YouTube TV for Apple TV Delayed Into 2018

Back in October, the YouTube team officially announced that it was bringing the YouTube TV app to more devices, which would effectively broaden the service’s reach in a big way.

One of the key set-top boxes on the support list is Apple TV. At the time of the announcement, the expectation was that the app would arrive soon, at least before the end of the year. But it turns out that won’t be the case. According to a report from CNET, based on information provided to the publication from a YouTube spokesperson, the YouTube TV app won’t arrive on the Apple TV until some time in the early part of 2018.

“The apps for Roku and Apple TV, originally slated to launch before the end of 2017, are now scheduled for the first quarter of 2018. Also planned for the Q1 timeframe, a YouTube representative told me, are apps for older smart TVs, namely Samsung sets from 2014 and 2015, and Sony TVs that use the older Linux-based operating system, as opposed to Android TV.”

But the delay isn’t just for the Apple TV. The representative also confirmed that the YouTube TV app won’t be launching for Roku-branded devices until early next year, too. And on top of that, YouTube TV will also be arriving on older Samsung-branded smart TVs, as well as older Sony smart TVs that don’t use Android TV.

The YouTube TV app is designed to help folks cut the cord from a standard cable package, by charging a base $35 per month for a set package of channels. You can raise the price from there if you want to add some specific specialty channels, like Showtime and others. It is currently available in over 80 cities across the United States.

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[via CNET]