YouTube is Planning to Launch an Internet TV Service Called 'Unplugged'

YouTube is Planning to Launch an Internet TV Service Called 'Unplugged'

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YouTube is also planning to launch a paid Internet TV service called 'Unplugged', reports Bloomberg. The service would offer customers a bundle of cable TV channels that would be streamed online.

The project, for which YouTube has already overhauled its technical architecture, is one of the online video giant’s biggest priorities and is slated to debut as soon as 2017, one of the people said. YouTube executives have discussed these plans with most major media companies, including Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal, Viacom Inc., Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and CBS Corp., but have yet to secure any rights, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.

Sources say YouTube has been working towards this since 2012 but plans have 'taken on new urgency' over the past few months.

“We aim to provide more choice to YouTube fans -- more ways for them to engage with creators and each other, and more ways for them to get great content,” Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive officer, wrote in an letter to Alphabet shareholders last week. “We’ve started down this journey with specialized apps like YouTube Kids, as well as through our YouTube Red subscription service.”

YouTube is looking a few different ways of packaging channels. One way is to offer a 'skinny' bundle with the four U.S. broadcast networks and a few popular cable channels. Another possibility is offering less watched TV channels via theme based groups. For example, a comedy bundle might include 3 or 4 channels such as Comedy Central. YouTube would charge one price for the main bundle and smaller monthly fees for each additional theme based group.

Apple has been working on a similar service for quite some time but has not been able to reach the necessary deals with content providers. It will be interesting to see if the company accelerates its efforts as YouTube and Hulu, as announced earlier today, get closer to launching their services.

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YouTube is Planning to Launch an Internet TV Service Called 'Unplugged'
MannyG - May 5, 2016 at 2:23pm
All these new online tv services sound awesome but it would be better if they let you choose the channels you want. So they have different amount of channels and you choose the ones you want. Now that would be awesome and worth paying and leaving regular cable or satellite.
piratko - May 5, 2016 at 2:17pm
LOL, they just saw news about HULU service? Sure, now many will start doing this thing. About time. I will never pay cable and satellite companies for their cooking channels and knife sales crap. Usenet and torrents FTW.
Dude - May 5, 2016 at 12:17pm
It was about f... Time, Apple it's also on the race and a couple more. I just can't wait to get others offers than Comcast and Direct tv
Duff - May 5, 2016 at 11:47am
Cartman I would stay of the sangria with comments like that.
Cartman - May 5, 2016 at 10:08am
GHEEEY!! Everyone is going that why does YouTube do it so late. But it was expected, I knew this ever since YouTube was invented. Had a vision that YouTube will be the TV of the future and there it is lol.
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