YouTube TV add-on brings 4K streaming, offline DVR downloads for $20 extra

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CNET 28 June, 2021 - 11:00am 19 views

What channels are 4k on Youtube TV?

Currently, when you search "4K" on YouTube TV, most of the results are from Discovery 4K, Nat Geo in 4K and Tastemade in 4K. There's no 4K sports broadcast planned in the next eight days by NBC, Fox Sports or ESPN, according to the service's guide. USA TODAYYouTube TV: Download videos and stream in 4K with new 4K TV Plus feature, but it will cost you

Basic YouTube TV service costs $65 per month and adding 4K Plus increases the price another $20, to $85 per month total. New users get a price break, however. YouTube is offering a one-month free trial of 4K Plus and a price increase of $10 per month for the first year, bringing the total down to $75 per month.

In addition to 4K, the add-on lets subscribers download shows from the service's cloud DVR to watch offline on phones and tablets. A third benefit is unlimited simultaneous streams at home. Without the add-on, YouTube TV subscribers can only watch three different streams at the same time.

Two other new features are also available to all YouTube TV subscribers, whether or not they buy the add-on. The first, rolling out to select devices in the coming weeks, is surround sound audio. YouTube says 5.1-channel Dolby Audio has been one of its most requested features. Though most other live TV streaming services offer on-demand content in surround sound, they will only play stereo sound on live TV. 

Google has beefed up DVR search to make it more useful to sports fans.

The second is beefed-up DVR capabilities for sports broadcasts like the Olympics, offering the ability to search for and jump to specific sports within a recording, in addition to a medal counter for each country.

FuboTV is the only other service with 4K sports, and it does have a couple of events coming up, but it hasn't yet confirmed if the Olympics will be broadcast in 4K. Unlike YouTube TV, Fubo doesn't charge extra for 4K broadcasts, but if it was a choice between the two competing services, we like the basic YouTube TV package better overall.

Unlike 4K movies and TV from on-demand streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, live 4K TV programming is still rare. The biggest upcoming live 4K event is the Olympics. 4K Plus on YouTube TV will include live primetime Olympics 4K coverage from NBC, including the opening ceremonies and live events, according to people familiar with the matter.

Other sporting events in 4K on YouTube TV include the upcoming MLB All Star Game on Fox and college football on ESPN. 

4K Plus also offers some on-demand 4K content, including shows like Make this Tonight from Tastemade and Misfit Garage from Discovery, as well as content from FX.

To watch 4K Plus requires a compatible 4K smart TV or 4K streaming device connected to a 4K TV. Despite the fact that the YouTube TV app is no longer available on the Roku Channel store, Roku users will be able to watch in 4K on an existing app or inside the main YouTube app

Here's some other features of 4K Plus:

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YouTube TV gets ‘4K Plus’ add-on with downloads, unlimited home streams for $19.99/month

9to5Google 28 June, 2021 - 10:02pm

As previewed earlier in February, Google today fully detailed the YouTube TV 4K Plus package. There are three big tentpoles for an additional $20 every month on top of the $65 base package.

The key aspect of YouTube TV’s 4K Plus bundle is obviously the ability to watch 4K content. Supported content will feature a new 4K icon as you browse and in the Live tab, while you can also search for “4K.” When watching a video, the new resolution will be in the quality selector. The current channel list is below and further restricted to “select live and on-demand”:

Discovery, ESPN, FOX Sports, FX, Nat Geo, NBC Sports, Tastemade

Sports, especially this summer, are a big focus. A compatible 4K enabled TV and/or streaming device — which Google has been giving out for free — is required.

Meanwhile, this add-on package also lets you watch content saved to your DVR offline on the Android and iOS apps. This is useful for downloading shows on the go.

To prevent losing your downloaded videos, be sure to use the YouTube TV app while your device is connected to the internet at least once every 30 days. All downloads expire 9 months after the original video is recorded.

The last tentpole is unlimited streams at home, which is up from the current three simultaneous active feeds. Google says you have to be on “your home wifi.” This presumably excludes cellular viewing and should allow all members of your household to use the service concurrently.

YouTube TV 4K Plus costs an additional $19.99/month on top of the existing $64.99. However, new users can get a one-month free trial and then a price of $9.99/month for the next year.

To sign up, go to the YouTube TV app on mobile or the web and tap your profile image. In Settings > Membership, the 4K Plus tier is listed, while there’s also new settings for 4K, Downloads, and Streaming limits.

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YouTube TV solves all those 'not expensive enough!' complaints with new 4K add-on

Android Police 28 June, 2021 - 02:25pm

YouTube TV may have started as an affordable alternative to traditional cable, but these days, it's starting to look a whole lot more like Spectrum or Comcast. Not only have subscription costs continued to climb for the service, but Google has kept up the all-too-familiar tradition of offering add-ons for extra content. YouTube TV is finally getting its long-awaited 4K tier starting today, along with a couple of features users have requested for years. Unfortunately, it won't come cheap.

Google's new "4K Plus" plan is available for subscribers starting today, complete with a one-month trial. As the name suggests, 4K Plus brings along select UHD content, though much of it is primarily sports-based. YouTube's blog post highlights 4K streams for "major sports events this summer," which is likely alluding to the Olympics without, you know, spelling it out. Also promised: live broadcasts from NBC and ESPN, college football and basketball games streaming later this year, and on-demand shows from FX, Discover, and Tastemade.

— YouTube TV (@YouTubeTV) June 28, 2021

All things considered, that's a pretty small selection of content. While streaming services have shot and streamed their originals in UHD for a while now, broadcast networks are still limited by aging cable boxes. That could be why, in addition to a free 30-day trial, YouTube TV is giving 4K Plus subscribers $10 off the usual pricing plan for the first twelve months.

4K Plus will cost users an additional $20 per month on top of their existing plans during regular billing cycles. However, in the tradition of the cable companies it promises to replace, you'll only have to pay $9.99 for the first 12 months. If you cancel or pause your YouTube TV payments during this period, you'll lose out on promotional pricing, so make sure you're set for another year of service if you were looking to try out 4K streams.

Alongside the bump in resolution, YouTube is also bundling a couple of premium features into this new plan. Not only do 4K Plus subscribers gain access to unlimited streams within their home — removing the original three-stream cap — but DVR recordings can be downloaded to mobile devices for offline playback as well. Those are two heavily requested features from subscribers, and it's a real disappointment to see them kept in an expensive add-on plan.

There is some good news for current members looking for a better streaming experience without shelling out extra cash every month. YouTube is bringing 5.1 Dolby audio to all members over the next few weeks, though only "select devices" will support it. Also coming soon: improved search results and DVR seeking for sports, and a viewable medal count for the Olympics.

YouTube TV debuts 4K add-on package for $20/month

FierceVideo 28 June, 2021 - 12:09pm

After earlier this year teasing a 4K content viewing option, YouTube TV has officially debuted the new add-on priced at $19.99/month on top of the service’s current $65 monthly rate.

However, YouTube TV is offering 4K Plus for $9.99/month for one year after a one-month free trial for new subscribers to the add-on.

The 4K Plus package will let subscribers watch major sports events this summer in 4K, plus live content from networks like NBC and ESPN, sports like college football and basketball later this year and on-demand content from FX, Discovery Networks and Tastemade.

In addition to 4K content, the new add-on will also let users download shows to watch offline. YouTube TV is introducing the ability to save recordings from the cloud DVR library to a phone or tablet to watch offline. The service will also let base package subscribers, who get three simultaneous streams, get unlimited streams on their home wi-fi when they sign up for 4K Plus.

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Since 4K viewing on YouTube TV largely revolved around sports, the service is adding more sports-related features to go along with the new add-on. The service is taking a feature that allows users to jump to various segments within news programs on YouTube TV and bringing it to sports this year. Similar to its key plays view, some events will allow viewers to jump to specific moments while they catch up live or when watching a DVR recording. YouTube TV also wants to make it easy to search for an entire league, a favorite team or to record individual games or tournaments while adding key plays directly to search on mobile.

YouTube TV also said it’s adding 5.1 Dolby audio capabilities for all members, which it said “has been one of your biggest requests.”

“This will start rolling out to select devices over the coming weeks, so you can soon watch movies as if you were in the theater and enhance your watch experience even more with surround-sound audio,” the company wrote in a blog post.

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