YouTube TV was originally announced back in February, and today it has finally gone live. It’s a streaming video service that delivers live TV from major broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, alongside “popular cable networks”. The obvious catch? It’s US-only of course. The not-so-obvious catch? It’s currently only available in Chicago, LA, NYC, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. That’s it.
You pay $35 per month for YouTube TV, and that gives you six different accounts for your household. Each of those gets unlimited DVR storage in the cloud, so you’ll never run out, and the DVR libraries and recommendations are individual for every account.
It all works through a website for your computer and mobile apps for Android and iOS, as you’d expect. It has Chromecast support so you can watch TV on your TV. What’s more, if you start paying for YouTube TV after the first month (which is free), Google will send you a Chromecast at no additional cost. Since that’s usually priced at $35, you can say that the first two months of YouTube TV are actually free. Oh, and you can cancel anytime.
If you want Showtime, you’ll have to pay $11 more each month, and Fox Soccer Plus costs $15 extra.