I tried YouTube's live TV streaming service for one month and I'll likely stick around — but just for the sports (GOOG, GOOGL)

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  • Like many millennials out there, I don’t have cable TV. 
  • My bases are pretty much covered when it comes streaming content with Netflix, HBO Now, and Amazon Prime Video, except for one glaring exception — sports. 
  • That’s why I was so excited to try out YouTube’s live streaming service known as YouTube TV. 
  • And after trying it out for one month, I’ll likely keep YouTube TV because the sports coverage is just that good. 
  • Below is my experience trying out YouTube TV for the first time.  
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Like many millennials out there, I don’t have cable TV. 

Instead, I watch a mash-up of Netflix Originals, HBO documentaries, and Amazon Prime Video when it feels like a random-movie night. I’ve also taken full advantage of my (and my wife’s) free Hulu trial to watch nothing other than Seinfeld re-runs. 

My bases, you see, are pretty much covered when it comes streaming content, minus one glaring exception — sports. 

Growing up, I loved watching sports on TV. But since leaving for college (over a decade ago), my sports consumption has relied mostly on friends who still have their parents Xfinity logins, as well as bars showing the game. 

That’s why I was so excited to try out YouTube’s live streaming service known as YouTube TV, which has been touted as one of the best cable alternatives on the market. 

Announced at the beginning of 2017, YouTube TV is now available nationwide and offers viewers in most local markets access to the major networks like NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox. That means you can watch live sports, as well as live news and cable shows via the streaming service. YouTube TV also offers access to movies, YouTube Originals, and a DVR feature that allows you to easily record shows and live sports to watch at a later time. 

I tried YouTube TV for one month to see if it would be added to my repertoire of streaming services. 

Here’s what I found when trying out YouTube TV for the first time: 

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Sign up is simple: just download the YouTube TV app on your phone and click the “Try it now” button to get started.

YouTube TV offers five days for free, but after that, it’s $40 per month. You can also add on premium channels à la carte, like NBA League Pass, Showtime, and Starz, for an additional monthly fee.

The $40 per month base price is pretty steep compared to other streaming services, like Netflix and HBO Now. YouTube TV does let you share your account login with six other people, though, which can help drop the cost that each person pays.

There are limitations to sharing your YouTube TV credentials, however. 

The people on your account must “periodically” login to YouTube TV from the location you’ve established as your “home” to keep access on their end. YouTube TV doesn’t specify how long that time frame is, exactly, but having that limitation won’t allow you to share your login with family members or friends across the country, for instance — unless they visit you often. 

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