YouTube TV has announced that they will significantly increasing their subscription price from $50 to $65 per month. The service launched 3 years ago at a reasonable price of $35, but increased to $40 about a year later. Last year, the service fee increased once again to $50, and now it will be $65 for both new and existing subscribers.
Each time YouTube TV has increased its price, it tried to justify the additional cost by adding additional channels, and this time is no different. In conjunction with the price increase, YouTube TV is adding 8 Viacom channels, including BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land, and VH1. They have also said that BET Her, MTV2, MTV Classic, Nick Jr., NickToons, and TeenNick will also be added at a later date. The price increase in 2018 added Turner network channels including TBS, TNT, CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. The price increase in 2019 added Discovery network channels including Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend.
If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative, Philo TV at just $20/month for 60 channels is a great option. Philo comes with the perk of being fully integrated into the Fire TV’s built-in channel guide. Sling TV is $30/month for 30+ or 50+ channels, depending on if you want sports channels or not, and you have the flixibility to add various extra channel packages for $5-$10 each. If you want more channels than that, Hulu Live at $55/month and Fubo TV at $55/month (with a massive 106+ channel lineup) are both now less expensive than YouTube TV.