YouTube TV's price is going up for everyone

YouTube TV's price is going up for everyone
There are a few different forces fighting each other with YouTube TV right now. First is that the streaming service is still relatively new, especially taking into account how recently it was made widely available in the U.S., and it is likely lagging in terms of subscriber numbers. Second is the content selection available for YouTube TV, which is pretty good and compares well with other services, but depending on what you want, YouTube TV might not have it. And third is the price, which directly impacts, and is impacted by, those first two items.

For the earliest of adopters, YouTube TV was priced at $35 per month. Then came a small price bump to $40 when YouTube TV added Turner network channels, including TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, NBA TV and the MLB Network. When that price hike happened, as is often the case, original subscribers were grandfathered in to the original price. Unfortunately, that's not the case with YouTube TV's newest price hike.

Google announced that YouTube TV will now cost $50 per month -- or $55 per month if you subscribe via an Apple device, in order to offset the Apple tax -- and that new price doesn't just apply to new customers but to all customers. New customers will have to pay the new price starting today, but existing subscribers won't see the bump until after May 13th. Of course, the price hike is coming with new content, this time from Discovery, including Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend. Plus OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will become available later this year.

It's still a competitive deal considering the content made available, but a $10 or $15 change can be a lot, especially when the point of cord cutting is to save money.

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19 Comments

1. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

This turns me off to the service. Once it starts getting that high, I could just go back to DirecTV again. At $35, I was considering it. But, I've got Netflix and Crunchy Roll, which is more than enough content and costs under $20.

2. someguy2261

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Who's paying for this garbage just you TV tap.

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

service is great specially for the price and ability to share with other family members plus unlimited dvr

3. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Greedy google I’ll stick with direct tv now, cheaper and better channels including mtv that YouTube tv doesn’t have

8. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

same here...for the same price, i will continue to stick with my 50$/mo dtvnow GO BIG package (even with two price increase since day one)...it basically has all the channels i watch (discovery, science, destination america, history, a&e....and some other channels that all the other streaming services are missing some or all of these channels) i havent experienced any glitches in a very long time...maybe because im not a couch potato like some of you are lol..my experience has been good, i have no complaints as far as outages, lags, etc...

4. Mrmark

Posts: 400; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

How about just don't watch TV . Saves a lot of money and time

5. CEDEOTB

Posts: 442; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

The 107 people who pay for this are going to be pissed.

6. torr310

Posts: 1674; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

YouTube TV has a lot of commercials too!

7. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

DirecTV Now has also been raised to $50. I'm going to cancel before my next (first $50) charge. Probably go to something like Philo. Price like that I could just get regular cable TV.

11. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

maybe you should go back to cable if you like paying for all those extra and hidden fees other than the actual package cost that you will be paying for lol

12. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Best part of direct tv now is just sharing your username and password with family and slipping the cost That’s what we do, wife and I share with her parents house one single direct tv now account and only like $25 each household

13. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Then you may as well just stay with direct tv now but share your account with like your parents or siblings household to make it half the price for each of you

17. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I don't live with parents or sibling, I have a wife and a few kids. People I know have their own thing they watch. Besides, there is a limit on 2 streams at a time, which we would need both at times.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

What a bummer. I was really enjoying the early adopter price rate.

14. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

At this point, I'd just rather subscribe to cable.

15. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

$10 just to get discovery channels. People should be able to choose if they don't want the extra channels, they can keep the $40 price. I wouldn't want any of those channels and would be pissed to have to pay $10 extra. At this rate YouTube TV will cost more than cable soon.

16. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

That’s why you can just share your account with family members Since if you switched to cable you’d be stuck with it at just your own house with your own cable box But with YouTube tv or direct tv now you can share it with other households and split the cost

18. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Someone needs to create a true ala carte option. And no, Sling isn't truly ala carte like they claim. I want to pick the exact channels I want, not these "tiers".

19. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

the last price hike was worth it because they added some major channels. This new one added c-list channels at best and is a 25% bump. I was in love with the service at $40, but at $50 with no new networks that interest me (not for an extra $120 a year anyway) now I'm shopping around.

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