YouTube TV

Summary

YouTube TV is an American streaming television service operated by YouTube, a wholly owned subsidiary of Google. Announced on February 28, 2017,[1] the virtual multichannel video programming distributor offers a selection of live linear channel feeds and on-demand content from more than 100 television networks (including affiliates of the Big Three broadcast networks (such as ABC, NBC and CBS), Fox, The CW and PBS in most markets) and over 30 OTT-originated services, as well as a cloud-based DVR.

YouTube TV
IndustryPay television
FoundedFebruary 28, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-02-28)
Headquarters
901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, California, U.S.
Area served
United States
ServicesStreaming television
OwnerYouTube (Google)
Websitetv.youtube.com/welcome

The service, which is aimed at cord cutters, is available only in the continental United States, and can be streamed through its dedicated website and mobile app, smart TVs and digital media players. Since 2017, YouTube TV has served as the presenting partner of the World Series and the NBA Finals.[2][3] As of July 2022 (2022-07), YouTube TV has over five million subscribers.[4]

HistoryEdit

YouTube TV launched on April 24, 2017, in five major U.S. markets—New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco.[1][5] In addition to carrying national broadcast networks, YouTube TV offers cable-originated channels owned by the corporate parents of the four major networks and other media companies. Other channels initially available on the service included CNBC, MSNBC, BBC World News, Smithsonian Channel (a venture of 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).[6]

YouTube TV members also received access to YouTube Premium’s original movies and series, though an additional subscription to Premium was required for customers to access ad-free content and additional app features; Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus were also purchasable as optional premium add-ons for an extra fee.[6] Also in 2017, YouTube added MLB Network, and entered into regional streaming rights deals with two Major League Soccer clubs, Seattle Sounders FC and Los Angeles FC.[7][8]

On February 14, 2018, YouTube TV began carrying the Time Warner-owned Turner Broadcasting System's cable networks (including, among others, TBS, TNT, CNN 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.[9] On June 19, 2018, under an agreement with Lionsgate, YouTube TV began offering Starz as a premium add-on, containing linear feeds of the six Starz and eight Starz Encore channels.[10]

The service expanded to cover 98% of U.S. households by January 2019.[11] In March 2019, YouTube TV launched in Glendive, Montana, thus making the service available in all 210 American television markets.[12] On April 10, 2019, YouTube TV added nine networks owned by Discovery, Inc. (including Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Animal Planet and OWN), bringing the service's lineup up to 70 channels.[13] The service concurrently announced a second monthly price increase, from $39.99 to $49.99, without grandfathering existing customers or allowing them to opt out.[14] On April 12 of that year, YouTube TV reached an agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to offer its Epix premium service as an add-on.[15]

On July 29, 2019, at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Pasadena, California, YouTube TV announced it had signed a multi-year deal with PBS to allow carriage of live streams of the public broadcaster's member stations and PBS Kids Channel beginning as early as the fourth quarter of 2019.[16] On December 15, 2019, the first PBS affiliate stations were added to YouTube TV.[17] On February 20, 2020, YouTube TV reached an agreement with WarnerMedia (now Warner Bros. Discovery) to carry HBO and Cinemax as add-ons, and allowing access to the conglomerate's HBO Max streaming service, which launched on May 20 of that year, with a containing HBO subscription. (Customers who subscribe to the HBO add-on can access content within the HBO Max app using their YouTube TV/Google account credentials.) The additions of HBO and Cinemax resulted in YouTube TV becoming the first American vMVPD service to offer all five major premium channels as add-ons.[18]

On May 7, 2020, YouTube TV reached an expanded, multi-year deal with ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global) to add the company's major cable networks (including MTV, Nickelodeon, BET and Comedy Central) that were notably absent since the streamer's launch. The deal also entailed a continued commitment to distribute several other ViacomCBS-owned networks, including Showtime, through YouTube TV, along with an extended partnership to distribute the media company's content on the broader YouTube platforms.[19] Eight of the channels were added on June 30, expanding YouTube TV's lineup to over 85 channels. The additions of the extra channels were accompanied by the service's third monthly price increase, from $49.99 to $64.99, which also had no grandfathering or opt-out provisions.[20] Some of its competitors, such as Hulu + Live TV and FuboTV, 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 launch of a Sports Plus add-on package, which includes premium sports networks such as NFL RedZone, MavTV, GolTV, Fox Soccer Plus, Stadium and TVG for an additional cost.[21] On December 1, 2020, YouTube TV announced an agreement to carry Nexstar Media Group's NewsNation (the former WGN America) beginning in January 2021.[22] On March 16, 2021, YouTube TV announced that seven additional ViacomCBS-owned networks (including MTV2, TeenNick, Nick Jr., Dabl and BET Her) that were not added as part of the May 7 renewal agreement would be added to the lineup.[23]

On February 18, 2021, the service launched its “Entertainment Plus” add-on, an optional discount bundle (available for $29.99 per month) consisting of the HBO Max, Showtime and Starz premium add-ons.[24] On September 2, 2021, YouTube TV announced that BeIN Sports, Outside TV, VSiN and several other niche sports channels would be added to its Sports Plus add-on tier, effective September 8.[25]

On May 10, 2022, the service launched a secondary Spanish-language base plan aimed at Hispanic and Latino customers, and a complimentary "Spanish Plus" add-on; the "Spanish Plan", available for $34.99 per month, consists of 28 Spanish-language channels (including ESPN Deportes, CNN en Español, Cine Latino, Estrella TV, Nat Geo Mundo and Cine Mexicano), while Spanish Plus, available for $14.99 per month, includes over 25 Spanish-language channels (including several that are offered as part of the main Spanish plan). The Spanish plan—which, unlike the Spanish Plus add-on, does not require a subscription to the main base plan—launched with a seven-day free trial.[26]

In September 2022, YouTube TV began allowing subscribers the option of purchasing its premium add-ons without requiring signing up for the 85-channel base plan (a concept similar to the streaming channel stores operated by Apple, Prime Video and Roku), with around 20 add-ons initially being made available for purchase à la carte, including HBO Max; Cinemax; Showtime; Starz; Epix; Hallmark Movies Now; CuriosityStream; MLB.tv and NBA League Pass. (YouTube launched a standalone channel store, Primetime Channels, within the platform's Movies & TV hub on November 1 of that year.)[27][28]

FeaturesEdit

YouTube TV offers a cloud-based DVR service with unlimited storage that saves recordings for nine months; access to the DVR required a subscription to the service's base channel plan until September 2022, when YouTube TV expanded the feature to subscribers of its premium add-ons who do not have an accompanying subscription to the base package.[29][27] Each subscription can be shared among six accounts and allows up to three simultaneous streams.

Supported devicesEdit

Supported YouTube TV devices include:

Smart TVsEdit

Streaming media playersEdit

Game consolesEdit

MobileEdit

  • Android mobile devices
  • iOS mobile devices (10.x or higher)

ComputerEdit

Carriage disputesEdit

In February 2020, YouTube TV announced that Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned regional sports networks (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.[33] 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.[34] However, on October 1, 2020, the networks were pulled off the service after the two sides could not come to a renegotiation agreement.[35][36] The same month, YouTube TV dropped NESN, which carries games for the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins.[37]

In September 2021, YouTube TV entered into a dispute with NBCUniversal when negotiating a renewal of their contract, with the latter warning that its channels would be removed from the service if they failed to reach an agreement by the end of the month.[38] NBC had reportedly demanded YouTube TV bundle their Peacock streaming service,[39] while YouTube TV announced that it would decrease their price by $10 if the contract is not renewed.[40] The two companies failed to reach an agreement by October 1, but agreed to a "short extension" to avoid the channels being taken down.[41] A deal was reached a day later.[42]

In December 2021, YouTube TV engaged in a dispute with The Walt Disney Company over a renewal in their contract, warning customers about the possible removal of ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, Freeform, FX, National Geographic, and other Disney-owned networks should the two fail to reach an agreement.[43] Google and Disney were unable to renew their contract by the expiration date, resulting in YouTube TV's first contract-related blackout.[44] This was resolved a day later, with the two companies reaching a new deal.[45]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Removed from Roku channel store in April 2021;[30] folded into the main YouTube app in May;[31] re-added to the Roku channel store in December.[32]

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

  • Official website