Peter Kafka, reporting for Recode:
Like other new digital TV services, YouTube TV won’t offer every
network that cable TV services provide; instead it will feature a
“skinny bundle,” composed of the four broadcast networks — Fox,
ABC, CBS and NBC — along with some of the cable channels related
to the broadcasters. Which means you’ll also get networks like Fox
News, ESPN and Bravo; YouTube execs says the base package will
include about three dozen channels.
Sports are still a problem:
Also be aware that all of the digital TV services still have gaps
in their coverage, usually around pro football: Deals — or lack
of them — with local affiliates may affect your ability to watch
your local NFL team play next fall. And none of the streaming TV
services will let you watch football on your phone, because those
rights, for now, are exclusive to Verizon.
YouTube TV’s pricing will make it hard/impossible for YouTube to
turn a profit, given the carriage fees it has to shell out for the
four big networks, but YouTube doesn’t seem concerned about that:
Right now it wants to work on turning some of its billion-plus
users into paying subscribers.
Seems crazy that Google, a company famous for providing its services free of charge, would have a paid bundle of video content before Apple does.
★ Thursday, 2 March 2017