If you were hoping for the dedicated YouTube TV app to show up on your Roku or Apple TV this year, you will need to wait just a little longer. When announced back in October, we were told that apps were headed to the Xbox One, Apple TV and Roku “in the coming weeks.” When reached for comment, a Google spokesperson claimed that there is no delay, and that the roll out is happening as planned.
YouTubeTV is available across 84 different metro areas, and can be viewed on Chromecast, Xbox One, Android TV and newer Samsung and LG smart TVs. YouTube told CNET that in addition to the Roku and Apple TV apps, YouTube TV will also come to older smart TVs, like Samsung TVs from 2014 and 2015, as well as Sony sets that use older Linux-based operating systems. YouTube TV competes with regular cable, of course, but also Sling TV, Hulu Live TV, PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now, which are already available on more devices, including the Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.
Google’s service starts at $35 a month and is now available in more than 80 cities around the US, enabling subscribers to watch more than 35 traditional cable channels in a web browser or on other devices, including Android phones and tablets, Xbox One, and a number of late-model Samsung and LG smart TVs.
While owners of Roku or Apple TV boxes may be disappointed they’ll need to continue waiting for these YouTube TV apps, at least both platforms are slated to get YouTube TV eventually, as opposed to the PlayStation and Fire TV devices, which Google currently does not have any plans to support.