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It provides advertising-free streaming of all videos hosted by You Tube, offline play and background playback of videos on mobile devices, access to advertising-free music streaming through Google Play Music, and access to "You Tube Red Original" series and films.

Access to this content is included with a You Tube Red subscription, but individual episodes and movies can be purchased through You Tube or Google Play Movies & TV in certain countries where subscriptions are not yet available.

The move could also help forestall another effort to reform set-top box rules in Washington.

The new You Tube offering shows that Comcast -- which has x1 boxes in about half of its TV subscriber homes -- doesn't view free streaming services as the dire threat to its pay-TV model as it once did. The California firm, which had close ties to the Obama administration, lobbied the Federal Communications Commission for set-top reforms for several years.

This shift required You Tube to seek permission from its content creators and rights holders to allow their content to be part of the ad-free service; under the new contract terms, partners would receive a share of the total revenue from You Tube Red subscriptions, as determined by how much their content is viewed by subscribers.

You Tube also sought to compete against sites such as Hulu and Netflix by offering original content as part of the subscription service, leveraging prominent You Tube personalities in combination with professional producers.

Comcast, the nation's largest cable-TV and residential internet provider, will integrate the Google-owned video streamer into its X1 set-top box later this year, blurring the line between traditional pay-TV and the internet.

To gain access to You Tube, a Comcast subscriber will have to order bundled Comcast TV and internet, thus paying for both services.

Here's the complete channel lineup: Highlights include local and national programming from all four major networks, sports from ESPN and Fox Sports, plus major cable news networks MSNBC, CNBC and Fox News.

Comcast didn’t announce when it expects to launch the You Tube app.

The deal is part of Comcast’s strategy to become the one-stop-shop for video, so subscribers don’t ever need to switch to an alternative streaming device (like Apple TV or Roku).

Of course, You Tube TV and its competitors (which include Sony's Play Station Vue, Sling TV and Direc TV Now) all have their flaws.

There isn't a perfect option out there yet, but after spending the better part of the week watching You Tube TV I can say it definitely has some things going for it over the competition -- but it's also pretty clearly a service in its infancy.

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