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Old 02-28-17, 05:15 PM
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YouTube to launch Live TV streaming service (YouTube TV)

http://deadline.com/2017/02/youtube-...ks-1202028418/


YouTube’s much-rumored live TV bundle will launch “in the next few months” with more than 40 channels at $35 a month, the Google-owned video portal said today in unveiling the service dubbed YouTube TV. The Internet-based “skinny bundle” will compete with the likes of AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue.

Hulu is prepping a similar service and Apple TV wants to. YouTube’s version was tipped to launch sometime this spring at around a $40 price point.

The Big Four broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — will be available at launch, along with their associated cable channels such as ESPN, USA Network and FX. Showtime will be available for an additional fee. The package includes 10 sports networks, MSNBC, CBS News, Fox News, Disney Channel, Bravo and E! as well as local channel offerings and YouTube Red original TV and film content.

Users can add up to six accounts per subscription, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said today in unveiling the first concrete details of the service. Users will be able to record unlimited shows at once with its cloud-based DVR, with no storage limits. Each account will have its own tailored recommendations and its own personal DVR. A voice command function also is in the works.

Currently, said YouTube’s Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan, there are “no plans to roll-out [YouTube TV] internationally” as the “focus is to have a successful launch” in the U.S.

The major networks air television’s most popular programming, so they are considered must-haves for services that hope to compete with cable and satellite — as well as one another. The challenge is to assemble enough popular programming without running up the cost.
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Old 02-28-17, 06:36 PM
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https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/28/...ve-tv-service/

...always a catch with this stuff, isn't there? From the linked article:

Still, there are a lot of major networks missing. Most notable are channels from Viacom, Discovery, A&E, AMC and Turner (including TBS and TNT). CNN is also notably absent from the news networks available. This is a place where PlayStation Vue has an advantage -- the $35 plan from Sony includes CNN, TBS, TNT, AMC and a number of other channels that YouTube TV doesn't offer.
Not a deal breaker for everyone, but without AMC, that's going to put quite a few folks off I would imagine. No option for HBO either that I can see, but then again I suppose a cord-cutter could always subscribe to HBO NOW in addition to this.
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Old 02-28-17, 09:20 PM
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Re: YouTube to launch Live TV streaming service (YouTube TV)

I've been really looking into switching to a skinny bundle, but only Directv Now and Sling TV have Viacom channels and I watch a lot of shows on CMT and MTV. As of right now, Sling TV and Directv Now don't have cloud dvrs. I'm interested to see what channels the Hulu skinny bundle will have.
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https://www.macrumors.com/2017/04/05...vice-launches/

https://tv.youtube.com/welcome/

$35

1 month free trial. Limited promo of free chrome cast device. Unlimited DVR, 6 accounts, 3 streams at the same time, etc.

For me, channel list is barely OK, compared to DirecTV Now (what I have right now), but they are missing some that are important to me, AMC (TWD!), Nick (SpongeBob!), and some spanish channels. Pros: unlimited DVR, infrastructure should be better, so no issues with streaming, I hope, like with the competition. Also, CBS channels is a plus, because DirecTV Now is missing those.

Oh, one big issue, for me right now, no AppleTV app. You have to stream to your TV using another device. I guess this one is more for millennials.


Channel list:
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Find out what each network has to offer.

BROADCAST
ABC
CBS
The CW (live or on demand depending on region)
FOX
NBC

SPORTS
Big Ten Network
CBS Sports Network
Comcast RSN
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPN3
ESPNews
ESPNU
Fox RSN
FS1
FS2
Golf Channel
NBCSN
NECN
SEC Network

ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE
Bravo
Chiller
E!
Esquire
Freeform
FX
FXM
FXX
Nat Geo
Nat Geo Wild
Oxygen
SyFy
Universal HD
USA
YouTube Red Originals

NEWS
CNBC
Fox Business
Fox News
MSNBC

KIDS
Disney Channel
Disney Jr
Disney XD
Sprout

Sports and premium networks like SHOWTIME and Fox Soccer Plus are also available for an additional monthly charge.
*NFL live streams can be viewed on your computer and TV using YouTube TV, but aren’t available on mobile.
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Old 04-05-17, 11:01 PM
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Very barebones. Probably more as you said more for Millennials who watch TV on their devices and laptops. I could see College kids using this service since cable is way too expensive for students.

Next up, Hulu Live. Curious to see how they are set up, the channel selection and infrastructure. Last I read was that Hulu Live didn't have the live rights to NBC yet.
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So I guess it ends up being $35 for two months and a Chromecast. I'll give it a shot.
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Well crap, only available in 5 cities so far.
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Old 04-07-17, 01:54 PM
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This just became available in the San Francisco Bay Area yesterday and I signed up for the free trial. Quality's great so far and navigation is pretty easy. Too bad about no AppleTV app though. Had to stream from my phone.
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They got AMC sometime since my last post, and my wife wanted to watch today's premiere of The Walking Dead. Signed up with the free promo.

Still no apps, for apple tv, or xbox, or PS4. I used my iPhone and streamed to AppleTV, it has been working perfectly all night.

So far looks really good. I need to get used to the interface though, DirecTV Now was better. Maybe PS Vue was better too. DVR functionality seems just awesome.
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I subscribed mainly for the World Series, but I may keep it for awhile. I haven't had cable for awhile, so it's kind of nice to have network TV again. I mainly watch it on my PC and tablet, and both work and look good.
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Old 10-26-17, 04:30 PM
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It works well, as expected from Google. I hope price was lower though, under $30, closer to SlingTV.

Also, being Google you don't know they will close this project.
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Old 11-02-17, 12:42 PM
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Android TV and Xbox one apps available now so i might have to try this out. I'm mainly worried about DVRing stuff that ends up being available on streams and getting stuck with commercials.
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Finally available in my area, but free trial is down to 7 days now. Free chromecast after first paid month mentioned on website, but not in the sign up process. Hmmmm. Still might give it a go next week off work.
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Old 02-14-18, 01:34 PM
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YouTube TV is adding more channels, but it’s also getting more expensive

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/14/1...price-increase

Turner networks including TBS, TNT, CNN, and Adult Swim are coming
By Chris [email protected] Feb 14, 2018, 9:00am EST

YouTube TV, the company’s internet TV streaming service, is expanding its programming with the addition of several Turner networks including TBS, TNT, CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. Those channels are all being added to the core monthly package, giving customers access to hits like Rick and Morty, TNT’s new drama The Alienist, and a nice selection of live sports. On that note, YouTube TV is also bringing NBA TV and MLB Network to the base lineup. NBA All Access and MLB.TV will be offered as optional paid add-ons “in the coming months.”

But there’s a significant downside coming along with the good news: these changes are leading to a price hike. Starting March 13th, YouTube TV’s monthly subscription cost will rise from $35 to $40. All customers who join the service prior to the 13th will be able to keep the lower $35 monthly rate going forward. And if you’ve been waiting for YouTube to add Viacom channels, that still hasn’t happened yet.

$40/month puts YouTube TV on par with Hulu’s live television service and Sony’s PlayStation Vue. Other competitors continue to offer lower starting subscription prices, however; Sling TV starts at $20, while DirecTV Now’s base package is $35. YouTube seems to believe that the unique perks of its service — a cloud DVR with no storage limits and six individual users per account — are enough to compensate for the increased price. And again, the company is giving people time to get in before it takes effect.

Hopefully these jumps in subscription cost won’t happen very often. Otherwise these internet TV businesses might suddenly start feeling more like cable (and not in a good way).

YouTube is continuing to improve availability, as well. Today it’s adding a bunch of new YouTube TV markets including: Lexington, Dayton, Honolulu, El Paso, Burlington, Plattsburgh, Richmond, Petersburg, Mobile, Syracuse, Champaign, Springfield, Columbia, Charleston, Harlingen, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton. With those added to the total footprint, YouTube claims its TV service is now available in the top 100 US markets and over 85 percent of US households. The product launched last April in just five cities, so that’s not bad progress for a year.
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So, after about six months of DirecTV Now, we signed up for the week-long trial of YouTubeTV to do a comparison of the services. During that week, they added TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, etc. This was what made us drop DirecTV Now altogether and pay for YTTV. In addition to a better viewing experience, an easier to use channel guide AND the SEC Network and four ESPN channels for $35, they offer DVR functionality with unlimited storage and the ability to share with up to six family members, all who have their own login and user experience, plus each person can access YTTV on three devices at a time. Oh, and they have 3 of our 5 local channels in the line-up with OnDemand for the other two networks. Another bonus is access to YouTube Red at no additional cost, and we've already found and enjoyed a lot of their original content.

We did buy my sister-in-law an updated Roku stick for her login account, and we are currently looking at Samsung and LG TVs with the YouTube TV app already installed.

We have had nothing but a positive experience with YouTube TV so far.
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Old 11-03-18, 06:35 PM
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Any user experience updates on YouTube Live TV? Starting to do some research into streaming live tv services, and this looks to be the best (on paper).

Only things it appears to be missing for me are NFL Network/Redzone, NHL Network, and HBO (which I could get HBO Now separately).

Any recent thoughts?

Thanks in advance...
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