YouTube TV Heads To Your….TV

YouTube TV is making its way into your living room, thanks to a new YouTube TV app for set-top boxes, smart TVs, and games consoles. This means you will now be able to watch YouTube TV on a screen larger than your smartphone, all from the comfort of your own armchair.

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In March 2017, YouTube announced YouTube TV. This new over-the-top service offers live TV streaming, a limitless cloud DVR, and YouTube Red content, all for $35/month. And now, months after launching on mobile, YouTube TV is invading your living room thanks to a new dedicated app.

YouTube TV Launches in Your Living Room

With more and more people cutting the cord every year, a number of different services are trying to fill void in people’s lives. One of which is YouTube TV, which boasts a basic package which buys you live content from major networks, plus sports and other content, all for just $35/month.

YouTube TV has, until now, been limited to mobile, desktop, and the Chromecast. However, YouTube is now launching a dedicated YouTube TV app for a range of living room hardware, including Android TV, Apple TV, the Xbox One, and Roku, as well as smart TVs from Samsung, Sony, and LG.

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The dedicated YouTube TV app for living room devices is a little different than the existing apps. The user interface has been made for leanback viewing, there’s a better programming guide, and there’s the option to flick through the menu while content continues playing in the background.

If you can’t find the YouTube TV app for your living room hardware of choice don’t despair. YouTube is starting with Android TV and Xbox, before moving onto other devices. It should be available on most hardware by the end of the year, with the exception of the Amazon Fire TV.

When it comes streaming media, YouTube TV isn’t the only game in town. Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue are also trying to get the cord cutters business.

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Yahoo’s Move to Compete with Google

73086Google long ago overshadowed Yahoo, but apparently Yahoo is still working to acquire and retain new users to its network of sites. This can be seen in that fact that Yahoo has just updated its mobile app and home page.

With this update Yahoo is giving prominence to news, content and video on its home page. Viewers can now see content that matters most to them based on personal preferences, whether that’s sports, politics, entertainment or some other category.

Why is Yahoo taking the time to try and remain a player? Yahoo sees that News and magazine apps grew 141 percent in 2015. This appears to demonstrates a strong interest among users to find and read Web-based content. With the changes, Yahoo promised a consistent experience on the Yahoo home page and app regardless of what platform consumers are using.
 Users can download the Yahoo app from the App Store and Google Play Store.

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A user who wants to dive deeper into a particular headline, can now click the heart icon or click through to find stories on the same or similar topics. With built-in intelligence, this technology learns the types of stories a user likes as that individual continues to use the platform, which then displays more of the same types of content.

Is all this too little too late for Yahoo?

Is their time to compete with Google?

Yahoo has stated that their service now aims to amplify the voice of its readership by making it easier to share views and chat with other readers about headlines, he said. With this tech update, comments appear directly inline so they’re easier to follow. Readers can also opt to receive instant notifications when breaking news is reported, and get updated on the latest developments.

I hope there is time for Yahoo and I will be checking their new updated service out. There should be more players out there besides Google.

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