YouTube TV starts streaming in five USA cities

YouTube TV's lineup covers more than 50 channels, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, Fox Sports networks, and Comcast SportsNet. A born-and-raised Angeleno who graduated from New York University, he now lives in Los Angeles.He has broken stories on Snapchat's ad plans, Hulu founding CEO Jason Kilar's attempt to take on YouTube and the assemblage of Amazon's ad-tech stack; analyzed YouTube's programming strategy, Facebook's ad-tech ambitions and ad blocking's rise; and documented digital video's biggest annual event VidCon, BuzzFeed's branded video production process and Snapchat Discover's ad load six months after launch.

What can you expect from YouTube TV?

For customers who can get YouTube TV, Google is offering a one-month free trial and will send out a complimentary Chromecast after the first month's payment. It also says it will add new cities to its service. Google wants to ensure everything is working properly before the masses can join the service and enjoy live video streaming from major television channels from any device. More cities are expected further down the line, so if you're outside the launch regions, you'll have to satisfy your anxiety with the pre-release impressions sweeping the web.

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Yes, YouTube TV is just like network and basic cable television.

As an offering, YouTube TV covers most of what people are watching on TV with a few exceptions.

Google said that AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, WE tv and BBC World News will soon be included in the service as well. Membership also gives access to original series and movies featured on its other subscription streaming service, YouTube Red. Sundance Now and Shudder will also be available as individual add-ons, joining Fox Soccer Plus and Showtime. Bundlers like YouTube need to make tough decisions about which networks to include, otherwise they'll end up with the same sky-high prices that are making cable less attractive. Will the many young viewers who watch YouTube videos actually consider paying for a streaming service to see more conventional TV?

  • Douglas Reid