For over four years YouTube TV has become a reality, albeit lacking a very important feature: the ability to stream in 4K. Earlier this year, in a blog post, the video platform, YouTube, pledged to fill this gap, so it is delivering on its promise.
From now on, YouTube TV will have a new add-on called “4K Plus”. As the name suggests, this add-on will enable 4K streaming via a compatible TV as well as a streaming device. The 4K Plus add-on also includes the ability to download recordings from your DVR to a mobile phone or tablet.
4K Plus also allows the user, when at home, to stream YouTube TV from an “unlimited” list of devices. YouTube TV’s basic package can stream on three different devices simultaneously, but if the user has a large family that depends solely on the service, this should ensure that no one is blocked.
Unfortunately, all of this comes at a cost, and it’s not cheap. The 4K Plus add-on costs €16.76 per month, in addition to any other YouTube TV costs. (Currently, the basic YouTube TV plan starts at €54.50 per month.) In recent years, the price of YouTube TV has increased significantly.
For those interested, there’s still time to get a price agreement on 4K Plus. Is that YouTube is offering a free trial, for a period of one month, for new users. After this period, the user can sign up for €8.37 per month.
The good news is that all YouTube TV users are also benefiting from an audio domain upgrade, as the service will soon have support for Dolby 5.1 audio, no matter what plan you’re on.
However, there aren’t many details on how this will work – YouTube says it “will start rolling out to select devices in the coming weeks”, but we don’t know exactly which devices they’re referring to.