YouTube's streaming TV service is finally live

YouTube TV is going live with channels from media companies including The Walt Disney Company (ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN), CBS Corporation (CBS, Showtime), 21st Century Fox (FOX, FS1, FX, FOX News Channel), and NBCUniversal (NBC, MSNBC, USA Network, Bravo).

The $35 per month streaming bundle is now available in the metropolitan areas of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

YouTube is launching a streaming TV service today.

The Google-owned video giant has launched YouTube TV, a live TV service that seeks to compete with other internet-based TV services such as Dish Network's Sling TV, AT&T's DirecTV Now and Hulu's upcoming service - as well as the broader pay-TV ecosystem. The company says it will be adding more cities soon.

Google's YouTube officially launched its new live TV streaming service, YouTube TV, on Wednesday.

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Yes, YouTube TV is just like network and basic cable television. Your account will save all those shows for nine months before the oldest content is deleted, but that still gives you much more time than any other live TV-streaming service to catch up.

Ultimately, though, YouTube TV is about YouTube getting more of its core users - 18- to 34-year-olds - to spend more time on its platforms. An image of the full channel lineup-minus some newly announced AMC networks-is below, and you can check out our previous coverage for details on what's included and what's not. The service is also available on the web, iOS, and Android. While not available yet, AMC, BBC America, IFC, and Sundance TV are on their way.

YouTube TV is still missing channels from several major networks, such as Turner, Discovery, and Viacom. Google is also throwing in access to original programming that was previously tied to the YouTube Red subscription service.

Would you be up for ditching your cable or satellite provider for YouTube?

YouTube TV also offers unlimited cloud DVR so you can record as many shows as you want simultaneously and watch them later.

  • Regina Walsh