According to the online video giant, the new YouTube TV app will roll out within the next few days on Android TV devices (like the NVIDIA Shield), TVs with built-in Android TV, and the Xbox One family of devices (specifically the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and soon-to-launch Xbox One X). Per YouTube, the app will also be coming to Apple TV and Samsung, LG, and Sony Smart TVs.
Before now, YouTube TV could be watched only via mobile device or cast to your TV via Chromecast. While this mobile-first mindset has certainly helped YouTube TV capture the millennial audience, YouTube also acknowledges that broader living room support has been a long time coming.
“Over half the time spent watching YouTube TV is consumed through Chromecast on the big screen,” company spokespeople said. “And members who stream with a Chromecast are highly engaged, watching over four hours a day on the weekends with football season back in full swing.”
In the same announcement, YouTube TV also shared that the service is now available in all of the top 50 metro areas, meaning that more than two-thirds of viewers in the US can now access the service. Combined with YouTube TV’s new expanded device compatibility, the service may have crossed the threshold into being a genuinely viable cord-cutting option for most people.
Even so, if you’re thinking about using YouTube TV to cut the cord, we still recommend checking service availability for your area. If we hear of any further YouTube TV expansions, we’ll be sure to let you know, so follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.