YouTube TV Arrives to Take on Hulu, Netflix and Traditional Pay Television

YouTube TV Arrives to Take on Hulu, Netflix and Traditional Pay Television

YouTube TV Arrives to Take on Hulu, Netflix and Traditional Pay Television

Reports about this service go as far back as May 2016 where it was said the company was working on a way to bundle cable TV channels that were streamed over the internet. Google surprised many by announcing YouTube TV at two secretive launch events in New York City and Los Angeles. Hulu is planning is own over-the-top service this year, with CBS, Fox and Disney - including ESPN -among the networks which have signed on.

YouTube TV is separate from YouTube Red, the site's premium content channel that requires a subscription, though subscribing to YouTube TV also gives you access to YouTube Red Originals.

Like other new digital TV services, YouTube TV won't offer every network that cable TV services provide; instead it will feature a "skinny bundle", composed of the four broadcast networks - Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC - along with some of the cable channels related to the broadcasters.

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On Tuesday, YouTube formally unveiled YouTube TV, its answer to similar services like Dish's SlingTV, AT&T's DirecTV Now, and Sony's PlayStation Vue. The subscription, which will cost $35 a month for a family plan of up to six accounts, is expected to launch in the next few months in the U.S. now there are no plans for global service. There are also optional add-ons for extra fees, such as Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus.

YouTube users watch as many as 1 billion hours of video a day on the service, the company said earlier this week. Typing in "time travel", for instance, will pull up all available content with that theme.

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YouTube TV was built like a mobile app, making it easy to search for and stream all the content on phones.

A cloud DVR with unlimited storage space, included in the base package. You'll be able to fast-forward and rewind them, too.

And some significant TV programmers are not part of YouTube TV. YouTube's version was tipped to launch sometime this spring at around a $40 price point.

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