Popular video-streaming platform YouTube is bringing 4K streaming to YouTube TV. The company has announced to introduce a new add-on. The add-on is 4K Plus. It will bring 4K quality. It will also allow unlimited simultaneous streaming. Users with Google live TV subscriptions can take the add-on. 4K Plus will cost USD 19.99 per month. Users can top up this over the standard USD 64.99 YouTube TV subscription. Viewers buying the add-on can stream 4K content on YouTube TV. This is the first time when Google-owned company is introducing support to stream 4K content on YouTube TV. The new add-on will also allow subscribers to download recorded shows. Users can download the shows to watch offline on their hardware.
YouTube is assuming that the company has a compatible TV and streaming device for 4K. It wants to join the race and compete against Apple TV 4K. The company said that the new add-on will bring unlimited streaming of videos. Users with a home Wi-Fi network can stream unlimited 4K videos with a 4K Plus subscription. Notably, users with a standard YouTube TV subscription are allowed three streams at one time. YouTube said that users signing up early will receive a free one-month trial of 4K Plus. Besides, the subscription charge of 4K Plus will be available at a discounted rate of USD 9.99 per month for the first year. The company will hike the subscription charge to USD 19.99 per month once the promotional offer expires.
On the download front, YouTube has suggested users to make sure using the YouTube TV app. The device should be connected to the internet at least once every 30 days. Downloads will expire automatically after 9 months from the originally recorded date. Meanwhile, YouTube announced that all YouTube TV customers will soon get support for Dolby 5.1 surround sound. This will not require any special add-on. The company noted that Dolby 5.1 surround sound has been among the biggest requests from YouTube TV customers. Smart TVs will get the support initially. The support will be provided to other platforms later. YouTube has also announced to review other features and changes. It has added the ability to allow users to join various segments within a sports program.