Try on­line TV ser­vice free be­fore cut­ting the cord on your ca­ble

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

YouTube has an ap­peal­ing pitch in YouTube TV: the abil­ity to watch live and on-de­mand tele­vi­sion and movies on your phone with­out a con­tract. The selec­tion is not bad, of­fer­ing the ma­jor net­works live as well as a va­ri­ety of ba­sic ca­ble chan­nels. The ser­vice lets you mark shows to watch later, DVR-style, which is one of its main sell­ing points.

Po­ten­tial users should know it’s only avail­able in cer­tain ma­jor metropoli­tan ar­eas — Wash­ing­ton D.C. was added in June — which means you may not be able to ac­cess it ev­ery­where. You can sign up for a month-long free trial and down­load the app. Af­ter that, it will cost $35 a month, though you can add pack­ages to watch Show­time and Fox Soccer.

It isn’t par­tic­u­larly cheap, though per­haps less than a ca­ble bill. (Your mileage may vary.) But those who want to cut the cord and re­tain the abil­ity to watch net­work chan­nels free — with­out buy­ing bunny ears — may want to con­sider it. Over­all, YouTube TV has a de­cent selec­tion of chan­nels and smooth ser­vice, though only you can de­ter­mine if it’s right for your bud­get.

Free to down­load for iOS and An­droid; $35 a month af­ter a free trial.

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