Google’s jump into internet network television streaming is expanding today. YouTube TV is now being offered in ten new markets and these users will get a free month to try it out. We jumped on YouTube TV the second it went live here in Chicago and reviewed it soon after. We’re still enjoying the programming it has to offer but it likely won’t have everything for everyone.
Our only gripe in the review and the gripe still stands, is the price. For what Google offers here, a price point closer to $25USD a month would have been more acceptable. Then, when more channels are added, raising it to $35USD a month. The ten new markets that will have a chance to try the service are as follows.
- Minneapolis-St. Paul
- Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
- Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne
- Dallas-Fort Worth
- Washington, D.C.
YouTube TV is now airing local programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX in all of those markets, with the exception of Dallas, where ABC coverage is restricted to prime programming, minus the local news. Google boasted Thursday that it is now streaming live local programming in “over a third” of the country.
Google is competing with a lot of other services here but YouTube has a fairly solid brand loyalty. The company could be moving ahead to bundle their YouTube Red, Google Play Music and YouTube TV all into one giant service. That is, of course, speculation on our part as there hasn’t been any sort of official word as to that happening. The battle for the cord cutters is heating up and Google wants a piece of the action in this game.Source: Variety