Will you finally be able to ditch your cable television provider? That may become increasingly possible in the coming months than ever before, considering YouTube’s latest announcement. An article on TechCrunch explains this new announcement in detail: the unveiling of YouTube’s new live internet television streaming service, YouTube TV.
“Cord-cutting,” the term used to describe canceling traditional television subscriptions in favor of internet streaming services, is a growing trend. Why is it becoming so popular? The price of cable television is rising, reaching up to an average of $103.10 a month in 2016. This is what makes internet streaming services so appealing. YouTube announced that YouTube TV will cost $35 a month for a family of six accounts.
With a price point like that, could YouTube TV bring the end of traditional television services? That depends on its availability and offerings. While the announcement is still new, here is what we know will be offered with YouTube TV:
- Live TV broadcasts from networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.
- Other networks such as USA, FreeForm, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News and Fox Business.
- Sports channels such as ESPN, FoxSports and NBC SportsNet, as well as some regional sports networks.
- The 28 original series found on YouTube Red.
- Cloud-based DVR that will never run out of space. Each account will have a personal DVR with tailored recommendations.
- Visual TV guide.
- The ability to “cast” content to your television.
- Use of voice controls.
- ShowTime and Fox Soccer Plus can be added for an additional fee.
YouTube TV is expected to launch in the United States sometime in the coming months. While switching to YouTube TV will save you money, fewer channels will be offered on the internet streaming service than on traditional television. With this in mind, will YouTube TV see an increase in “cord-cutting”? That is still yet to be seen. However, with other non-traditional television services on the rise, such as Sling TV and Hulu’s own plans for an internet television streaming service, cord-cutting continues to become a more viable option year after year.