YouTube launches live TV streaming service

YouTube_TVYouTube has unveiled details of its much-anticipated television streaming service, describing it as “live TV designed for the YouTube generation”.

YouTube TV is set to go live “soon” in the US with a line-up of more than 40 channels, including the biggest US broadcast networks.

The service will be available across devices, includes a cloud DVR with “no storage limits” for recording TV shows, and will cost US$35 per month without commitments – substantially cheaper than a typical US cable subscription.

Live TV streaming will be available from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks and “dozens” more cable networks including MSNBC, USA, Disney Channel and Fox News.

Access to YouTube’s homegrown SVOD service, YouTube Red, is also included as part of the offering and users can add Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus to their line-up for an additional charge.

“We’re bringing the best of the YouTube experience to live TV,” said YouTube product management director, Christian Oestlien. “To do this, we’ve worked closely with our network and affiliate partners to evolve TV for the way we watch today.”

Announcing details of the service, YouTube said that membership comes with six accounts, each with its own unique recommendations and personal DVR.

Users can record as many shows as they want simultaneously and each will be available to access for up to nine months.

“Consumers have made it clear that they want live TV without all the hassle,” said Oestlien. “They don’t want to worry about their DVR filling up. They don’t want to miss a great game or their favourite show because they’re on the go. They tell us they want TV to be more like YouTube.”

YouTube TV will be available soon in the largest markets in the US before expanding to cover more American cities. YouTube has not announced any plans for an international version of the service.

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