The service would include the four major networks-ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC-along with 30 other cable channels for $35 a month.
After months of rumors, YouTube on Tuesday officially introduced YouTube TV, a live television service meant to compete with SlingTV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now. Local news programming from network affiliates will also be included, according to Robert Kyncl, YouTube's chief business officer.
It will have an unlimited cloud DVR to record shows and watch them later, and the service will roll out progressively in the United States, starting with large metropolitan areas.
Google's aim is to make watching TV more like watching YouTube, so one of the big selling points is Cloud DVR.
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The service, which will be called YouTube TV and operated by Alphabet Inc. In addition to live TV, though, it offers access to the entirety of YouTube Red Originals, meaning its not exactly short on digital content. You can see all of the networks offered at launch above. And none of the streaming TV services will let you watch football on your phone, because those rights, for now, are exclusive to Verizon. It said it didn't have any plans to roll out YouTube TV internationally at this time.
There's no full list yet, and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki explained that the company is launching the service first in areas of the USA where it can offer full live programming.
Google is taking the plunge into live television with a new streaming service that's created to compete against SlingTV, DirecTV Now and Playstation Vue. One monthly subscription allows six users to share one account. YouTube TV works on both Android and iOS. That's why it will launch in "limited U.S. markets, where it has full coverage", according to Recode's Peter Kafka. YouTube has been at the forefront of playing on-demand and live videos for years now, and happily runs thousands of livestreams with millions of viewers on a regular basis.