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YouTube TV finally gives you a way to skip DVR ads on many channels

What was once available on a small number channels is now much more widespread.

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YouTube TV subscribers have reason to celebrate as the service has finally eliminated one of the service’s most annoying problems, at least for more channels. When using the service’s DVR feature, some programs have defaulted to the video-on-demand version of the show. In doing so, users have been forced to watch commercials. That’s no longer the case for some of the biggest channels on the service.

This week, YouTube announced new deals with some of the biggest names in the industry. The agreements will allow users to opt for the recorded version of a show instead of the one they use for video-on-demand. AMC, Disney/ABC, FOX, NBCU and Turner-owned channels will now allow this, meaning you’ll have full control over pausing, rewinding, and fast-forwarding content.

There’s nothing worse than paying for over-the-top content (OTT) and then having to sit through commercials. Unfortunately, this was part of a compromise that was made between YouTube and TV programmers to get YouTube’s TV service online in February 2017. It came as other services such as Hulu with Live TV and DirecTV Now arrived without the same type of restriction.

All the YouTube TV channels that feature the change

The full list of channels that now support playback choice are as follows: AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV, IFC, WE tv, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, SEC Network, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, FOX, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox News, Fox Business Network, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Big Ten Network, Fox RSNs, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, Golf Channel, Olympics Channel, MSNBC, Syfy, USA Network, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Universal Kids, Comcast RSNs, Universo, Telemundo, CNN, HLN, TNT, TBS, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, and TruTV.

The feature was previously available on MLB Network, NBA TV, Tennis Channel, Cheddar, Cheddar Big News, Newsy, and Comet TV.

YouTube TV is available in most areas of the United States for $40 per month. For that, you gain streaming access for more than 60 channels.

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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