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YouTube TV expands to Roku TV sets, sticks, and set-top boxes

The expansion of YouTube TV to the Roku OS means that Google's live TV service will be available on a lot more big-screen televisions.

Published onFebruary 1, 2018

A YouTube TV and Roku promo image
  • Google’s YouTube TV live television service is now available for the Roku OS.
  • This means the service has expanded to Roku sticks and set-top boxes, along with Roku OS-based smart televisions.
  • YouTube TV is currently available in over 80 U.S. metro areas.

YouTube TV first launched in mid-2017, and now the internet-based live television service is accessible to many more people. As promised a few weeks ago, the official YouTube TV app is available on Roku streaming sticks and set-top boxes, along with big-screen smart TVs powered by the Roku OS.

Here’s a look at exactly what Roku devices can access YouTube TV, according to the company’s official press release:

  • All Roku TVs
  • Roku Ultra,
  • Roku Streaming Stick+
  • Roku Streaming Stick
  • Roku Express
  • Roku Express+
  • Roku Premiere+
  • Roku Premiere
  • Roku 4
  • Roku 3

Currently, YouTube TV is available in over 80 U.S. metro areas and costs $35 a month after a free trial period. Subscribers can watch live television from over 50 broadcast and cable networks, and they can also access features such as cloud DVR, which allows users to record and store as many shows as they want with no storage limits. It also supports up to six accounts for each paid subscription, with each account getting their own login, DVR, and personalized recommendations. Each household can handle up to three concurrent YouTube TV streams at one time.

YouTube TV is competing with a ton of other internet-based live TV services, including SlingHuluDirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue. Expanding to Roku devices should help YouTube TV’s market share. In addition to Roku devices, YouTube TV is already available on Android TV, Xbox One game consoles, and some Samsung and LG smart TVs. It’s supposed to launch soon for the Apple TV in the near future.

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