Online video giant YouTube will soon join the ranks of DirecTV Now, Sling, Apple TV and PlayStation Vue in challenging the cable/telco/satellite establishment with its own streaming subscription TV service – YouTube TV.
At $35 a month, YouTube touts its new service as “half the cost of cable with zero commitments.”
What will you get with a YouTube TV subscription?
YouTube TV promises live streaming of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks such as Fox Sports and Comcast SportsNet, along with local stations. The service will also provide “dozens of additional cable channels,” including MSNBC, Fox News, USA, FX, Disney Channel, Sprout, E! and Bravo. Subscribers can also opt to pay extra for Showtime, Fox Soccer Plus and other premium networks.
YouTube TV will also include original series and movies from its YouTube Red channel.
The service will feature a cloud DVR with no storage limits, allowing subscribers to record an unlimited number of shows simultaneously. Recorded programs will be saved for nine months, viewable on a range of mobile and connected devices. A subscription will also come with six separate accounts, each with unique recommendations and no DVR storage limits, and will allow three concurrent streams at one time.
“YouTube TV will be available soon in the largest US markets and will quickly expand to cover more cities across the country,” YouTube said.
To find out when YouTube TV will launch in your area, visit tv.youtube.com.
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