YouTube Launching Its Own $35 Per Month Live TV Streaming Service With Cloud DVR

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2017 - 12:16 AM |
Tagged: youtube red, youtube, live tv, cord cutting, cloud dvr, broadcast tv

YouTube is jumping into the streaming TV market with the launch of YouTube TV. The new "over the top" streaming service is aimed at cord cutters and users that want to watch live and recorded TV on their mobile devices. YouTube TV joins AT&T's DirecTV Now, Dish Network's Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue with a streaming package of ~40 channels for $35 per month that is reportedly the result of licensing negotiations and deals two years in the making.

The streaming platform, which is reportedly coming in the next weeks to months (depending on the market and local market licensing), will come out swinging with two main advantages over the existing competition: YouTube TV will allow more simultaneous streams (six accounts with up to 3 streams going at the same time) and have DVR functionality with unlimited storage and unlimited simultaneous recordings where episodes will be saved for 9 months.

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Unfortunately, YouTube TV suffers the same main drawback of these over the top TV streaming services which is channel selection. Due to licensing issues, YouTube TV will have a collection of 40 channels at launch including access to ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, E!, CW, FX, USA, Freeform, FS1, Disney Channel, and more. However, it lacks the cable-only networks like AMC and Viacom (also no MTV, CNN, TNT, TBS, Comedy Central, HGTV, or Food Network). Showtime is available for an extra monthly fee though.

The sports channels are nice to see and are sure to be appreciated, but due to Verizon's exclusivity deal NFL games are restricted to PCs and can not be streamed on mobile devices using YouTube TV.

For those interested, CNET has a full list of the channels here. YouTube TV will reportedly also allow access to YouTube Red programming, but the TV programming will still have ads (of course).

Excepting the NFL streams, users can watch live and recorded TV on their PCs, smartphones, tablets, and Chromecasts. Google Home support is currently in development as well and will eventually allow you to tune into a channel on your Chromecast using your voice.

I am a excited to see another major player enter this IP TV streaming space, and with a working DVR it will have a leg up over the competition (here's looking at you, DirecTV Now). With Google backing the venture I am hopeful that it can flex its considerable capital muscle to work out further deals with the stubborn cable networks and eventually (maybe) we will see a truly a la carte TV streaming service!

What are your thoughts on YouTube TV? Is it enough to get you to cut the cord, or are you too into The Walking Dead?

Source: YouTube

March 2, 2017 | 02:02 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

VP9 profile 2? Kaby Lake exclusive in a PC space?

March 2, 2017 | 03:05 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

>Paying to watch You-friggin'-Tube
NO.

March 3, 2017 | 02:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It's not YouTube, it's YouTube TV.

March 2, 2017 | 07:10 AM - Posted by Mike S. (not verified)

I'm not buying - I have an HD antenna and Tivo, and that's good enough for me.

If I were going to buy, I'd pick Playstation Vue or YouTube TV over the others because Sony and Google never advertised one price and then delivered another.

I'll never voluntarily buy television service from Comcast, Dish, or DirecTV again because of all of the times they advertised X and then billed me X + 30 when I signed up. I don't care if I could call and complain and get my price cut to X-20. If you're not going to be honest with the initial advertising campaign, you can go (%()$%(*$.

March 2, 2017 | 10:32 AM - Posted by WayneJetSki (not verified)

Cloud DVR interests me a lot ! Exp. if I can record sporting events. $35 a month seems a little steep to me,.. or else I have gotten used to Netflix pricing.

March 7, 2017 | 11:21 AM - Posted by TSpudz (not verified)

Better dead than YouTube red.