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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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