YouTube has decided to take on DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue with the introduction of their streaming TV service, YouTube TV.
YouTube has entered the growing field of companies trying to disrupt traditional cable providers with a new paid TV service that streams over the internet.
It will cost $35 per month and there are no contracts, so you can cancel whenever you want. YouTube also has a virtual DVR service with unlimited storage, but shows will automatically delete after nine months. YouTube TV will launch in a few months in the US. There’s been no word on an international launch as of yet.
YouTube TV includes all four major broadcast networks, CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox, but won’t have channels from Viacom or Turner. It will also give you access to YouTube’s original programming previously available only on the company’s Red subscription service.
Like other similar services, you’ll be able to stream YouTube TV to pretty much any device with a screen and internet connection: connected TVs and set-top boxes, phones, tablets, and computers. But for TVs, you’ll be able to stream only if you have a Chromecast or a Google Cast-enabled TV for now. The app will likely launch on other devices like video game consoles, Apple TV, and Roku in the future.
It’s certainly a welcome addition to the streaming TV lineup that is currently available, especially with Hulu rumoured to be preparing their own live TV solution as well. It looks like cable TV as we know it is slowly coming to an end.
You can sign up at youtube.tv to get a notification once the service is available.