Google are continuing their bid to permeate into every aspect of your life. In a special presentation at their YouTube Space LA, YouTube announced YouTubeTV – a cable alternative that will allow you to watch live television from your TV, PC, or Mobile device. For just $35 a month, you’ll be able to stream your favorite shows whenever you want, have access to a limit free cloud service so you can record as many episodes of your favorite TV shows as you like, and take it all on the go.
Check out the press release for more details:
Finally, live TV made for you
There’s no question that people love TV, from live sports to breaking news to sitcoms and dramas. But the truth is, there are a lot of limitations in how to watch TV today.
Unlike online video, people can’t watch TV when they want, on any screen and on their terms, without commitments. Consumers have made it clear that they want live TV without all the hassle. They don’t want to worry about their DVR filling up. They don’t want to miss a great game or their favorite show because they’re on the go. They tell us they want TV to be more like YouTube.
Well, we’ve got some good news! We’re bringing the best of the YouTube experience to live TV. To do this, we’ve worked closely with our network and affiliate partners to evolve TV for the way we watch today.
Meet YouTube TV. It’s live TV designed for the YouTube generation—those who want to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, without commitments.
Here’s what YouTube TV offers:
Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks. YouTube TV gives you the best of live TV, from must-see broadcast shows like “Empire,” “The Voice,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Scandal,” to the live sports you want. YouTube TV includes major sports networks like ESPN and regional sports networks like Fox Sports Networks and Comcast SportsNet, so you can watch your favorite NBA or MLB teams. We’ve also partnered with local TV stations, so you’ll also get sports and local news based on where you live. And YouTube TV offers dozens of additional cable channels, so you won’t miss out on the latest news from MSNBC or Fox News, popular shows and movies from USA or FX, kids programming from the Disney Channel or Sprout, or reality TV from E! or Bravo. You can also add Showtime, or Fox Soccer Plus to your networks for an additional charge. In total, YouTube TV gives you access to more than 40 networks, listed below.
A cloud DVR, with no storage limits. With YouTube TV, you’ll be able to record live TV and never run out of storage. Your cloud DVR can record as many shows as you want, simultaneously, without using precious data or space on your phone and we’ll store each of your recordings for nine months.
A service that works great on all your screens. You can watch YouTube TV on any screen—mobile, tablet or computer—and you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV. YouTube TV works on both Android and iOS. And your cloud DVR goes with you, so you can stream your recordings on any device, whenever and wherever you want.
YouTube Red Originals. With a YouTube TV membership, you can watch all of our YouTube Red Original series and movies right on the new YouTube TV app.
Six accounts, one price. Every YouTube TV membership comes with six accounts, each with its own unique recommendations and personal DVR with no storage limits. You can watch up to three concurrent streams at a time.
Half the cost of cable with zero commitments. A YouTube TV membership is only $35 a month and there are no commitments—you can cancel anytime.
YouTube TV will be available soon in the largest U.S. markets and will quickly expand to cover more cities across the country. Visit tv.youtube.com and sign up to find out when we’ll launch in your market.
With so much great content available on TV, we’re thrilled to build an experience that lets you enjoy it as easily as you watch YouTube. We can’t wait for you to tune in.
Like most media these days, this will start as a US only offering. However, one can expect that if it’s a success, international markets will follow (Netflix took what, 5 years to expand worldwide?).
In recent years, cord cutting has become an attractive option to most millenials (heck, even more parents just did it). With the option of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and so many networks sharing their content online, a $100+ cable or satellite bill is a hard sell. Most of us holdouts have been doing so because we still appreciate the ability to watch Live TV (if you’re like me, the TV going on is second only to the lights when you enter your home). YouTubeTV’s live TV option, smaller price tag, and lack of a contract (commitments are so pas·sé) sure makes cord cutting look like a better option. Though some may want to wait for channel expansion (the lack of TNT and BBC America means I won’t be an early adopter) that is likely to come in the next few years.
There is no set release date for YouTubeTV at present, but we’re assured it’ll start in the “next couple of months.”
GS Blogger: Valerie Parker