YouTube and Google today made a play to be the future of online video streaming by launching a new service which will see television content become available alongside YouTube’s existing ever-growing library of video content.
YouTube hopes that by offering the streaming of TV content via its website, it will be able to capture the market which never had a cable subscription, perhaps simply because they grew up as part of the generation that is now “cutting the cord.” The service will be unimaginatively named YouTube TV.
Priced at $35 per month and can be cancelled any time, YouTube’s new subscription service will offer content from all four content providers in the United States – ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. Subscribers will be able to access around 30 of the biggest channels available on TV, and will give subscribers access to six accounts, ensuring that each member of the family can access content via their own YouTube account rather than having to share a single sign-on.
This will allow for usage tracking and presumably the same content surfacing algorithms which allow YouTube to predict what content a user will like and surface it accordingly. However, while there may be six accounts, YouTube will only allow three streams to be access concurrently.
Cloud-based DVR will also be part of YouTube TV live streaming service and it will apparently never run out of storage space, meaning it will have unlimited storage space.
Unfortunately, as is the case with all streaming services of this ilk, not all content is going to be available for subscribers to YouTube TV. HBO is a no-go at the time of announcement, and Turner Broadcasting is also missing. That means subscribers to YouTube TV will not be able to access CNN, TBS, or TNT. In the same vain AMC Networks, Discovery Communications, and A+E Networks are also sadly missing as of right now.
YouTube TV is coming soon, and while it may not yet be ready to go as yet, users can sign up to be notified when the switch is flipped at: tv.youtube.com.
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