April 5, 2017 Last Updated 1:04 pm

Google launches its $35 a month YouTube TV service in 5 US cities

The new live TV streaming service will deliver consumers ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN and other channels, assuming you reside in NYC, LA, the SF Bay Area, Chicago or Philadelphia

After years of having to experience DirecTV taking channels away from its service unannounced, and tired of climbing on to my roof to wipe away the snow from the satellite dish, I finally switched to Comcast’s Xfinity service a few years ago. The problem with that was that the kids would be very upset if they lost their favorite channels, so being a baby boomer parent, I made sure my spoiled kids got their channels.

It would have cost us a fortune had not Comcast offed a small discount for switching providers. Of course, the discount soon went away and I was stuck with an overpriced cable TV bill. I threatened to leave the service and got a smaller discount reinstated, but like many homeowners, I feel abused by my cable company. That they now have successfully over turned the Obama administration’s Internet rules and soon will be selling my data (though they say they won’t – yeah, right), has be hate the cable TV and ISPs even more than I would have thought possible. Millions of Americans feel the same way, and the last survey I’ve seen confirms that Comcast is the most hated ISP in America.

I’m a bit stuck, but lots of folks are not and have been eager to find an alternative to the cable companies. But there is still that nasty issue of broadband service. But with OTA Internet pretty fast in many metropolitan areas, maybe a cellphone and a slimmed down TV service will suffice.

Enter Google, which is finally rolling out its YouTube TV five metropolitan areas: New York, Los Angeles, The Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia. This has been previously announced, and its $35 a month price confirmed.

Whether this is the answer for you will, of course, depend on whether someone is your house or apartment will cry if they no longer have access to the Home Shopping Network, but if you see television as simply another appliance, one you use as often as the KitchenAid that gathers dust in the corner, than maybe this is perfect.

The announcement from Google:

Today, we’re launching YouTube TV in the nation’s largest metro areas—New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia—with more U.S. markets coming soon. A YouTube TV membership is only $35 a month, less than half the average cost of cable. And there are no commitments; you can cancel anytime.

We can’t wait for you to experience YouTube TV for yourself, so we’re giving you a free one month trial. We’ll also give you a complimentary Google Chromecast after your first month’s payment, while supplies last.

With a YouTube TV membership, you’ll get:

  • Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, Fox Sports Networks, Comcast SportsNet and dozens more. YouTube TV gives you the best of live TV, from must-see shows like “Empire,” “The Voice,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Scandal,” to the live sports you want from the NBA, MLB, NFL, and NCAA. Based on where you live, you’ll get your local broadcast TV stations covering local sports and news. You’ll also get dozens of popular cable channels, including FX, USA, Disney Channel, Bravo, MSNBC, Fox News. And you can add Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus for an additional charge. In total, YouTube TV will give you more than 50 networks, listed below.
  • A cloud DVR, with no storage limits. With YouTube TV, your cloud DVR can record as many shows as you want, simultaneously, without ever running out of storage. You can keep each of your recordings for nine months.
  • TV when it matters, where it matters. You can watch YouTube TV on your phone, tablet or computer—and you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV (we’ll be supporting even more connected TV devices later this year). And your cloud DVR goes with you, so you can stream your recordings on any device, whenever you want and wherever you go in the U.S.
  • YouTube Red Originals. With a YouTube TV membership, you can watch all of our YouTube Red Original series and movies right in the new YouTube TV app.
  • Six accounts included. You can share your YouTube TV membership with your family and roommates, and each account will receive its own unique recommendations and cloud DVR with no storage limits. Your household can watch up to three streams at a time.
  • More networks coming soon. We’re excited to announce that AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, WE tv, and BBC World News will be included soon at no additional charge. These networks will join Telemundo and others listed below as networks coming to YouTube TV soon after launch. This means you’ll be able to watch shows like “The Walking Dead,” “Doctor Who,” and your favorite telenovelas. And you’ll also be able to add Sundance Now or Shudder for an additional charge.

To get started, check out tv.youtube.com today to start your free trial. If you’re not in one of the initial launch markets but want to find out when YouTube TV is coming to your area, you can sign up here.

Happy watching!

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