YouTube Is Getting Into The Live TV Game

Google’s streaming TV service may debut today

YouTube TV won't be yet another service that gets lost in the mix. Google surprised many by announcing YouTube TV at two secretive launch events in New York City and Los Angeles. YouTube product chief Neal Mohan says the company has been working on YouTube TV for two years; he promises that you'll see the results when you actually get to play with it. The package includes 10 sports networks, MSNBC, CBS News, Fox News, Disney channel, Bravo and E! as well as local channel offerings, and YouTube original TV and film content.

At launch all four broadcast networks will be available - ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox - and their associated cable channels like ESPN, USA Network and FX. Recode reports that Google's artificial intelligence software will power the service's recommendation system.

Still, YouTube TV lacks some notable cable channels - CNN, HBO and Cartoon Network are not on the list featured in the YouTube blog post, for example. The subscription, which will cost $35 a month for a family plan of up to six accounts, is expected to launch in the next few months in the U.S. now there are no plans for global service.

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As for navigating the content, the primary interface will be a smartphone app with three tabs: "Live", "Library", and "Home". You can also "cast" YouTube TV from your mobile device to a TV with Google Cast built in or a Chromecast plugged in. YouTube also has a virtual DVR service with unlimited storage, but shows will automatically delete after nine months. You'll be able to fast-forward and rewind them, too.

YouTube TV will also include one of the most annoying parts of the TV watching experience: ads.

After more than a decade, YouTube is now considered to be a significant rival to traditional television. YouTube TV will launch in a few months. But based on what we know right now, it looks like a compelling cord-cutting option with features including a DVR subscription and a sub-$40 price point that take it a cut above the competition.

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