YouTube TV launched about two months ago, but only to a small number of cities. While an eventual nationwide rollout is coming, the number of cities that have the service expands this week, as the company announced the service is available in four new locations.
According to a YouTube TV release, an agreement has been reached with four CBS affiliates owned by the Sinclair group. Sinclair actually owns almost 25 different affiliates, but this deal only includes a fraction of them. The new markets are KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah, KEYE in Austin, Texas, WSBT in South Bend, Ind., and WGFL in Gainesville, Fl. No details were given on why these markets were selected out of all the Sinclair owned properties.
No official release date has been set for these market, but from how the announcement read, YouTube just now got the rights, so it may still be a while before an unveiling happens. It’s likely that YouTube will offer a free 30 day trial in these markets like they did at launch.
For their part, it seems like Sinclair is fairly happy with the arrangement. “We believe that the network affiliate model provides great benefits to both parties,” said Barry Faber, the executive VP for distribution and network relations for Sinclair, “and are pleased to have the value of this symbiotic relationship continued to be reflected in our relationship.”
This deal also includes rights to stream these stations on CBS All Access, renewing an agreement that was already in place.