YouTube Launches Subscription TV Service, YouTube TV

01 March, 2017, 00:18 | Author: Lorena Waters
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At an event today in Los Angeles, the Google subsidiary unveiled YouTube TV, billing it as a way to reimagine television for the YouTube generation.

YouTube will launch a cable television subscription service later this year for $35 a month in an attempt to attract the hordes of people cutting the cable cord.

YouTube TV will launch in the coming months and will start off with over 40 networks available for streaming.

Those who sign up will get access to YouTube Red Originals content as well as 'dozens of popular cable networks.' You'll get access to the big ones - ESPN, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC - as well as other things like Fox News, FX and US, E! and Bravo, and more.

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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. It will offer a base package of about three dozen channels and be priced at $35.

Add-on networks include Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus. For kids, there's Disney Channel and Sprout. While it will be available on laptops and TVs through Chromecast, YouTube TV is said to be focused on a "mobile first" experience, with YouTube expecting most users to watch on smartphones and tablets.

The service also provides a cloud DVR with unlimited storage. This will work as different profiles, so other members of your household can have their own profile on YouTube TV and watch whatever they want to watch, and get personalized recommendations on what they want to watch.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told Bloomberg that YouTube TV is created to be "great for sports lovers", and that it will include pro and college football, basketball, baseball, and other sports. YouTube TV gives you the best of live TV, from must-see broadcast shows like "Empire", "The Voice", "The Big Bang Theory" and "Scandal", to the live sports you want. More than 40 networks are available at this point.

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