YouTube TV, a live TV viewing and cloud DVR service, will be available in the United States soon.
The service will be priced at $35 a month, which will allow up to six accounts per membership. YouTube TV will also offer a cloud digital recording service, which will have unlimited space and allow shows to be saved for up to nine months. YouTube TV will be available on Android and iOS devices, tablets, and computers, as well as including support for the Google Chromecast.
— Susan Wojcicki (@SusanWojcicki) February 28, 2017
The announcement on the official YouTube blog reveals that channels available on YouTube TV will include the “main four” American TV networks – Fox, NBC, ABC, and CBS – as well as major sports networks such as ESPN. The service will also include dozens of cable channels, including FX and USA for scripted content and news networks such as MSNBC and Fox News. Some notable omissions include HBO, AMC (home of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad), CNN, and Comedy Central. Viewers will also be able to watch all of YouTube Red’s original content with a membership.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is quoted at the YouTube TV press event as saying, “there’s no question that millennials love great TV content, […] but what we’ve seen is they don’t want to watch it in a traditional setting”, with YouTube TV an attempt to win over viewers who want to have their recorded shows available wherever they happen to be.
YouTube have not yet announced a release date for YouTube TV, though it is expected to launch within the next few months. The service will be exclusive to the US upon launch.
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