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YouTube TV Gets Its Own Dedicated Television App

Dave Parrack 31-10-2017

YouTube TV is finally making its way into your living room, thanks to a new YouTube TV app for set-top boxes, smart TVs, and games consoles. This means you’ll finally be able to watch YouTube TV on a screen larger than your smartphone, all from the comfort of your own armchair. Ah, bliss.

In March 2017, YouTube announced YouTube TV Everything You Need to Know About YouTube TV What exactly is YouTube TV? What will you get if you sign up? Are there any additional features that set YouTube TV apart from its competitors? We have all the answers for you. Read More . This new over-the-top service offers live TV streaming, a limitless cloud DVR, and YouTube Red content, all for $35/month. And now, months after launching on mobile, YouTube TV is invading your living room thanks to a dedicated app.

YouTube TV Launches in Your Living Room

With more and more people cutting the cord every year, a number of different services are trying to fill void in people’s lives. One of which is YouTube TV, which boasts a basic package which buys you live content from major networks, plus sports and other content, all for just $35/month.

YouTube TV has, until now, been limited to mobile, desktop, and the Chromecast. However, YouTube is now launching a dedicated YouTube TV app for a range of living room hardware, including Android TV, Apple TV, the Xbox One, and Roku, as well as smart TVs from Samsung, Sony, and LG.

YouTube TV Gets Its Own Dedicated Television App new youtube tv app screenshot

The dedicated YouTube TV app for living room devices is a little different than the existing apps. The user interface has been made for leanback viewing, there’s a better programming guide, and there’s the option to flick through the menu while content continues playing in the background.

If you can’t find the YouTube TV app for your living room hardware of choice don’t despair just yet. YouTube is starting with Android TV and Xbox, before moving onto other devices. It should be available on most hardware by the end of the year, with the exception of the Amazon Fire TV.

YouTube TV Makes for Compelling Viewing

YouTube TV isn’t the only game in town, with Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue Sling TV vs. DirecTV Now vs. PlayStation Vue: How Do They Compare? In this article, you’ll learn the differences between three major OTT internet television streaming services: Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue. Read More all vying for your business. However, YouTube TV is a solid option for cord-cutters keen to cancel their cable. And this dedicated app for living room devices make it a more compelling option than ever.

Do you currently pay for YouTube TV? If so, do you think it represents good value for money? Or do you think it’s overpriced and under delivering? Will you be making use of this new dedicated YouTube TV app for the living room? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Related topics: Android TV, Apple TV, Media Streaming, Smart TV, Television, Xbox One, YouTube.

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  1. Keith
    November 28, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I've been a youtube tv subscriber for three months now, looking to get local channels since I cut comcast cable due to cost (but keep comcast HSI). It delivers on the local channel promise and the dvr feature is there, though the interface is clumsy IMO. The ads are killing it for me though -- there are so many of them, and when you dvr a program it records the ads and you can't even skip through them using FFwrd like you can in most DRV's (and some drr's cut the commercials out entirely on their own).

    For a premium service, at a premium price -- this is a major setback for me and a reason for me to keep looking. Though at the moment, this remains the best choice for cord cutters needing local channels via something other than Over The Air Antennas.

  2. Al Pender
    November 1, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    I will never pay a monthly fee for YouTube, as I use Chromecast with just an initial, low cost and very easy to use!

  3. Ty Smith
    November 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I can't wait to do the trial with my 4 Roku TVs. I hope it is as good as it looks. My Charter Spectrum TV is over $70 per month plus $30 in boxes and dvr.

  4. Kevin
    November 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Had YouTubeTV now for 3 months - the wife and kids approve. It has all the live local channels and the app interface is easy to understand/use. Plus, it's 50% cheaper than basic cable.