YouTube TV is now live—but only in select markets

by Brandon Russell | April 5, 2017

Google on Wednesday officially launched YouTube TV, bringing with it dozens of stations and a $35 per month price. Unfortunately, the launch is limited to select markets right now, which means if you’re not in a major city, you’re out of luck.

YouTube TV is currently available in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia. On top of access to stations such as ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, the streaming service also offers six accounts per household. And the biggest selling point: unlimited Cloud DVR.

YouTube TV’s channel lineup

Unfortunately, YouTube TV doesn’t offer Apple TV, Roku or Android TV apps just yet, though they should be on the way. There is, however, an Android TV app available for iOS and Android; on your computer, you can access the service through a web browser and Chromecast to your TV.

So, there appear to be some early hurdles Google needs to overcome in order to compete with other services from Sony, AT&T and Dish. Google is likely launching the service in select cities to nab a solid user base before expanding across the U.S.

YouTube’s presence is huge

While the idea of cutting the cord is hardly new, data suggests not many people have committed to streaming TV. So, even though there is a lot of competition from DirecTV Now and Sling TV, YouTube TV has an opportunity to become a leader in the space. After all, YouTube is one of the internet’s most visited sites. Now, it’s just a matter of convincing viewers that streaming TV is the future.

YouTube TV is offering a free month of service to new customers, and a free Chromecast after your first month of payment.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...