YouTubeTV Now Reaching Half of U.S. Households

August 18, 2017

11:30 am

This week Google announced the expansion of their YouTubeTV offering in 14 new locations and pre-announced 17 new cities will gain access in the coming weeks. As a result of the latest expansion, YouTube TV will now be accessible in half of U.S. households, and is one of the only cordcutter solutions that include live local broadcast stations (FOX, ABC, CBS, and NBC). While local broadcasts are not available in each region, for most competing solutions you’re still stuck using an antenna.

The latest cities to get immediate access to YouTube TV are: Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus, OH, Jacksonville-Brunswick, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Seattle-Tacoma, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota, and West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce.

Over the next few weeks these 17 markets will also begin to have access: 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.

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Prior to this expansion YouTube TV was already available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Phoenix, and Washington, DC.

YouTube TV Channels

In addition to coverage of half of U.S. households, YouTube also announced that the Tennis Channel and Newsy would be joining their lineup, and people in the Boston market will get NESN. Since launching earlier this year the service has expanded to include just under 50 networks, including AMC and FX.

Priced competitively to the likes of Sling TV, DirectTV NOW, and Hulu Live TV at $35 per month, it’s also one of the only options that allow you to record shows in a DVR format. By comparison, most others offer shows on demand after airing, but in our experience availability is spotty, especially for DirectTV NOW. The service is also available for up to six family members, rather than the standard single use account.

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Elliot is an award winning journalist deeply ingrained in the startup world and is often digging into emerging technology and data. When not writing, he's likely either running or training for a triathlon. You can contact him by email at elliot(@) or follow him on Twitter @thejournalizer.

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