YouTube TV Launches In Select Markets, UPDATED With Regional Sports Networks
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 11:40
YouTube TV will also offer Sundance Now for an additional $7 per month, and Shudder for an additional $5 per month. The Google-owned company is positioning the service as being half the cost of cable, though it's not necessarily comparing like with like. Subscribers also get access to YouTube Red original series and movies within the YouTube TV app. It features access to ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, Disney, ESPN, FX, USA, and dozens of other major cable channels, alongside standard YouTube video content.
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.
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. Sweetening the deal further, YouTube TV has a limited-time offer promising free Chromecast to new subscribers.
Each YouTube TV subscription comes with six accounts that get unique recommendations and personal cloud DVR storage and the ability to watch up to three streams at a time. Customers can sign up on the YouTube website or through the Google Play or Apple App stores.
YouTube's answer to a live TV streaming service is available for download today and will start streaming on Thursday.
YouTube TV was announced in February this year and its slow roll out is due to the tiptoeing around the cable industry that is used by most of the population. The day is here at last and now YouTube TV is officially available to the cord cutting masses. And there's lots of competition at hand - Hulu is reportedly developing its own bundle of channels available by streaming, joining services already offered by DirecTV Now, Dish Network's Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. You can also add Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus for an extra charge. The service is available in 5 select areas across the United States including New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago and costs $35/month with a 1-month free trial.