What comes to mind when you hear the term streaming service? You probably think about Netflix, where you can binge-watch multiple seasons of your favorite shows all at once.
But the streaming service world is constantly evolving. Many streamers now offer live TV, filling the void for those who were worried about not being able to watch things like sports and news if they got rid of cable.
YouTube TV is an example of a streaming service that offers live TV. It launched a couple years ago, but hasn't been available to everyone in the U.S. Until now.
What is YouTube TV?
Isn't YouTube the site you visit to watch all those funny cat videos and learn how to whip up a quick dinner? Sure, it still has all that content you've come to know and love. However, in 2017 it entered the world of streaming services.
YouTube TV is cable-free live TV that you can stream through its app. For just $40 per month you have access to over 60 live channels that include AMC, Bravo, CNN, ESPN, ESPN 2, Fox News, NBA TV, TBS, TNT and more.
Depending on where you live, local channels like ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox are available, too. Click here and enter your ZIP code to see which channels are available in your area.
There has been a problem, though. It wasn't available everywhere. That recently changed.
Apparently, Glendive, Montana, was the last television market in the U.S. without YouTube TV. Until this week. The company sent a tweet announcing it's finally made it to Montana.
Glendive, Montana: we couldn't have done it without you! We can now officially say that YouTube TV is available in every television market in the U.S. Welcome to the family! #WatchLikeAFan
— YouTube TV (@YouTubeTV) March 27, 2019
If you sign up with YouTube TV, you get six accounts per household so everyone gets their own login. The star of the show is probably its cloud DVR, which comes with no storage limits. So you'll never run out of space and can record everything you want. You can keep recordings for up to 9 months.
Then, you can stream your library wherever you go. Unlimited DVR storage is almost unheard of, and it doesn't cost extra.
With emerging streaming services like YouTube TV, you might want to think about getting on board and finally getting rid of that over-priced cable. You could save hundreds of dollars per year if you do it right.
Best apps to manage what you watch on TV
Streaming services have completely changed the way we watch TV. Long gone are the days when new programs launch in the fall, run for 22 weeks, wrap in the spring and go into reruns over the summer. With networks, premium cable channels and streaming services producing original content, there’s no longer a set schedule. It's hard to keep track of when your favorite shows air. In this Komando on Demand podcast, Kim and her co-host Mike James have five apps to help manage your binge watching so you don’t miss a thing.