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YouTube TV launches in the US

Streaming service is available in five markets, offering over 40 channels.

YouTube has launched its live-streaming TV service into five US markets.

The service, which costs subscribers $35 per month, is now available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area.

YouTube offers more than 40 channels, including all of the major US broadcast networks and popular cable networks such as ESPN, FX and Fox News. The company says it expects to add ten more channels, including AMC, IFC and BBC, at no additional cost.

YouTube says its service will include a cloud DVR that can offer unlimited simultaneous recordings and no storage limits, though shows will be storied for nine months only. Each household can have six accounts with separate DVRs and recommendations and can simultaneously stream to three devices.

Subscribers can watch on mobile devices and, initially, on TVs equipped with Google’s Chromecast. YouTube says it plans to connect with other devices “later this year”.