YouTube's answer to cable is here, and we tried it

YouTube launched its very first streaming package, a service called Youtube TV that offers 50 channels for $35 per month, the company announced Wednesday.

"This is such a new marketplace", says YouTube vp content partnerships Kelly Merryman. Dish Network's Sling TV and AT&T's DirecTV are the leaders here, with just under 2 million combined subscribers, says James McQuivey, an analyst with Forrester Research. According to the company's announcement, this initial launch is somewhat limited, with the service initially available only in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

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The service offers access to live TV from broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX along with cable channels like FX, USA, Disney Channel and many more.

YouTube TV also comes with unlimited cloud DVR that will store shows for up to nine months. With the membership, there can be up to six accounts with three streams running simultaneously at one time. Users will also get access to the YouTube Red app and movies within the YouTube TV catalogue. "Stream from your library anywhere in the U.S".

YouTube TV enters a crowded marketing for streaming TV services created to entice people who don't want to pay a cable company to watch their favorite shows. YouTube TV now offers 39 stations, with ten more stations due to arrive soon. Participants have to redeem the offer within 30 days of the payment in order to get the Chromecast, with Google also covering the shipping costs, and it is being offered while supplies last. The only setback is that YouTube does not have large TV networks unlike CNN, TBS and Discovery channels. YouTube TV works over Chromecast or apps for phones, tablets and computers, and Google said more connected TV devices will be supported later this year. There are also several add-on networks like Showtime, ESPN Soccer, etc which you can also access for an added fee. For now, if you want to watch shows on your TV, you'll need a Chromecast or a TV with Chromecast built-in.

  • Arturo Norris