Friday, August 18, 2017

YouTube TV Streaming Service Expands in 14 New US Markets

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YouTube TV launched only four months ago, and it's rapidly expanding beyond its initial five markets. Today, the Youtube announced that the service will be available in 14 new US markets, which means 50 percent of US households have access. It plans to expand to 17 more markets in the "coming weeks." Here's the complete list of where YouTube TV is expanding now and where it'll be expanding later:

YouTube TV initially rolled out in five massive markets — New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia — and later came to 10 other places. Basically, YouTube TV is trying to expand to anywhere that has an internet connection, and it's trying to make its service more worthwhile than conventional cable providers. It offers nearly 50 networks, including ESPN and AMC, and costs $35 a month.

Launching now: Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus, Jacksonville-Brunswick, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Seattle-Tacoma, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota, and West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce

Launching later: Austin, Birmingham, Cleveland-Akron, Denver, Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Hartford-New Haven, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Oklahoma City, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and St. Louis

The Youtube TV service also adds national news network Newsy and the Tennis Channel to its slate of 50-odd live channels today, as well as Boston's NESN, home of Red Sox baseball. Coming soon are My TV and CW networks in select markets. (The CW network is a joint venture of CBS, the owner of CNET, and Warner Bros.)

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