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Published on February 1st, 2018 | by Brad Gibson

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Release of YouTube TV for Apple TV “imminent”, company confirms

With the official announcement of the live streaming service YouTube TV for Roku Thursday, a company source has told BESTAppleTV the app’s release for Apple TV is “imminent.”

A company spokeswoman confirmed to BESTAppleTV Thursday that the launch of the service for Apple TV will happen “very soon.”

The company source, who categorized the release of the services app for Apple TV as “imminent,” asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media. The source confirmed the app, when released, will only work with fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV devices.

The company had no further details on a date of the apps release or features of the service. It is expected that features of the Apple TV-supported service will be the same as those announced for Roku.

Those features included a cloud DVR feature with no storage limits, a library tab for navigation and access to recorded shows, personalized recommendations, and background playback to watch shows while browsing the app. The service allows up to six people per household to share one membership. Three simultaneous streams are allowed per membership.

The company first announced its intentions to launch the service on Apple TV back in October of 2017. It then said in December of last year that the launch was being delayed until the first quarter of 2018. At that time, the company did not offer an explanation for the delay.

YouTube TV is a live streaming TV service that launched in April of 2017 and is currently available in 84 U.S. cities (for a full list of cities, click here). According to a recent report by CNBC, the service has “just over” 300,000 subscribers.

The service also broadcasts 302 local NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox network affiliates in various U.S. markets, according to Streambuzz.net and its local affiliate chart. That makes YouTube TV the second largest live streaming service of local affiliates behind Hulu with Live TV which has 520.

The service offers 52 channels including Fox News, MSNBC, ESPN, Bravo, National Geographic, FX, and USA to name a few for a flat fee of $35 a month with no contract. Its main features include a cloud-based DVR with no storage limits for up to nine months at no additional charge.

Channels like HBO, CNN, TBS, Comedy Central, MTV, and Food Network are not available on YouTube TV. Among the top five networks in primetime and total day viewers that are not available on the service include TNT, HGTV, Nickelodeon, and the Discovery networks.

The addition of a dedicated app for Apple TV will be welcome news for YouTube TV subscribers who currently can only broadcast the service to televisions via Apple’s AirPlay wireless streaming feature on iOS devices using the iOS-based YouTube TV app.

YouTube TV is owned by Google. Its competitors, including Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV are all currently available as apps on the Apple TV App Store.

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About the Author

Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



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