The package includes live programs and TV shows from the likes of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox

Youtube announced Wednesday the expansion of its premium paid content services with the introduction of YouTube TV, an online cable TV subscription featuring full access to shows and live content from more than 40 channels.

Designed for the “YouTube generation” (i.e. millennials), YouTube TV will cost subscribers $35 a month, and is set to launch “soon” in select markets. Aside from being able to watch live streaming TV from the likes of ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox, YouTube TV also touts a cloud DVR with unlimited storage. Unfortunately, you won't be able to access shows on your DVR without an internet connection, so that rules out watching The Simpsons on the subway for now.

YouTube TV will also include access to YouTube Red Originals, and further hoping to entice potential customers, comes with up to 6 accounts, so sharing access across the entire family shouldn't be an issue.

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YouTube TV will work across computer, tablet and mobile platforms, and the service will have its own standalone app separate from the main YouTube app. Subscribers can use the app to record shows, watch live programming and view suggested content. The app will also feature integrated customer service features, allowing you to call or email a representative in-app.

YouTube TV comes at rather awkward time in the television landscape. Though there are currently more ways than ever to watch TV, the fact that the industry can't agree on a single way to let you watch its content presents challenges. YouTube TV, for instance, won't feature content from Time Warner or Viacom, meaning popular channels like CNN, Discovery, TBS and TNT are all missing.

Further complicating issues is the fact that YouTube TV, at least in the U.S. (an international roll-out has yet to be announced), will only work in markets where YouTube's cable partners already have deals, meaning that in many places across the country access will be non-existent.

YouTube has said it is still in talks to get more partners to come on board, but for now, it looks like consumers will have to continue to settle with a hodgepodge of services (including rivals like Sling TV, Hulu and PlayStation's Vue) to get all of their favorite shows.

YouTube TV

Youtube announced Wednesday the expansion of its premium paid content services with the introduction of YouTube TV, an online cable TV subscription featuring full access to shows and live content from more than 40 channels.

Designed for the “YouTube generation” (i.e. millennials), YouTube TV will cost subscribers $35 a month, and is set to launch “soon” in select markets. Aside from being able to watch live streaming TV from the likes of ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox, YouTube TV also touts a cloud DVR with unlimited storage. Unfortunately, you won't be able to access shows on your DVR without an internet connection, so that rules out watching The Simpsons on the subway for now.