Google today announced that YouTube TV subscribers can now access the television service directly from compatible TV sets and streaming boxes. Until today, the service was limited to a mobile app on smartphones and tablets that needed to be cast to TV sets. Google says the YouTube TV app for TV devices is available today to the Nvidia Shield, TVs with Android TV built-in, as well as the Xbox One, One S, and (soon) One X. In the next few weeks, this same app will arrive on additional smart TVs from LG, Samsung, and Sony, as well as the Apple TV streaming box. Subscribers with any of these devices will be able to access and view YouTube TV directly from their television set and can leave their phone or tablet on the coffee table. The app for TV boxes includes the three existing tabs for live TV, recorded/library content, and the home screen. Google changed the app’s white background to black for TVs, and added a new Live Guide that’s better at displaying what’s coming on later. People will be able to use their streaming box or game controller to control live TV, and can pick up where they left off on mobile devices. YouTube TV supports up to six individual users on a single account, each of whom has access to an unlimited DVR of recordings. YouTube TV offers about 50 channels, including live broadcasts from ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, to many of the major markets around the country. It costs $35 per month.
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