YouTube TV has further expanded to eight more cities, including Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Greenville, Norfolk, Portland, Raleigh, and Sacramento. It means people in those eight cities can now start enjoying live TV streaming for $35 every month.
When Google launched YouTube TV in 2016, only five cities had the opportunity of accessing it. Last July, the service was extended to more cities including DC, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, and Charlotte metropolitan areas. This brought the total number of cities that can access YouTube TV to 14 at the time.
YouTube TV was launched with a free 30-day trial, which is not unusual when introducing a service like this to the public. 30 days is long enough to try out the service and probably make up your mind if you want to go ahead and subscribe for a full month of unlimited DVR powers. However, signing up for the trial service requires a credit/debit card, and of course, a temporary authorization is required from your end.
Its recent expansion to more cities could be an indication that the service is gaining more viewers and is enjoying a lot of successes. YouTube TV now offers nearly 50 networks, including sports from some of America’s biggest sports stations ESPN, NBC Sports and Fox Sports.
YouTube TV is available for all types of screens, including smartphone, tablet and computer. Also, you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV; and just to add that the service will be available for both Android and iOS.
In a letter to the company’s shareholders in 2016, Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive officer wrote:
“We aim to provide more choice to YouTube fans — more ways for them to engage with creators and each other, and more ways for them to get great content.” “We’ve started down this journey with specialized apps like YouTube Kids, as well as through our YouTube Red subscription service.”
What has not changed however, is the fact that YouTube TV is still not available outside of the US.
In other news, Google-owned streaming website finally added its exciting HDR playback feature to Android a couple of days ago.
YouTube’s HDR playback feature only works with compatible devices including Google Pixel, LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Samsung Note8, and Samsung S8. The list will continue to grow as Google has promised to add the feature to more compatible devices soon.
The feature offers support for HDR playback at up to 1080p resolution and 60 fps when you are manually changing the quality of the video you are watching.
Besides having a device that is compatible with HDR playback, you also need to update the YouTube app to the latest version on the Play Store.
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