you can do is use a VPN for YouTube TV, since this will allow you to bypass the lock.
Select What You Have Watched
Although YouTube TV is great at recommending shows it thinks we might like, sometimes it might recommend a show that you have already watched, which can be quite tiresome if you have watched quite a few shows. To prevent this from happening, the app does come with a useful feature that allows you to mark shows, episodes, or seasons as watched. To do this you just need to click on the three-dot menu, then select either “Mark season as watched” or “Mark episode as watched”.
You Can Share the Experience
Another tip for those new to YouTube TV is the fact that you don’t have to enjoy all of the amazing shows all by yourself. With YouTube TV, very similar to Netflix, you can add up to a total of 6 separate accounts, however, it’s important to note that they have to be living in the same household as you. With the base plan, you will be able to stream from 3 separate devices.
Record Live Shows
Have you ever been watching a show but you missed an episode the previous week and now you are completely lost? Don’t worry, this happens to the best of us, but luckily with YouTube TV that isn’t a problem. If you are enjoying a show, you can add it to your library, and since YouTube TV offers unlimited DVR space, you can add as many as you want.
Reset Your Recommendations
Finally, sometimes YouTube TV might get all of your recommendations wrong, or you might have let someone else watch on your account, and now nothing you like is being recommended. There is one way to fix that, and that is to delete your search and watch history. By doing this, you will be starting with a fresh account, and anything that you watch or dislike from there onwards will affect the algorithm’s predictions for your content.