YouTube TV is now available on Roku and Apple TV


YouTube TV officially unveiled apps for their live TV service on Roku and Apple TV devices.

YouTube TV on Roku and Apple TV will include a cloud DVR with unlimited storage. One of the cool features is you can set up to 6 different profiles per household. Each profile gains access to their own recorded shows and personalized recommendations. This, of course, means if your house operates the same way we do with our Netflix account, everyone in the house will only use your profile and you’ll get recommendations like PJ Masks and Smurfs: The Lost Village.

YouTube TV, not to be confused with YouTube Red, costs $35 after the free trial period. The service boasts access to 40+ channels including locals. Initially it was launched as a mobile-only service focusing on its Chromecast capabilities. The only way to view the service on a television set was via YouTube TV was through the use of Chromecast. It was definitely a change for most and out of reach for those with families or older people who prefer a more traditional approach to watching television.

Following this announcement, you can now access YouTube TV by casting to Roku players or via AirPlay to your Apple TV from a phone or tablet or you can access the service through the dedicated Roku YouTube TV channel or Apple TV app.

YouTube TV apps are now available on the following devices:

  • Android TV (excluding Xiaomi Mi Box)
  • Xbox One, Xbox One S, and the upcoming Xbox One X
  • Samsung & LG smart TVs (2016 & 2017)
  • Apple TV: Apple TV (4th generation), and Apple TV 4K
  • Roku: All Roku TVs, Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Streaming Stick (3800x, 3600x), Roku Express/Express+ (3910x, 3900x, 3710x, 3700x), Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere, Roku 4, Roku 3 (4200x, 4230x), and Roku 2 (4210x).

Sadly, I am unable to give the service a test. While the service is available in 80 locations, the area I live is not currently one of them.

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