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Google is adding new channels to YouTube TV. Unfortunately, new subscribers will be paying the price through higher subscription fees. Still, the new price really just brings YouTube TV in line with its competitors such as PlayStation Vue and Hulu with Live TV.
YouTube TV launched in March 2017, offering live TV across 40 networks, a limitless cloud DVR, and YouTube Red, all for $35/month. YouTube TV was initially only available in a select few places, but has now rolled out to cover 85 percent of U.S. households.
News, Sports, and Rick and Morty
Almost one year on from launch and YouTube TV is evolving. First things first, it’s getting new channels, including TNT, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. Which means Rick and Morty, Impractical Jokers, and live news coverage.
It also brings live sports to the service, with basketball in the form of the NCAA March Madness and NBA games, baseball in the form of MLB postseason games, golf in the form of the PGA championship, and soccer in the form of the UEFA Champions League.
? This one is BIG.
? You guys are going to be so excited….
— YouTube TV (@YouTubeTV) February 14, 2018
What’s more, NBA TV and the MLB Network will both be added to the YouTube TV base package soon. And for those who can’t get enough sports in their lives, both the NBA League Pass and MLB.TV will be available for an extra fee on top of the usual subscription charge.
The downside to all of this extra content is that someone has to pay for it. That someone being anyone who signs up to YouTube TV after March 13, 2018. Which is when the price will rise to $40/month. Existing subscribers before that cutoff will carry on paying $35/month for the foreseeable future.
A Solid Option for Cord Cutters
There really is no excuse not to cut the cord these days. Or at least shave the cord to cut away the excess. And YouTube TV, alongside its competitors such as Sling TV and DirecTV Now, represent solid options for cord cutters. Especially with this burst of new channels.
Do you subscribe to YouTube TV? If so, what made you choose YouTube TV over its competitors? If not, will these additional channels make you consider subscribing? Are you still paying for a cable TV subscription? Please let us know in the comments below!
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