YouTube has announced a new alternative to cable or satellite television called YouTube TV- a live and on-demand TV subscription service.
“YouTube TV is designed for the YouTube generation, for those who want to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, without commitments,” YouTube states in a blog post.
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 with currently no plans for international service.
YouTube TV offers Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks. Viewers can watch shows like Empire, The Voice, The Big Bang Theory and Scandal.
Subscribers can also get sports and local news as YouTube has partnered with the local TV stations. YouTube TV also offers additional cable channels for the latest news from MSNBC or Fox News, popular shows and movies from USA or FX, kids programming from the Disney Channel or Sprout, or reality TV from E! or Bravo.
The service will feature a DVR-style recording service with unlimited cloud storage. The cloud DVR can record a number of shows simultaneously, without using precious data or space on phone and the recordings will be stored for nine months.
YouTube added in its blog post: “The cable free TV subscription can be watched on any screen—mobile, tablet or computer—and viewers can easily stream to TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV. YouTube TV works on both Android and iOS.
“With a YouTube TV membership, viewers can watch all YouTube Red Original series and movies on the new YouTube TV app.”