Google has entered the Live TV over Internet foray with this week’s launch of their new service, YouTube TV. Thus far, the service looks like it will give Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and PlayStation VUE a run for their money.
YouTube TV offers nearly all your favorite pay TV networks. Subscribers will have access to channels like AMC, USA, Bravo, and much more. All you will need is stand-alone home internet service and you can watch TV over your internet connection.
Furthermore, subscribers will have major broadcast networks (ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS, and CW) live through the service. While all these local networks are available. A few locations may offer certain networks “on-demand only.” This Google Help page outlines what to expect for each channel in a given area.
In addition to broadcast numerous cable TV networks, YouTube TV includes a Personal Cloud DVR and YouTube Red original series. All this costs subscribers just $40 a month for six accounts.
A single subscription can be used by six Google accounts, but will only provide three simultaneous streams. This comes with the benefit of hiding your viewing habits from others that share your subscription.
YouTube TV Channels
As previously stated, the service will provide live access to ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS. The CW will also come with the service. However, the service really starts to shine when it comes to sports.
Having the local broadcast networks will already provide plenty of live sports. Furthermore YouTube TV provides the following channels: AMC, BBC America , BBC World News, Big Ten Network, Bravo, CBS Sports Network, SNY, CNBC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, FOX Business, FOX News, Freeform, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, FX, FXM, FXX, Golf Channel, IFC, MSNBC, NBCSN, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, Newsy, Olympic Channel, Oxygen, Pop, SEC Network, Sundance TV, Syfy, Telemundo, Tennis Channel, Universal Kids, Universo , USA, YouTube Red Originals, Cheddar, Weather Channel Local Now, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comet, HLN, TBS, TCM, TNT, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, MLB Network, NBA TV, Tastemade, TYT Network, and WE tv.
Local broadcast networks are live in most areas. Here are some exceptions:
ABC – Video-on-demand only in New Orleans, Wilkes Barre-Scranton-Hztn . Live elsewhere.
FOX – Video-on-demand only in Harlingen-Wslco-Brnsvl-McA .
NBC – Video-on-demand only in Des Moines, Oklahoma City. NBC is live Elsewhere
CW – Video-on-demand only in Albuquerque, Austin, Baton Rouge, Buffalo, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Charleston (South Carolina), Charleston-Huntington, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Dayton, Denver, Des Moines, El Paso, Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers (Arkansas), Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville (North Carolina), Greenville (South Carolina), Harlingen, Harrisburg, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Huntsville-Decatur (Alabama), Indianapolis, Jackson (Mississippi), Knoxville, Lexington, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Mobile, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg, Phoenix, Portland, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Providence, Richmond, Roanoke-Lynchburg (Virginia), Rochester (New York), Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Savannah, Shreveport, South Bend-Elkhart (Indiana), Spokane, Springfield (Missouri), St. Louis, Syracuse, Toledo, Tucson, Waco, Washington DC, Wichita, Wilkes Barre. Live Elsewhere.
MyNetwork TV – Live only in Asheville, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas – Ft. Worth, Greensboro, Harrisburg, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami – Ft. Lauderdale, Milwaukee, Minneapolis – St. Paul, Nashville, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Washington DC, West Palm Beach. Live Elsewhere
Telemundo – Video-on-demand only in Albuquerque-Santa Fe, Atlanta, El Paso (Las Cruces), Fresno-Visalia, Ft. Myers-Naples, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Tulsa. Live Elsewhere
The image below shows all the channels available. However, some regional channels will only be available if you live in that market.
YouTube TV also offers Fox Soccer Plus, Starz, and Showtime as add-on channels.
Where YouTube TV is Available
YouTube TV isn’t available everywhere. Google is trying to ensure as many local live networks affiliates as possible are signed onto the service before releasing in that area. Below is a list of current cities offering YouTube TV:
- Baton Rouge
- Cedar Rapids
- Champaign & Springfield-Decatur
- Charleston, SC
- Charleston, WV
- Colorado Springs
- Columbia, SC
- Dallas-Fort Worth
- Dayton (Ohio)
- Des Moines
- El Paso
- Ft. Myers-Naples
- Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers (Arkansas)
- Grand Rapids
- Green Bay
- Greenville (North Carolina)
- Greenville (South Carolina)
- Huntsville-Decatur (Alabama)
- Jackson (Mississippi)
- Kansas City
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale
- Minneapolis-Saint Paul
- Mobile-Pensacola (Ft Walt)
- New Orleans
- New York City
- Oklahoma City
- Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne
- Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg
- Portland-Auburn (Maine)
- Roanoke-Lynchburg (Virginia)
- Rochester (New York)
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco Bay Area
- South Bend-Elkhart (Indiana)
- Springfield (Missouri)
- St. Louis
- Washington DC
- West Palm Beach
- Wilkes Barre-Scranton-Hztn
To find out if YouTube TV is available in your area, you can attempt to sign up for a free trial on their website. The process will also let you know which channels are available in your area.
YouTube has already been delivering video over the internet for years, so I would expect YouTube TV to have quality at launch. However, Google will support users through text and voice chat over the YouTube TV app.
Subscribers will be able to watch three streams simultaneously. The service also includes a personal cloud-based DVR for each of the subscription’s 6 account profiles. In addition, the DVR provides unlimited storage and simultaneous recordings. Furthermore, your recordings are available for nine months.
YouTube TV Device Support
YouTube TV is available on Roku, Android, iOS (includes AirPlay to Apple TV), and Chromecasts/Chromecast-compatible TVs.
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