YouTube's streaming TV service is finally live

06 April, 2017, 02:30 | Author: Lorena Waters
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YouTube TV now offers 39 stations, with ten more stations due to arrive soon.

YouTube TV-the cordcutting service Google teased six weeks ago-is now available in five cities. Live sports, too, will be a major part of YouTube TV thanks to deals with the broadcast networks, national cable sports networks including ESPN, Fox Sports 1 and NBCSN, and regional sports cable networks Fox Sports and Comcast Sportsnet.

Ultimately, though, YouTube TV is about YouTube getting more of its core users - 18- to 34-year-olds - to spend more time on its platforms. This is already a major step up from other cord-cutting services like Sony Vue or Sling TV, so users may be simply attracted to this feature alone and make the switch.

YouTube TV initially offers about 40 channels to subscribers in five of the largest USA markets.

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All early indications are that YouTube TV is just another great option for people who are exhausted of paying for cable.

And as is the case with many of Google's services, YouTube TV can be cast to a Chromecast-enabled device like your TV. The service is also available on the web, iOS, and Android. Now, YouTube has announced it will be adding AMC, BBC America, FC, Sundance TV, WE tv, and BBC World News to the service at no additional cost.

As an offering, YouTube TV covers most of what people are watching on TV with a few exceptions. Currently, YouTube TV only has four "add-on" channels that come with an extra fee, including Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus (sorry, no HBO yet). But keep in mind that TV networks tend to demand that all their channels be bundled together. Google is also throwing in access to original programming that was previously tied to the YouTube Red subscription service. Just like the regular YouTube app, you can watch one channel in a picture-in-picture box at the bottom of the screen while browsing for other channels. The service also includes an unlimited "cloud DVR" so that you can record your programs to watch at a later date.

We hope to get our hands on YouTube TV soon.

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