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YouTube Announces Subscription Live TV Streaming Service

YouTube is entering the television streaming market at as the video giant looks to take on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.

YouTube on Tuesday unveiled its subscription service, YouTube TV, which offers traditional TV channels via the Internet for a $35 monthly fee. There is no contract, meaning subscribers can cancel at any time.

YouTUbe TV channels“We’re bringing the best of the YouTube experience to live TV. To do this, we’ve worked closely with our network and affiliate partners to evolve TV for the way we watch today,” YouTube said in a blog post. “Meet YouTube TV. It’s live TV designed for the YouTube generation—those who want to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, without commitments.”

YouTube TV will offer live streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks like Fox Sports Networks and Comcast SportsNet and cable networks such as USA, FX, the Disney Channel, Sprout, E! and Bravo. YouTube has also partnered with local TV stations, to give customers sports and local news based on where they live. In total, YouTube TV offers access to 44 networks, including its YouTube Red Original series and movies channel and has two add-on channels: Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus.

YouTube TV will offer a cloud DVR service for recording live TV with no storage limits. The cloud DVR tool can record unlimited shows simultaneously, without draining users’ data or taking up space on their mobile devices. Recordings will be stored for nine months.

YouTube TV can be watched via Android and iOS Smartphones and tablets as well as computers. It can be streamed to a television via Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV. DVR recordings can be streamed from any device.

Every YouTube TV membership comes with six accounts, each with its own unique recommendations and personal DVR with no storage limits,” YouTube said, adding that up to three concurrent streams can be watches at the same time.

YouTube TV will be “available soon” in the largest U.S. markets, although the service will be expanded to cover more cities across the country. To sign up for YouTube TV or to find out when the service will come to a particular market, go to tv.youtube.com.

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