We were pretty happy with YouTube TV when we first checked it out, but one of the service’s more glaring problems when it launched was availability, or lack thereof. The online cable service was limited to five areas initially: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Philadelphia. However, it’s expanded rapidly since its launch, and after five months, the list now contains 49 markets across the country.
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The latest eight markets to join the list of YouTube TV-ready cities include Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Greenville, Norfolk, Portland, Raleigh, and Sacramento. They join the previous YouTube TV markets of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Greensboro, Harrisburg, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Milwaukee, Memphis, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Nashville, New York City, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington DC, and West Palm Beach.
As a quick refresher, YouTube TV lets you watch live and recorded content in any of the aforementioned cities. So long as you are signed in with your Google account, as well as able to pay at least $35 a month, you are good to go. It currently features 57 channels, though the availability of some will depend on your zip code.
YouTube TV will soon be available in more than 50 markets across the country, which means that more than half of US households will have access to the service.
Google says that Cleveland-Akron and Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek will be getting YouTube TV support in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! After this expansion, YouTube TV will be available in more than 50 markets across the country, which means that more than half of US households will have access to the service. It will be only a matter of time until Google launches it in every US city and town that has an Internet connection, so now, the question is whether the search giant will bring similar TV subscription services to countries outside the US.