YouTube TV officially announced: 44 channels for $35 per month

YouTube TV officially announced: 44 channels for $35 per month
We've been hearing rumors for a while that YouTube was working on its own streaming TV bundle, similar to that of Sling TV or DirecTV NOW, and those rumors just came true. Google has announced YouTube TV, which will offer access to 44 channels for $35 per month, and allow you to watch on any device you want to from your phone to your TV.

The 44 channels offer a pretty solid choice of options, including the four major networks, news, sports, entertainment, education, kids content, and even YouTube Red (yes, that's right! YouTube Red is considered a full "channel" being offered.) The selection is a bit lopsided though with 14 of the 44 channels (32%) dedicated to sports, so how good a deal this is will be highly dependent on how much you like sports, or if you think $35 is a good price for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CW, Syfy, FX, FXX, USA, a couple NatGeo channels and some other stuff. To be fair, YouTube TV also promises to offer local sports and news "based on where you live", which is something other skinny bundles like this can't always match; and, no other streaming service includes CBS, which has been pushing its own CBS All Access service. There are also no music channels, but frankly everyone uses YouTube for music videos anyway. 

One odd thing about YouTube TV is that it will act very much like a traditional cable system in that all channels will be live feeds, but instead of having any sort of on-demand option, YouTube TV will include "unlimited cloud DVR." This means you can only watch content on-demand if you've "recorded it" to your cloud DVR (which just sounds insane because from storage and data processing perspective, there's no way that Google is storing separate copies of these shows for each user that "records" it.) 

Still, at $35 per month, it's not that bad a deal, and with no contract you can cancel if you don't like it. The inclusion of CBS and the cloud DVR feature add value over competing services, and assuming it works through the normal YouTube app, then app support across devices will be solid. 

It is unclear exactly when the service will be widely available though. Google says it will be available "soon in the largest U.S. markets and will quickly expand to cover more cities across the country." No word yet on what "soon" means, but you can sign up for notifications. 


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23 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

$35 A MONTH! GTFO RIGHT NOW! Some of those channels have their content free on their websites and Hulu has all the rest for $12(commercial free plan) smh at Google for this.

3. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

lol you peasant

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Peasant, nah I don't have a low social status, I'm just cheap lol. Prime TV, Hulu, and Netflix are more than enough for me, cost less than $35 a month and has way more than 44 networks.

37. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I agree. Netflix has enough content for me to waste my life away.

38. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

yes it does.+1

9. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

As with traditional cable, you're paying for the inclusion of sports bundles, but your math is a bit off anyway. To match the other channels, you'd need Hulu ($12), CBS All Access ($6), then either Sling TV or PlayStation Vue ($20-30). If you don't want the sports, news, or local content, you could get away with just Hulu and CBS, but anything that you're missing would often ask for a cable service login to access the content anyway.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nah I watch sports for free on Roku my friend so i'm not missing out on spots and we actually have CBS all access I just don't use it so I left it out lol. We don't have PS view or Sling though, point is I don't miss out on anything and I have way more content, YouTube TV is a rip off. BTW hulu has more than 44 networks by itself, way more.

2. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

This is awesome but no TNT or MTV?

7. tedkord

Posts: 17480; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

MTV? Really?

4. TechGirl90 unregistered

The Market is already pretty saturated with Streaming Services, Don't know how much Google would benefit from this compared to the likes of Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, etc. And Google already has Chromecast where we can stream services from there and they still get profit so doesn't this seem redundant?

6. tedkord

Posts: 17480; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

None you listed stream live network TV, though Hulu does stream after the fact. Chromecast is completely different from any of them, and doesn't even belong in this conversation.

8. TechGirl90 unregistered

"Chromecast is completely different from any of them, and doesn't even belong in this conversation." Yes it does belong in this conversation, and no it isn't completely different, you can also watch live streaming services through Chromecast by simply going to your browser on the desktop or your mobile device and watch a live event and cast it onto your television, I've watched live events on more than one occasion using my Chromecast. These are both the same thing, I personally just don't see the need to open a new streaming service and pay 35 dollars a month for it seeing that I already spent 35 dollars (one time fee) on Chromecast that is capable of doing the same thing.

19. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Nothing can compare to the streamsmart box with different streaming builds installed. I get live sports, payper view and other goodies...

20. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

I use iStreamItAll.com with all tv shows and new movies before release to dvd. $17mo

21. Foxgabanna unregistered

You might as well sign up for Playstation Vue or DirecTV Now.

22. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

If they had ID channel id be sold. But I think this is a start to something. The cable of the future. No hookups. No boxes. Just an app. Cool I guess that's a whole lotta jobs down the drain though if I'm right

25. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Not till they have sunday ticket or some other football channel i wont do it

26. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

I have the grandfathered $35 100 channel DirecTV now deal, will visit YouTube again once more channels are available

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no thanks... my cable-internet plan already covered 60% of those (plus another 80+ channels), unlimited on-demand replay, and they also have apps to stream those channels on mobile devices (with no extra charge) only for ~$50 (including internet)

28. dodo1234

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

I think the whole point is to compare the LEGIT paid for service not anything that's is free or free-ish like kodi and such. I still think PS VUE has the best overall experience and options. But it sounds like Google is trying to beat them all by offering the ENTIRE service on ANY smart device. The real question is how many devices can stream simultaneously and can a family us the same account(home or away) given that I'm sure they'd have their own gmail/youtube accounts on multiple devices each. Plus having it all in ONE APP not spread across 3-5 apps plus live tv in HD and DVR included is also AMAZING.

29. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

hell na i aint paying to watch Telemundo ! its free

30. AceNJ

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

no nick jr. is a deal breaker for my family :(

35. HerbEaversmels

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

"...no other streaming service includes CBS". PlayStation Vue includes it.

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