YouTube TV is now live in 5 cities in the US

A monthly subscription lands you over 50 channels, including live content from the four major networks, ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX, as well as a wide range of sports channels, and a number of other cable staples like USA, FX, and plenty more.

First announced last month, YouTube TV has now been launched in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia, with more U.S. markets coming soon. It joins the ever-growing list of live TV streamers, including Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now. You'll also be able to share your account with five others, but only three streams will be available at a time. The service also includes an unlimited "cloud DVR" so that you can record your programs to watch at a later date. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are among the soon-to-be live channels added at no extra cost for customers. A few channels like Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus may be added for an additional fee. For now, if you want to watch shows on your TV, you'll need a Chromecast or a TV with Chromecast built-in.

How much does YouTube TV cost? Not included are Time Warner and Viacom channels, such as CNN, TNT, MTV, Comedy Central, and HBO, as well as NPR and local programming. If you're living in one of the cities mentioned, you can subscribe to YouTube TV if you think it suits your needs.

The service will be available to download on Wednesday and start streaming on Thursday.

To entice new users, YouTube is offering a free trial for 30 days and will give new members a Google Chromecast after they make their first month's payment. With a YouTube TV membership, the company says users can watch all YouTube Red Original series and movies via the new YouTube TV app (you don't, however, get the elimination of all advertising that comes with a traditional YouTube Red subscription). And if you do decide to pay, you get a free Chromecast your first paid month.

Previous year there were reports that YouTube could have a new service in the works called YouTube TV, and those rumors were later proven to be true when back in February 2017, YouTube officially announced the service.

  • Arturo Norris