YouTube launching Live TV service (but only in the US)

Google is set to launch a Live TV service called YouTube TV priced at $US35 a month -but the service is only rolling out in the US.

Set to compete with cable, satellite and online pay-TV providers like Dish’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue and AT&T’s DirecTV Now, it will offer all the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC), sports channels like ESPN, cable networks like FX and USA, 24-hour news like FOX News, kids programming, local TV networks, and more.

YouTube TV will include shows and movies made for its other subscription service, Red.

CNET reports it will also have an unlimited cloud DVR to record shows and watch them later. YouTube TV can cast to televisions using Google’s Chromecast streaming device, and due to work with voice commands via the company’s Google Home smart speaker. It will also offer Showtime for an additional fee.

“The younger generation wants to consume TV in the way that they’re used to consuming video online,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said.

But so far there are no plans to roll out YouTube TV internationally just yet.

Streaming-TV service Hulu, which is owned by Comcast, Disney and 21st Century FOX, also will launch a virtual cable service later this year.


  1. The DVR function fits in with current viewing habits in the USA,. This news is interesting in demonstrating the differences in licencing content afforded by America’s vast competitive consumer market, something Australia consumers can never really hope for in the near future for obvious commercial reasons.

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