Google has today launched its internet TV subscription service across five American cities. Called YouTube TV, the service as we reported in March, will be available at $35/month to subscribers.
First, there is 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.
YouTube TV is only available in five cities at the moment, and could yet spread to other cities. As a result, location is a vital factor to consider before signing up for the service. That is why it is important to not rush your activation until you have confirmed availability in your location.
“You need to physically be in your home area—or wherever you’ll most frequently use YouTube TV—to sign up. This is to make sure you get access to the correct local networks. If you’re away from home, we recommend waiting to sign up until you return home.” A statement on Google Support Page said.
The five cities to benefit from this launch include, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Residents of these cities will be able to access YouTube TV during the 30-day trial and subsequently when they decided they want to pay for subscription. Watching outside those big five cities won’t give you access to ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. You will, however, be able to watch all cable networks that are part of YouTube TV. For sports lover, Google said “sports programming can vary widely based on location and content rights.”
You won’t be able to watch YouTube TV outside the US since it’s still not an international service.
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.
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If you decide to become a member you can also watch all of YouTube Red Original series and movies.
YouTube made its intention to join the big league of TV service provider in 2016 when Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive officer, wrote in a letter to the company’s shareholders:
“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.”
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