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YouTube TV service goes live in select cities, but the rollout continues

The service offers content from popular networks such as s ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, Fox Sport and more.

The service will available in the New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago and Philadelphia markets at launch with others on the way. So far, YouTube TV will only be usable on mobile devices, with apps for iOS and Android rolling out today, as well as the Chromecast and TVs with Chromecast functionality built-in, including Android TV.

As more viewers are watching television from the comfort of their personal computers and fewer are paying for cable, Google is throwing their hat in the TV ring with YouTube TV, a subscription service that streams live broadcast programming directly to your favorite screen. Although it's only been launched in five cities, Google claims the service will come to even more US markets very soon. More individual cities are planned before a nationwide rollout later this year.

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The company plans to add channels from AMC Networks, including IFC, AMC, BBC America and Sundance TV. No official date for the inclusion of these new networks has been announced, but they will arrive "soon after launch". Currently, YouTube TV only has four "add-on" channels that come with an extra fee, including Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus (sorry, no HBO yet). Viacom-owned channels including MTV and Comedy Central are not part of the lineup. 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. But keep in mind that TV networks tend to demand that all their channels be bundled together. Subscribers also get access to YouTube Red original series and movies within the YouTube TV app. Bundlers like YouTube need to make tough decisions about which networks to include, otherwise they'll end up with the same sky-high prices that are making cable less attractive.

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

We hope to get our hands on YouTube TV soon.

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