Streaming service, YouTube TV, will be available in 10 more U.S. markets in a couple of weeks, Google announced Thursday.
The $35 streaming plan will now be offered in Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne and Charlotte. YouTube TV was previously limited to Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area.
The cable cord-cutting plan includes YouTube Red Originals for YouTube TV’s basic package. Google announced Thursday 12 new projects coming to YouTube Red.
YouTube TV, which was launched in April, offers 46 channels, including AMC, Telemundo, BBC America, Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS, FXX, ESPN, SEC Network and the Big Ten Network, among others. HBO and Starz are not included, but Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus are available as add-ons for a monthly charge of $11 and $15, respectively.
YouTube TV allows for three streams simultaneously under one subscription and six profile accounts. Each profile gets its own recommendations and cloud DVR with unlimited storage.
New App Look
Besides the new markets for YouTube TV, the company announced YouTube’s new look on its app. The app will soon adapt to the type of video, whether it was shot vertically, horizontally or squared.
“We want to make sure YouTube gives you the best experience when it comes to creating and watching videos,” said CEO Susan Wojcicki in a post. “Perhaps our most important job is to show off your videos in the best possible way, no matter what format you choose to shoot them in.”
YouTube also reminded users of previous changes to its desktop site. Last month, the platform introduced its “dark theme,” which cuts down on glare to “take in the true colors” of the clips you watch. The dark mode should help those who like staying up at night watching videos.
YouTube’s new features come as it competes with other streaming plans for those looking to cut their cable bill, including Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Video and skinny bundles, such as Sling TV and DirecTV Now.
Hulu launched its own live streaming plan last month. The company made deals with 21st Century Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, Turner Networks, A+E Networks and Scripps Networks for its $39.99 plan.
Apple and Twitter are trying to get into the television streaming market. Twitter recently teamed up with Bloomberg TV, BuzzFeed, Live Nation, the WNBA and others for live streaming. Apple is reportedly looking to sell a premium TV plan that would include Showtime, HBO and Starz. The company is also pushing its original video content on Apple Music.
Meanwhile, Comcast is expected to release its streaming service, Xfinity Instant TV, later this year with offers of $15 to $40 per month plans.