August 2, 2021
YouTube TV

YouTube TV goes Live in U.S. Select Cities to Challenge Rival Services

The new YouTube TV 40 channel subscription service debuts in five major United States cities to go up against SlingTV, DIRECTTV Now, and more…

YouTube just launched its new subscription package, YouTube TV, in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia. More markets will open in the coming weeks and months, to challenge established competitors like SlingTV and DIRECTV Now.

YouTube TV Rolls Out to Five Markets to Take On Competitors

YouTube TV carriers 40 channels, with live streaming from networks such as FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and more popular choices. Priced at $35 per month, with no long-term commitment, the service provides another alternative for cord cutters. It also places more pressure on cable providers, which continue to experience a decline in membership.

Early subscribers receive two bonus promotions for signing up: one month free and a free Chromecast (while supplies last). The Google property live-streaming service allows users to pause or delete their watch histories. It also boasts a cloud-based DVR feature, without a storage cap.

YouTubeTV can play on smart televisions, desktop machines, and mobile devices, making it quite versatile. The service offers six separate accounts, so each member of the family can have a dedicated DVR library.

Although this is a paid service, like traditional cable, programming is not generally ad-free.

YouTube recently introduced third-party safety tools after a brand revolt. The company also released Google Uptime, created in Area 120, which is a YouTube sharing app.

The video hosting platform claims 1.3 billion users worldwide, with 80 local country versions. Most of YouTube usage actually comes from outside the United States. More options will come to the service in the future, the company states.

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