In a press release posted today, Verizon announced a new partnership with Google’s YouTube TV, the cord-cutting cable service. Through the new partnership, Verizon customers will be able to subscribe to YouTube TV right through their various Verizon accounts, including Verizon Wireless.
The press release doesn’t mention any special discounts or perks for Verizon customers when it comes to YouTube TV. Instead, it appears the convenience of having your wireless bill and your streaming TV service bill combined into one is the only tangible advantage to this new partnership as far as consumers are concerned.
The company does state that “Verizon will also offer unique, high-value YouTube TV promotions to customers across platforms,” so there is at least a chance of some discounts in the future.
Regardless, the simplicity of this partnership is a terrific idea. By partnering with YouTube TV, Verizon has avoided the mistake of trying to launch its own TV streaming service — which it’s tried and failed to do already — and instead will let Google do all the legwork.
In comparison, T-Mobile just announced its own cord-cutting TV streaming platform called TVision. The service is too expensive (likely over $100 per month for the average subscriber), only available in specific locations, and doesn’t offer all channels and services. Meanwhile, YouTube TV is half the price, available everywhere, and already has partnerships with almost every major provider.
Verizon: 1, T-Mobile: 0.
Verizon didn’t specify when its customers will be able to sign up for YouTube TV. We’ve reached out to the company and will update this article when we hear back.