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Coming to a (digital) screen near you: YouTube TV

Google’s video-sharing website YouTube is pushing into the traditional television territory with the pending launch of YouTube TV. The proposed subscription service will give viewers access to programming from more than ...
March 1, 2017

Google’s video-sharing website YouTube is pushing into the traditional television territory with the pending launch of YouTube TV.

The proposed subscription service will give viewers access to programming from more than 40 networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN and dozens of cable networks, according to YouTube’s corporate blog.

YouTube TV will provide access to live sports, courtesy of partnerships with major sports networks such as ESPN, regional nets like Fox Sports Networks and Comcast SportsNet, and local TV stations.

The TV streaming service will also offer dozens of additional cable channels such as MSNBC, Fox News, FX, kids programming from the Disney Channel and Sprout, as well as reality TV content from E! and Bravo.

Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus will also be available for an additional charge.

True to its digital roots, YouTube TV is designed to be watched on mobile (Android or iOS), tablet or computer, and can be streamed on a television through Google Chromecast.

YouTube is also giving viewers the ability to record live programming, with no cloud storage limits. Each program can be saved up to nine months.

Subscribers will also be able to access YouTube’s original programming on its YouTube Red streaming service via an app.

No launch date has yet been made public, but YouTube has confirmed the TV service will start with a limited roll out in U.S. markets only, with plans to expand to more cities across the country.

More to come…

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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