Google has undoubtedly entered the live streaming platform and is going to be a major competitor for Sling TV and DirecTV Now. Currently they are the only streaming service that has forged a deal to carry CBS channels.
CBS as you know is a a gigantic network with a lot of hit shows including The Big Bang Theory and live NFL games on Sunday. Having CBS as a partner will allow Youtube to reach out to cord cutters who could not otherwise legally stream content offered by CBS.
What is Google Unplugged?
In short Youtube Unplugged really similar to major players like Sling TV and DirecTV Now. The only difference is that they are the only streaming platform as of now that can stream CBS TV shows. Youtube Unplugged will have other channels as well, but CBS was their big prize as many service like Sling TV, Apple and Playstation Vue has failed to strike up an agreement.
Rumors are circulating that Youtube Unplug will launch sometimes in early 2017 with a channel list that includes FOX, Disney and NBC Universal.
Packages & Cost
Price for the new service is said to be between $25 and $40 per month that includes bundled channels similar to that of Sling TV, Hulu plus and DirecTV Now. It is worth to mention that Google has encountered a lot of resistance from major networks, who aren’t yet ready to give up broadcasting rights to stream their content online.
Apple was also rumored to have been in extensive talks to stream CBS TV shows, but talks stalled as CBS isn’t quite ready to sign off on Apple streaming their content online without paying a really hefty fee. Apple has been hard at work trying to convince networks to allow their platform to stream their content, but they’ve yet to strike up a deal with any meanigful networks.
If you are a big CBS fan because of all the hit shows that they offer, other options are probably to subscribe to CBS’ live streaming service called CBS All Access for $5.99. If you don’t quite know if you’re going to like it, I’d suggest subscribing anyways since they offer a free trial period. If you don’t like it, simply go with something else like Hulu or Sling.
The great thing about being a cable TV cord cutter is that you have options that did not exist a decade ago. Now you can test drive TV alternatives like Sling and DirecTV Now without ever signing a longterm contract.
Rumored Shows that Youtube Unplugged will Carry:
- The Big Bang Theory
- Criminal Minds
- Big Brother
- Blue Bloods
- Madam Secretary
- Good wife
- NCIS Los Angeles
- 2 Broke Girles
- 60 Minutes