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What's it like to use YouTube TV? We go hands-onYouTube's new live TV streaming service has more than 40 channels and unlimited cloud DVR for $35 a month. Let's take a spin.
Youtube now has ESPN, And NBC, Fox News, Bravo, and the Disney channel. This is Youtube TV, the new live TV service from the same company that brought you Keyboard Cat and Pewtie Pie. For 35 Bucks a month it offers a package of more than 40 channels streaming live to your phone, computer, or TV. Youtube said that they designed the TV app with Millennials in mind It's divided into three sections home, live and library. Live is YouTube tv scroll version of the channel guide found your TV. Stop at a channel to show a live preview and tap on a showcase access previous episodes, related show suggestions and related videos on YouTube itself. To watch full screen just turn the phone sideways The library's where you'll find shows you've added to YouTube TV's Cloud DVR, which allows unlimited storage for up to nine months. Adding shows to your library is easy, and you can pause, fast forward, rewind, and skip through commercials, and responsiveness is nice and fast enough to demo. The library also allows access to the service's video on demand content One downside, however, when a VOD show is unlocked it automatically replaces the recorded DVR show which often means you can't skip the commercials anymore. Home gathers your most watched shows and makes suggestions for new ones. It also provides another gateway to YouTube content, including shows on the YouTube Red service which were included for the $35 subscription. Search covers TV channels and YouTube videos as well as general topics to find related shows, movies, and videos. You can put YouTube TV on an actual TV using Google's ChromeCast technology, available on the ChromeCast dongle itself, as well as Android TV boxes like Nvidia Shield, and some newer smart TVs from Visio and Sony. To cast select the device in the app and from there your phone can serve as a remote control for browsing while the video plays in the TV. Support for other platforms is coming later this year TV now, and later this year HULU is launching live channels too. YouTube TV is available for 35 bucks a month, starting today in select cities across the US. You can cancel anytime, it is a free trial. Check out CNET for more details.