Spotted in a teardown, Google also confirmed details in an announcement today
Since its debut in 2017, YouTube TV has become more and more expensive. Costing just $ 35 / month at launch, the service will now cost you almost double at $ 64.99 / month. That’s as much as some cable TV subscriptions – so much for “cutting the cord.” YouTube TV is trying to justify the cost by offering features like cloud DVRs and family sharing (along with the occasional freebie), and new perks are on the way as well, according to a recent teardown and an announcement made today. YouTube TV subscribers will soon get an add-on that offers 4K streaming options, as well as offline viewing and unlimited simultaneous streams.
The first evidence of these changes appeared at 9to5Google, which detected evidence in version 5.06.2 of the YouTube TV app being deployed on the Play at the store now (alternatively available on our partner site Mirror APK). The latest version of the app introduces a new notification channel called “Offline Notification” which provides “Search for incomplete downloads” notifications, much like the YouTube and YT Music notification under similar circumstances. A dedicated notification channel and several strings in the code suggest that this feature will be available to users soon.
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In the wake of this discovery, Google outright announced the change in a blog post today, claiming that the new package will not only let you download content for offline enjoyment, but it will also let you enjoy 4K streaming and open unlimited simultaneous streams.
We don’t know how this will manifest itself, and the rollout schedule for the new package is unclear. Restrictions may also apply based on Google’s agreements with content providers, and we doubt any content currently available has 4K options.
Functionally, the new offline upload feature may behave the same way it currently works on YouTube, depending on the details of this teardown. There will be a download button for qualifying shows and movies, and downloaded content will be available in a dedicated section within the app.
Between the details spotted in the teardown and Google’s own announcement, the new package and its associated features will likely be available soon, although there is no clear timeline.
And a billion other new things, of course
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