Google’s experiment to court cord-cutters begins now.
On Wednesday, Google launched YouTube TV, the live-TV video-streaming service it announced earlier this year, on iPhone and Android. It costs $35 a month, and up to six users can share an account. (However, you can stream on only three devices at the same time.) You also get a one-month free trial and can cancel whenever you want — no contracts.
YouTube TV includes over 40 channels with the option to buy premium networks like Showtime. There’s also a virtual DVR service with unlimited storage so you can stream shows you’ve recorded to your device and skip past commercials.
Here’s a quick overview of the channels you get with YouTube TV:
I’ve been using YouTube TV for only a few days, so this isn’t a full, in-depth review. I also haven’t had a chance to test the service on Chromecast or use the voice-control features with the Google Home speaker. But overall, the video streams have been steady and reliable on YouTube TV, which has been a big challenge for competitors like DirecTV Now and Sling TV. We’ll see how it holds up once the public gets to try it though.
Want to see it in action? Keep reading.
YouTube TV is a separate app you download for iPhone or Android. It’s not on devices like Roku or Apple TV yet.
If you want to watch YouTube TV on your television, you’ll need Chromecast or a special TV with Google Cast.
Chromecast and Google Cast will let you beam YouTube TV from your phone to your television.
The Home tab recommends live and recorded shows that you might want to watch based on shows you’ve selected to record.