YouTube Unveils Live TV Service for USD35 Monthly
YouTube Unveils Live TV Service for $35 Monthly
YouTube has officially announced its entry into streaming live TV, which allows you access live and recorded content from major broadcast networks. Coupled alongside YouTube’s existing content, it will also work on any screen that YouTube is available on.
This service will be available later this spring in the US. It just costs USD35 per month with no contract, and the content is accessible to up to six users.
Available networks include CBS, Fox, NBC and CBS along with cable players USA and FX. Sports networks include ESPN, Fox Sports and NBCSN — there’s a total of 10 sports networks available. You can also add on Showtime for an additional fee.
The total of “more than 40 networks” is comparable to options like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, although each service varies.
Still, there are a lot of major networks missing, including notable channels from Viacom, Discovery, A&E, AMC and Turner (TBS and TNT), as well as some notably news networks like CNN.
This is where PlayStation Vue has an advantage — the USD35 plan from Sony includes CNN, TBS, TNT, AMC and others that YouTube TV doesn’t offer.
YouTube TV offers unlimited cloud DVR storage, so you can bookmark any series or sports team to your favourites. YouTube TV will also eventually work with Google Home, so you will be able to ask Home to start playing a show on your Chromecast.
Coupled with, the available mobile app features three main categories: live, library and home. The live tab shows everything currently being broadcast organized by network.
The company also intends to provide excellent customer service. You’ll be able to contact customer service through the YouTube app any time, either via text chat or voice chat.
This live streaming is a separate product offering from YouTube Red, which the company launched in late 2015 to give users an ad-free YouTube experience. Additionally, this YouTube TV will contain all of YouTube Red’s original programming.
Chromecast and cast-enabled devices will be compatible, while other devices like Apple TV, Roku, the PS4 and Xbox One will be excluded for now. It is worth mentioning that YouTube would work with other companies to get YouTube TV on other platforms in the future.
The company says YouTube TV will be available in the next few months. Sadly, the service will only work in the US and you won’t get the full ad-free YouTube experience. Also, the NFL games only available on the desktop or TV, not on mobile.
Fortunately, if you hate ads, you can fast forward or rewind DVR content to skip right over commercials.