YouTube TV to Take on Sling and Sony Vue with a Live TV Planfor $35 Per Month

Posted by at 7:43 am on March 1, 2017

Google this week announced YouTube TV, another way to watch television content online. Google partnered with more than 40 television networks, including national and regional channels, to provide access to their shows for the YouTube generation. Some of the channels include ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, ESPN, USA, FX, Disney Channel, Sprout, E! and Bravo. The only add-on channels are Fox Soccer Plus and Showtime

What’s missing? Everything from Viacom and Time Warner. That means, no CNN, no Cartoon Network,  no MTV and no to many of other popular channels. Also, no HBO.  The service also lacks BET Channels, so many  African-American viewers many take a pass on the service.

The package also includes YouTube Red original TV and film content, however, YouTube TV is a standalone app meaning if you still want the all the features of YouTube Red, you much maintain that subscription.

Users can add up to six accounts per subscription, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said during the unveiling.  YouTube TV includes a cloud-based DVR with unlimited storage where people can save and access their shows from practically anywhere. Google will allow people to store recordings for free for up to nine months. Also, unlike the traditional On Demand function, you will be able to fast forward within the C3-C7 viewing window of broadcast channels. A voice command function also is in the works.

The company won’t say when the service launches, but says you can expect it in the US in the “coming weeks and months.”

The monthly service is accessible from mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Plus, Android and iOS device users will be able to cast YouTube TV shows from their phone or tablet to their Chromecast-equipped television set.

Each YouTube TV subscription includes up to six individual accounts for personalized recommendations and DVR recording. Google says YouTube TV will go live in the largest U.S. markets soon, with others to follow shortly thereafter.

YouTube TV costs $35 per month and doesn’t require any contracts or commitments.

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