YouTube TV Arrives on Apple TV, Most Roku Devices

HIGHLIGHTS

  • YouTube TV app is now available on Apple TV and Roku devices
  • The app is compatible with Apple TV (4th gen) and Apple TV 4K
  • A dedicated app is also designed for most Roku devices

YouTube TV, the live television streaming service by Google, is now available on Apple TV and Rokudevices. The paid service, which was first released for Android and iOS platforms in March last year, has received dedicated apps specifically compatible with fourth-generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, as well as all Roku TVs, Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Express/ Express+, Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere, Roku 4, Roku 3, and Roku 2 devices. For those unaware, YouTube TV is presently limited to some 80 metro areas in the US, and is available with a monthly subscription plan of $35 (approximately Rs. 2,240) with up to six users allowed per account.

The dedicated YouTube TV app for Apple TV was highly anticipated up until now. Google announced an earlier deadline for the app in late October, though an option to stream YouTube TV content on Apple TV via AirPlay support was launched back in May last year. Moreover, with its latest expansion, YouTube TV is now accessible on a list of media streaming solutions, including Android TV, Xbox One, Samsung and LG Smart TVs, Apple TV, and Roku devices.

To begin with YouTube TV on a compatible Apple TV or Roku device, you initially need to sign up for the service. The signup option is not yet available on the TV apps. You can, however, use your Android or iOS device to get your YouTube TV account. Once signed up, you are required to install the dedicated YouTube TV app on your Apple TV from Apple App Store or on your Roku device from the Roku Channel Store.

A support page by the YouTube TV team states that Roku users might encounter an HDCP error after installing the new app that can be resolved by turning on the HDMI Ultra HD Color setting on the connected TV set. Likewise, you experience choppy playback on your Roku device, you are recommended to turn off HDR on your Display type settings on Roku by going to Settings > Display type and then choosing 4k 30Hz TV, 4k 60Hz TV, or 4K HDR 60Hz option from the list.

YouTube TV added as many as 34 cities last month that brought its access to up to 80 metro areas across the US. The TV streaming service also counts more than 50 networks, which is certainly less than what a traditional television operator offers. Having said that, Google-owned YouTube in last August claimed that it leads the list of live TV streaming competitors offering most local broadcast stations in the markets where YouTube TV is available.

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