YouTube Now Provides Live TV

Cable cutters just got another option for ditching their old service providers in the form of YouTube TV. It’s a service from the video sharing site that allows you to watch live programming on more than 50 channels, though currently only for customers in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Limiting it to those cities must be some kind of a beta, and to make sure this is something people even want. And honestly, we’re not sure people would. It provides pretty much the same service as cable at a price point that isn’t particularly competitive, especially when you factor in bundle-cancelling price hikes on the service provider’s part. Watching DVRed programming on any of your devices is nice, but it’s also not revolutionary, considering the (what feels like) hundreds of streaming options. Don’t get us wrong, it’s great to have options, we’re just not exactly chomping at the bit to switch to YouTube for our TV binges. It’s important to remember that change does not beget innovation, and everyone should be skeptical of any product that’s swearing anything resembling “Finally, live TV made for us.”

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