How to Only Record New Episodes in YouTube TV

YouTube TV provides unlimited recording, and it doesn’t take any storage space at all. All the content ends up on the cloud and is available for viewing in the following nine months. After that, the episodes will vanish.

You can record shows on YT TV, but you can’t record only new episodes. The only available option is to record everything from a selected program. Read on for more details.

How to Record and Remove All Episodes on YouTube TV

Here is a quick tutorial on recording on YouTube TV:

  1. Open YouTube TV and sign in.
  2. Use the search bar to find a show that you want to record. Open it.
  3. Tap on the plus icon, which is to the right of the show’s name.
  4. That’s it. YouTube TV will record the show in its entirety, and you can access it at any time within the said nine months.

If you can’t see the plus icon next to a show, this means that you can’t record the show. You’ll have to watch it while it is still airing.

It is also good to know that when you finish the show you were watching, you can remove it from your YouTube TV library. Find it using the search bar, click on it, and select remove instead of add (the button is in the same place as add, to the right of the show’s name).


Why You Can’t Record Only New Episodes

YouTube TV has excellent DVR capability, but it slightly different than DVR on other streaming services. Google is very generous, because they allow free, unlimited recording for all their subscribers.

When you record a show on YouTube TV, all the episodes will be saved and bundled together on the cloud. However, YT TV won’t record only a single season or the latest season of the show.

That said, there is no need to worry about cluttering up your device’s storage space. Google has cloud-based storage, and it won’t even drain your data. You only need an internet connection when you decide to view the recorded episodes on YouTube TV.

Now, the only thing you’ll need to do is remember which episodes you’ve seen and which you haven’t. Here’s more about that.

Mark as Watched

There is some potentially good news on the horizon for YouTube TV users. One of the most demanded features is supposedly arriving on Google’s streaming platform. That’s right; soon, you will be able to mark YouTube TV content as already watched.

This feature will help you continue viewing your favorite shows where you left off the last time. You will no longer have to scratch your head whether you stopped at episode three of episode six.

A person identifying as a YouTube TV technician confirmed this information on Reddit. The person in question stated that this feature is nearly ready for the release. There is no official release date for the marked as watched feature, as of now, but we will keep you updated.

Another reason why this option is impressive is that it will remove YouTube TV’s recommendations of the shows and episodes you have already seen. If you are an avid binge-watcher, this should improve your viewing experience significantly.

Use TV Time

Until this fantastic new feature arrives, there is an alternative. Here is a neat little app for your Android and iOS devices, called TV Time. Download it from the Google Play Store or the App Store for free.

This app has a very clean UI, but more importantly, it has excellent functionality. You can keep track of all your TV shows through this app. It is marvelous for all binge-watchers, I have been using it for years, and I love it.

TV Time will also recommend many other shows based on your previous choices. Just start following your favorite shows, and your list will expand in no time. Besides tracking watched episodes, it will remind you about new shows, seasons, and episodes that will air soon.

You can make lists on it, add friends, chat with them, react and comment on every show’s episodes, and more. The app also provides you with detailed stats about your viewing experience.

Improvement Is Imminent

YouTube TV is not perfect, but Google continually updates it. The next big update might bring the mark as a watched option for all shows, which will help everyone. You will no longer have to use third-party apps to track your viewing progress.

Nonetheless, TV Time is worth checking out because it is handy and entirely free. Feel free to leave your thoughts and questions below in the comments section.

3 thoughts on “How to Only Record New Episodes in YouTube TV”

William says:
It’s a CRIME & a scam that YouTube doesn’t allow you, like every other streaming service, to choose “RECORD NEW EPISODES ONLY” & also choose “FIRST RUN” or “ALL SHOWINGS”. There has to be some monetary dirt going on with the networks. On chatting with YouTube, I was told these were required by the network when the show goes On Demand. I’ve had HULU and FUBO, and both gave you these basic options. You are making excuses for You Tube, stating the cloud space is unlimited, etc., but the fact that you don’t even MENTION that once the episode(s) go to On Demand, You Tube will take control, and not let you watch the very recording YOU PAID TO HAVE THIS SERVICE FOR – to NOT have to watch commercials on recordings you have recorded. This is dirty to the core. Why didn’t you bring these facts to light in your article???

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