19 Facts About YouTube TV


YouTube TV is a streaming television service that offers live TV, on demand video and cloud-based DVR from more than 100 television networks, including the Big Three broadcast networks, FOX Network, The CW, and PBS in most markets.

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YouTube TV launched on February 28,2017, and is the presenting partner of the World Series and the NBA Finals.

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YouTube TV began streaming in April 2017 in five US markets – New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco, In addition to national US networks, YouTube TV broadcasts channels owned by those networks, their corporate owners and other media companies.

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YouTube TV members have access to YouTube Premium original movies and shows, though an additional subscription to Premium is required for ad-free content and extended app features.

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Also in 2017, YouTube TV added MLB Network and regional deals with the Seattle Sounders FC and Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer.

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On February 14,2018, YouTube TV began carrying the Time Warner-owned Turner Broadcasting System's cable networks.

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In March 2019, YouTube TV launched in Glendive, Montana, thus becoming available in every TV market in the United States.

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On July 29,2019, at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Pasadena, California, YouTube TV announced it had signed a multi-year deal with PBS to allow carriage of live streams of PBS member stations and PBS Kids Channel beginning as early as the fourth quarter of 2019.

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On February 20,2020, YouTube TV reached an agreement with WarnerMedia to carry HBO and Cinemax as add-ons, and allowing access to the upcoming HBO Max streaming service with a containing HBO subscription.

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On May 7,2020, YouTube TV reached an expanded, multi-year deal with ViacomCBS, to add the company's prime cable networks that were notably absent since the streamer's launch.

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On September 3,2020, YouTube TV added the NFL Network to its base lineup and announced the Sports Plus add-on package, which includes premium sports networks such as NFL RedZone, MavTV, GolTV, Fox Soccer Plus, Stadium and TVG for an additional cost.

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On December 1,2020, YouTube TV announced an agreement to carry Nexstar Media Group's NewsNation beginning in January 2021.

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On March 16,2021, YouTube TV announced seven other lower-tier ViacomCBS networks which had been promised but not added in the May 7 announcement, would be added to the lineup.

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On September 2,2021, YouTube TV announced on September 8 BeIN Sports, Outside TV, VSiN and more will be added to their Sports Plus add-on package.

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YouTube TV offers a cloud-based DVR service with unlimited storage that saves recordings for nine months.

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In February 2020, YouTube TV announced that Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned regional sports networks would likely be pulled from the service on February 28,2020, citing high carriage fees.

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On that day, YouTube TV announced that it had reached an interim agreement to continue offering the channels on the platform while negotiations are under way.

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In September 2021, YouTube TV entered into a dispute with NBCUniversal when negotiating a renewal of their contract, with the latter warning that its channels would be removed from the service if they failed to reach an agreement by the end of the month.

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In December 2021, YouTube TV engaged in a dispute with The Walt Disney Company over a renewal in their contract, warning customers about the possible removal of ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, Freeform, FX, National Geographic, and other Disney-owned networks should the two fail to reach an agreement.

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