At an event in Los Angeles this afternoon, YouTube announced it own TV streaming service, which will offer live streams of broadcast and cable television programming.
The service will exist as a standalone app and contain the wealth of online video found on YouTube. For a cost of $35 per month, subscribers will get access to all four major networks in the United States, including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, in addition to another 35 cable channels.
The price covers a total of six accounts, so each member of the household can have their own personalized recommendations. However, there can only be three concurrent streams running at the same time for each subscription, meaning only three of the six people can be watching at a given time. Like many other streaming services, it has a lot of room for improvement.
The company did not give any specific launch date, but they said it will be rolling out within the next few months. YouTube TV will only be available in the United States (sorry Canada, it seems very unlikely that we are actually ever going to get this one) and will be rolling out to major markets before rolling out to smaller cities.
In addition to the TV streaming bundle, the subscription also gives users a free YouTube Red subscription, which means they won’t see ads on YouTube videos.