Following its initial launch in select markers back in 2017, Google has announced that its YouTube TV streaming service is now launching nationwide today. YouTube TV is up against a number of big players in the market including DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and Hulu + Live TV. This market expansion should make the service appealing to even more Americans at a $40/month price point.
Google says that YouTube TV is now available in the top 95 markets, as of today, and that 98% of households in the U.S. are covered. The remainder of the people not covered today will get coverage "shortly thereafter" today's nationwide launch. The benefit of YouTube TV is that it allows users to watch feeds from local broadcasters including network shows along with sports and local news.
YouTube TV's cable-free live TV supports over 60 networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. Cable networks including TNT, TBS, CNN, ESPN, and FX are supported along with some on-demand programming. One of the best features for the service is a cloud DVR that has no storage space limits. The recording of multiple shows simultaneously is supported by the cloud DVR. Another significant hallmark of the service is the ability to watch on any screen including mobile devices, tablets, computers, and TVs.
Six different accounts per household are supported, and each gets their own DVR storage and unique recommendations. That means you don't have to get recommendations that you care nothing about because multiple people use the same account. YouTube TV currently sells for $40 monthly with no commitment and the ability to cancel whenever you want. You can check if you are in an area covered by YouTube TV here.