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Google Announces YouTube TV Streaming Service, Starts at $35/Month

At an event in Los Angeles today, Google unveiled YouTube TV. The service, which is not yet available or even ready to be demoed by press, is a live TV streaming service, similar to what you see from AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW and Sony’s PlayStation Vue. In addition to live TV, though, it offers access to the entirety of YouTube Red Originals, meaning its not exactly short on digital content. 

Priced at $35 a month, each account is granted up to six users, all of whom receive a catered viewing experience. At launch, YouTube TV will offer ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, as well as about 30 cable channels. Not only that, but the service offers cloud DVR with no storage limits, support for using it on a variety of devices (Chromecast, tablet, Android, iOS, desktop, etc), all capped by no contracts or service agreements.

Channels Offered at Launch

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Above you can see the channels offered at launch. You will notice a few major omissions, including an HBO add-on (but you can already buy that separately), but maybe more importantly, a set of channels provided by Viacom and Turner Broadcasting, Without those, you won’t find access to Comedy Central, MTV, CNN, TBS, TNT, AMC, as well as A&E. While they won’t be part of the initial rollout, it’s still possible they will come at a later time, but who knows.

For sports fans, YouTube TV will indeed offer ESPN, plus regional sports networks like Fox Sports and Comcast SportsNet. That will be good for watching local NBA and MLB teams. YouTube adds that it has partnered with local TV stations, too, allowing viewers access to local sports and news based on where you live.

As for where it will be available, YouTube and Google gave no specifics. Currently, “YouTube TV will be available soon in the largest U.S. markets and will quickly expand to cover more cities across the country.” So, yeah, not much help there.

If you’d like to sign up for updates regarding YouTube TV, follow the link below. For additional details, follow the via link.

YouTube TV Link

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  • libertyfirst1776

    Playstation Vue is the closest to making sense. I get a cloud DVR and 5 simultaneous streams. I replaced my Cox cable and 5 rented DVRs with Sony Vue, Tablo 4 tuner + attic antenna for over the air local channels that Vue doesn’t yet stream. I already had Roku boxes on all the TVs anyway. What I demand is that TV be treated like internet or telephone – I pay for a signal to my house, and then I choose how many TVs I want to have. The TV in the gym doesn’t get used much, nor does the TV on the patio – but I was paying $20 per month to Cox for each DVR. I was a long term Cox customer (more than 20 years) and I encouraged them many times to evolve or go the way of the dinosaurs. I am saving $200 per month after my one-time investments for Roku (and now testing FireTV boxes) and Tablo. Sure, it’s a little less convenient – but not $200 less convenient. And now I can choose to add TVs around the house without worrying about adding another expensive DVR that might gather dust most of the time. We can have more than 5 TVs but we will rarely, if ever, have 5 TVs streaming simultaneously. What would be beautiful is if a service would stream the OTA signals with a cloud-DVR for a reasonable fee (less than $10/mo). I happen to be in a poor reception area, so even a good antenna is hit or miss for me. In this day and age, why can’t the signals that stations are required to provide OTA also be provided over the internet by an aggregator? Why am I penalized because my house happens to be at the bottom of a hill, or because of terrain obstructions 10 miles from me? OTA means signals that must be provided for free, but it is surely a technicality anymore that the free signals must be transmitted through the air. Whatever, technology is always improving and dinosaur economic models will succumb to their fate.

  • Alex Anderson

    No AMC, TNT, or TBS. Pass. Vue has a better channel lineup for the same price. Great that it is an option though.

  • h4rr4r

    Are they off their rocker?

  • kuffel

    Fire stick. Kodi. $0/month.

  • Ajmcnicol

    To everyone complaining about commercials….
    The money your paying is to cover the money the company is paying the providers to carry the channels, and their own infrastructure costs. You arent paying Google money to watch commercials ….your paying google so google can pay the channels the money to have the right to carry them. So its not google…directv…sling..etc…fault they have commercials. Not to mention this is LIVE tv…hulu and red can cut out the commercials cause ur not watching live..ur watching a prerecorded DVR version of the show. This is live. The channels dont make 2 versions of live TV…one with and one without…cause the one without would just have blank airtime during commercials to keep everything in sync.

    This isnt googles answer to Hulu….or Netflix….this is googles answer to DirectTv, sling, PS tv, etc.. which is all LIVE tv, which you cant strip out commercials.

    And the reason google is selling this for so cheap, is they are probably selling this at cost (channels costs + their own server costs…no profit margin) cause the place they get real money is youtube ads. The longer people stay on youtube, the more real ads people see and the more money GOOGLE makes. Cause while you watching live tv on youtube, your more likely to also click on traditional you tube videos too….

  • Ilya Kolodiychik

    This is a game changer. I use a combination of SlingTV (ONLY for ESPN/TNT NBA broadcasts and to have access to ESPN3) and CBS All Access + Hulu to get all my shows. It runs me about $42/month. However, there is no way to DVR things like ball games, just shows (ESPN3 does offer replays after the game is over). I had to buy NFL GamePass for NFL games to watch them later since I’m rarely around during the day to watch them live. That was another $100 I believe, maybe more.

    So just for the cloud DVR aspect alone, this is huge. However, will likely have to deal with commercials (something I don’t deal with on CBS All Access or Hulu because I have the no commercial plans).

    Still, very intrigued by this.

    • hkklife

      But all of the Turner stations (no NBA on TNT) on this Youtube offering. I still think DirecTV Now’s introductory pricing was the best deal by far but those clowns CANNOT get the kinks ironed out and they’ll forever drag their feet on releasing a Roku app. I’ve never seen more bungling and ineptitude than all of these IPTV services. It’s almost like someone is paying them to screw up…..hmmm….

      • Ilya Kolodiychik

        Sling sucks too…which is why I hardly ever use. I only have them to access ESPN3 content…and actually after March Madness conference tournaments are done I’m cancelling (AGAIN). Only reason why I have them is because my schools conference (UAlbany – America East) has a deal with ESPN3 to stream all conference games.

        I have Kodi on a hacked firestick for watching live sports like NHL and NBA.

  • Oh thanks, because I love to pay AND have to watch commercials. No thanks.

    • Ilya Kolodiychik

      You do that now if you have cable lol. Only way you don’t is if you torrent EVERYTHING.

      I pay more for higher tiered versions of CBS All Access and Hulu to avoid commercials.

      • EGGSACTLY why I don’t have cable. I only pay for Netflix and YouTube Red precisely because paid subscriptions for both of those means no commercials. I use ExpressVPN to watch Netflix content from other countries. Sure it would be nice every now and then to get all these other channels but not worth it to me to wade through the commercials.

  • Michel Condoroussis

    Sounds awesome, if only Canada were included in the role out. Still waiting for anyone to come to Canada with such a service.

  • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    well…I have Fios. I have 100/100 internet and about 300 channels with 250 in HD. I have 2 HD boxes with them and HBO. I pay 109 per month. If I cut down to just the internet, i’d be paying 75 per month. So if I add this in….i’d be losing out. I know cord-cutting was a fad, I dont think it still is anymore. Its not cheaper than just getting cable installed and paying for more channels.

    Now, if these channels included internet….that would be awesome. Otherwise, it has not and will not be worth it any time soon.

    • litobirdy

      exactly, I dont get these “cord cutters”, once you add streaming services, then add your home internet( a good speed option) and if you need home phone service. Then you are still back to where you were.

      • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        yup, it doesnt make sense to me and many others. HOWEVER, i’m sure i’m going to be told why i’m stupid by some idiot out there. maybe i’m giving money to the wrong company by certain people haha. Its stupid, i’m paying really good money for great service. there is no sense in paying the same or a little less for a LOT LESS channels.

        • litobirdy

          plus for all separate services, keeping track of all that mumbo jumbo. I know people, oh forget cable. I have sling tv, hulu, netflix, hbo etc etc and my 100mb internet. really. hmm why dont you add all that up, oh look at that, we paying the same thing and yet I have much more and altogether

        • No_Ledge

          I also have FiOS (in NJ) and the fact is in areas where FiOS exists prices are lower all around. Even Comcast/Optimum/Cablevision have lower prices and higher speeds here compared to other markets because FiOS competes with them. Comcast in NJ doesn’t have data caps because FiOS in NJ doesn’t have data caps. If FiOS didn’t exist there would be no choice of ISP for anyone other than their cable provider or satellite and everyone else’s prices would go up, speeds would go down, data caps would be a thing, etc.

          You’re not wrong, neither are cord cutters who end up saving money with PSVue, Sling, etc. It all comes down to what your options are and how you can get the most bang for your buck.

      • cobjones

        Most people already have internet… That’s why

        • litobirdy

          and when you cancel other services to just keep internet, your internet service ends up being more than what you should be paying.

      • Ilya Kolodiychik

        Not true. I’m a cord cutter and saved like $65/month.

        My 50/5 internet + HD DVR cable (1 box) was like $170/month at it’s highest point. I’m now paying $64.99 for the same internet service + $50/mo for streaming services. Even if I called TW and got them to give me a promotion, that only went down to $140’ish. So I’m still saving like $35.

        Basically, what I saved pays for my internet.

    • Luke Townsend

      Before I canceled my Direct TV I was paying $175 a month for Direct TV alone….. Plus my internet on top of that. Sadly for my location there isn’t a good/cheap cable/internet option.

    • Ajmcnicol

      Fios charges $12 per HD box a month, $6.39/mo. Regional Sports Network, $3.49/mo. Broadcast and $0.99/m access…that doesnt include normal tax.
      So 2 boxes…plus fees and taxes…ur already at 40-50 a month without even the service itself.

      Right now they offer a number of 2 year deals with the closest one applicable to what you have is about 90 a month…..for the first year…..109 a month for second year..and then after that “normal fees apply”

      Normal being 70 a month for 100/100 internet alone, and 315+ channels (95+ HD) is around 80 a month.

      I have no doubt that you are either still in a locked in deal time, or your getting a preferred customer deal of some kind.

      For normal joes whose 2 year deals run out, a 100/100, 315 channel, 2 box cost is around 190-200.

      (just pulled all those numbers right from the Fios website)

      • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        yeah man, signed up for 2 year deal. per my contract, as long as I stay with them, my price will be locked in.

        I see your point though.

        • Ajmcnicol

          Thats awesome they offered a lock in price…then for ur case ud def lose out for cord cutting…unfortunately you dont see those lock in deals much anymore so were stuck with 2 and ur done.

  • sefirosu

    Great. Now add AMC and I’m in.

  • CapnShiner

    If they can get the Viacom and Turner networks added, this will be a great competitor.

    It will probably also motivate Apple to start offering their own live TV streaming service through Apple TV. They pretty much try copy whatever is successful anyway. Pebble made smartwatches a thing, then Android Wear came out, then Apple announces the Apple Watch. Roku makes streaming boxes popular, then Apple TV is announced. I’m just waiting for an Apple VR headset to be announced, probably called Apple View or something like that. Then, of course, they will act like they invented it.

  • I’d gladly give up ESPN channels for some of the Viacom and Turner ones!

  • UniBroW

    I just want MSG so I can watch the Rangers

  • hmz04

    Cutting the cord doesn’t necessarily mean you’re saving money. Usually the internet & TV package is way cheaper than getting bunch of extra streaming services. You cut the cord, the Comcast jacks up the internet price and you will end up paying more.

    • Jérôme Besnard

      Good point. However, with the new unlimited plans on mobile phones, there might be a way around that. Watch TV on your phone, cast to your TV, et voila! It depends how much data you use/need per month.

  • PhenomenalEnigma

    This could be really interesting for Play Music subscribers like myself, if they decide to work in some sort of package deal. I was kinda considering PS Vue for a while, but I find the interface a little clunky for my taste. And DirecTV Now seems like it’s so broken, it’s not even worth considering. Between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video (with HBO), and WWE Network, I have a lot of subscriptions already. I’d probably be able to drop Hulu at least, though, and any other bonuses could sway me too. I have to imagine they’ll add more channels before launch too, and that this is just what they have locked down at this moment, so I’m not concerned about that. I did notice that the CW is one of available channels, which Vue does not have, and would be a big plus for me since Hulu stopped carrying their shows this past fall. What can I say, I like my superhero shows lol.

    • Neill Stark

      I am a fan of the PS Vue interface, especially compared to the DirecTV channel guide I had had to wade through before. Now if I can get ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox all local channels this might be the package for me.

  • Tom S

    Once they get Discovery and Science Channel I’m in.

  • Jim

    No Lifetime or Hallmark channel means no Christmas movies for my wife to watch means I’m sleeping on the couch Nov-Jan. No sale!

    • Craig Foster

      My wife wears my ass out with those Christmas movies.

  • schoat333

    I haven’t had cable TV services for over 3 years now, and don’t miss it at all. This is very tempting though.

  • Markus

    The offering sucks compared to the early adopter deal I have with DirectTv Now. for 35$

    • TheDrunkenClam

      Exactly. I have my DirecTV Now locked in for $35 per month.
      It has way more channels than PSVue and SlingTV, and it is cheaper.
      It also does allow you to watch on the go on your phone, Vue does not.
      Sure, no DVR, but I’ll take more channels instead.

      • Markus

        Exactly Ill take DirecTV Now with its few hiccups over DVR and poor channel line up with Vue anyday. Just check and I didnt even realize how expensive Vue is.

    • Turb0wned

      Same here.

  • Sling TV is the better deal. Plus it’s DVR service is coming soon (its in beta)

  • Phuq_Me

    Pass. Seems sports eccentric. Almost none of the channels people actually want. And I highly doubt they’ll have my locals as none of the other streaming services do.

  • Jérôme Besnard

    This is huge news but as usual Google is downplaying it. Ina couple of months Apple will announce a similar service and it will be a revolutionary offer that no one thought of before.

    • She_Beast

      Assuming Google doesn’t just kill the service off.

      • Jérôme Besnard

        Good point! 🙂 At first, I thought it was expensive. But it’s for 6 users. That’s 3 couples. Just get Internet services at home and split the ‘TV’ bill in 3.

  • Ryan N

    I see they opted not to carry “fake news” networks. Haha

    • Phuq_Me

      Fox News is listed.

      • Ryan N

        Haha. I know. I was being sarcastic. Remember “Fake news is fake news because most of the news is fake.”

  • David Foggia

    So it’s a TV service? Seems cool, wish it would come to Canada but why would that happen?

  • looks great , also sound cloud have similar new service for music for $5/m , looks all of them will go same route

  • TechGirl90

    The Market is already pretty saturated with Streaming Services, Don’t know how much Google would benefit from this.

  • ljbad4life

    6 accounts with 3 concurrent streams… that’s a bit of a loss of value. https://youtube.googleblog.com/2017/02/finally-live-tv-made-for-you.html

    • Phuq_Me

      How many streams do you need at once? You do get content owners get to dictate terms not google

      • ljbad4life

        Not everyone is single. Plenty of people have families and spouses. PS Vue allows 5 streams for the same price. Clearly google didn’t get a good enough deal from the content owners.

  • TechGuy22

    this is for suckers lol

  • Knlegend1

    I think I’m very impressed with the local channels.

  • First thought: HOLY CRAP!
    Second thought: Darn, no AMC. Got to have my Walking Dead.

    • Chris Hannan

      If TWD is the only show you watch on AMC and you want to watch the episodes legitimately, you could just buy the episodes online the next day. The entire season is $43, and if you split that up over 12 months, that’s only $3.58/month.

      If that’s the only reason you don’t get this service, you’re better off getting it and just buying the episodes of TWD if whatever you have now is more than $3.58/month more than YouTube TV.

      • ljbad4life

        at that point you could pay $5 more, get more channels with playstation vue and have more simultaneous streams

        • Don’t have a PlayStation… I’m assuming that’s a prerequisite for Vue.

          • ljbad4life

            No, not a prerequisite for Vue, works on a couple of devices, android, ios, roku etc

          • Phuq_Me


          • Sorry, i don’t mind being wrong sometimes. but it was a safe assumption being it had the word “PlayStation” in the name and all.

          • Neill Stark

            I have Playstation Vue as an app on my SHIELD TV box. Love it.

          • I got 1 of those too. My next concern is the fact that, and y’all are going to dog me for this I can just see it, my cable internet provider has data caps. There, I said it. It hurts. But they are my only cable internet option. And they know it. Hense the caps.

          • J Dub

            Same. I hate it, but that’s my only option. It’s either DSL at anywhere from 3 mbps to 15 mbps and we all know what end it will hover. Cable provider bought out the other one a few years back. Has steadily made it worse and worse. Added data caps. Raised prices. They are the only one the offers speeds over 15 mbps. With 4k needing at LEAST 15 mbps per stream it’s our only option. 15 mbps service is $80 a month. It’s a joke. I’ve exhausted all reasonably affordable options.

          • lamenting

            It’s available on Android TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV as well.

        • Chris Hannan

          I don’t know the details of all these other services, but if he doesn’t need the extra channels, no point in wasting more money. Plus the way I mentioned, the episodes of TWD would be his forever to watch whenever he wants, even if he cancelled all services.

          But it’s still good to know your options, so Vue would be something OP could look into if it doesn’t require a PS.

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    • Sweep

      You said it before me, lol.

    • michael arazan

      Can watch amc walking dead free online on their website, also Comedy Central as a great app that cast with chromecast and works great.

  • Felipe Cortinas

    I don’t see how people can get these streaming tv packages. Most ISP’s are introducing a data cap on your home internet service. I know in my area Comcast, AT&T and Blue Stream all have a 1TB per month cap.

    When normal cable television isn’t counted in that then it’s feasible. But a house hold of 4 with kids, streaming up to 4k content; on top of regular internet browsing / downloading.. I don’t see how they are going to be able to do it.

    • ljbad4life

      None of the streaming TV services stream in 4k. Not, direct tv now, Playstation vue or Sling TV.

      • Felipe Cortinas

        No, but you can get YouTube videos and Netflix content streaming in 4k. And then add all the “normal” tv channels that will now count towards your data cap. It’s going to be a problem sooner rather then later.

        • Phuq_Me

          You can live without 4K. Unless you have supervision or sitting 4 feet in front of a 70 inch screen in a dedicated theater room you won’t be able to tell the difference. I seriously doubt if you had to god forbid watching something in 1080p( or even 720p ) you’ll enjoy the content less.

    • dustin h.

      Be happy it’s 1TB, cable one caps at 300GB =(

      • Felipe Cortinas

        Yeah, a few years ago that’s what mine was at as well. I think the fact that there is some kind of competition in my area forced them to bump it up. But in your case that would make this problem even worse. There is probably no feasable way that you could have a TV streaming only service as you would hit your cap guaranteed.

    • Phuq_Me

      1 TB is doable. Heck I’ve never hit that. That was with 2 heavy streamers and one of them also had a penchant for Steam Summer sales. If people quit obsessing about needing 4K then you’ll be ok.

      • Felipe Cortinas

        That’s a shortsighted way of viewing the problem. Imagine if people said the same about going from SD to HD ” who needs HD steaming? ” Don’t be surprised if in 2ish years 4k tv’s are the norm like 1080 tv’s are now and the Data caps haven’t budged. The ISP’s are playing the long game by introducing the data caps now and setting themselves up to shaft people down the line.

        Again I’ve hit my 1TB data cap a few times. ISP thus far haven’t started charging unless you go over consistently go over, but still.

  • ljbad4life

    They have to add AMC, A&E, TNT etc for me to even consider signing up. Those are the channels I watch the most. I also wonder is there will be a higher tier with more channels. 6 accounts sounds pretty awesome for the price though.

  • Dave Stines

    I cut the cord 3 weeks ago. I use Playstation Vue. It has a much better selection of channels. Just between no Cartoon Network and Food Network I couldn’t even try this.

    • sinfoman

      THIS! Almost exactly my response. This MIGHT have tempted me, but I like TBS come march madness time… 😉 Would have saved me two chromecasts, though.

    • Justin Fosco

      We’ve had Vue for a bunch of months now and love it. Sucks they got rid of Nickelodeon and Comedy Central though

    • Phuq_Me

      As soon as they got rid of Viacom channels Vue was no longer an option. They already were lacking in other channels before then.

  • BobButtons

    Maybe they can team up with Netflix and tackle the whole data cap garbage.

  • jamisles02

    Good start, but NHL Network, NFL Network, MLB TV, the Discovery Channel (& it’s spinoffs) and the Turner stations for me to really consider (HBO &/or Starz would be nice too). The unlimited Cloud DVR is VERY intriguing though (something SlingTV doesn’t have), good start Google

    • Duffman

      Vue has had cloud DVR from the start. And I believe Sling is adding that feature because of Vue.

      • jamisles02

        Yeah, the Vue is currently the leader in what I want channel & DVR wise, but the main problem I have is I got an Xbox One & heaven forbid Sony & MS work together.

        • sinfoman

          You don’t need a PS to run it- just the app on your phone and a chromecast (or chromecast enabled TV). e voila! It works like a charm. And interestingly, it works BETTER than my PS3 downstairs- itskips and stutters. This is not a wi-fi thing, it does it on wired connections as well. Best guess either the TV has some weird setting making the screen skip or the PS3 doesn’t have enough processing juice to run it effectively. I’m leaning towards the former, but haven’t had time to troubleshoot as yet.

          • jamisles02

            I do have a super slim PS3, so I could use that in my living room if I wanted (would prefer to keep using my XB1 as the media center though). I have considered getting a Roku or something like it and connect it on the HDMI in that I have my cable box in. My current tv contract is up in the summer, so I got a few months to see what is new with these options. Who knows, maybe MS will announce something at E3 that will match or better PSVue.

  • paul_cus

    My Comcast cable bill’s days might be numbered.

  • JP
  • elemeno

    Unlimited DVR sets this apart from SlingTV, DTV Now, etc. Reminds me of Aereo (RIP).

  • Renan Rennó

    USA only probably. Will probably take like, never, to reach Germany.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    No AMC no Sale.

  • cromo8

    Looks good to me. Now the issue is are they going to do the usual BS of Fox/CBS where they dont do live TV except specific markets?

    Exact reason why I have yet to switch to Vue/sling/Directtv now or any other service.

  • Drooblz

    ESPN (U and News too) and Fox Sports in the same package? I think I just died and went to heaven. For a 6 account plan and seems to cater to multiple streams that’s totally worth it.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Outside of ESPN, These channels are pathetic compared to Sling TV and PS Vue.

  • Qbancelli

    Sorry Google, DirecTV Now is awesome!

  • patt

    Dtv now 35$ plan looks good next to this.

  • calculatorwatch

    Does it also include a Play Music subscription? If so, I might upgrade my YouTube Red to this.

    • Jonathan Berry

      That’s what I’m wondering. We’re paying $15/mo for Play Music family (which includes YT Red), so if this is just $20/mo more, might be worth considering.

      • I would totally do another $20 to get this, but I hope it wouldn’t be $35 for a single subscription to youtube TV thus dropping my family plan.

        • calculatorwatch

          According to the article you get six users per account, so it basically comes as a family plan.

        • Jonathan Berry

          YT TV is a family plan according to the posts. Or at least you get 6 accounts which is the same as the family plan. It says it includes YT Red, so only question left is does that mean it also include Play Music. Seems like it should. I wonder how easy it would be to switch back and forth. $20/mo is comparable to how much I paid for Sling TV for a few months to get sports channels during college football season.

    • brisal73

      Exactly include Google Music and Yourtube red service and I am in

    • Prox

      I would assume no, channel providers fee can run pretty high. I believe ESPN itself is around $6 per account.

      • h4rr4r

        What if I don’t want ESPN?
        No one in my family would ever watch it.

    • J. Gilbertson

      I’d definitely consider this. Right now I have broadcast, Hulu and Netflix. If this included Play Music which I already pay a family subscription to I could probably drop Hulu since this has “broadcast” stations including CBS and includes all the sports stations I miss.

    • ljbad4life

      It looks like Youtube originals are included as a “channel” (on the right hand side at the bottom), at least that is included!

    • Me

      The only way this thing will be relevant

    • jay

      That sounds like you’re being cheap.

      • Francisco Peña

        That sounds like he is trying to get better value.
        Personally, I had Red and didn’t care for it. Granted, I liked the feature of screen off while I listened to youtube, but the original “content” wasn’t worth it.

        • Kofi Williams

          No ads alone is almost worth it.

          • boisvert00

            Only reason my house has it.

        • Luke Townsend

          Yup. I don’t even watch the “original” content. I only use it for screen off playback and the music service.

        • jay

          So you think getting channels (which has a cost per channel) + a monthly unlimited music subscription should cost $35? They have nothing to do with one another. What comparables are you using to call that value? That sounds like trying to get something for nothing.

    • Gasaraki

      No, Youtube Red and Play Music is separate. Jeez how much do you people want? Play Music is already included in a Red subscription and you get the family plan for $15 a month. Just split the cost between a few people.

      • calculatorwatch

        Are you part of Google’s financial division or something?

        • jay

          Why not throw in a free Google Home, some Google Wifi and a Chrome laptop while you’re at it.

          • calculatorwatch

            Hey if that’s what they have to do to keep it competitive then sure. They need something since – as others have said – there are already better options out there, especially since I already have access to YouTube Originals.

    • Big EZ

      If not, they should make it a $5 add-on. Requiring a full $15 YouTube Red subscription would keep most people from one or the other.

  • RyanT

    Cord Cutting is hardest for the avid sports fan. I need NBA TV, NFL Network, Tennis HD and MLB. Also would be nice if the exclusivity that DirecTV has over NFL Sunday Ticket would end. Also TNT. Yeah this is no good for me. But I’m excited more options keep appearing, I hold hope that one day I can ditch my satellite crap.

    • I was the same way- and just cut the cord a few weeks ago. I’m doing an OTA antenna for my Jets, the Devils/Mets just announced that they will stream games this year with a cable sign in so I’m going to mooch off my parents’ login for those apps, and doing the same for Rutgers on BTN’s app. I have watchESPN for mostly everything else but can’t comment on tennis.

      • RyanT

        I’d be able to do that if I lived in the same region as my favorite teams. But sadly I do not. I grew up in the Bay Area, but now live in Washington. So all my local stuff is Seahawks and Mariners and I want Raiders and A’s lol.

        • Damn, gotcha. I think you can sign up for the NBA/NHL streaming services and MLB.tv if you wanted to, but not sure if you’d save money vs satellite. Sunday ticket has limited streaming too, but I think you need to prove your address can’t have satellite…

          • RyanT

            Yes to all of the above and it does get expensive to get all the major streaming packages, although I will occasionally buy a single Warriors game that isn’t being aired and I’m hyped for it. And yes it is indeed hard for me to prove I can’t get satellite when I already have one ;). Oh well, someday.

          • That’s definitely the big question with cord-cutting- at what point do the services you want exceed the cost of cable/satellite…

        • BhamsMostWanted

          Go Hawks 😉

          • RyanT

            Booo 😉😝

        • GO RAIDERS. {{-_-}}

    • zoomstop

      IPTV may be worth looking into for you…

    • Me

      Sling TV has most sports channels

    • Phuq_Me

      You’ll ave to wait until 2023 for DirecTv’s current contract with Sunday Ticket to end.

    • rj-b

      Agreed. While I could survive w/o NFLN, I need Sunday Ticket to watch the Vikes. For whatever stupid reason, this portion of east central Iowa is deemed Packer country, so most of the season we get those games on Fox.

      If you could watch your favorite team streaming through YTTV, they can take my $$. Until then… tough sell.

    • WAldenIV

      Sunday Ticket is available for streaming if you rent or live in an area without DTC service.

      • RyanT

        I have DTV already…something tells me they won’t buy that I can’t get DTV service in my area 😉

  • DC_Guy

    If they add CNN, I might give this a look. Currently my $35 introductory DirecTV Now offer + a digital HD OTA antenna for local channels is getting the job done. Having cut the cord back in December, I’m now saving about $200 a month.

    • calculatorwatch

      Why do you want fake news anyways?


      • Mern Dairy

        Exactly my thinking ^

      • Duffman

        Beat me to it!

      • Phuq_Me

        Oh joy Trump fanbois. You lousy factory jobs are not coming back. Have more incentive in life than to spend 8 hours day putting part A into part B.

        • calculatorwatch

          lol you know I was kidding right? Like John Stewart said, Trump lies more in one press conference than CNN does in a year

  • Ryan Weber

    No Turner Network programming, no deal. If they had that I would dump PS Vue right away, but as it stands right now, no deal.

  • Cael

    Can’t do it without Adult Swim.

    • chaoslimits

      Same. Non starter without it IMO.

  • Steven

    Why is it so hard to get CBS but Sony was able to do it with Playstation Vue?

    • Ryan Weber

      They don’t have it available everywhere, and technically it’s through licenses with the CBS affiliates. I don’t have CBS yet on my PS Vue service where I live.

    • cromo8

      CBS logo is in there

      • Steven

        I am blind apparently.

    • Phuq_Me

      I get ZERO locals on Vue