YouTube TV is an American streaming television
service that offers live TV, on demand video
and cloud-based DVR
from more than 85
television networks, including the Big Four broadcast networks
in most markets. It is owned by YouTube
, a subsidiary of Google
, itself a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc
YouTube TV launched on February 28, 2017,
and is the presenting partner of the World Series
and the NBA Finals
YouTube TV began streaming in April 2017 in five U.S. markets - New York City
, Los Angeles
and San Francisco
In addition to national U.S. networks, YouTube TV broadcasts channels owned by those networks, their corporate owners and other media companies. Other channels include CNBC
, BBC World News
, The Smithsonian Channel
(a venture by Showtime Networks
and the Smithsonian Institution
), Sundance TV (owned by AMC Networks
), numerous sports channels, Disney Channel
(owned by The Walt Disney Company
), and BBC America
(jointly owned by AMC Networks and BBC Studios). YouTube TV members also have access to YouTube Premium
original movies and shows, though an additional subscription to Premium is required for ad-free content and extended app features.
Also in 2017, YouTube added MLB Network
and regional deals with the Seattle Sounders
and Los Angeles FC
of Major League Soccer
On February 14, 2018, YouTube TV began carrying the Time Warner
-owned Turner Broadcasting System
's cable networks (including, among others, TBS
and Cartoon Network
). In addition, YouTube TV also announced a deal to add NBA TV
and MLB Network
. With these additional channels, the service increased its monthly price for the first time in March 2018, from $34.99 to $39.99, with no grandfathering
or opt-out available.
The service expanded to cover 98 percent of U.S. households in January 2019. In March 2019, YouTube TV launched in Glendive, Montana
, thus becoming available in every TV market in the United States.
On April 10, 2019, YouTube TV added nine networks owned by Discovery, Inc.
, bringing the service up to 70 channels.
The service announced a second monthly price increase, from $39.99 to $49.99, without grandfathering existing customers or allowing them to opt out.
On July 29, 2019, at the Television Critics Association
Summer Press Tour in Pasadena, California
, YouTube TV announced it had signed a landmark multi-year deal with PBS
to allow carriage of live streams of PBS member stations and PBS Kids Channel
beginning as early as the fourth quarter of 2019 (just before or after the November pledge drives of select PBS stations). The deal – which is PBS’s first distribution agreement with a virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) – would allow PBS stations the option of providing the direct over-the-air signals of local stations if they are able to clear the rights to at least 90% of their programming, a YouTube TV-exclusive dedicated feed in which shows that local PBS members are not able to clear for digital streaming would be replaced with separate programming or a PBS-provided national feed that would include programs fully cleared by the public broadcaster and localized station ID
inserts (omitting local programs or pledge drive
s), and would allow YouTube TV to provide streams of up to three PBS member stations within a given market
Stations that choose to offer their main signal must notify YouTube TV if they plan to air a show without rights clearances, in which the service will replace the program with a blackout
notice screen. On December 15, 2019, the first PBS affiliate stations were added to YouTube TV.
On February 20, 2020, YouTube TV reached an agreement with WarnerMedia
to carry HBO
as add-ons, and allowing access to the upcoming HBO Max
streaming service with a containing HBO subscription.
On May 7, 2020, YouTube TV reached an expanded, multi-year deal with ViacomCBS
, to add the company's prime cable networks
that were notably absent since the streamer's launch. The deal also entails a continued commitment to distribute ViacomCBS’ premium subscription services, including Showtime, on YouTube TV, and an extended partnership to distribute the media company’s content on the broader YouTube platforms. Eight of the channels were added on June 30, bringing YouTube TV to over 85 channels. The addition was accompanied by the service's third monthly price increase, from $49.99 to $64.99, which also had no grandfathering or opt-out provisions.
Some competitors, such as Hulu + Live TV
, have also implemented similar price increases over time.
On September 3, 2020, YouTube TV added the NFL Network
to its base lineup and announced the Sports Plus add-on package, which includes premium sports networks such as NFL RedZone
and Fox Soccer Plus
for an additional cost.
On December 1, 2020, YouTube TV announced an agreement to carry Nexstar Media Group
(the former WGN America) beginning in January 2021.
On March 16, 2021, YouTube TV announced seven other lower-tier Viacom networks which had been promised but not added in the May 7 announcement, would be added to the lineup.
YouTube TV offers a cloud-based DVR
service with unlimited storage that saves recordings for nine months. Each subscription can be shared among six accounts and allows up to three simultaneous streams.
Supported YouTube TV devices include:
* Android TV
Smart TV (on webOS 3.0 or higher)
* Samsung Smart TV
(2016 & higher models only)
* Vizio Smartcast
Streaming media players
* Nvidia Shield TV
* Amazon Fire TV
* Apple TV
(4th generation & 4K)
* Chromecast with Google TV
* PlayStation 4
(Original model, PS4 Slim, and PS4 Pro)
* Xbox One
(Original model, Xbox One S, Xbox One S All Digital Edition, and Xbox One X)
* Xbox Series
(Series S and Series X)
mobile devices (10.x or higher)
In February 2020, YouTube TV announced that Sinclair Broadcast Group
-owned regional sports network
s (including Fox Sports Networks
and YES Network
) would likely be pulled from the service on February 28, 2020, citing high carriage fees. On that day, YouTube TV announced that it had reached an interim agreement to continue offering the channels on the platform while negotiations are under way. On March 5, 2020, YouTube TV and Sinclair reached a new deal to continue carrying all the Fox RSNs except three – the YES Network, Fox Sports Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West. However, on October 1, 2020, the networks were pulled off the service after the two sides could not come to a renegotiation agreement.
* AT&T TV
* Hulu with Live TV
* PlayStation Vue
* Sling TV
* Spectrum TV Stream
* Xfinity Flex
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