In December 2017, Google announced that the YouTube TV service would arrive on the Roku and Apple TV soon, and now, at least one device has the feature.
Since its launch, the YouTube TV service has had limited support from devices, only being available on select smart TVs as well as the Android TV, Xbox One, and Chromecast.
Roku is now the latest platform to get the YouTube TV app. The launch means Roku users now have access to another cord-cutting alternative at their disposal. However, the service will only arrive on select Roku devices.
The supported devices include all Roku TVs, the Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick Plus and regular Streaming Stick, the Roku Express and Express Plus, as well as Roku Premiere and Premiere Plus. There is also support for the Roku 2, Roku 3, and Roku 4.
YouTube TV Features
For those unaware of the YouTube Live TV service, it is simply a live broadcast service that allows users to watch content without a cable box. It is similar to services such as Hulu with Live and DirecTV Now.
The YouTube TV app is a $35 a month charge that gives users access to over 40 channels to watch live TV without having a cable box. The included channels feature local stations such as ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS, as well as cable channels such as AMC, Bravo, ESPN, and more.
The app also gives users cloud DVR service with no storage limit. This means users can stream their library in any location and record different shows simultaneously, all without running out of space.
Users with YouTube TV will be able to add six different users per account. Everyone will get their own personal login and can utilize all features on the app.
Initially restricted to a handful of cities, YouTube TV is now available in more than 80 markets nationwide, covering 80 percent of the U.S. population.
YouTube TV is currently available in over 80 metro areas across the United States.
Other Devices That Support YouTube TV
Back when YouTube TV launched, it was only available on PCs, smartphones, and tablets. However, the only way to watch the TV service was from the smartphone to Chromecast.
Aside from the Roku, there are a handful of devices the YouTube TV app is supported by. These devices include the Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One, Android TV, and Samsung and LG TVs from 2016 and 2017.
Apple users will soon see support on the Apple TV. Google announced back in December that support will arrive for Roku and Apple TV in Q1 of 2018.