The age of traditional TV is dying quickly as millennials are choosing to watch programs online instead. It’s obvious: paying separately for TV to watch shows that you can anyway catch online is redundant. As big cable TV providers suffer, YouTube made its own cable TV replacement. But is it worth it?
First off, YouTube TV is still only available in a few select cities in the US, so it isn’t any competition in the world market. For $35, you get a selection of 40 channels ranging from CBS to National Geographic. You can also add Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus at additional costs. With such few channels, YouTube TV doesn’t seem to add up with the hundreds of channels you can watch on cable TV. Sure, YouTube may add more channels in the near future, but as of now the price isn’t justified.
The biggest selling point for YouTube TV will be that it is available on all devices. YouTube TV supports Google Chromecast (in fact, if you sign up for Google TV, you get a free Chromecast) for viewing on the large screen. It will also work on your phone, computer and tablet. YouTube TV also offers unlimited cloud DVR, if you are into recording your TV shows for later viewing. But it all boils down to how you watch TV, where you live and what shows you like.
With Apple rumoured to be working on its own internet TV service and with Nexflix expanding to across the world, the competition is intense. YouTube TV just isn’t established yet, and with a US-wide and hopefully a worldwide expansion of the service, it will hopefully grab a lot of attention. For now, I would stay away from the $35/month subscription.
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