Google has announced that their YouTube platform will have a new live TV service available soon. The new service, aptly called YouTube TV will only be available in the USA and cost $35 per month and feature content from top networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. The service has no contract, so you can cancel whenever you wish, and even try it free for a month.
The service which is billed as “Cloud DVR with no storage limits” promises the ability to stream your library on any device, even Apple devices along with the ability to record all of your shows at once. Each subscription comes with 6 logins for friends or family, with each account having its own personal library.
Here are the supported devices for the new service at the time of launch, with more expected to be added soon:
Android L or later
iPhone iOS 9.1 or later
iPad iOS 9.1 or later
For the best YouTube TV viewing experience, download the latest version of Chrome.
Stream with Google Chromecast, Chromecast built-in TV, and Android TV.
The service has a long way to go to rival cable networks, but with a parent company such as Google it is likely that it will meet and competition head on. It has a good selection of content for its starting point, but will need to get other networks on board to offer a more complete and rounded service. At the moment due to licencing complications and Verizon’s existing deal with the NFL you will only be able to stream NFL games on your TV or laptop, and not your mobile phones.
Google has confirmed that at a later date there will be more price tiers along with a more comprehensive line up. I hope that this is successful enough to make it to the UK. If there is a service good enough to rival the likes of SKY and Virgin, it could be a great way to encourage better value services in the UK, which has seen constant price rises over the years for not much more. On SKY you still have to pay extra for HD content!