Cord-cutters looking for yet another way to skirt that monthly cable bill: rejoice! YouTube TV, the online-only TV package introduced by Google in February, is now live—if you live in one of the top 5 markets, that is.
Google announced on Wednesday YouTube TV’s availability in Chicago, along with NYC, LA, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. More markets are reportedly “coming soon”, with interested consumers having the option of being notified when the service is ready for their area by signing up here.
At $35 per month (with the first month free), YouTube TV offers similar capabilities to that of Playstation’s Vue and DirecTV’s streaming services: live broadcasts from the major networks, plus ESPN, Comcast Sportsnet, and Fox Sports. YouTube has also recently announced partnerships with AMC, Sundance, BBC America, and WE TV, which will be available to subscribers shortly after launch.
Unique to YouTube TV is the service’s unlimited cloud-based DVR, which allows subscribers to record as many live shows at one time as they wish. YouTube’s premium content, previously only offered to YouTube Red subscribers, is also available to those who sign up for YouTube TV. Customers are allowed six accounts, which Google is encouraging users to share with “family and roommates”. Up to three streams can run concurrently.
Those within the five initial markets can sign up for YouTube TV by visiting tv.youtube.com, or downloading the new app from the App Store or Google Play.