Updated: YouTube TV has just made this official. Our reporting contained below is confirmed.
It appears that BuzzFeed has prematurely leaked tomorrow’s “surprise” announcement from YouTube TV. The report has been taken down, but the information it contained, the highlights of which are contained below, has also been verified by 9to5mac. Here’s what we were able to capture from the BuzzFeed News report prior to its removal:
YouTube TV – Moderate Price Hike Expected for New Customers
The story also indicated that the monthly subscription for new customers will be increasing (presumably to help offset the increased cost of the new channel additions). After March 13, any new YouTube TV subscribers will pay $40 a month, up from the current $35 per month subscription.
So, if you were on the fence about YouTube TV, you can save $60 a year by signing up now rather than waiting until after March 13. And now that they have launched the service on Apple TV and Roku boxes, the timing could not be better.
YouTube TV – What We Didn’t Hear
With these additions, YouTube TV becomes an even more solid cable alternative, and begins to separate itself from higher priced competitors. If the next major announcement involves the addition of Scripps Networks channels, it will be a slam dunk at less than $50 a month.
Specifically, users are anxious to get status of negotiations for Scripps owned networks which include HGTV, DIY, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Travel Channel and Great American Country. The Hallmark channel would be icing on the cake but any agreement on that may likely come later in the year before the Christmas movie season begins. The Scripps channels, especially HGTV, DIY and Food Network are seen as vital for many consumers.
YouTube TV – Expanding into New Markets
We understand that YouTube TV will also be announcing availibility in the following markets: Lexington, Dayton, Honolulu, El Paso, Burlington, Plattsburgh, Richmond, Petersburg, Mobile (Roll Tide!), Syracuse, Champaign, Springfield, Columbia, Charleston, Harlingen, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton.
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With the expected announcement, YouTube TV increases its reach to over 100 cities, putting increased pressure on rival services. The $35 monthly subscription includes 3 simultaneous streams, six user accounts, unlimited DVR, and best in class UI on Apple TV and Roku with apps for the web and mobile.
If you want to try this service, you can get YouTube TV here > YouTube TV – Google, Inc.
With the new channel additions will you sign up for the YouTube TV service if it is or will become available in your area? Share your thoughts in the comments below: