YouTube TV grows, now services 15 markets and serves 48 channels to iPhone

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in iPhone edited July 2017
YouTube has expanded its live television service to 10 more markets, and boosted the number of available nationwide channels to 48 including BBC America, Syfy, plus assorted sports and news channels.




Denizens of the Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. metro areas now have the service available.

Announced in February, YouTube TV launched in April and was originally only available to use in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Users have to be physically located in one of those areas to sign up and gain access to the streaming video, due to licensing restrictions from content owners, including blackouts for sporting events.

Up to six accounts can be created under a subscription, allowing it to be used by an entire family, with up to three streams viewable at a time. subscribers will have access to a cloud DVR with unlimited space, and will include a recommendation system using Google's AI-powered recommendation engine.

Customers signing up using the iOS app on an iPhone or iPad will end up paying more than the publicized $35 monthly fee. The support page advises that it is possible to sign up through in-app purchase, but it will cost $39.99 plus tax per month, an increase to take into account Apple's cut of App Store transactions.

As part of the service's launch, Google is offering a free Chromecast to YouTube TV members, if they pay the first month's subscription after the 30-day free trial. Participants have to redeem the offer within 30 days of the payment in order to get the Chromecast, with Google also covering the shipping costs.

YouTube TV is fighting with similar offerings from Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue, while a service from Verizon is also expected to launch in the coming months.

The YouTube TV app is free, takes 88MB of device storage space, and requires iOS 9.1 or later. There is still no Apple TV app for the service.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,920member
    I despite it. Still with DTV Now with 100+ channels for $35/mo.
  • Reply 2 of 9
    Don't know much about it. Can you still 'stream' or AirPlay or mirror YouTube TV from iPhone/iPad to your AppleTV to watch that way?
  • Reply 3 of 9
    2old4fun2old4fun Posts: 203member
    sog35 said:
    And you still can't fast forward commercials on recorded shows = DUNG

    I'll stick to playstation Vue.

    I despise advertisments, its the bane of society.  
    You despise advertising but continue to partake of its bounty. Advertising allows you to have the things you have and educates you about new things you may or may not want. But you do know about them.
  • Reply 4 of 9
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,589administrator
    peterhart said:
    Don't know much about it. Can you still 'stream' or AirPlay or mirror YouTube TV from iPhone/iPad to your AppleTV to watch that way?
    AirPlay, yes.
  • Reply 5 of 9
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,614member
    And where is Apple's TV service? Anyone? Anyone? Eddie Cue? Bueller?
  • Reply 6 of 9
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 5,851member
    macxpress said:
    And where is Apple's TV service? Anyone? Anyone? Eddie Cue? Bueller?
    Why does apple need one tho? already the most successful, profitable, richest public company in history. why do they need a me-too tv service? 
    lolliver
  • Reply 7 of 9
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 19,319member
    fallenjt said:
    I despite it. Still with DTV Now with 100+ channels for $35/mo.
    Grandfathered of course since your service would be $60 now. 

    One thing I found a bit surprising tho is that DirectTV Now LOST subscribers, down 3K in February and treading water by March. 
  • Reply 8 of 9
    DirectTV Now's problem is no local channels, no DVT and no Apple TV Single Sign On, I took my free Apple TV offer and left after it was clear that DirecTV Now as another bogus AT&T offer; not surprising that more subscribers are doing the same. YouTube TV seems to solve the local channel and DVR (with commercials??) problem, but no Apple TV and other hardware options will limit its acceptance. Still waiting for an Internet streaming service with it all -
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