YouTube TV has officially launched, but only in a select few cities
YouTube TV, the video platform’s live television service, is now available in a limited group of US cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia.
After announcing its “Made for India” YouTube Go app during last September’s “Google for India” event here, Google’s video-hosting platform YouTube on Wednesday released a beta version of the YouTube Go app in the Play Store in India.
Tech giant Google will make available its new app YouTube Go for Indian users that will enable them to watch videos even in areas with poor Internet connectivity.
The company plans to add channels from AMC Networks, including IFC, AMC, BBC America and Sundance TV. For now, the service is just available in LA, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Each YouTube TV subscription comes with six accounts that get unique recommendations and personal cloud DVR storage and the ability to watch up to three streams at a time. The Google boycott has forced YouTube to demonetize more user created videos which has caused a decrease in revenue for some of the service’s most popular personalities.
Google bases some of the channels off of your set location (for instance, those in Philadelphia can watch NBC 10 and 6ABC), so you’ll have to have Global Positioning System on at all times to watch YouTube Live.
Naturally, the wealth of content available on YouTube is also integrated so after watching a show viewers will see links to related videos, perhaps from your favorite team’s YouTube channel. But Google-owned YouTube TV offers several features the others don’t.
This means that for those living in other cities/states in the USA, you guys are out of luck for now although YouTube does plan to expand to more markets in the future.
YouTube is looking to distinguish its service from the slew of rivals, from AT&T’s DirecTV Now, to Hulu’s live TV service, which is set to launch shortly. Among the offerings from the networks that are included are live sports from the NBA, MLB, NFL and the NCAA. Sweetening the deal further, YouTube TV has a limited-time offer promising free Chromecast to new subscribers.