YouTube Is Launching A Live, Cable TV-Like Service For $35 A Month

Submitted by: fancylad 4 weeks ago Tech


It looks like YouTube wants to go legit and become a real television network as well as a destination where you can find videos of monkeys throwing poo at each other, and good for them. YouTube competing against the big boys like Verizon, Time-Warner, and every other outrageously-priced cable and satellite service can only benefit suckers like us who are currently paying hundreds for mediocre channel packages.

In the announcement made yesterday, YouTube (owned by Google, natch), will offer a bit over 40 broadcast and cable channels for an affordable $35 a month, including live feeds from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN and Comcast SportsNet.

Personally, none of these networks interest me, but it's a good sign for YouTube -- if they can secure big league channels like ABC, CBS, and NBC and succeed, you can expect dozens upon dozens of other channels jumping on the bandwagon. That's when traditional cable with either have to compete with YouTube TV or die out. Good luck, YouTube -- everyone sick of their $250+ cable bill is behind you on this one.

Side note: I wonder if this is why YouTube came down hard on PewDiePie last week. I mean, it doesn't look good to Google and YouTube board members when your biggest YouTuber is toying with anti-Semitism.
There are 11 comments:
Male 8
I think Sling TV is still better.
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Male 1,545
why is pewdiepie a thing. who watched and enjoyed whatever he did
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Male 1,737
Good luck...with the whole peediepie thing...yep, good luck...
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Male 1,810
Huh? Are they trying to bring the 90's back?  There is already an alternative to cable, which utilizes the internet better than google ever will be able to.

No way this will take off with the 30 and under crowd, because cable is dead, and they know how to get anything they want to watch at 0 cost (commercial free too), or know someone who knows how.
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Male 54
Screw cable, Google needs to get serious about being an affordable internet provider.  Most internet providers charge way to much for their monthly fees.
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Male 917
It's the only one streaming CBS. I wonder what the deal is with CBS that they're not streaming on any of the others.
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Male 1,130
wow, that is a LOT of money.  How can they justify that when netflix is 1/3 the cost???
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Male 443
spanz Because it's LIVE TV, not Netflix.  The night a new show airs, you can watch it or DVR it.  You don't have to wait for the start of the next season for the last season to be available, it's right there for you to watch or record including re-runs.  It's not like Netflix or Hulu, it's more like actual Cable TV, so the prices are closer to actual Cable TV.  Quite a bit cheaper actually.
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Male 1,810
waldo863 dude, people can watch any show on the internet 10-15m after it airs in HD, and if they want to watch it live they can do that too in a bit lower quality, including every sports game (though the delay may be 1-2m).
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Male 19,981
spanz Probably because YouTube is paying their network partners money to stream their service. That said, it is Google -- they have as much money as God.
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Male 1,737
fancylad "google" Google...google...
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