In case you haven’t heard, Google is getting into the television market with YouTube TV. A new service that looks to take on Playstation Vue, Sling TV and DirecTV Now. Considering this is still YouTube, millions and millions of potential users likely have lots of questions. Here’s what we know so far about YouTube TV and what you need to know.
From live TV to breaking news and the latest sports. It will all soon be available on a slew of devices in real-time with YouTube TV. Google’s latest foray into internet TV streaming. Now that it’s official people are wondering what to expect.
How much will YouTube TV cost, what channels will be available, and will ads still be present inside videos? These are all just a few of many concerns. Below are some additional details about YouTube TV and info on whether or not it can replace cable.
There is a lot of competition in this space, and it’s only going to grow. Sling TV is growing in popularity and recently added cloud DVR recording, and Playstation has tons of users too. So what makes YouTube TV different and what sets it apart? Lets go over the basics.
What is YouTube TV?
YouTube TV is extremely similar to Sling TV and others, and basically the complete opposite of traditional cable. Instead of being locked into big contracts and bundled channels you don’t need, it’s a pay-by-the-month internet TV streaming service. Live television, sports, news and movies will be available anywhere with an internet connection. Not just at home.
TV streams live over the internet right to your device of choice. And most of the channels available are some of the most-watched networks, rather than having 2,000 channels you rarely use. It’s television trimmed down, that’s delivered through the internet.
YouTube TV Release Date
If you already know exactly what to expect, you’re probably wondering about the release date. For everyone else, keep reading for additional details on the service. According to Google YouTube TV will be available “soon in select US markets”. Which isn’t the best news but it’s a start.
Google will focus on some of the largest markets first, and expand to other markets and regions as time goes on. As soon as a full launch market availability list is released, we’ll update with all the details.
You can sign up right here to be notified when it’s available, and where.
YouTube TV Price?
This new service from Google has a lot of potential, but it needs to be done right. It needs to be affordable and have a lot of channels if it wants to replace cable. Right? According to the initial announcement that’s exactly what they have planned.
Google has announced a flat price of $35 a month, with no contracts. So pay when you want it, and cancel at anytime. Additionally, there will be multiple different “add-on” packages with more channels. Like Showtime, and probably many others in the near future. Pricing for add-on channels or packages have not yet been announced.
As a comparison, Sling TV starts out at $20 a month, and has multiple $5.99 add-ons with sports, movies, EPIX, RedZone and more. It can go up past $50 a month all said and done. We’ll have to wait and see what Google has in store with YouTube TV.
What Channels Are On YouTube TV?
Here is where things get interesting. This is YouTube after all, so the possibilities are almost endless. With thousands and thousands of hours worth of video uploaded to the site. The $35 a month access to YouTube TV gets all YouTube Original series. Basically everything from YouTube Red, and anything else uploaded to the video sharing site.
However, you’re probably wondering about the regular cable-like channel lineup. Google has a small list of partners so far, and more will certainly be added by the time it’s released to the public.
As you can see Google already partnered with some extremely popular networks. From ABC to Fox News or Sports, Disney, ESPN and more. AMC is missing, which was a huge hit with Sling TV and Playstation Vue.
Then of course add-on packages will be available. So far Fox Soccer Plus and Showtime are the only ones listed. Most likely we can expect HBO and other movie channels to get on board too.
YouTube TV For The Whole Family
A big question with these types of services is regarding who all can use it. Similar to giving out your Netflix login to family members or friends. While we don’t have all the details or limitations yet, Google already answered some of the most important questions.
Each YouTube TV account will be sharable with up to six different accounts, in a family plan. And all six users will get individualized recommendations based on viewing habits.
However, according to the press release YouTube TV will only be able to stream to three accounts or devices at a time. So six have access, but only three can be running at a time. Sling TV offers multi-streams too, for what it’s worth. One in the bedroom, living room and kids room and that’s all three.
Does YouTube TV Have DVR?
It’s 2017, everyone wants to be able to pause and rewind live television, or skip through the commercials. So this is understandably a big question mark.
YouTube TV has what’s called “Cloud DVR’ where users can record multiple shows at the same time, and they’re stored in the cloud. So you’ll never, ever run out of space like some cable set-top boxes. YouTube TV users will have unlimited cloud DVR space, but take note that recordings will only be available for 9-months. Then they automatically get deleted. Recorded shows also have pause, and the ability for skip commercials with fast forward.
What Devices Can Access YouTube TV?
Last but certainly not least is the list of supported devices that will have access to YouTube TV. Considering it isn’t traditional cable, any regular TV won’t have access. That said, there are multiple cheap products that will turn any TV into a smart one, like the Chromecast.
Google states that YouTube TV will essentially be available on any and all screens. As long as you have something that can access it. Anyone with a smartphone, tablet, laptop, Xbox, Roku, Android TV, Smart TV, Nexus Player, NVIDIA Shield and presumably many more. This list isn’t official, but we have a feeling every major platform will be on board. And that includes iOS app support.
With that all said, are you interested? YouTube TV has the potential to deliver everything Sling TV, Playstation Vue or regular cable does, in addition to the millions of hours of video on Youtube.com.
Finish watching an episode of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, and YouTube’s famous “recommended videos” will pop-up with similar content, fan pages, fan theories, live streams with reactions and more. The possibilities are almost endless.
We are hearing that the typical ads we see before and during videos on YouTube will be included in regular YouTube content though. Meaning users will potentially be paying for a service that will still serve up ads. As long as they are limited to six seconds, or skippable, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Either way, we’re excited about the possibilities and will keep an eye out for more details.