YouTube TV Raises Prices to $50 Per Month Or More

If you are a YouTube TV subscriber you probably received (or will receive in the near future) an email from YouTube TV about new channels and a price change. Here is the email they sent me:

We built YouTube TV to bring you a live TV service with the content you want through a reimagined TV experience.
Effective today, April 10, 2019, YouTube TV includes channels from Discovery Inc. All members will now have access to Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend. In addition, EPIX is now available for an additional charge. Finally, we’ll be including the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) later this year.

To keep bringing you the best service possible, we are also updating our membership pricing. The price for new and existing members will be $49.99/month. The price for new and existing members billed through Apple will be $54.99/month. Your core plan price will change to $49.99 on XXX XX, 2019, based on your latest billing information. To check on the status of your account, please go to your Settings > Membership screen for updated information.

The updated pricing will continue to include DVR with unlimited storage space, up to 6 accounts per household, and 3 concurrent streams. No additional fees are required for broadcast, HD, set-top box, or DVR.

You can find more information in the Help Center and blog post.

Thank you for being a part of YouTube TV!

The YouTube TV Team

They also have this announcement online (READ HERE).

So the new pricing, YouTube TV will cost $49.99 per month, effective April 10 for new customers. That’s up from $35 per month under the original YouTube TV plan launched in 2016 (that is the plan I am on now), and up from $40 monthly for subscribers who have signed up in the past year. Existing subscribers will see the new pricing in the billing cycle after May 13. (The price for members billed through Apple will be $54.99 per month.)

Again, my current cost for YouTube TV service is $35.00 per month…so this represents at nearly 43% increase in price. I am not thrilled with that price increase.

The latest channels added…not really ones I watch. I will say that since I have signed up for YouTube TV they have added A LOT of channels I do watch without a price increase until now…so I probably should not complain.

If you are upset at this price increase and are looking for other options…here is a list from CNET: In ascending order of monthly price, the major multichannel live TV streaming services available today are:

When I originally “Cut The Cord” I started with Sling TV. I loved it, loved the price and loved having the NFL Network…but the lack of local channels in this area is the main reason I left Sling TV for YouTube TV. The price difference between Sling TV ($25) and my original cost for YouTube TV ($35) was so close that it made the decision to leave easy for me. Now I have to make a decision on what to do now…and I have decided to stay with YouTube TV.

Here are some of the reasons I am sticking with YouTube TV:

  1. It is still cheaper than Verizon and Comcast – an no more costly than the other major streaming services.
  2. No long commitments needed for this pricing – it is a monthly service I can leave at any time…and will consider doing if they hike the prices again in the future.
  3. I love the convenience of being able to watch it on my TV, laptop and iPhone no matter where I am locally.
  4. Switching at this point would be a total pain now that I have my DVR setup for all of the shows we watch regularly.

Another key aspect many do not consider is the “6 accounts per household (each with its own unique recommendations and cloud DVR with no storage space limits), and 3 concurrent streams”. Two good friends could easy split the cost of this service each having their own login and DVR service and cut the cost of YouTube TV in half.

Hopefully this is the last significant price increase we see from YouTube TV for a while…because if not, people like me will seriously start looking at the other options available.

Scott E

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