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YouTube TV Is Here And You May Want To Take Note

But, as always, there are a few complications.

06/04/2017 19:06 SAST | Updated 06/04/2017 19:06 SAST

YouTube launched its very first streaming package, a service called Youtube TV that offers 50 channels for $35 per month, the company announced Wednesday.

And it includes channels we might actually watch. 

The options are fairly well-rounded, including kid-friendly favorites, popular cable networks and a robust sports package. On top of staples like NBC, ABC and FOX, Youtube TV also offers multiple Disney channels, FX, Fox Sports, ESPN and AMC. A few optional channels may be chosen for an additional charge.

Livestreaming services aren’t new, with competitors Sling TV and Playstation VUE offering similar packages. What sets YouTube’s service apart are the small details that may be important in a family home.

YouTube TV offers an unlimited cloud DVR option, allowing users to record endless amounts of programming, and gives families up to six individual accounts in the same package. And, for fans of YouTube’s original content creators, the package includes a subscription to YouTube Red, which is normally $9.99 per month. Prospective customers can visually compare YouTube TV to its competitors in a chart on CNET.

As with any new product, there are drawbacks.

First, the launch is only available in five cities: New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Second, the list of compatible devices is extremely limited. The service is mainly designed for smartphone users, which is probably why Google, YouTube’s parent company, has yet to develop YouTube TV apps for popular devices such as Apple TV, Kindle Fire and Roku. But users can still watch on their televisions with the Google Chromecast.

Speaking of Chromecast, you might be able to score a free one just by giving YouTube TV a chance. 

“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,” the company stated with a caveat, “while supplies last.”

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