YouTube’s streaming live TV service is now available on Apple TV devices, the Google-owned video site revealed in a surprise announcement this afternoon. In a tweet telling Apple TV owners to check the App Store, the official YouTube TV account disclosed that its app is now available on tvOS devices. This follows news earlier today that YouTube TV has made its way to compatible Roku devices as well.
YouTube TV’s expansion to other popular set-top box platforms has been a bit of a rollercoaster since its spring 2017 launch, with YouTube saying back in December that it had delayed its Roku and Apple TV app launches to the first quarter of 2018 after failing to meet an earlier deadline the company set back in late October. Then, earlier today after when the Roku news dropped, a YouTube representative told media outlets that Apple TV support was coming “very soon.”
And there it is! We are happy to announce you can now use YouTube TV on @AppleTV.
Try it now → https://t.co/OWpJ6AL7S7pic.twitter.com/9t31aHfFlv
— YouTube TV (@YouTubeTV) February 1, 2018
By very soon, it seems, YouTube meant later today. Still, it’s a welcome addition for any subscribers to YouTube TV, which, similar to PlayStation Vue and Sling, lets you bypass big-name cable providers to access premium channels for a flat $35 fee. The service is now available in up to 80 metro areas as of last month and now counts more than 50 networks as part of its package, with other channels available as purchasable add-ons. For a tutorial on how to get the YouTube TV app on all available platforms, check out YouTube’s FAQ here.