Published: Mon, March 06, 2017
Electronics | By Lorenzo Hawkins

Google is going after cable with its own streaming service, YouTube TV

Google is going after cable with its own streaming service, YouTube TV

Those who sign up will get access to YouTube Red Originals content as well as 'dozens of popular cable networks.' You'll get access to the big ones - ESPN, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC - as well as other things like Fox News, FX and US, E! and Bravo, and more.

There are a few big questions that YouTube declined to answer at today's unveiling, the biggest of which is the specific local markets where YouTube TV will be available.

In simple terms, Netflix offers a collection of TV shows and movies available to watch whenever you like. The service works on nearly device on which YouTube is available, the company said Tuesday. The service will launch in the spring at an unspecified date in "the largest USA markets", according to a YouTube statement.

The deal covers broadcasts on CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC networks.

YouTube isn't ruling out working with those programmers down the line. You can also "cast" YouTube TV from your mobile device to a TV with Google Cast built in or a Chromecast plugged in.

What YouTube is really pushing, though, is the notion that while it may have the same programming as its competitors, it will have a better service. That subscription price will get you six individual user accounts, each with their own profiles and suggested content. It's offering an unlimited amount of free DVR storage space.

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"Reliability and scalability" - a not-veiled reminder that other digital TV services have had technical struggles when they first launched.

"YouTube TV works on Android and iOS". The subscription, which will cost $35 a month for a family plan of up to six accounts, is expected to launch in the next few months in the U.S. now there are no plans for worldwide service.

Notably absent from YouTube's service are Viacom-owned channels Discovery, A&E, AMC, TBS, TNT, MTV, Comedy Central and CNN.

The over-the-top service will let people wach on any device.

YouTube and Google spent years in a cold war with the TV guys, and the site's existence spurred them to create Hulu as a sort of anti-YouTube; now the two services are about to compete directly again, this time selling the kind of of pay TV services that were supposed to die off years ago.

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