YouTube Launches Streaming TV Service

YouTube will soon offer a streaming TV service for people who don’t want to pay for traditional cable.

Google (GOOG) launched YouTube TV on Tuesday, which will cost $35 a month and offer access to content from broadcast networks as well as YouTube.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki‏ said people around the world watch one billion hours of YouTube content each day, and younger generations don’t want to consume television through traditional channels.

You’ll now be able to watch shows from over 40 networks including ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as Bravo, FX, ESPN and Fox Sports.

Along with the cable channels, users can also watch shows previously only available on YouTube Red, the ad-free YouTube subscription service.

YouTube TV will work seamlessly on your TV, desktop, and your mobile device, the company said. It will also feature an unlimited DVR that never runs out of space.

The service will compete with other streaming TV services including Sling TV, AT&T’s (T, Tech30) DirectTV Now, and Sony PlayStation Vue.

To use the service, you need a Google Chromecast (or a TV with Chromecast built in). The YouTube TV app functions as the remote, and you can search by show or by topic. For instance, searching for “geeks” will turn up CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.”

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SOURCE: CNN Money, Selena Larson