Time Warner, Viacom, AMC, Discovery and other programmers without broadcaster partners have been left out of the new YouTube TV service.
YouTube TV, which will cost $35 per month and include six separate accounts (with up to three concurrent streams) and cloud DVR, will feature live content from the major broadcasters ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, as well as those broadcasters’ regional sports networks. Included in the programming package are cable nets owned by those broadcasters, meaning channels like Disney’s ESPN, Fox’s FX, NBC’s USA Network and CBS’ CW will be available.
In terms of premium add-ons, YouTube only mentions Showtime, which is owned by CBS, and Fox Soccer Plus.
In all 40 channels will be available, but those don’t include—at least for now—any of the networks owned by Time Warner, Viacom, AMC Discovery, Scripps and other major cable programmers. TNT, TBS, MTV, Comedy Central, AMC, IFC, Discovery Channel, TLC, Food Network, Travel Channel and more are off the initial channel list.
Still, YouTube TV’s channel lineup is notable since it has carved out deals with all four major broadcasters, something which big competitors like DirecTV Now, which launched in November, and Hulu’s upcoming live TV service, which is launching in the next few months, have yet to accomplish.
In addition to the national content from those broadcasters, YouTube says it has partnered with local TV stations to provide sports and local news based on where viewers live.
YouTube TV will work on smartphones, tablets or computers and can be streamed to TVs with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV. YouTube TV will work on both Android and iOS. In addition to the channels mentioned, a subscription also includes access to YouTube Red premium content.