Well it seems Google is jumping in on the free device bandwagon. Recently Google started emailing YouTube TV subscribers to let them know they qualify for a FREE Chromecast. This seems to be addressing one of the main complaints about YouTube TV the lack of device support. Currently YouTube TV is only supporting Google owned devices like the Chromecast. So if you don’t own a Chromecast or a Chromecast enabled device/TV you can’t watch YouTube TV on your TV.
If you are already a YouTube TV subscriber check your email for the offer. New subscribers will find details about it on the YouTube TV site.
Want to learn more about YouTube TV here is a quick rundown:
With YouTube TV you will be able to watch the top four broadcast networks—ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS—and 35 or so of their affiliated cable channels including ESPN, Disney Channel, MSNBC, National Geographic, and Fox News. Subscribers will also get a DVR to record shows and unlimited storage in the cloud. The only catch is that shows are automatically deleted after 9 months. (We do not know at this time what markets will get live local channels.)
Sadly many popular channels are still missing. Viacom and its channels, such as MTV, Spike TV, and Comedy Central, are all missing. So are Time Warner-owned channels such as HBO, TNT, and CNN. AMC is also missing.
You will also be able to add Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus to your plan.
YouTube TV subscribers will be able to watch YouTube TV on smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. Although YouTube did announce that you will be able to cast to devices they are assumedly devices such as Chromecast and maybe Android TV.
Sadly Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV are all missing from the list of supported devices. Google seems to be focusing on this as primarily a mobile service. Having it mobile is nice, but I still find that most cord cutters really want the ability to watch TV on the big screen. If it does launch without support for Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV it will likely negatively impact the service.
Number of Streams & Profiles
In the YouTube blog post about YouTube TV it said you will be able to have three streams at once. You will also be able to make six profiles each with its own recommendations and personal DVR.
What may be the most attractive feature of YouTube TV is the DVR. You will get unlimited DVR storage and the recordings will be saved for 9 months.
App Sign In
The biggest missing feature is lack of any mention of sign in support for apps such as WatchESPN and Fox Sports Go. The lack of any support for even basic apps, such as WatchESPN, is a huge omission.
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