YouTube launches on-demand live TV streaming service

Google’s streaming TV service may debut today

Google’s streaming TV service may debut today

Now YouTube wants to be the place that sells you TV. That subscription price will get you six individual user accounts, each with their own profiles and suggested content.

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 United States of America, E! and Bravo, and more.

Like other new digital TV services, YouTube TV won't offer every network that cable TV services provide; instead it will feature a "skinny bundle", composed of the four broadcast networks - Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC - along with some of the cable channels related to the broadcasters. Recode reports that Google's artificial intelligence software will power the service's recommendation system.

YouTube is giving viewers a way to tune in live to their favorite shows, without a cable or satellite subscription.

A YouTube TV membership costs $35 a month and there are no long-terms commitments. Showtime will be available for an additional fee.

While no specific launch date has been announced as of yet, YouTube TV joins the growing space of internet TV streaming services as more people look for ways to say goodbye to traditional cable. You can find shows, movies, or live broadcasts to watch by searching for their names or via keyword. You can also "cast" YouTube TV from your mobile device to a TV with Google Cast built in or a Chromecast plugged in. You'll be able to fast-forward and rewind them, too.

Of course, YouTube TV can not overcome some hard-and-fast rules of the traditional TV setting: you won't be able to watch live National Football League games on your phone, for instance, though you will be able to cast them to your TV.

Not all TV networks are included in this service.

YouTube isn't ruling out working with those programmers down the line.

"Even though we are in this golden age of content, the current TV age isn't doing it justice", said Neal Mohan, YouTube's chief product officer.

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