YouTube's live TV service is now available in select markets

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The service is available in 5 select areas across the USA including New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago and costs $35/month with a 1-month free trial. So far, YouTube TV will only be usable on mobile devices, with apps for iOS and Android rolling out today, as well as the Chromecast and TVs with Chromecast functionality built-in, including Android TV.

YouTube TV directly competes with services like Sling TV, Playstation Vue, and DirecTV Now, offering live-streamed broadcasts of cable content from networks including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, and more.

We'll have more first impressions of YouTube TV, including how it stacks up next to the services from the other guys, soon. While other streaming services offer up one week free trials, YouTube is giving subscribers 30 days totally free to get a feel for the service.

Ultimately, though, YouTube TV is about YouTube getting more of its core users - 18- to 34-year-olds - to spend more time on its platforms. No official date for the inclusion of these new networks has been announced, but they will arrive "soon after launch".

YouTube TV is the latest streaming service to beat Apple to market, with the rumoured efforts to introduce likeminded bundle reportedly hitting multiple roadblocks. Showtime is available for an additional $11 per month, but HBO isn't.

As an offering, YouTube TV covers most of what people are watching on TV with a few exceptions. While not available yet, AMC, BBC America, IFC, and Sundance TV are on their way. Earlier this month, Turner CEO John Martin said YouTube was making a "big mistake" by omitting its networks, which include TNT, CNN, and TBS. Ad revenue will also be used to support the creators of regular YouTube videos shown on the streaming service.

Would you be up for ditching your cable or satellite provider for YouTube? Paying the $35 monthly fee will also provide you with a cloud DVR with no storage limits, which means you'll be able to record as many shows as you want and at the same time.

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