It looks like YouTube wants to go legit and become a real television network as well as a destination where you can find videos of monkeys throwing poo at each other, and good for them. YouTube competing against the big boys like Verizon, Time-Warner, and every other outrageously-priced cable and satellite service can only benefit suckers like us who are currently paying hundreds for mediocre channel packages.
In the announcement made yesterday, YouTube (owned by Google, natch), will offer a bit over 40 broadcast and cable channels for an affordable $35 a month, including live feeds from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN and Comcast SportsNet.
Personally, none of these networks interest me, but it's a good sign for YouTube -- if they can secure big league channels like ABC, CBS, and NBC and succeed, you can expect dozens upon dozens of other channels jumping on the bandwagon. That's when traditional cable with either have to compete with YouTube TV or die out. Good luck, YouTube -- everyone sick of their $250+ cable bill is behind you on this one.
Side note: I wonder if this is why YouTube came down hard on PewDiePie last week. I mean, it doesn't look good to Google and YouTube board members when your biggest YouTuber is toying with anti-Semitism.