Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Menlo Park, CA, United States (4E) – YouTube, a Google subsidiary and the second most popular website in the world, has made its streaming live TV service available on Apple TV devices.
The YouTube TV app can now be downloaded from the App Store on the Apple TV. YouTube made this surprise announcement on in a tweet telling Apple TV owners to check the App Store. Its tweet said:
“And there it is! We are happy to announce you can now use YouTube TV on @AppleTV.”
The official YouTube TV account disclosed that its app is now available on tvOS devices. This follows earlier news that YouTube TV has is also available on compatible Roku devices, as well.
YouTube TV began expanding to other popular set-top box platforms since its launch in April 2017. In December, however, YouTube said it had delayed its Roku and Apple TV app launches to the first quarter of 2018 after failing to meet an earlier deadline set in October.
YouTube TV lets subscribers bypass cable providers such as Verizon Comcast and Direct TV to access premium channels for a flat $35 fee. The service is now available in up to 80 metro areas as of January 2018. It now counts more than 50 networks as part of its package, with other channels available as purchasable add-ons.
YouTube TV offers subscribers access to TV shows on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW, Disney, ESPN, FX, USA, and dozens more. It allows access to more than 40 channels, including live sports and news.
It also offers unlimited DVR storage space and allows subscribers to access their shows from anywhere in the U.S. It also includes content from the YouTube Red service available at $9.99 a month.
YouTube TV is a live streaming service designed to compete with DirecTV Now, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, and Playstation Vue. All of these are available via apps on fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models.
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