The battle for your pay TV dollar is on now that YouTube TV is up and running with a package of some 50 channels for just $35 a month!
Watch all the live TV you want for $35 a month!
Residents of New York, Los Angeles, the San Francisco area, Chicago and Philadelphia got first crack at signing up for YouTube TV a little more than two months ago.
Next up, FierceCable.com reports the service will be available in 10 more cities:
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Dallas-Fort Worth
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale
- Minneapolis-St. Paul
- Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Florida
- Washington, D.C.
YouTube TV is what’s called a “skinny bundle” in the industry — a streamlined offering of channels at a low price point.
The YouTube TV package includes live streaming broadcasts from major networks ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, plus a ton of other popular cable channels.
In May, the lineup was expanded with seven new channels.
YouTube TV also has unlimited cloud DVR capability — sure to be another big selling point. Though we should note that recorded shows will disappear after nine months.
The $35-a-month price point covers six accounts, but only three simultaneous streams can be watched at once.
Always comparison shop before you sign up!
Remember though, finding the best deal for pay TV ultimately involves a lot of comparison shopping.
Be sure to call your local cable company and ask about their skinny bundles offers. You may be able to get more of the channels you want for less than you’re paying them right now.
Limited-time offer: Get a free ChromeCast when you sign up
You can try YouTube TV right now for free for one month. And as a special sign-up offer, you’ll receive a free Google Chromecast after your first payment. Available while supplies last.
YouTube TV not available in your area?
If YouTube TV isn’t yet offered in your area, you can sign up to be notified when it becomes available.
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Google wants a piece of the over-the-top cable bundle market and they’re leveraging their wildly popular YouTube channel to get it.
YouTube announced on Feb. 28 a new cable bundle service called YouTube TV that’s set to launch in the next few months, according to Variety.
The paid virtual cable bundle will be similar to Dish’s Sling TV and have a variety of cable channels delivered over the Internet for $35 a month.
YouTube TV will launch with 40 TV channels, including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC as well as ESPN.
In fact, ESPN will be one of just 10 sports channels included alongside regional sports networks from Fox Sports and Comcast SportsNet. Such a heavy presence of live sports will no doubt entice many holdouts who didn’t want to give up sports programming just to cut the cord.
Programming will be both live and on-demand. Unlike DirecTV Now, YouTube TV will have cloud DVR capability — sure to be another big selling point.
The $35 a month price point will covers six accounts, but only three streams can be watched at once. With DirecTV Now, you’re limited to two users per account.
YouTube TV faces a lot of competition
YouTube TV is stepping into an already crowded field.
Yet the time is certainly ripe for YouTube to venture into the cable bundle space. New numbers from Google parent company Alphabet Inc. show that YouTube users consume more than 1 billion hours of video a day.
That’s billion with a b!
The service is on track to overtake broadcast TV for amount of hours consumed daily.
Meanwhile, on the pricing front, there are new numbers for September 2016 that show the average household pays $103.10 a month for pay TV service.
What if you could take that bill down to $35 and get all the content you want? That would be a savings of $68 a month or $816 a year!