New and existing YouTube TV subscriptions are increasing after new channels from ViacomCBS are added.
Launched in 2017, YouTube TV is the US only, online, live TV service from Google. After signing a deal with ViacomCBS, YouTube TV is now getting eight additional channels including: BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1, with more coming soon: BET Her, MTV2, MTV Classic, Nick Jr., NickToons and TeenNick.
The price increase bumps the usual $50/month, up 30% to $65/month. This comes after a bump from $40/month in April 2019 after more channels were added.
This new subscription cost comes into affect today for new members. Existing subscribers will see the price increase on bills issued on or after July 30th. Luckily YouTube TV members can easily pause or cancel subscriptions at any time.
We don’t take these decisions lightly, and realize how hard this is for our members. That said, this new price reflects the rising cost of content and we also believe it reflects the complete value of YouTube TV, from our breadth of content to the features that are changing how we watch live TV.Christian Oestlien – Vice President of Product Management, YouTube TV
There is currently no option to pay for specific channels or packages such as sports, kids or movies for example, but YouTube are certainy open to the idea in the future should they be able to renegociate contracts with networks.
New features recently added also include:
- Jump to the news that matters most to you: We’ve been testing a new feature that allows you to jump to various segments within select news programs on YouTube TV, and have just brought this to all users. Similar to our key plays view for sports, on some programs you’ll be able to jump to specific news clips within the complete recording. This feature is available on TV screens now and will come to mobile devices in the coming weeks.
- Control over your recorded content: In addition to your unlimited DVR space, YouTube TV members can pause, rewind, and fast forward through all their recorded shows, regardless of network.
- Go easy on the eyes with Dark Mode: We recently introduced a dark theme to both desktop and mobile devices to help tone down your screen’s glare and experience YouTube TV with a dark background.
- Mark a show as watched: You now have an option to select “Mark as Watched” on desktop and mobile devices for any TV show you’ve already seen, a top requested feature from our members.
- A fresh new look for the Live Guide: Based on your feedback, we’ve updated the Live Guide on desktop so you can see what’s on, now, and also scroll ahead 7 days into the future.