Showbiz Sandbox 358: The Skinny on YouTube’s New Live TV Service

March 6, 2017


With YouTube becoming the latest player to offer an over-the-top subscription streaming service it’s safe to say the the skinny television bundle has officially arrived. For $35 per month, subscribers can now get 40 channels of live TV including major networks and ESPN. YouTube TV also has a virtual DVR with no recording limits.

YouTube is entering an increasingly crowded market with competitors such as Dish Network’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Hulu and many others. But YouTube may have an advantage thanks to some powerful artificial intelligence that has helped increase worldwide viewing to over one billion hours per day, nearly as much as traditional television in the United States.

Now normally, two weeks after the Academy Awards we’d already be struggling to remember who won Best Score. But thanks to the most notorious screwup in Oscar history, we’re still talking about the broadcast and its fallout. We’ll explain why.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the absurd controversy over Disney’s first gay character, Harry Potter tops the Olivier Awards with a record 11 nominations and Spotify reaches the 50 million subscriber mark.


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YouTube Tops 1 Billion Hours of Video a Day, on Pace to Eclipse TV

More U.S. Households Now Have Netflix Than a DVR

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  • mgiltz

    Finally! A way to get TV without having to pay my cable company $100 a month. Ok, so with YouTube TV, I get 40 channels including the major networks and ESPN. That’s $35. Oh, I’m gonna need broadband internet, so that’s at least $30. And Netflix. That’s $10. Oh and HBO, duh, Game Of Thrones. That’s another $15. Hmm, that’s $90 and I get 42 channels rather than 400, including CNN et al. Hmm….