April 24, 2019
Verizon announced a deal with Google yesterday that will bring YouTube TV to Verizon’s wireless, 5G Home and Fios broadband customers across the platforms of their choosing. “We were first in the world to bring commercial 5G to our customers and now another first on the content front as we offer our customers access to YouTube TV on whatever platform they choose,” said Erin McPherson, head of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. YouTube TV offers 70 networks worth of live TV that is viewable on smartphones, tablets, computers and TVs.
According to the Verizon press release, the partnership “will allow Verizon wireless mobility customers to stream their favorite content via YouTube TV” on Verizon’s network. “Fios broadband customers [can] choose from even more options when it comes to content and services. Verizon will also offer unique, high-value YouTube TV promotions to customers across platforms.”
“With this partnership, we’re making it simple and seamless for Verizon’s customers to sign up to enjoy YouTube TV on-the-go on their mobile phones or tablets or at home on their big screen devices,” noted Heather Rivera, global head of product partnerships at YouTube.
YouTube TV offers popular networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC in addition to leading cable networks including CNN, ESPN, FX, HGTV, TBS, TNT and on-demand programming. The service also offers six accounts per household and a DVR with no storage limits.
“The companies didn’t announce YouTube TV pricing, availability or other details; a Verizon rep said only that the reseller deal will launch later in 2019,” reports Variety. “This month Google hiked the price of YouTube TV earlier to $50 per month for the 70-plus channel package, an increase of 25 percent or 43 percent depending a customer’s existing subscription package.”