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YouTube unveils Primetime Channels streaming marketplace

YouTube’s streaming TV marketplace YouTube Premium Channels. (Image courtesy YouTube/Alphabet, Graphic edited by The Desk)

YouTube has launched a streaming television marketplace that allows YouTube viewers to subscribe to a number of third-party services for separate fees.

The marketplace, called YouTube Primetime Channels, mirrors similar services offered by Roku, Amazon Prime Video and the independent platform MyBundle.TV.

Through YouTube Primetime Channels, YouTube users are able to subscribe to partner streaming services like Paramount Plus, Showtime, Starz, AMC Plus and Vix Plus, with TV shows and movies available immediately within the YouTube app across supported devices.

The services are available in the Movies & TV Hub within the YouTube app, a spokesperson said in a statement.

The full list of services as of Tuesday are below:

  • Acorn TV
  • Allblk
  • AMC Plus
  • Atres Player
  • Canal RCN Total
  • Comedy Dynamics
  • Con TV
  • Curiosity Stream
  • Dekkoo
  • Docurama
  • Dove Channel
  • Epix
  • Fandor
  • Gaia
  • Hallmark Movies Now
  • Here TV
  • IFC Films Unlimited
  • Magnolia Selects
  • Moviesphere
  • Outside TV Plus
  • Paramount Plus
  • Screambox
  • Screenpix
  • Showtime
  • Shudder
  • Starz
  • Sundance Now
  • Tastemade Plus
  • The Great Courses
  • Topic
  • Up Faith & Family
  • Vix Plus
  • VSiN

YouTube says its partner Primetime Channels will also feature movie and TV show trailers along with behind-the-scenes footage, where available. YouTube’s recommendation engine will help serve up personalized content across a user’s Primetime Channels subscriptions.

YouTube Primetime Channels is available in the United States. A broader international rollout is possible early next year.

YouTube also offers a linear streaming television service that incorporates more than 80 broadcast and cable networks, including general entertainment, sports and cable news channels. The service costs $65 a month and offers premium multiplex movie networks like HBO Max, Cinemax, Showtime and Starz for separate fees.

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Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 11 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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