YouTube takes on DStv with launch of $35 a month Live TV


YouTube has finally launched its Live TV adding to its YouTube Red service as the firm aims to be the go-to place for entertainment and live video and TV.

According to Christian Oestlien, Product Management Director, YouTube TV will remove limitations in how people watch TV.

“There’s no question that people love TV, from live sports to breaking news to sitcoms and dramas. But the truth is, there are a lot of limitations in how to watch TV today. Unlike online video, people can’t watch TV when they want, on any screen and on their terms, without commitments. Consumers have made it clear that they want live TV without all the hassle. They don’t want to worry about their DVR filling up. They don’t want to miss a great game or their favorite show because they’re on the go. They tell us they want TV to be more like YouTube.”

YouTube is therefore bringing the best of the YouTube experience to live TV and is working with its network and affiliate partners to build up YouTube TV.

YouTube TV allows users to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, without commitments. It offers Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks with shows like “Empire,” “The Voice,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Scandal,” to the live sports you want.

At the moment, YouTube TV includes major sports networks like ESPN and regional sports networks like Fox Sports Networks and Comcast SportsNet, NBA or MLB teams.

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The firm is also working with local TV stations for sports and local news based on where a user lives plus various additional cable channels such as MSNBC or Fox News, the Disney Channel or Sprout, E! or Bravo, Showtime, or Fox Soccer Plus among others.

YouTube TV also comes with a cloud DVR, with no storage limits for those who want to record shows or news and works on any screen—mobile, tablet or computer—and you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV.

YouTube TV works on both Android and iOS.Every YouTube TV membership comes with six accounts, each with its own unique recommendations and personal DVR with no storage limits. You can watch up to three concurrent streams at a time. A YouTube TV membership is only $35 a month and there are no commitments—you can cancel anytime.

YouTube TV will be available soon in the largest U.S. markets and will quickly expand to cover more cities across the country.