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Live TV coming to YouTube coming next year, sources say

As with Hulu, YouTube getting into live TV next year, rumors indicate.

Published Thu, May 5 2016 12:28 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:00 PM CST

Hulu will be livestreaming TV next year and it looks as though YouTube will be doing the same, according to people familiar with the matter.

Live TV coming to YouTube coming next year, sources say |

It's said YouTube has overhauled its technical architecture to accommodate the new service which could debut as early as 2017, and that the company has discussed plans with most major media companies, including Comcast, NBC, and many more. No rights have as of yet been secured, but it's possible the Hulu deal could help grease the wheels.

The service would be called Unplugged, a nod to the ever-growing community of people commonly known as cord cutters who refuse traditional cable in favor of streaming services.

It's said YouTube wants to sell a primary TV package for $35 or less per month, with additional themed packages on offer for extra charges. However, sources indicate the media companies in question want them to pay more than cable partners; this lines up with the $40 Hulu service rumor.


Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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