* YouTube offers new cord-cutting solution
* Get cable starting at $35/month
* Also includes YouTube Red Original series
Here’s another cord-cutting candidate for you to consider: YouTube TV launched last month, and the Google-operated platform is hoping to earn your business with a $35 basic package that promises some major perks.
First announced back in February (YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl is pictured at the announcement, above), YouTube TV hit screens a few weeks ago.
The service started with 39 channels and just added seven more this week: AMC and BBC America are major additions, with NBC Universal adding Telmundo and Universo. Other new channels include cable networks Sundance TV, We TV and IFC. In addition to television, YouTube TV subscribers will also have access to YouTube’s original programming, including its YouTube Red Originals. You can add-on networks like Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus for $11 and $15, respectively, per month.
The new service is currently only available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, though YouTube execs say to expect more roll-outs soon. You can access YouTube TV on the main YouTube website and mobile app, and you’re allowed to have six accounts on one subscription plan, with up to three devices streaming simultaneously. It’s a great way to split cable with housemates, family members or friends.
While YouTube TV still has a way to go before rivaling services like Sling TV (which offers 90 channels as part of its basic package), it’s still worth trying out. New users get a free trial month and a free Chromecast with their first paid month, so it seems like a winning combo to start.