YouTube TV Delays Apple TV App to Q1 2018

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YouTube has delayed its YouTube TV apps for Apple TV and Roku devices until the first quarter of 2018, a company representative told CNET today. The over-the-top service's Apple TV app was initially planned for a launch before the end of 2017, so with less than two weeks left in the year the company has officially pushed back the app's launch to next year.


Around the same Q1 2018 window, YouTube will also debut apps for older models of Samsung's smart TVs, as well as Sony TVs using Linux-based operating systems. YouTube TV launched earlier this year on the web, iOS, and Android in five U.S. cities. The app eventually expanded to Chromecast, Xbox One, Android TV, and newer Samsung and LG smart TVs across more than 80 cities.

The $35/month service offers subscribers the ability to stream cable network television shows on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, Disney, ESPN, FX, USA, and dozens of other major channels. YouTube TV is a competitor to similar services like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now, and Playstation Vue, all of which can be viewed on the fourth and fifth generation Apple TV models. In addition to streaming live TV, YouTube TV includes content from the $9.99/month YouTube Red service.

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36 months ago
So far these live streaming TV services aren't offering anything over cable as far as I can tell. They cost just as much as a cable TV plus internet bundle. They eat up your monthly data allowance. You have to wait for video to buffer and quality can drop under heavy load. You still don't get a la carte.
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36 months ago
I dont want Youtube TV. I want Youtube APP
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36 months ago

So far these live streaming TV services aren't offering anything over cable as far as I can tell. They cost just as much as a cable TV plus internet bundle. They eat up your monthly data allowance. You have to wait for video to buffer and quality can drop under heavy load. You still don't get a la carte.

A la Carte is already available. Open iTunes and purchase only the content you want to watch.
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36 months ago
They should make the regular YouTube app suck less
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36 months ago

Uhhh... pretty much they *all* do, broadcast and streaming, as long as the show was encoded with it. Welcome to the 21st Century.

I actually think you're wrong. All I've heard is the Directv Now has SOME on demand content that's 5.1, but none of the live channels are broadcast in 5.1.
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36 months ago
Won't matter to me. Canada will never see the youtube TV service or app in 2018 or ever.
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