'YouTube TV' Streaming Service Launches in Five U.S. Cities

YouTube TV, YouTube's streaming television service that was first announced in late February, is rolling out to five cities in the United States starting today.

Priced at $35, the service is available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

Separate from YouTube Red, YouTube's premium service that features content from prominent YouTubers, YouTube TV is a standalone app that's focused on a mobile first experience. It features access to ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, Disney, ESPN, FX, USA, and dozens of other major cable channels, alongside standard YouTube video content. Premium channels like Showtime are available for an additional fee.

YouTube TV is priced competitively with other streaming services like DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue, and its feature set includes cloud DVR options with unlimited storage space and an AI-powered recommendation system. Up to six people in a household can use a single YouTube TV subscription.

To access YouTube TV, customers will need to download the YouTube TV app for iOS or Android, both of which are available today. A one-month free trial is available, and YouTube is providing a free Chromecast with the first month's payment to allow customers to stream content to a television set.

YouTube TV can be downloaded from the App Store starting now. [Direct Link]

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37 months ago
No Apple TV app. Fail.
Rating: 22 Votes
37 months ago

you could just do airplay from the browser.

Using 2 devices to watch TV gets old real fast.
Rating: 15 Votes
37 months ago
The more competition the better. Bring on all the streaming services.
Rating: 12 Votes
37 months ago
I want to dump cable but every time I try to cancel they lower my bill :rolleyes:

No Apple TV app. Fail.

you could just do airplay from the browser.
Rating: 9 Votes
37 months ago
"It features access to...CBS..."

"...its feature set includes cloud DVR options with unlimited storage space and an AI-powered recommendation system."

You hear this AT&T/Directv? We know you can't compete with Google on AI, but for God's sake give us CBS and cloud DVR!
Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago
So does it broadcast regular network TV, including sports? If so, I might be interested, but I also don't want Google spying on me.

Edit: Just read the app description page since the site hasn't gone live yet for me. This is a pretty freaking huge asterisk!

*YouTube TV is currently available to residents of the following areas: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia & San Francisco Bay Area.

Edit 2: Sorry, I must have missed that line from the story, or maybe it was added. Not sure. Either way, this is useless for at least 85% of Americans.
Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago
Should have not included ESPN and knocked off $7.
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago

There’s a free 30-day trial.

That’s a nice long time to try out the service and see if it does everything you want from it. Just know that, as usual, signing up for the trial requires a credit/debit card and will result in a small, temporary authorization on that card.

Don’t sign up from someplace where you don’t live.

Location is a critical factor with YouTube TV. It determines whether you’re eligible to sign up for the service to begin with, and also which local ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC feeds you see. So don’t rush to activate that free trial if you’re traveling. YouTube says ('https://support.google.com/youtubetv/answer/7129816?hl=en&ref_topic=7071745') “we recommend waiting to sign up until you return home.”

You can watch on three devices at the same time.

That’s pretty decent among the pack of these internet TV services. Sling TV ranges anywhere from one to four concurrent streams depending on package, DirecTV Now limits you to two, and PlayStation Vue leads everyone with five streams at once.

There’s no Roku or Apple TV app yet.

YouTube has said that support for other platforms will arrive later this year. For now, you’ll have to use Chromecast (or own a Android TV) to stream YouTube TV on your living room screen.

Blackouts are still a headache, especially for sports fans — but also randomly.

YouTube TV faces the same inconvenient restrictions on where and how you can watch things — particularly sports — as its competitors. And Google is very quick to direct the blame ('https://support.google.com/youtubetv/answer/7300225?hl=en&ref_topic=7128555') on its programming partners and networks:

If you're trying to watch certain programs, like sports events, you may see a viewing restriction known as a "blackout." Blackouts are set by our content partners, like sports leagues or our network partners. They vary based on your current and/or home area, the content you're trying to watch, what platform or device you’re watching on, and possibly other restrictions made by our partners. Affected programs will be unavailable in YouTube TV. If a blackout is in effect in your location, we will do our best to let you know.

This doesn’t always just apply to sportsball, though. Remember when no one could stream the Golden Globes ('https://www.recode.net/2017/1/9/14219624/nbc-golden-globes-streaming-sling-directvnow-vue') with Sling TV or PS Vue or DirecTV Now? So does YouTube, and it can’t promise that similar, random blackouts are out of the question here either:

You may occasionally see a total blackout of some programs on broadcast networks.

This happens because YouTube TV is an internet-based service, and digital streaming rights for certain programs are different than traditional TV rights. If a blacked out program appears in your Library, Home, or Live tabs, you'll see an icon alerting you that the program is currently unavailable.

Some content can’t be watched on phones.

This heads up mostly applies to Verizon’s long-running exclusive lockdown on mobile NFL viewing. You won’t be able to watch football on your smartphone. However, I’ve asked Google whether you can cast games to the TV screen to get around that. Either way, you should be able to watch from larger-screened devices like an iPad, Android tablet, or PC without issue.

Some content can’t be casted to the TV screen.

I’m less clear on where this restriction currently applies with regards to YouTube TV’s launch lineup of channels. But if you want an example of how granular broadcasters can get, here’s one: NBC cannot be streamed on TV set-top boxes with AT&T’s DirecTV Now service, a competitor to YouTube TV.

You’ll probably lose live access to ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC when traveling.

YouTube TV is launching in a fairly small list of cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. If you’re trying to watch from outside those locations, you’ll be unable to stream the big four broadcast networks live. You will be able to watch the cable networks that are part of YouTube TV without a problem. As for sports, YouTube says that “sports programming can vary widely based on location and content rights.” Good luck, friend.

Also, it won’t work at all internationally. YouTube TV is a US-only service for now. Overseas, you’ll have to stick with regular old YouTube.

Paying for YouTube TV doesn’t remove ads from everyday YouTube.

Okay so, YouTube TV includes YouTube Red’s content and original shows, but it doesn’t remove ads from regular YouTube videos. To do that, you’ve still got to pay $9.99/month for YouTube Red. Remember: YouTube Red includes a subscription to Google Play Music where the on-demand music app is available. Also, I feel like this is common sense, but paying for YouTube Red doesn’t mean you’ll magically avoid commercials when watching live TV.

That’s it for now. I’ll update this if I discover any other potential gotchas or frustrations with YouTube TV.
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

Edit 2: Sorry, I must have missed that line from the story, or maybe it was added. Not sure. Either way, this is useless for at least 85% of Americans.

Yeah, because Apple has NEVER done a limited roll-out. Jeez, some people...
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

I guess Apple doesn't need to care about making their own service anymore

At this point, I'm not sure Apple would be able to provide a better price point and selection of channels than some of the other services that are already on the market. I pay $35.00/month for 100 channels of live TV plus on demand stuff with DIRECTV Now. That original promo pricing is no longer available; but for those of us that hung in there while AT&T worked out the massive initial problems with the service, it was worth it, I think.

Even my wife (who had a ton of stuff on our old DIRECTV DVR) said the other day that she hasn't missed having the DVR because pretty much every show she watches is available on demand. She really likes the $80 we're saving each month compared to what we had been paying for standard DIRECTV.
Rating: 3 Votes

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