It seems like tech giant YouTube has just launched its live TV feature. It is available only in a limited number of markets. Those are New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia, for $35 per month. From now on, those who choose to subscribe will be able to watch over 50 networks, among those being ABC, CBS, FOX and ESPN. It seems like YouTube TV is soon going to add the AMC Networks too, while Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus are available for those who want to pay an extra charge.
According to them, YouTube TV became a reality after many years of hard work at the company, which Google owns. This is also a change of direction. Apart from being a support platform for user’s video content, it is now also a full-time television provider. YouTube vp content partnerships Kelly Merryman says that the company might need some time to adjust because this is a completely different market with completely different users.
For years, the company listened to their clients and tried to discover what they liked best about traditional TV, and what they wanted to change. The biggest problem was that they were forced to sit in front of a TV in order to watch a certain program. They could not have that Netflix or Spotify experience when they could just take their iPad and go to the park to watch “Game of Thrones”. So, this is what YouTube TV brings new.
Something for users to enjoy
YouTube TV will reportedly come with unlimited cloud DVR which will store shows or anything else for up to nine months. This new service also works on smartphones, tablets and computers and if people want to stream it to a television, they can use a Google Chromecast. The service is also going to offer access to its users to some YouTube Red originals. However, the latter will remain a completely separate product, one which offers original shows while being ad-free.
It is interesting to note that the company is offering a free 30-day trial for the new users, in order to attract them. Also, they can first test whether they like this kind of experience or not. After making their first payment, the company will give users their own Google Chromecast.
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