YouTube has made a huge reveal, a $35/mo package consisting of over 40 Channels including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. This makes Google and YouTube the latest players to step into the OTT arena as providers look to sell online TV as a cheaper, more popular alternative to pay TV.
The subscription will include 6 accounts, with TV programing being accessible both live and on-demand and no DVR storage limits. Each of the 6 profiles will get their own customized recommendations and personalized settings.
“There’s no question that millennials love great TV content,” said YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki at a press event announcing YouTube TV. “But what we’ve seen is they don’t want to watch it in a traditional setting.”
Woiciki went on to say that the service will initially launch in markets with local live TV feeds, but will expand later. YouTube TV will include cable channels such as ESPN, Fox News Channel, CBNC, MSNBC, E!, and National Geographic — as well as 10 sports networks, covering 80% of live sports, according to YouTube’s chief business officer, Robert Kyncl.
With YouTube TV, members will also receive access to YouTube Red, a service that usually costs $9.99/mo. YouTube Red features original series like AwesomenessTV’s comedy “Foursome,” “Rhett & Link’s Buddy System” and “Scare PewDiePie” along with movies including Rooster Teeth’s “Lazer Team,” Smosh’s “Ghostmates,” Lilly Singh’s “A Trip to Unicorn Island,” and a documentary about transgender YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous.