YouTube launches live TV service

We've been hearing that YouTube would be launching their live TV service soon, and apparently for 5 US cities, it was yesterday. YouTube TV features over 40 live TV channels that you can stream all through one app for $35 a month. You can get a one month free trial right now if you live in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, however, if you live anywhere else you'll have to wait. It's hard to say how popular this service will be, but it gives consumers another option if they want to cut the cord on their cable tv service. TechCrunch has the full story.

Back in February YouTube announced YouTube TV, a $35 TV streaming service it hopes might kill your cable box. At the time, they didn’t say exactly when it’d launch — just that it’d be “soon.”

“Soon,” it seems, means today. YouTube is rolling out the service in five major US cities this morning.

YouTube TV takes a bunch of the more popular U.S. cable channels — ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC, CW, Disney, SyFy, ESPN and 40+ more — and crams them into one app. It’ll cost $35 a month, which gives you access to Live on up to six accounts with up to three devices streaming simultaneously. (Update: this post initially said up to six devices simultaneously; it’s three, not six.)