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I got YouTube TV — and now I can’t live without this feature


Cord-cutting has upgraded from a trend to a lifestyle in recent years. Some people have gone all out and switched entirely to free TV apps like PlutoTV. Then there are some that simply live off of best streaming services like HBO Max. But then there is the group of people who have kept the essence of cable by switching to one of the best cable alternatives like YouTube TV.

I have been using YouTube TV ever since my cable bill started to pass my student loan in monthly costs, and it’s genuinely been one of the best decisions I have ever made. That may sound like hyperbole but after years of dealing with Xfinity customer service, I have found YouTube TV to be much less stressful.

But the cost savings and less stress are not even my favorite features of YouTube TV. That award has to go to “key plays.”

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors dribbling the ball drives towards the basket on Oshae Brissett #12 of the Indiana Pacers

(Image credit: Thearon W. Henderson / Getty)

Specifically, I cannot live without the ability to catch up on live games with key plays — as long as the game is saved to my DVR. This allows me, a diehard Warriors fan, to wait until my wife has gone to bed before watching my beloved Golden State. Once I am on my own I simply pull up the game, click “Catch up to live through key plays” and in a couple of minutes I am caught up with the rest of NBA Twitter. Nobody needs to know I did not start watching until midway through the second quarter.

YouTube TV: What are key plays? 

A GIF explaining what key plays are on YouTube TV

(Image credit: YouTube TV)

Key plays are YouTube TV’s term for highlights, and they are available for NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, college football and college basketball games. One caveat: I cannot prove if this works for women’s college basketball, only for men’s college basketball.



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