Attention all TV viewing fans, there is a new option for watching live streaming TV… meet YouTube TV, which launched on Wednesday in five U.S. cities – customers in New York, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago and Philadelphia can now access the YouTube TV app.
The mobile app features three main sections: live, library and home. The “Live” function shows everything currently being broadcast organized by network. The “Library” section lets you search pages and find recommendations by genre and network as well as specific categories that are created based on your viewing habits. The “Home” section is a history of what you recently watched, and gives you recommendations on what you may what to watch.
And right now you can try YouTube TV for 1 month free, in addition to getting a complimentary Google Chromecast after your first payment.
YouTube TV was created for those who want to watch – whatever they want – when they want, and without any commitments.
To accomplish and satisfy this consumer need, YouTube has worked closely with their network and affiliate partners to evolve TV to the way they believe consumers watch today.
Since YouTube TV is a new streaming service that offers live TV and the same programming as its competitors, you might ask what makes it different?
Well, according to YouTube’s product chief – Neal Mohan, YouTube TV will offer a better service considering the amount of time they have put into development, which has been two years; and he promises that you’ll see the results when you actually get to use it.
So what does YouTube TV have to offer?
The following info sourced from YouTube:
- Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks. YouTube TV gives you the best of live TV, from must-see broadcast shows like “Empire,” “The Voice,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Scandal,” to the live sports you want. YouTube TV includes major sports networks like ESPN and regional sports networks like Fox Sports Networks and Comcast SportsNet, so you can watch your favorite NBA or MLB teams.
- We’ve also partnered with local TV stations, so you’ll also get sports and local news based on where you live. And YouTube TV offers dozens of additional cable channels, so you won’t miss out on the latest news from MSNBC or Fox News, popular shows and movies from USA or FX, kids programming from the Disney Channel or Sprout, or reality TV from E! or Bravo. You can also add Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus to your networks for an additional charge. In total, YouTube TV gives you access to more than 40 networks, listed below.
- A cloud DVR, with no storage limits. With YouTube TV, you’ll be able to record live TV and never run out of storage. Your cloud DVR can record as many shows as you want, simultaneously, without using precious data or space on your phone and we’ll store each of your recordings for nine months.
- A service that works great on all your screens. You can watch YouTube TV on any screen—mobile, tablet or computer—and you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV. YouTube TV works on both Android and iOS. And your cloud DVR goes with you, so you can stream your recordings on any device, whenever and wherever you want.
- The mobile app features three main sections: live, library and home. The “Live” function shows everything currently being broadcast organized by network. The “Library” section lets you search pages and find recommendations by genre and network as well as specific categories that are created based on your viewing habits. The “Home” section is a history of what you recently watched, and gives you recommendations on what you may what to watch.
- YouTube Red Originals. With a YouTube TV membership, you can watch all of our YouTube Red Original series and movies right on the new YouTube TV app.
- Six accounts, one price. Every YouTube TV membership comes with six accounts, each with its own unique recommendations and personal DVR with no storage limits. You can watch up to three concurrent streams at a time.
- Half the cost of cable with zero commitments. A YouTube TV membership is only $35 a month and there are no commitments—you can cancel anytime.
With all that YouTube TV is bringing to the table, there are still some popular channels that aren’t available such as IFC, AMC, BBC America and Sundance TV. The good news is that these channels will be added soon.
But unfortunately, other popular channels such as TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, CNN, and HGTV will not be available.
As mentioned above, YouTube TV has begun service in select U.S. cities and will eventually expand to cover more cities throughout the country.
Check out YouTube TV’s current channel lineup below…
All image credit YouTube