YouTube reckons there “too many limits” on how we can watch TV. That TV should be “more like YouTube”.
Enter YouTube TV.
“We’re bringing the best of the YouTube experience to live TV,” YouTube announced today. “To do this, we’ve worked closely with our network and affiliate partners to evolve TV for the way we watch today.”
Launching first in the US (no word yet on when it will be available here), the service offers live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks, “dozens of popular cable networks”. In total, YouTube TV gives access to more than 40 networks.
One of the main benefits is cloud storage. “You’ll be able to record live TV and never run out of storage,” YouTube promises. “Your cloud DVR can record as many shows as you want, simultaneously, without using precious data or space on your phone and we’ll store each of your recordings for nine months.”
YouTube TV – including your cloud recordings – will be available on any screen (mobile, tablet or computer) and you can also stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV. YouTube TV works on both Android and iOS.
You get six accounts and access to YouTube Red with the membership, with a limits of three streams at any one time. It is launching for USD$35 a month.
We’ll keep you updated as the when Aussies can expect the service.