Youtube Unplugged is about to launch a live streaming TV bundle and it’s going to change the way you watch TV.
The service will essentially be a combination of on-demand services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu but also include live TV from the major network channels and their sister channels. Google has partnered with CBS, Viacom, Disney and Fox for the launch which will provide the live streaming of TV over the internet. You will be able to stream your favorite shows on your phone or TV through the Youtube Unplugged app all for the price of about $40 a month. This price is very attractive for cord cutters who are looking to move away from cable but still be able to access the major network channels and live sports.
There are a slew of companies that already have live streaming TV like DirectTV Now, Playstation VUE and Sling TV but the channels are pretty limited which makes it a hard sell to viewers who can’t miss out on network channels and local sports. There are also other companies working on similar product like Hulu and Amazon. The offering from Hulu does sound pretty great as it includes all major channels from CBS, Fox, ABC and word is that NBC is going to be included as well. All of these services are targeting the $40 a month price which easily beats the $100 plus price for most cable services like Time Warner, AT&T, Charter and Cablevision.
2017 will finally be the year that cable starts to cede users to live streaming TV over the internet. There are so many great on-demand services out there that produce high quality original content like Netflix and Amazon. The addition of a live streaming service from major network channels that will include local news and sports will pull a lot of users away from standard cable.