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YouTube said to be planning paid streaming TV service

YouTube said to be planning paid streaming TV service

When YouTube debuted a decade ago, it quickly built an audience by hosting pirated material — much to the chagrin of the nation's biggest TV and cable networks.

Now YouTube is reportedly in talks with those same networks to stream TV through a paid service called Unplugged that could serve as a Web-based alternative to the cable box.

The news, first reported by Bloomberg on Wednesday, comes on the same day that Hulu said it would soon offer a so-called skinny bundle of broadcast and cable TV channels.

The moves highlight the massive shift taking place in the TV industry as networks seek to stanch the flow of cord cutters by looking at former adversaries in the tech...

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