Google’s video site has unveiled YouTube TV, an upcoming streaming TV service to compete with Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, and others. YouTube TV will launch this Spring “in the largest U.S. markets” with a base package of 44 channels for $35 per month.
YouTube TV is separate from YouTube Red and will use its own standalone app. The service is said to be “mobile first,” which means it will likely rely solely on Google’s Chromecast to view the service on traditional TVs. There has been no mention of a YouTube TV app being made for Android TV or any other streaming media platform, like the Amazon Fire TV.
While the service does include all four major US broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX), the channel lineup is missing many notable networks. YouTube is hoping its service and features will make up for the slim lineup, but isn’t ruling out working with missing networks down the line.
One of the differentiating features that YouTube TV hopes will make it stand out among competitors is a cloud DVR with no storage limits included in the base package. YouTube is also touting “six accounts, one price” which means six individual accounts will be able to stream through the same plan, each with their own unique recommendations and personal DVR. However, the service allows only three concurrent streams at a time.
Based on what is known about YouTube TV, and Amazon’s relationship with Google in the past, it’s unlikely the new streaming service will be made available on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. At least not initially.