YouTube TV enters the room


Just a quick thought on today’s announcement.

I think Google/YouTube is going to present some serious competition to Sony, Sling, and DirecTV Now. Google has the best engineers in the world and tons of experience with video streaming. I simply have more faith in them to execute than their legacy competitors.  And yes the Golf Channel is included.

YouTube already had a ton of great content – witness the clip above.

This new era of competing skinny bundles is going to be fun and so much better for competition. Don’t like Vue’s interface? Fine! Dump it in 30 days and try Google. Let the best bundle and interface win.


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5 Responses to YouTube TV enters the room

  1. Len Mullen says:

    As with all streaming packages, the cost is the cost of the package plus the cost of an ISP product that will stream it well. In reality, this package is $85/month for most people. The broadcast networks do not include subchannels. Have to see how the local ‘deals’ work out as any sports I might be interested in were blacked out on Vue and DTV Now. Cloud DVR is subject to network availability and quality. Amazon had another outage yesterday that impacted services along the east coast.

    Six accounts but only three concurrent users.

    There are 44 channels in the bundle. [At least] One is not english. Ten are sports channels. Conspicuously missing from the bundle…

    Cable: Viacom, Discovery, A&E, AMC, Turner (including TBS and TNT) and CNN.
    OTA: PBS (Prime, Create, Explore, World), Decades, MeTV, This TV, Escape, LAFF, MyTV, Heroes and Icons, Antenna TV, Grit, BUZZER, The Works, Comet, BounceTV, GetTV, Escape, ION, Qubo, and ION Life.

    So this is not exactly a replacement for OTA due to the cost and lack of local programming and not really a good supplement to OTA considering what is left after you remove the local/broadcast programming unless you are a sports/news enthusiast (assuming sports are not blacked out).

    Still recommending an nice antenna and a DVR for you, Greg 😉

    Just the same, it’s nice to see another Big Gun come to play.

    • Len Mullen says:

      Correction, there are TWO spanish language channels. Here is the list of channels…

      Broadcast (5): ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW
      Cable Entertainment (19): Bravo, Chiller, Disney, Disney Jr., Disney XD, E!, Free Form, FX, FXX, FXM, Disney, E!, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy, Universal HD, USA
      Cable News (4): CNBC, Fox Business, Fox News, MSNBC
      Cable Sports (13): Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, CSN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN News, ESPN U, ESPN SEC, Fox Sports, Fox Sports 2, Golf, NBC Sports Network
      Spanish (2): Telemundo, Universo
      YouTube (1): RedTube Originals

      41 channels plus spanish and youtube.

    • Greg says:

      My current setup is OTA + VUE and no hardware DVR. Running VUE on Roku is very awkward. The channel guide is big squares that give hardly any info. So I’m just hoping Google can do it better.

      Google should offer an appliance that lets you take OTA and DVR it to the cloud. Wouldn’t that be cool ?

      • Len Mullen says:

        I used Vue with a Roku 2 XS, a Fire TV, and a FTV stick. Did not have Apple TV at the time. Vue was slow on all. The Roku screen is a very pretty and modern looking tiled interface, but the tiles contain too little information. On the Fire TV, the tiles are bigger and contain more information. There is also a grid style guide — not a good one, but one none the less. DTV Now is not on the Roku (yet) and crawls on the FTV Stick, but it is good on the FTV and Apple TV. I prefer the FTV’s arrow buttons to the ATV’s touchpad for navigation.

        Technically, you can store DVR’d programs in the cloud. I prefer to store my recordings in a portable format which is available when I have no internet access. I also like FREE, to TiVo and kmttg work best for me (right now, anyway).

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