Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of Austin’s CBS affiliate, has signed a deal that will add its stations nationwide to YouTube TV, YouTube’s streaming TV service.
A timeline for when CBS Austin will join YouTube TV, one of a growing number of web-based cable TV competitors, hasn’t been announced.
As part of the deal, YouTube TV will also carry the Tennis Channel, a cable network owned by Sinclair.
Nationwide, Sinclair currently owns – or is in the process of acquiring – stations in 108 TV markets.
The YouTube TV lineup offers more than 40 cable TV networks, as well as cloud DVR service, for $35 per month. In many cases, however, local network affiliates, are not available as YouTube works to negotiate contracts similar to the one it hammered out with Sinclair.
AT&T’s DirecTV Now, a similar service, has also been working to reach deals with owners of local network affiliates. In Austin, it recently added ABC affiliate KVUE to its lineup after signing a pact with the station’s owner, Tegna.