Do you remember when YouTube was more like public access TV with user generated content? Or when it was actually entertaining, before it started pushing network television clips and the main stream media? Remember when you cut the cord because the internet was better than cable television? Now YouTube wants to be cable television with its new streaming service.
Starting today YouTube users in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia can subscribe to YouTube TV. The new service offers ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, Fox Sports Networks, Comcast SportsNet and more for only $35 a month. Subscribers can get on demand access to all their favorite television series, and watch live sports from the NBA, MLB, NFL, and NCAA. YouTube TV also offers local programming and comes with unlimited cloud DVR.
But wait, there's more...
YouTube TV subscribers also get a free Google Chromecast (while supplies last), access to YouTube Red and can share their account with up to 6 other users. I
The roll out of YouTube TV comes after more than 250 brands pulled their ads from Google due to a Wall Street Journal report claiming commercials were being aired before "extremist" content. The Google boycott has forced YouTube to demonetize more user created videos which has caused a decrease in revenue for some of the service's most popular personalities. The recent ad controversy and launch of YouTube TV are signs that Google is veering away from what made it popular in the first place. The launch also pits YouTube against other television streaming services such as Sling TV.