As more people cut out traditional cable, Google’s YouTube TV has become the TV streaming option. This year, the service is set to get even more new features, including the advent of 4K streaming on YouTube TV.
In a blog post this morning, YouTube confirms some planned updates for its core products, including YouTube itself, Music and also YouTube TV. One of the biggest takeaways in the post is that YouTube TV will soon be adding support for 4K streaming.
While a specific release window will not be called out, YouTube TV will debut a new add-on package in the not-too-distant future that enables three new features. First and foremost, this includes the ability to watch 4K quality YouTube TV streams, provided of course that the broadcaster has the ability to do so. 4K broadcasts are still quite rare, but they will become more popular in the future, especially as major events such as the Super Bowl have attempted 4K broadcasting.
In addition to 4K streaming, this new add-on package will also make it possible to download recordings on YouTube TV without a network. We first saw this feature yesterday, as the basis for the feature is currently live in the YouTube TV app on Android.
Finally, this add-on package will also give families the ability to use YouTube TV on multiple devices simultaneously. As it looks today, a family can watch the service on up to three devices simultaneously, with a fourth addition kicking off one of the previous viewers. It is probably not very common for households to hit this rate on a regular basis, but having the opportunity to expand concurrent flows will certainly be welcome.
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