YouTube TV is an American over-the-top internet television service that offers live TV, on demand video and cloud-based DVR from more than 70 television networks. It is owned by YouTube, a subsidiary of Google. YouTube TV's line up includes major U.S. networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, FX, AMC, CNN, TBS, Discovery, and ESPN.
|Founded||February 28, 2017|
|Services||OTT Internet television|
|Parent||Google (through YouTube)|
YouTube TV launched on February 28, 2017.
YouTube TV began streaming in April 2017 in five U.S. markets - New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco, In addition to national U.S. networks, YouTube TV broadcasts channels owned by those networks, their corporate owners and other media companies. Other channels include CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, BBC World News, The Smithsonian Channel (a venture by CBS-owned Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution); Sundance TV (owned by AMC Networks); numerous sports channels; Disney Channel (owned by The Walt Disney Company); and BBC America (jointly owned by AMC Networks and BBC Studios). YouTube TV members also have access to YouTube Premium original movies and shows (although a YouTube Premium subscription is not included with YouTube TV).
On February 14, 2018, YouTube TV added Turner Broadcasting Systems networks including TBS, TNT, CNN and Cartoon Network among others. In addition, YouTube TV also announced deal to add NBA TV and MLB Network.
The service expanded to cover 98 percent of U.S. households in January 2019. In March 2019, YouTube TV launched in Glendive, Montana, thus becoming available in every TV market in the United States.
On April 10, 2019, YouTube TV added 9 networks owned by Discovery including Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, HGTV, Food Network among others. This brought YouTube TV to more than 70 channels. Google also announced that they would be adding Oprah Winfrey Network channels. The monthly price for all customers increased by about 42% compared to the launch price, and 25% compared to the March 2018 price, with no grandfathering available.
YouTube TV offers a cloud-based DVR service with unlimited storage that saves recordings for nine months. Each subscription can be shared among six accounts and allows up to three simultaneous streams.
Over seventy networks are available in YouTube TV:
- Entertainment & lifestyle: AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Bravo, Comet, Cozi TV, Decades, Discovery, E!, Food Network, Freeform, FX, FXM, FXX, Investigation Discovery, IFC, HGTV, Motor Trend, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic, Oxygen, Pop, Smithsonian Channel, SundanceTV, Syfy, TBS, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, TruTV, Turner Classic Movies, USA, We TV
- News: BBC World News, Cheddar Business, Cheddar News, CNBC, CNBC World, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox News, HLN, Local Now, MSNBC, Newsy
- Regional availability: NECN
- Sports: BTN, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV, NBCSN, Olympic Channel, SEC Network, Tennis Channel
Supported YouTube TV devices include:
- Android mobile devices
- Apple iOS mobile devices (10.x or higher)
- Chromecast (cast from mobile device)
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