Google’s YouTube TV streams some-more than 50 normal promote and wire radio channels to subscribers — and now, it’s adding a initial digital-native networks to a mix.
YouTube TV has combined dual channels from Cheddar: a startup’s flagship financial-news network and Cheddar Big News, a mint ubiquitous news network. Last month, YouTube TV lifted a cost of a bottom package to $40 per month for new customers; Google says it will say a rudimentary $35 monthly cost for existent subscribers.
“Cheddar’s importance on tech and media news coverage make it a clever fit for a millennial, tech-savvy assembly that also loves YouTube TV,” pronounced Christian Oestlien, executive of product for YouTube TV.
YouTube TV competes with other over-the-top live TV services, including Dish’s Sling TV, ATT’s DirecTV Now, Hulu’s live TV bundle, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, and FuboTV. Launched in Apr 2017, YouTube TV now offers some-more than 50 networks and facilities a cloud-based DVR with total storage (programs are accessible for 9 months).
Under a understanding with Cheddar, YouTube TV will yield live feeds as good as on-demand calm from both of a networks. Separately, Cheddar already operates a giveaway YouTube channel that facilities news, highlights and short-form documentary videos.
The Cheddar live linear broadcasts and on-demand programming are also distributed on Dish Network’s Sling TV, Comcast X1, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Twitter, Twitch and other platforms.
The association skeleton to launch Cheddar Big News on Sling TV and Philo, a OTT use corroborated by several wire programmers, in a second entertain of 2018 following a entrance on YouTube TV. The channel is a “fresh take on title news and certain stories,” according to Cheddar, with Coca-Cola Co. sealed as a initial integrated unite for a network. Content partners for Cheddar Big News embody AccuWeather and sports services Stadium, VSiN and FanSided.
Cheddar was founded in 2016 by Jon Steinberg, former boss and COO of BuzzFeed. Last month the association announced $22 million in Series D financing, led by existent investor Raine Ventures. Other investors include John Malone’s Liberty Global, Goldman Sachs, Antenna Group, 7 Global Capital, Dentsu Ventures, ATT, Amazon, Altice USA, a New York Stock Exchange, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, Comcast Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Ribbit Capital.