Following a January announcement that YouTube TV had expanded to an additional 95 markets, which gave it more than 98 percent coverage of households in the United States, Google now says its expansion is complete. Glendive, Montana, was the 210th and final market the company needed to light up in order to make YouTube TV available to every American — which it did on March 27.
YouTube TV, which offers more than 60 channels for $40 a month, also offers its subscribers six accounts per household, each with their own unlimited storage DVR. Add-ons such as AMC Premiere and NBA League Pass can be had for an additional monthly fee. One of the advantages YouTube TV has enjoyed over its live TV competition, like Sling TV and Hulu Live, is its local affiliate channels. For the most part, each location can stream local ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox stations — with some exceptions — something that isn’t always available with live TV streaming services.
We’ve been impressed with YouTube TV’s simplicity of pricing, and its outstanding mobile experience. Though the service doesn’t have every single channel that you may find on some rival services, neither does it create bundles that force you to pay more for the channels it does carry. You can still upgrade the base channel package with select add-ons like AMC Premiere, CuriosityStream, Showtime, and Starz for an additional fee, but HBO remains a big holdout. Still, the $40 fee really is effectively an all-in price, and it includes YouTube Originals, which is attractive for fans of the many YouTube creators on the regular platform.
In the past, users were annoyed by the platform’s policy of replacing DVR-recorded shows when those same episodes are also available as on-demand versions — thereby preventing the skipping of commercials — but these days this experience is the exception, rather than the rule.
The news comes on the heels of Apple’s announcement of its own streaming video service, Apple TV Plus, and as FuboTV, another popular live TV streaming service, raised its price from $45 to $55 per month, making it considerably more expensive than YouTube TV and Hulu plus Live TV, which cost $40 and $45 per month, respectively.
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