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YouTube TV coming to Apple TV within matter of weeks

Cord-cutting option YouTube TV will finally a get a native Apple TV app within "coming weeks," a report said on Monday.




YouTube TV was originally conceived as a "mobile-first" service, but YouTube gradually came to realize that a lot of people preferred watching in their living room through Google Cast, product management director Christian Oestlien told The Verge. Apart from the Apple TV, other platforms slated to get native support in the next few weeks include Roku devices and smart TVs by Sony, Samsung, and LG.

For a long time, YouTube TV was only directly accessible on iPhones, iPads, desktops, and Android phones and tablets. People who wanted to watch on a full-sized TV had to make use of a Chromecast, or push to an Apple TV through AirPlay.

New today are Android TV and Xbox One apps. There are no plans to bring the service to Amazon devices, reflecting the same rift with Google that resulted in YouTube vanishing from the Echo Show.

Apple TV 4K owners likely won't be able to watch in 4K resolution, since that option isn't available to other YouTube TV customers or in the main tvOS YouTube app.

YouTube TV is currently online in 50 U.S. markets. It features an unlimited cloud DVR and over 40 channels, but the lack of deals with Turner and Viacom means that channels like CNN, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon are missing.