Verizon to Bundle YouTube TV and Apple TV4K into 5G Service

Wireless operator also expands rollout to include fifth city, Indianapolis
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Verizon on Wednesday confirmed that it will launch its fixed in-home 5G wireless service later this year using either free YouTube TV or an Apple TV4K as a promotional enticement.

The No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier also confirmed that it will launch in a fifth city, Indianapolis. Verizon earlier said that would launch the service in Houston, Los Angeles and Sacramento later this year.

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Users who sign up for the service will be able to choose between a free subscription—for a limited but unspecified time—to Google’s YouTube TV, which delivers more than 60 live channels for $40 a month, or the Apple TV4K, a streaming device that retails for a base price of $179.

It wasn’t in the announcement that Verizon sent out late Tuesday, but Bloomberg reported that Verizon 5G subscribers will also have access to live NFL and NBA games through the wireless company’s Oath media unit.

As for the decision to expand the rollout of the service to Indianapolis, Tami Erwin, executive VP of wireless operations for Verizon, said the city has been a “strong partner” in laying the groundwork for Verizon’s fixed 5G launch.

“We trialed 5G during the Indianapolis 500 in May 2017, and now we’re bringing next generation home broadband connectivity to residents,” Erwin said. “By becoming an early leader in 5G, Indianapolis will have a head start in seeing what this technology can do, using it to build an innovative city of the future.”

Verizon still has yet to announce pricing for its upcoming 5G service. 

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