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YouTube TV launches in US

08 April, 2017, 11:00 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Adverts for major brands including Amazon Microsoft Deliveroo and Guess are being run alongside You Tube videos of people cutting themselves with razor blades

For people living outside these five areas, the service is collecting email addresses for interested parties, for Google to send a message at a later time when YouTube TV becomes available in other markets.

Negotiations are also progressing with AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, WE tv, and BBC World News. If users want to get rid of them, they have to pay additional $9.99 per month. Additional markets will open up in the United States in due time, and the YouTube TV membership will cost you $35 each month.

YouTube first announced the YouTube TV service in February, and today, it has launched it officially in select USA markets.

YouTube TV is also encouraging sharing of the service with friends and family, A single account allows for up to six user profiles, all of whom can access the service. And there's lots of competition at hand - Hulu is reportedly developing its own bundle of channels available by streaming, joining services already offered by DirecTV Now, Dish Network's Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.

The new service is different from YouTube Red as it offers a number of number of livestreams from all four major broadcast networks.

More networks coming soon.

If you want to watch on your TV, you can send the program to the TV wirelessly from your phone or tablet using a Chromecast module plugged into the TV. Right now, YouTube TV lacks several big TV networks like TBS, CNN, and the Discovery Channel, and for add-on channels like Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus, users will have to pay more.

In the official announcement post, YouTube reveals the name of channels that will be available for viewing.

Google, which announced the service last month, said the service is free for the first month as a trial.

Granted we're still testing out the free trial membership ourselves, but one noteworthy feature is the ability to see what is playing on other channels in your dashboard, allowing you to bypass channels that are clearly in a commercial break. However, you can only store recordings for up to nine months. YouTube TV comes with 6 accounts per household. However, the biggest advantage that YouTube TV has over its competitors like DirectTV appears to be the reliability of the streaming, which certainly adds to its appeal.


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