The free version of YouTube is an internet behemoth visited byeach month, but the pay version, with more than 40 channels of live TV, is only available to a fraction of the US population.
That fraction just got a lot bigger. Todaycomes to 10 major new metropolitan areas:
- Dallas-Fort Worth
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale
- Minneapolis-St. Paul
- Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne
- Washington DC
The live TV streaming servicein five cities on April 5: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Three and a half months later, this is its first expansion.
Like similar multichannel services that stream a package of live TV channels over the internet, YouTube TV is aimed atwho want to ditch cable TV. But all four of its major competitors -- , , and -- are available nationwide.
On the other hand, only YouTube TV among those five offers all four local stations -- ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC -- in every city it serves. (Disclaimer: CNET is owned by CBS.) The exception is Dallas, which doesn't get ABC on YouTube TV. YouTube's total number of local channels still.
All 15 YouTube TV cities are major markets, and according to Nielsen's local TV rankings (PDF link) the lowest in number of "TV homes" is Charlotte, ranked at No. 22. Those rankings peg Boston (at No. 9), Tampa-St. Petersburg (11), Seattle-Tacoma (14), Denver (17) and Cleveland (19) as the five next largest TV markets that don't yet have access to YouTube TV.
In myI liked its cloud DVR and family-friendly structure, which allows three simultaneous streams and six family member accounts. But I said it had to add more cities, channels and devices before it could really compete against the others, particularly my favorite, PlayStation Vue.
These 10 new cities are a healthy improvement, as are thefrom May. Now it just needs to expand to more platforms beyond mobile phones, tablets and TVs running .
: Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now or PlayStation Vue?
See if you can get ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC online in your city.