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YouTube announces subscription TV service

YouTube TV will offer more than 40 channels for US$35 a month and unlimited space for recorded programmes

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IT'S hard to imagine from watching the first video posted on YouTube - a 19-second clip from 2005 of one of the company's founders standing in front of an elephant cage at San Diego Zoo - that the service one day could alter the media landscape.

By popularising video watching over the internet, YouTube, which Google bought in 2006, started the ball rolling on so-called cord-cutting, the practice of consumers abandoning cable and satellite television subscriptions for web-based video services.

YouTube's latest move, announced on Tuesday, highlights how far it has come as well as the challenges in trying to replace cable and satellite TV.

The company said it planned to introduce a new...

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