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Inside Streaming (Feb 28th, 2017)

In a press conference today, YouTube introduced a new relatively low-cost service that will stream live TV channels, to be called YouTube TV. The service will cost $35 per month and, at first, will only be available in major markets like Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles. 6 different users will be able to watch TV at once, and the service will also offer unlimited cloud DVR for recording shows. CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox will all be available to view on YouTube TV, along with those company's related pay-TV offerings, such as MSNBC, FXX, SyFy, the Disney Channel and ESPN content. Standalone pay TV offerings, such as AMC and MTV, are thus far not included. YouTube TV is completely separate from the YouTube Red subscription service, which offers a traditional YouTube experience that's ad-free, as well as exclusive content unavailable on the main YouTube service. – TECHCRUNCH

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YOUTUBE TV'S COMPETITORS

The service will compete directly with a variety of offerings from competitive companies. These include:

Sling TV: Owned by Dish, Sling recently announced it will offer individual bundles of channels for $10 a month. ($20 was the previous minimum.)

Playstation Vue: Sony's streaming TV offering offers plans from $30 to $65 per month. If offers around 100 channels, including local broadcasters and HBO, which is unavailable thus far on YouTube. However, in November, PS Vue cut all of Viacom's channels, including MTV and Comedy Central.

DirecTV Now: Despite a shaky start, and lots of reports of glitches and technical errors, AT&T's standalone TV service has landed 200,000 subscribers to date.

Hulu's soon-to-launch offering: Hulu's service will allegedly come in under $40 per month and include TV programming, plus all content currently available to Hulu subscribers.

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