YouTube TV launches 4K Plus: 4K and offline downloads for $20 a month

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Youtube Tv 4k Plus (Image credit: YouTube)

What you need to know

  • YouTube has announced 4K Plus, its new level of service for its video streaming service.
  • The feature includes 4K streaming, offline downloads, and more.

YouTube TV is adding a ton of features already enjoyed on YouTube if you are willing to pay extra for them.

In a blog post, YouTube has announced a new tier of service to its YouTube TV streaming service. The new feature, called 4K Plus, brings 4K resolution to the streaming service for the first time.

YouTube says that, at launch, 4K Plus will offer the higher resolution for "major sports events this summer" as well as content from NBC and ESPN.

4K Plus will bring some of the most highly requested features to YouTube TV, including the ability to watch 4K content on YouTube TV for the first time. With a compatible 4K enabled TV and/or streaming device, you can enjoy watching content in one of the best, most crisp resolutions.With 4K Plus, you'll have access to watch major sports events this summer in 4K, plus live content from networks like NBC and ESPN, sports like college football and basketball later this year and on-demand content from FX, Discovery Networks, Tastemade and more.

In addition to 4K, the new level of service enables users to download content for offline viewing just like you're able to do with YouTube if you have YouTube Premium. It also ups the number of simultaneous streams at home from three to unlimited.

  • Download shows to watch offline: Take your DVR with you and never worry about missing your favorite shows while you're without data or traveling on the go. With 4K Plus, we're introducing the ability to save recordings from your library to your phone or tablet to watch offline.
  • Unlimited streams at home: The YouTube TV base package includes three simultaneous streams, but with 4K Plus, you get unlimited streams on your home wifi. That means everyone in the family can catch up on their latest TV episodes, watch a movie on demand, watch their home team, and more - all at the same time!

The company also announced that Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound is rolling out to all YouTube TV customers. 4K Plus will cost $19.99/month but YouTube TV is offering new users a one-month free trial and a $9.99/month price for one year.

If you want to enjoy YouTube TV in 4K, you'll need a 4K television. Check out our list of the Best TVs for Apple TV 2021 to find one that works best for you.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.