All you want to know about YouTube TV

YouTube TV streaming plan

"We've also partnered with local TV stations, so you'll also get sports and local news based on where you live". However, you will get sports networks like ESPN. It's separate from YouTube Red, the ad-free subscription service the company launched past year, which hasn't had much success.

At launch all four broadcast networks will be available - ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox - and their associated cable channels like ESPN, USA Network and FX. In practice, it looks a lot like the streaming services that have entered the market before it, but with a healthy dose of trademark Google simplicity and powerful artificial intelligence behind the scenes. The Alphabet-owned company announced on Tuesday that over the next few months it will launch YouTube TV, an online cable bundle with all the networks and dozens of cable networks.

A YouTube TV membership costs $35 a month and there are no long-terms commitments. Users can add Showtime and soccer programming for an additional fee.

As for navigating the content, the primary interface will be a smartphone app with three tabs: "Live", "Library", and "Home".

Key features include cloud storage with simultaneous recording, access to YouTube TV on multiple devices, and support for six profiles on one account.

YouTube TV is supposed to be "mobile first" - that is, YouTube expects that subscribers will spend most of their time watching on phones, though they'll also be able to watch on devices like laptops and traditional TVs, via Google's Chromecast devices. It has launched stars and given rise to the influencer and creator movement while also being a hub for new opportunities through its YouTube Red subscription service. YouTube says it has big plans for making ads relevant, and there will be a mix of the ads you see on the free version of YouTube and the ads that traditional TV subscribers see.

All of the live digital services provide TV networks an avenue to make up for their loss of customers to "cord cutting", or the dropping of pay TV.

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