YouTube has announced that an app for its live TV service, YouTube TV, is coming soon to select smart TVs and media players. Up to this point, the service has been available only through mobile devices, but you could cast content to your big-screen TV. Now, dedicated apps are being introduced, first for Android TV products like the NVIDIA SHIELD, Sony smart TVs, and Xbox. Then the app will launch on smart TVs from LG and Samsung, as well as the Apple TV. Other sites, like FierceCable.com, are reporting that an app will be available for Roku devices but not for the Amazon Fire platform.
From the YouTube Blog
Since the launch of YouTube TV in April, you've streamed live sports, local and national news, and can't-miss shows on your phone, tablet and computer. Now, we're psyched to announce our new YouTube TV app, made for the big screen.
We know you love watching TV content on, well, your TV. In fact, over half the time spent watching YouTube TV is consumed through Chromecast on the big screen. And members who stream with a Chromecast are highly engaged, watching over four hours a day on the weekends with football season back in full swing.
So we're excited to unveil the new YouTube TV app built for TV devices. In the next few days, you'll be able to stream live TV through the new YouTube TV app on Android TV devices including NVIDIA SHIELD and TVs with Android TV built-in, such as Sony, as well as on the Xbox One family of devices (Xbox One, Xbox One S, and soon Xbox One X).
In the coming weeks we'll be launching the new app on Smart TVs, such as LG, Samsung, Sony, along with Apple TV. We also recently expanded our TV device support by launching voice commands with Google Home paired with Chromecast.
If you love the simplicity of finding your favorite content on the mobile app, you'll be happy to know you'll still find our signature tabs on the TV app as well--home, live and library. Finding, playing, and recording your favorite live TV is as simple as before.
If you aren't a YouTube TV member, try it out free today and start watching on the big screen right away. YouTube TV is now available in all top 50 metro areas, covering over two-thirds of the U.S. We're expanding quickly, so visit tv.youtube.com and sign up to be notified when we launch in your market.
• YouTube TV expands to Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, but shuns Amazon at FierceCable.com.
• YouTube Officially Announces Its Live TV Service at HomeTheaterReview.com.