If the monthly price of all these streaming services continues to rise, the least I can do is insert some new features and better video quality, right? This is what YouTube says you can expect from YouTube TV soon; today the company announced that in the coming weeks the service will “introduce a new add-on with 4K streaming, offline viewing and unlimited simultaneous streams at home.”
Unfortunately, a YouTube TV spokesperson didn’t have much to share other than top-level news about these upcoming add-ons. It is not clear whether there will be restrictions on which channels or shows support offline downloading, nor is YouTube providing examples of content that will be available in 4K. We would hope for some sporting events. Currently, customers have a maximum of three simultaneous uploads, but it looks like YouTube will remove such restrictions as long as you watch it from home.
Offline viewing is quite rare among streaming TV applications. Hulu allows you to download TV shows and movies on demand for offline viewing, but this does not apply to footage from the live TV service. Sling TV does not offer such functionality, nor does AT&T TV.
The language of the “additional package” suggests that you will have to pay more than the standard monthly subscription of $ 65 to access these features. YouTube TV lifted the basic subscription to it last June. But the company continues to advertise that, although costs are rising, YouTube TV still has no hidden fees and offers unlimited DVR space in the cloud. The service has over 3 million users.