Well, that all changes today, as Google just announced the YouTube TV app is coming to a host of devices specifically designed to provide a big screen experience. Those devices include the NVIDIA SHIELD TV (which gains supports via SHIELD Software Upgrade 6.1), Microsoft's Xbox One family of consoles and Roku streaming devices. The app will also be available for Samsung and LG Smart TVs along with Sony TVs with Android TV installed.
Since YouTube TV will be integrated into the above devices, you will be able to use your TV's remote control or your Xbox One wireless controller to browse and search for content instead of having to rely on your smartphone or tablet.
For those that might not know, YouTube TV is a fully-fledged TV service, and is a direct competitor to traditional satellite and cable offerings. Like other services including Sling TV, Hulu, and DirecTV Now, you'll pay a monthly rate for access to local TV programming along with "premium" channels like ESPN, AMC, FX and MSNBC.
YouTube TV also gives you access to unlimited cloud DVR storage (recordings are stored for up to nine months), access to YouTube Red Original programming, access for up to six individual accounts (with three simultaneous streams), and over 50 channels to watch.
Google says that YouTube TV is now available in over 50 major metropolitan areas, and offers coverage for over 60 percent of the U.S. population. YouTube TV costs $35 per month, but Google offers a free trial to users that live in one of the covered metropolitan areas.