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New YouTube TV Channels Come With a Price Hike

14 February 2018

In the bad news department, the price of the service is going up, from $35 to $40 per month starting March 13.

The apparent reason for the increase is YouTube TV's new deal with Turner, which brings a handful of well-known channels to the service: TNT, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, truTV, and TCM.

Google hasn't disclosed the number of subscribers that have signed up for YouTube TV since it launched in April 2016, initially in just five markets.

A YouTube spokeswoman said the company now has no plans to increase the $35 monthly price for existing members. The service said it will also soon be adding sports channels NBA TV and MLB Network to its base package.

What do you think of this YouTube TV expansion? Current customers and new members or sign up before March 13th will be retained at the previous $35 a month. With these additions, the service will be available to over 85 percent of the US households.

YouTube TV initially launched last April in five markets, but has expanded to more than 80 and is now available to all top 100 US markets, reaching more than 85 percent of USA households.

And the service will soon be available in over 100 markets, a huge increase over previous year. NBA All Access and MLB.TV will become optional paid add-ons soon too. However, HBO and all the channels that fall under the corporate ownership of Viacom, Discovery, and Scripps Networks Interactive (Comedy Central and the Food Network, to name a few) are missing-even if the service seems to be adding sports and other programming as quickly as it can.

At launch YouTube TV offered nearly 50 channels in five markets.

Good news and bad news, cord-cutters: YouTube TV is filling in several of the most noticeable gaps in its channel lineup, but such a shift will also come with a significant price hike.

New YouTube TV Channels Come With a Price Hike