For YouTube it is not enough to be the most used video platform around the world , they want more, and that means seizing the device that has dominated for years the homes across the planet: the television. That is why YouTube is announcing a new platform that seeks to compete directly against cable television providers.
After several rumors, Google has today officiated 'YouTube TV' , a new monthly subscription service that will allow us to access TV channels to watch live shows and also content previously streamed.
YouTube now as a cable television provider for $ 35 a month
According to Google, the new generations are tired of the old television format, where there are still many limitations and is not possible to see anywhere. New content consumers are looking for live television without compromise and anywhere, come on, a TV that looks more like YouTube.
Under this premise comes YouTube TV, "live television for the YouTube generation", where we can access live channels and programs recorded from a new application for iOS and Android, which will be compatible with televisions through, for example, Chromecast.
- Live TV : YouTube TV has strong alliances such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, as well as the 30 most popular cable channels in the United States, as well as regional networks that will broadcast live sporting events through the platform.
- 'DVR in the cloud' at no additional cost : Google knows that sometimes it is difficult to see a live program, so it will give us access to a kind of 'virtual DVR', with which we will have unlimited access in the cloud to record our program Or favorite event and watch it later. This DVR will allow you to record several programs simultaneously and at maximum resolution, where each program will remain stored for up to nine months. We can access our DVR from anywhere we are, even from our smartphone.
- Linked to YouTube Network: By contracting YouTube TV we will automatically access exclusive YouTube Network content, such as original series and movies.
- Six accounts, one membership : Subscription to YouTube TV will be priced at $ 35 per month, and with this we can enable up to six individual accounts, which will have their own profile, content, virtual DVR and recommendations. In addition, each account can view up to three programs simultaneously.
YouTube TV will be available initially in the major cities of the United States, and later this year they plan to expand to the entire country. The bad news is that there is still no information about an international expansion, something that seems complicated because the licenses of each chain are negotiated by country.