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How To Record TV Shows, Movies & Sports On YouTube TV

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YouTube TV is still one of the best streaming Live TV services out there right now. And it’s really for one big reason – unlimited cloud DVR. Sure, DIRECTV Stream now also has unlimited DVR, though it is a $10/month add-on. While YouTube TV offers it for free to everyone. It’s included in the $65 plan. While DIRECTV Stream starts at $70.

But how exactly do you record shows and other things on YouTube TV. It’s not as simple as hitting a “Record” button. Instead, YouTube TV uses the term “Add to library”. So today, we will be showing you how exactly you can record your favorites on YouTube TV to watch later on.

It’s important to remember that while YouTube TV does have unlimited cloud DVR, it will not remain on your DVR forever. Titles will remain for nine months from the time it was recorded. However, the majority of these movies and TV shows air so often, that it’ll keep getting recorded and you won’t ever lose the show or movie.

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What can be recorded on YouTube TV?

Many may think that you can only record movies and TV shows on YouTube TV. That’s not necessarily true. YouTube TV allows you to record just about anything you want. Here’s what you can record with YouTube TV.

  • TV Shows
  • Movies
  • Sports (by team, or by league)
  • Events

So you can record your favorite teams games. This is a great feature to have if you know you’re going to miss some of a game, as you can come home and start from the beginning while it is still recording. And you’ll be able to fast-forward through the commercials too. Which is really nice. Or if you wanted to watch more of the Olympics, you could record them all and watch them later on. These are just a couple of examples of what you can do with YouTube TV’s powerful unlimited cloud DVR.

And here’s how you can record just about anything on YouTube TV through its different apps and methods.

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How to record on the YouTube TV Mobile App

Open up your YouTube TV app on your Android or iOS device.

Now tap on the magnifying glass and find the show that you’d like to record on YouTube TV.

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Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you’ll see a plus sign next to the title. Tap on that + sign.

This will add the TV show, movie or sports team (or even the league) to your library. And it will now record it every time it airs on TV.

That’s really all there is to it. If you see others that you want to add, just follow the steps above, or tap on the three dots icon from the “Home” screen and tap on “Add to Library”.

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How to record on YouTube TV on your streaming device

Setting up recording on your TV through the YouTube TV app is pretty similar. Firstly, open up the YouTube TV app.

Next, find the title that you want to record and click on that.

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Now, tap on the + sign. This will add it to your library.

And that’s it. You can continue doing this for everything that you want to add to your library.

How to record while watching a show or movie live

If you found out a movie you wanted to record is now on live, you can still record it. However, it will only record from this point forward. But the next time it airs, it’ll record the entire thing. So you’ll be all set here.

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To do this, tap on the down arrow on your remote to bring up the different options.

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Then tap the down arrow again and navigate over to the + sign. It’ll be to the right of the episode name.

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And you’re all set. It will record it anytime it comes on from now on. So if you started recording a show, every episode will be recorded (both new and re-runs). The same goes for sports. It’s just that easy.

How to view your recorded programs

Now that you know the many different ways that you can record stuff on your YouTube TV account, how do you find those titles to watch later on?

First off, open the YouTube TV app.

Then navigate to “Library”. It’s typically the left tab, left of the “Home” tab.

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Here, you’ll see titles separated into these categories:

  • New in your library
  • Most watched
  • Scheduled
  • Shows
  • Movies
  • Sports
  • Events
  • Purchased

The “Purchased” section consists of movies and TV shows you purchased on YouTube and/or Google Play Movies & TV.

Now you can click on any of these to start viewing. You can also choose the version that you want to watch. This is particularly useful if a show got interrupted by a news report.

And that’s it. That’s how you can record movies, TV shows, sports and much more on YouTube TV. Remember you have unlimited cloud DVR, so you might as well take advantage of it.