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YouTube TV is a solid live TV streaming service, especially if you’re interested in local channels and live sports.
While the majority of the streaming services—including PlayStation Vue, FuboTV, DirecTV Now, and Hulu with Live TV—offer local channels, what’s available depends on both the service and where you’re located. Thankfully, YouTube TV has greatly expanded its reach when it comes to local channels.
Here’s everything you need to know about YouTube TV local channels.
YouTube TV local channels
YouTube TV keeps things simple, with one $50-per-month package, which local channels along with your favorite channels, like ESPN, MSNBC, CNN, FX, and plenty more. You’ll also get specialty sports channels like NBA TV and MLB Network. (You can find a complete guide to YouTube TV channels here.)
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Sports fans should keep a close eye open on which regional sports networks are included in their package. For example, YouTube TV subscribers in San Franciso get ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Bay Area Plus, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports California Plus, Telemundo, and The CW. In Austin, Texas, on the other hand, you’ll only get ABC, Fox, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Southwest Plus, NBC, Telemundo.
You can see what local channels are available in your area by entering your ZIP code here.
There are a few limitations when it comes to local channels on YouTube TV. Viewers can’t fast forward through commercials when watching on-demand.
YouTube TV local channels
Here are the YouTube TV local channels available in major U.S. markets:
- Atlanta: ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southeast, NBC, Telemundo, The CW
- Austin: ABC, Fox, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Southwest Plus, NBC, Telemundo
- Boston: ABC, CBS, WFXT, My38, NBC, NBC Sports Boston, NECN, Telemundo, The CW
- Charlotte: ABC, CBS, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Southeast, NBC, Telemundo
- Chicago: ABC, CBS Fox, NBC, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC CSN+, Telemundo, The CW
- Dallas/Ft. Worth: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo
- Detroit: ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Detroit Plus, NBC, Telemundo, The CW
- Gainesville: Not available
- Hartford/New Haven: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, NBC Sports Boston, SNY, Telemundo, Yes
- Houston: ABC, KHOU11, Fox, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Southwest Plus, NBC, Telemundo
- Los Angeles: ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Prime Ticket, Fox Sports West, My TV, KCAL9, NBC, Telemundo
- Miami/Ft. Lauderdale: ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, NBC, Telemundo
- Minneapolis/St. Paul: ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports North Plus, My TV, NBC, Telemundo, The CW
- New York: ABC, CBS, Fox, My TV, NBC, WLNY, SNY, Telemundo, Yes
- Orlando/Daytona Beach/Melbourne: ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Sun, My TV, NBC, Telemundo, The CW
- Philadelphia: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus, Telemundo,
- Phoenix: ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Arizona Plus, My TV, NBC, Telemundo, Three,
- San Diego: ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports San Diego Plus, Fox Sports West, NBC, Telemundo, The CW
- San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Bay Area Plus, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports California Plus, Telemundo, The CW
- Tampa/St. Petersburg: ABC, ABC Action News, CBS, Fox, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Sun, NBC, Telemundo, The CW
- Washington, D.C.: WUSA 9, Fox, My TV, NBC, NBC Sports Washington, Telemundo
YouTube TV local channels: What’s not included
YouTube TV only has one minor local TV blindspot. PBS is not available on YouTube TV, or any other streaming service for that matter. The good news is PBS offers hours of free content available to stream on its app and website.
New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.
John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adopter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also also find him regularly performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.