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Expect YouTube TV’s Mosaic Mode In Time For NFL Sunday Ticket

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YouTube TV is likely to get its new ‘Mosaic Mode’ in time for the debut of NFL Sunday Ticket, or soon after at least. Mosaic Mode, or multiscreen mode, has been rumored for some time now, but firm details on when it would launch have been hard to come by. While that’s technically still the case, Neal Mohan, YouTube’s Chief Product Officer, recently hinted at its arrival in time for the new season.

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YouTube recently secured the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket. This is a pretty big deal in the world of football, and certainly good news for football fans already subscribed to YouTube TV. Even if not subscribed to YouTube TV, there will still be the option to sign up and watch Sunday Ticket through Premium Channels, YouTube’s subscription service store.

As to be expected, YouTube seems pretty excited about this deal and is likely to be readying some new features in time for the 2023 season. One of which now seems likely to be Mosaic Mode. In an interview with The Verge, and on the topic of multiscreen, Mohan said, “multiscreen is something that we have been working on for YouTube TV. So you should expect that as part of the experience.“

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While not an outright confirmation that multiscreen mode will be available by the time NFL Sunday Ticket debuts on the service, it is clear that YouTube is very firmly viewing the ability to watch multiple games on the same screen as, in Mohan’s words, ‘part of the experience.’ Considering the nature and importance of the launch of Sunday Ticket, it seems likely that YouTube would rather have its multiscreen support up and running by the time the season kicks off, if not before.

For reference, Mohan provided some details on other aspects of the experience as well. For example, the unlikelihood of subscribing to just one team, or watching in 4K, the continuation of NFL RedZone, and the ability to sign up to the a la carte Primetime Channels version without the need for YouTube Premium. Of course, there is likely to be some differences between the YouTube and YouTube TV versions of NFL Sunday Ticket, and Mosaic Mode is probably going to be one of them.

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