As per a recent report, YouTube is working on ‘Unplugged’, an internet-based cable TV service. The service could well be a competitor for the upcoming Hulu streaming and the existing Sling TV by Dish Network. If we involve Apple in this discussion, the new YouTube streaming TV service could also be very similar to the one which has been put on hold by the iPhone maker.
According to Bloomberg:
The project, for which YouTube has already overhauled its technical architecture, is one of the online video giant’s biggest priorities and is slated to debut as soon as 2017, one of the people said. YouTube executives have discussed these plans with most major media companies, including Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal, Viacom Inc., Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and CBS Corp., but have yet to secure any rights, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.
The report also claims that Google’s YouTube has been working on the streaming service for over three years now and the effort has just increased over the last few months. It was in 2015 when Google launched YouTube Red, an ad-free video subscription model starting at $9.99 per month and comes with a 30 day trial period.