While YouTube TV aims to cut the cord, for folks who haven’t wanted to use Chromecast (or Apple’s AirPlay) to watch content on their TV, the option hasn’t really been a good one.
As such, Google is finally announcing that YouTube apps are starting to roll out beginning today, at least for some devices. A broader rollout is planned, with more supported devices, so watching YouTube TV doesn’t require casting from one device to another. But first, Android TV set-top boxes are getting the attention.
Today, Google officially announced that it is rolling out a YouTube TV app for its Android TV set-top boxes, including the NVIDIA SHIELD. In addition to that, the televisions where Android TV is built-in, like options from Sony, will also be getting the new YouTube TV app. The Xbox One, Xbox One S, and the Xbox One X (beginning in November) video game consoles are also getting the YouTube TV app.
Meanwhile, in “the coming weeks,” Google will be rolling out a YouTube TV app for smart televisions, including options from Samsung and LG. That should broaden the availability of the app and service even more. And for Apple TV owners, the YouTube TV app should arrive in the coming weeks as well.
Google also confirmed a few teaks and new features for the YouTube TV apps:
- Control your live TV experience with your TV’s remote control or game controller.
- For a more cinematic look, we made the background dark on your TVs.
- A new Live guide made for your big screen so you can get a sneak-peek at what’s airing soon.
- Never miss the action with our background playback experience built for your big screen.
- Easily pick up where you left off on another device when you get home.
YouTube TV costs $35 per month for the base package, but there are add-on channels that can boost the price on a monthly basis.
Have you tried out YouTube TV yet? Will you give it a shot when it arrives on the Apple TV?[via Google Blog]