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In this article, I will do my very best to provide a thoughtful and complete answer to the question: What are the best remote controls for YouTube TV?
Hello, YouTube TV (Bye Bye Cable?)Ok, this was a tough one. I’m not gonna lie.
Admittedly, I’m brand new to YouTube TV.
I love me some YouTube. But I also love me some cable [xFinity NOT Fios], so I’m not willing to cut the cord…yet. For me, the fact that high resolution is not available for all channels and programs on YouTube TV is a dealbreaker. For many folks, the cost savings over cable may be well worth it.
However, I did sign up for a subscription temporarily to test out a bunch of remotes for this blog. The results were mixed but interesting.
Surprisingly, this was not as easy as I thought it would be.
The bottom line is you can definitely use some remotes to control YouTube TV on some media players.
I will put together a detailed comparison table for each of the best remote controls for YouTube TV for the most popular streaming services out there. I will also weigh some pros and cons of best options for each media player.
The Best Universal Remote Controls for YouTube TV
Ok, so let’s get to the heart of the matter. The following table provides a summary of the best universal remotes that work with YouTube TV, along with the current price on Amazon. Pricing is updated nightly via direct integration with Amazon’s API, click SEE IT to get the up-to-the-minute price on Amazon.
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Best YouTube TV Remote Control for Roku: Logitech Harmony
For Roku, I like Logitech Harmony Hub-based remotes. My favorite of all of the Harmony remotes is the Harmony Elite. This will let you control Roku, plus all of the other devices in your entertainment center, and smart home devices too. You can pair multiple devices together into activities or scenes, like “Movie Night” or “Watch Roku.”
When you press the button with that specific label, Harmony will fire up all required components automatically. For example, for Movie Night you can program an activity that would fire up your Roku, tune to YouTube TV, automatically dim your lights, lower your smart blinds, and more. I do realize that the Harmony Elite is a bit expensive. If this is not an option, check out the Harmony Companion, it will pretty much give you all the same features of the Elite without the fancy color LCD screen.
You COULD also use the Roku remote to do this; however, I just can’t get excited about any of these plastic remotes. However, they are certainly less expensive than the other options listed here.
The Wanderer001 does a nice job showcasing these remotes.
My pick 👍👍: You can check the price of the Harmony Elite here.
And, if you really want a Roku remote, I will be sad, but you can see a bunch on Amazon here.
📚 Related: How to Stream from Phone to Roku
Best YouTube TV Remote for Apple TV: Sofabaton or Harmony
Ah Apple TV. If you are a big fan of Apple products like I am chances are you are also a fan of Apple TV and maybe even already a subscriber. Subscribers to ATV seem to love it. I do find this a bit funny as you don’t really get THAT much more than you get with other services, like Amazon or Roku for much less.
But, who am I to judge, I have a $700 iPhone. LOL.
That said, some customers have said the Apple TV remote works just fine for controlling YouTube TV. However, this is a proprietary remote that will only control ATV content and nothering else.
If you want something more universal, check out this remote from Sofabaton. All Harmony Hub-based remotes will also work with AppleTV. You can read my review of Harmony Hub-based remotes here.
Best YouTube TV Remote Control for xBox One: Any Harmony Remote
I’m going to go back to Harmony remotes for xBox one and YouTube TV. Logitech has confirmed Xbox One will work with all Harmony remotes, which gives you a ton of options and pricing.
Among them is the Harmony Companion remote [pictured here], which features Amazon Alexa built right into the remote for voice control. This is very similar to the Harmony Elite which is what I use to control my devices. The only difference is that it controls fewer devices and doesn’t sport that cool LCD screen helps you organize your activities and content.
Editor’s Choice 👍👍: You can check the price of the Harmony Companion at Amazon here.
Best YouTube TV Remote for Fire TV: Fire TV Cube
I love my Fire TV Cube and I find that I have been using Fire TV more and more as my go-to launchpad for everything since adding it to my home theater.
It was late in 2019 that Amazon announced YouTube TV would be available on Fire TV. You can download the app and get it now. Just say “Alexa, Open YouTube TV” and then “Alexa, Download YouTube TV.”
Yep, it’s that simple.
The service fees for YouTube TV apply after the trial, but if you want to cut the cord with YouTube TV, Fire TV is a great option.
It is important to note that there are currently two versions of the Fire TV Cube available out on Amazon. The newer option, which costs just a little more, has a vastly improved hardware set up so if you are going this route, I would go with the 2nd Generation Cube (labeled 2019 release at Amazon).
Editor’s Choice 👍👍: You can check the price of the Fire TV Cube 2nd Gen here at Amazon.
Best YouTube Remote Control for Smart TV: Harmony Smart Keyboard
I would be remiss if I didn’t include a recommendation for your favorite Smart TV. While I haven’t had a chance to test this directly with a YouTube TV, it works great for regular YouTube viewing.
I tend to do a ton of searching around when I watch YouTube and navigating with a remote, any remote, was downright painful. That was until I bought the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard to go along with my Harmony Elite remote.
It does put another device on your coffee table, sure. But this is totally worth it in time savings alone for avid YouTube watchers in my opinion.
Editor’s Choice 👍👍: You can check the latest price on Amazon here.
Best YouTube TV Remote Control App: Harmony Hub
You can watch YouTube TV using YouTube’s own TV app. In fact, here’s a helpful video from YouTube TV Help that shows you how to download the app and set this up.
However, I like Harmony Hub better. Why? Harmony Hub is the best remote control app for YouTube TV. In fact, it is the best remote control app you can buy, period. It gives you nearly all of the feature of the Harmony Elite remote for up to eight devices. It will let you program activities like movie night we mentioned previously, plus you can also control your smart home devices to boot. If you want more info, you can read my review of the Harmony Hub here.
My pick 👍👍: Get the latest price for Harmony Hub at Amazon over here.
The Best Remotes for YouTube TV: Your Turn
So, what do you think about my picks for the best YouTube TV remote?
As I said earlier in the article, I would love for this post to turn into more of a dialog so I can update it with your opinions and insights as well.
Do you subscribe to YouTube TV? Thinking about cutting the cord? If you already subscribe, what streaming media services are you using to run YouTube TV? How do you like it?
If you are using Chromecast, have you any success with a remote? If so which one?
How about a remote for any other service listed here [or not here]?
Please leave a quick comment below and let me know.
I look forward to watching and moderating an ongoing dialog here. Cheers!
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About the Author
Tim Brennan, Technical Writer & Blogger
Tim Brennan [a.k.a. "Tec Timmy"] is a senior technical writer with over 25 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing about universal remotes, Tim is also a regular contributor over at oneSmartcrib.com, a smart home blog. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. Brennan is a father to two sons, a Star Wars nut, and loves a good taco🌮. There is a strong chance he is developing a crush on Amazon Alexa. You can learn more about Tim here.