FREE YouTube will soon come to an end. They are now offering TV subscriptions for $35 per-month.

Would you actually pay for YouTube, as part of a monthly package, if it meant that you’d also be subsidizing leftist networks like ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and a host of others? Is this the dinosaur medias plan to get back into the home of cord cutters? As of now Google’s YouTube TV plan is optional, but will more than likely soon become part of a standard package. The FREE shit crowd on the net, will not be very happy. Imagine they have to start paying for their porn next? They might actually throw down and revolt? Well, maybe after they finish that last slice of pizza!

YouTube is officially jumping into the live-streaming television fray with a new subscription service called YouTube TV.

The Google-owned streaming video company previewed YouTube TV during a press event held at YouTube’s Los Angeles facility (and live-streamed to press in New York City and San Francisco) on Tuesday afternoon. Prior to the announcement, YouTube boasted that the event would “showcase a new way to experience the TV content you love.”

The long-anticipated new service will offer live television content from more than 40 TV networks—including all four of the major broadcast networks as well as a number of cable channels—for a monthly fee of $35. The company did not announce a specific release date for YouTube TV, saying only that the service will be available “soon in the largest U.S. markets” before expanding coverage to the rest of the country. (You can sign up on YouTube’s website to get an alert when the service is available where you live.)

At the press event, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki discussed consumers’ changing TV viewing habits, especially among millennial viewers. “Younger generations want to consume TV the way that they’re used to watching TV online, live and on-demand,” Wojcicki said.

YouTube has long been rumored to be developing a live-TV streaming subscription service that was expected to debut sometime this year. The new service, which was previously called “Unplugged,” signals YouTube’s plans to appeal to cord-cutters who are moving away from traditional cable television bundles, while also competing with similar live-TV streaming offerings from the likes of Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s Playstation Vue, and AT&T’s DirecTV Now. And Hulu—which is owned jointly by media giants and network owners Comcast, Time Warner, Walt Disney, and 21st Century Fox—has its own forthcoming live-TV streaming service that is also expected to launch sometime this year.

Like its streaming rivals, YouTube TV offers a limited selection of television channels at a price that’s cheaper than a cable subscription.
Google (GOOG, -0.73%) signed a deal with CBS in the fall to provide content for YouTube’s live TV service, marking its first major network partnership. At the launch event on Tuesday, YouTube announced additional partnerships with the other major broadcast networks (ABC, Fox, and NBC). YouTube TV will feature live shows and events from those networks as well as cable channels such as ESPN, FX, USA, E!, Bravo, and multiple cable news channels (CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC). For additional fees, subscribers can also add premium cable channels Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus. YouTube TV is also working with local TV stations and regional sports networks across the U.S. to provide users with local TV news, weather, and sports.

YouTube TV’s lineup of channels does not currently include any Time Warner-owned networks (such as CNN and TNT). When asked if a partnership deal with Time Warner is forthcoming, YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl said the company is in talks with more potential partners.
The monthly fee gives subscribers access to six YouTube TV accounts that can be shared. Each account gets its own viewer profile (which will track what you watch to offer tailored recommendations) as well as separate cloud-based DVRs with unlimited storage. YouTube’s chief product officer, Neal Mohan, said the six separate accounts are meant to be housed under the same roof. “The expectation is that those are people who are living together,” he said.

YouTube already has another subscription streaming service: YouTube Red, which launched in 2015 and allows subscribers to stream original programming from the company’s portfolio of digital creators for $9.99 per month. The company said that a YouTube TV subscription will also give customers access to all of the original content available on YouTube Red.The official launch of YouTube TV means that Hulu will likely be the next streaming platform to launch its own live TV subscription service. Hulu’s competing service is expected to be priced similarly to YouTube TV and other rivals. So far, Hulu has signed content deals with CBS as well as three of its network parent companies (Disney, Fox, and Time Warner), and is said to be in talks with Comcast’s NBCUniversal.

 

1 Comment on FREE YouTube will soon come to an end. They are now offering TV subscriptions for $35 per-month.

  1. This isn’t a surprise, it’s a natural progression.
    Rich and I did a podcast over a year ago discussing the need to develop and support our own media distribution platforms and networks.
    In that discussion it was made clear how obvious and deliberate corporate media were slowly but deliberately gravitating to establishing a online presence.

    It’s a natural progression as today we see all the mergers and proposed mergers and buyouts (corporate ownership of the internet backbone), AT&T Agrees to Buy Time Warner not to be confused with Time Warner Cable, which is a separate company.
    AT&T merger with Time Warner Inc, a move that would create a leviathan new corporation with unprecedented control over both the internet and the content that travels over it.

    In a speech last October, Trump declared his opposition to both mergers while discussing his dislike of how media organizations covered the election. News organizations were trying to “suppress my vote and the voice of the American people,” Trump said.
    “As an example of the power structure I’m fighting, AT&T is buying Time Warner and thus CNN, a deal we will not approve in my administration because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few,” he said.

    Shortly after, Trump declared that Comcast shouldn’t be allowed to own NBC.

    “Comcast’s purchase of NBC concentrated far too much power in one massive entity that is trying to tell the voters what to think and what to do,” Trump said. “Deals like this destroy democracy and we’ll look at breaking that deal up and other deals like that. That should never, ever have been approved in the first place, they’re trying to poison the mind of the American voter.”

    But now that Trump has won, it isn’t clear that his administration will follow through.
    Traditionally, multi-billion-dollar mergers that change the competitive landscape are subject to major scrutiny. In the past, that scrutiny has come from both the Department of Justice and the FCC, in the case of a telecoms deal. But Trump’s new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, has already given the merger his virtual blessing

    So, just like the Bernie Bros, the expectation of free shit, inability,lack of talent, lack of foresight, or just plain victim hood mentality, will leave us on the outside looking in, again.

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