YouTube TV

YouTube TV is an American streaming television service that offers live TV, on demand video and cloud-based DVR from more than 85[1] television networks. It is owned by YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, itself a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. YouTube TV's line-up includes major U.S. networks such as ABC, CBS, IFC, NBC, PBS, Fox, FX, AMC, CNN, Fox News, TBS, Discovery, Comedy Central and ESPN.

YouTube TV
IndustryPay television
FoundedFebruary 28, 2017
Headquarters
901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, California, U.S.
Area served
United States
ServicesStreaming television
ParentGoogle (through YouTube)
Websitetv.youtube.com

YouTube TV launched on February 28, 2017.[2]

HistoryEdit

YouTube TV began streaming in April 2017 in five U.S. markets - New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco,[2][3] 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, BBC World News, The Smithsonian Channel (a venture by ViacomCBS-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).[4]

Also in 2017, YouTube added MLB Network and regional deals with the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer.[5][6]

On February 14, 2018, YouTube TV began carrying the Time Warner-owned Turner Broadcasting System's cable networks (including, among others, TBS, TNT, CNN and Cartoon Network). In addition, YouTube TV also announced a deal to add NBA TV and MLB Network. With these additional channels, the service increased its monthly price for the first time in March 2018, from $34.99 to $39.99, with no grandfathering or opt-out available.[7]

The service expanded to cover 98 percent of U.S. households in January 2019.[8] In March 2019, YouTube TV launched in Glendive, Montana, thus becoming available in every TV market in the United States.[9]

On April 10, 2019, YouTube TV added nine networks owned by Discovery, Inc. (which include Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, HGTV and Food Network). This brought YouTube TV to more than 70 channels. Google also announced that they would be adding the Oprah Winfrey Network.[10] The service announced a second monthly price increase, from $39.99 to $49.99, without grandfathering existing customers or allowing them to opt out.[11]

On July 29, 2019, at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Pasadena, California, YouTube TV announced it had signed a landmark multi-year deal with PBS to allow carriage of live streams of PBS member stations and PBS Kids Channel beginning as early as the fourth quarter of 2019 (just before or after the November pledge drives of select PBS stations). The deal – which is PBS’s first distribution agreement with a virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) – would allow PBS stations the option of providing the direct over-the-air signals of local stations if they are able to clear the rights to at least 90% of their programming, a YouTube TV-exclusive dedicated feed in which shows that local PBS members are not able to clear for digital streaming would be replaced with separate programming or a PBS-provided national feed that would include programs fully cleared by the public broadcaster and localized station ID inserts (omitting local programs or pledge drives), and would allow YouTube TV to provide streams of up to three PBS member stations within a given market.

Stations that choose to offer their main signal must notify YouTube TV if they plan to air a show without rights clearances, in which the service will replace the program with a blackout notice screen.[12] On December 15, 2019, the first PBS affiliate stations were added to YouTube TV.[13]

On February 20, 2020, YouTube TV reached an agreement with WarnerMedia to carry HBO, Cinemax, and HBO Max streaming services as add-ons.[14]

On May 7, 2020, YouTube TV reached an expanded, multi-year deal with ViacomCBS, which will allow them to add 14 Viacom channels (BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land, VH1, BET Her, MTV2, Nick Jr., NickToons, TeenNick and MTV Classic) that were notably absent since the streamer's launch. The deal also entails a continued commitment to distribute ViacomCBS’ premium subscription services, including Showtime, on YouTube TV, and an extended partnership to distribute the media company’s content on the broader YouTube platforms.[15] Eight of the channels were added on June 30, bringing YouTube TV to over 85 channels. The addition was accompanied by the service's third monthly price increase, from $49.99 to $64.99, which also had no grandfathering or opt-out provisions.[1] Some competitors, such as Hulu + Live TV, have also implemented similar price increases over time.

On September 3, 2020, YouTube TV added the NFL Network to its base lineup and announced the Sports Plus add-on package, which includes premium sports networks such as NFL RedZone and Fox Soccer Plus for an additional cost. [16]

FeaturesEdit

YouTube TV offers a cloud-based DVR service with unlimited storage that saves recordings for nine months.[17] Each subscription can be shared among six accounts and allows up to three simultaneous streams.

Supported devicesEdit

Supported YouTube TV devices include:

Smart TVsEdit

Streaming Media PlayersEdit

MobileEdit

ComputerEdit

Carriage disputesEdit

In February 2020, YouTube TV announced that Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned regional sports networks (including Fox Sports Networks and YES Network) would likely be pulled from the service on February 28, 2020, citing high carriage fees. On that day, YouTube TV announced that it had reached an interim agreement to continue offering the channels on the platform while negotiations are under way.[18] On March 5, 2020, YouTube TV and Sinclair reached a new deal to continue carrying all the Fox RSNs except three – the YES Network, Fox Sports Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West.[19]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  19. ^ Spangler, Todd (March 5, 2020). "YouTube TV Inks Deal for 19 Fox Regional Sports Nets With Sinclair, Drops YES and Two Others". Variety. Archived from the original on March 5, 2020. Retrieved March 6, 2020.

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