Heads up, Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW, there’s a new name in the game. And it’s a big one. It was only a matter of time before the biggest name in tech jumped into the streaming TV market, and they’re jumping in with a splash. Google (who owns YouTube) has announced the launch of a live streaming television service called YouTube TV.
A ton of details haven’t been released at the moment, but for now, it seems like it’s right in line with DIRECTV NOW and Sling TV. The service will offer about 40 live television networks, including “ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, as well as national and regional sports and news networks, plus dozens of other popular cable networks” for about $35 a month.
Notably missing are all Turner channels, like CNN, TNT, and Cartoon Network, plus Viacom’s Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, and Nickelodeon. Food Network and HGTV are also absent.
One of the biggest features announced so far is cloud DVR. YouTube TV’s DVR will be included in all subscriptions, and will allow users to record as many shows as they want – with no storage limits. Recordings will stay for up to nine months, and will be available as soon as the show is over.
Up to six different profiles will be allowed on every account, and shows will contain advertisements. There will be no contract, and customers can cancel their plan at any time.
Official launch should be some time “in the next few months” according to a YouTube representative. Initially, YouTube TV will only be available in the USA’s largest cities. More cities will be added at the service expands, though. There are no plans for international service at the moment.
Interested? YouTube has a page for customers to sign up for notifications when service is available in their area.