Google Announces the YouTube TV Application for Android TV Devices

Ken Copeland
October 31, 2017

YouTube TV launched earlier this year as the latest in a long list of streaming services aimed at people looking to cut the cord. For a service as important as YouTube TV, it was odd to see Google ignore their TV platform at launch. The new apps could significantly expand its presence on TV sets.

The YouTube TV app on Android TV will work mostly the same as its mobile companion, but with an interface that's been created to look as good as possible on the big screen. Now with YouTube TV's expansion, Google is eying on leveraging the platform to other means.

YouTube TV earned a good rating in PCMag's review, nabbing props for its unlimited cloud DVR and fast channel navigation, but we noted it's missing several major cable channels. Last week, the company aired a two-minute ad spot that featured live footage of its service before the first pitch of Game 1 of the World Series, and has scheduled to run at least two 30-second ads along with six-second ads throughout each game of the series. For now, Google has not revealed when the app will go live, but it states that it should be available on Android TV "in the next few days".

One popular device that won't have the app is Amazon's Fire TV.

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For a more cinematic look, [they] made the background dark on your TVs. YouTube offers a free trail, with the service costing $35 per month afterwards.

A new Live guide made for your big screen so you can get a sneak-peek at what's airing soon.

YouTube TV is a relatively new streaming service having been launched by Google back in April.

Like on mobile, background play will allow users to browse listings without pausing, while users will be able to pick up where they were on other devices on the big screen.

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