YouTube’s own live-TV streaming service, aptly named YouTube TV, is now available in more than 83 cities across the U.S., a marked increase from its initial launch in just a few places — Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. YouTube TV is among the ever-growing list of live-TV streaming services that includes Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu Live TV, and DirecTV Now. While we have covered the way these services compare elsewhere, in this piece we focus on YouTube TV and its features.
YouTube TV costs $35 per month, which lands you more than 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. Users will also have access to original online video content from YouTube’s subscription-based YouTube Red service.
Check out the image below for a glimpse at all the channels currently available on YouTube TV:
There are also a few premium add-on channels available to bolster your channel list.
- Showtime, $15 per month
- Fox Sports Plus, $11 per month
- Sundance Now, $7 per month
- Shudder, $5 per month
So, where can you watch all those 50-plus channels? YouTube TV supports a respectable number of devices, though not as many as some of the other services out there. Still, if you’re a YouTube TV subscriber, you have plenty of ways to watch.
- Airplay (native Apple TV support coming soon)
- Android smartphones, tablets
- Android TV
- Chrome browser
- Select LG smart TVs
- Nvidia Shield
- Select Samsung smart TVs
- Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X
YouTube TV has some impressive perks. Up to six profiles can be set up on one account, and the service allows for up to three simultaneous streams per account, so you won’t have to argue over whose turn it is to watch. Google is providing unlimited DVR storage on its servers as well, allowing users to watch and record content no matter where they are — creating stiff competition for its rivals in the space. Users will also have access to a highly flexible unlimited cloud DVR that will store recorded programming for up to nine months. The cherry on top is that the aforementioned YouTube Red subscription mean an ad-free experience when watching videos on the main YouTube website or apps.
Now that YouTube TV has extended support to more than 83 markets, it’s becoming easier to get access to the service. To check if your city is included, check out the availability section of the official YouTube TV website. More cities will be added in the future, so if yours isn’t listed, be sure to keep checking. We will, of course, be sure to update this post with any important developments as they happen.
Update: Added news that YouTube TV is available in 83 U.S. markets.
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