YouTube TV now supports 4K and offline downloads, but it will cost you.

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The new YouTube TV features aren’t complimentary.

YouTube TV, Google’s over-the-top streaming television service, has released a new add-on with a number of notable features. The additional capabilities aren’t cheap, but for a short time, interested parties may get a 50% discount.

For the first time, 4K Plus allows viewers to watch 4K video on YouTube TV. You’ll need a 4K-compatible TV and streaming device, and the content choices will undoubtedly be restricted.

 

In its announcement, YouTube said subscribers will “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.”

The add-on also lets users download shows to watch offline. A YouTube spokesperson told The Verge that anything recorded to a user’s cloud DVR from the base channel package can be downloaded for offline viewing.

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Another noteworthy perk is unlimited streams at home. With the YouTube TV base package, you can only have three simultaneous streams running at any given time. 4K Plus enables unlimited streams over your home Wi-Fi, meaning everyone in the family can watch whatever they want at the same time.

YouTube has also announced that all users will be able to listen to 5.1 Dolby audio. We’ve been told that this functionality will begin to appear on certain devices in the coming weeks.

4K Plus is now available for an extra $19.99 per month. However, for a limited time, customers may sign up for a one-month free trial and lock in a cost of $9.99 per month for the first year. This is in addition to YouTube TV’s normal monthly fee of $64.99.

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