Google has officially signed a deal with CBS to carry its broadcast content to its upcoming web TV series, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Google’s rumored service “Unplugged” is expected to launch early next year and will include all content from CBS, including live NFL games, the sources said.
Google’s "skinny bundle" will cost $25-$40 a month, the source said.
The source requested anonymity because the discussions are confidential.
The Wall Street Journal said ‘Besides CBS, other channels from CBS that will be part of the YouTube offering include Pop and CBS Sports Network.
'21st Century Fox channels under discussion include Fox Broadcasting, Fox News, FX, Fox Sports and National Geographic Channel, the people familiar with the matter say, while Disney-owned channels that could be part of the service include ABC, ESPN, Disney Channel and Freeform.’
Google’s Unplugged will most likely be separate from YouTube Red, which is the ad-free subscription offering the company launched in 2015.
Google will be going into a crowded market. Dish network and Sony, have launched skinny bundles in the past year to viewers who aren’t interested in paying for cable.
Google has been talking to various media companies for a while now, but recently started ramping up in the past few months, the source said.