YouTube goes live with $35 internet TV service

An algorithm's playground
An algorithm's playground
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06 April, 2017

YouTube TV is going live with channels from media companies including The Walt Disney Company (ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN), CBS Corporation (CBS, Showtime), 21st Century Fox (FOX, FS1, FX, FOX News Channel), and NBCUniversal (NBC, MSNBC, USA Network, Bravo). For now, the service is just available in LA, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

And as is the case with many of Google's services, YouTube TV can be cast to a Chromecast-enabled device like your TV.

All early indications are that YouTube TV is just another great option for people who are exhausted of paying for cable. "And what we were seeing on YouTube ad-supported was that TV clips were popular with our users".

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YouTube TV initially offers about 40 channels to subscribers in five of the largest US markets. More cities are expected further down the line, so if you're outside the launch regions, you'll have to satisfy your anxiety with the pre-release impressions sweeping the web. An image of the full channel lineup-minus some newly announced AMC networks-is below, and you can check out our previous coverage for details on what's included and what's not. And there's lots of competition at hand - Hulu is reportedly developing its own bundle of channels available by streaming, joining services already offered by DirecTV Now, Dish Network's Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. YouTube says that AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance, and Telemundo will be available soon. But Google-owned YouTube TV offers several features the others don't.

Each YouTube TV subscription comes with six accounts that get unique recommendations and personal cloud DVR storage and the ability to watch up to three streams at a time. Membership also gives access to original series and movies featured on its other subscription streaming service, YouTube Red. Earlier this month, Turner CEO John Martin said YouTube was making a "big mistake" by omitting its networks, which include TNT, CNN, and TBS.

We hope to get our hands on YouTube TV soon.


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