YouTube TV app lands on Apple TV

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No more will you have to run YouTube TV via AirPlay.
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As promised, YouTube’s $35-per-month YouTube TV service has landed on Apple TV.

The premium package, which offers a skinny bundle of 40+ live TV channels, has previously only been available on Apple TV if users ran it via AirPlay from an iPhone or iPad. Today marks the first time there has been a native Apple TV app.

Channels included with YouTube TV include the likes of ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, AMC, ESPN, the Disney Channel, Fox News and Bravo. The service is available in upwards of 80 markets around the United States, covering approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population.

While we haven’t yet had the opportunity to put the app through its paces, it’s worth noting that it works on the two latest Apple TV models, including the fourth and fifth-generation. However, despite being compatible with the Apple TV 4K, the app currently can play video only in 1080p, rather than in 4K resolution.

In addition to Apple TV, YouTube is available on Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One, Android TV, Samsung 2016 and 2017 smart TVs, and LG 2016 and 2017 smart TVs. The app offers a free trial, designed to attract new subscribers. YouTube TV reportedly has around 300,000 paying customers.

Are you a subscriber already? If not, will Apple TV compatbility help sway you into giving YouTube TV a go? Let us know in the comments below.