YouTube TV is preventing subscribers from fast-forwarding past commercials while watching a previously aired show, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The live streaming service, which launched last week in five markets, offers roughly 50 live channels for $35 a month. In addition, YouTube TV features an ‘cloud DVR’ that permits subscribers to record an unlimited amount of programming.
But WSJ says the ‘cloud DVR’ comes with a catch.
If there’s a On-Demand version of the show available on YouTube TV, the subscriber can’t watch the DVR version. And the On-Demand version doesn’t permit fast-forwarding past the ads, per an agreement between YouTube TV and the channels.
The scenario is uncommon in the TV industry as many pay TV viewers use the FF button to watch a DVR-recorded show in a shorter amount of time. And pay TV operators don’t require subscribers to watch the ad-supported, On-Demand edition, as YouTube TV is now doing.
YouTube TV acknowledges that it’s forcing viewers to watch the ads by requiring them to watch the On-Demand show, but defends the practice by saying it’s “tied to (their) deals” with the programmers.
— Phillip Swann