Cord-cutters who want better access to their local channels will be happy to hear YouTube TV is now available in 34 new areas.
On Monday, Google updated the YouTube TV website to show an extra 34 areas where users can access the live TV-streaming service in the United States. With this update, the service is now available in 83 markets total and takes yet another step closer to catching up with mainstream competitors like Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW, most of which are available virtually everywhere in the US.
This is great news for anyone looking for better access to their local channels. In order for a streaming service to offer your local channel, it has to sign an agreement with that channel specifically. In this sense, YouTube TV has long been the proverbial tortoise to Sling TV’s hare.
While Sling TV’s approach has been to expand into new areas and offer more international channels as quickly as possible, the service realistically offers only 36 local stations across the US. YouTube TV, on the other hand, has been expanding into new markets more slowly, ensuring it has agreements with as many local stations as possible before debuting its service in a new area.
This has quickly made YouTube TV a force to be reckoned with in the streaming industry, despite its limited national availability. As the service continues to expand across the nation, the only thing that remains to be seen is whether other streaming providers will take notice and increase their local channel offerings in order to keep up.
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