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YouTube TV Launches in Five Markets

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The monthly fee for YouTube TV is a flat $35, and a basic Chromecast costs $35, so together the deal is a $70 value. Now, YouTube's core audience of cord-cutting millennials who can't afford pricey cable packages can now see all of the shows they've been missing, because YouTube TV is now available in a handful of cities around the country. The company offers the first month free, and for a limited time, a free Google Chromecast after the first month paid. YouTube TV allows up to six people on one account, with the option for three to watch simultaneously.

You can learn more at tv.youtube.com/welcome and subscribe through Google Play or the App Store. A one-month free trial is available, and YouTube is providing a free Chromecast with the first month's payment to allow customers to stream content to a television set. Current add-ons include Showtime and Soccer Plus for a price of $11 and $16 respectively, with channels such as Sundance Now and Shudder coming soon.

Google's live TV streaming service has formally launched in a handful of markets.

For a full list of networks, check out the image below, though YouTube plans to add more networks to the roster in the near future, including AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, WE tv, and BBC World News.

After years of boasting that it's bigger than TV, YouTube has joined the TV business. Among the offerings from the networks that are included are live sports from the NBA, MLB, NFL and the NCAA. The new YouTube service gives users a way to watch some of their favorite TV shows without a cable or satellite subscription.

Users in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia will be able to sign up to the service. With YouTube TV, your cloud DVR can record as many shows as you want, simultaneously, without ever running out of storage. Your recordings will be stored in the cloud up to nine months before they get permanently deleted.

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