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Adding critical missing networks and expanding into more cities. Here’s what it means for cord-cutters…

YouTube TV Adds New Networks Today

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:

In a welcome move to cord cutters, starting Feb. 14, YouTube TV users will be able to stream TNT, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies, in addition to key existing channels like ESPN, ABC, USA, FX, Fox News, E!, and the CW among others. YouTube TV is also beefing up its sports offering. Users will be able to stream nationally televised NBA games, NBA All-Star weekend, NBA Playoff games, MLB Postseason games, the PGA Championship, and UEFA soccer. It is also adding NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour network, and MLB Network owned by Major League Baseball.
Time Warner Stations Added to YouTube TV Guide Today

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.

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:

  • From today’s news release:

    “We will be increasing our price to $40/month on March 13 for new members. However, if you are already a member or sign up before March 13, we are keeping your original price of $35/month.”

  • RBear💩🌳🌲🌳🌲

    Posted a question for you in the Comments section of the Channel Line-ups page

    • Thanks. I’ve added a comment there. The chart has just been updated to reflect the new channel additions. What do you think? Are you subscribing to YouTube TV?

      • RBear💩🌳🌲🌳🌲

        not yet, still waiting for things to flesh out a bit more and then weigh all the options again- it’s gonna get better with all of this competition. some will fall by the way-side but others that want to remain in the game are going to make thier products as attractive as possible

  • NCAviator

    I am a big user of YoutubeTV. It is a great service. Glad they are now on Roku and AppleTV. Agree with you on the new channels and the Scripps. They are the only ones that have all the locals in our area. Love their DVR and APP User Interface. Would like more streams, but 3 is a good start. Enjoying watching the Olympics. Guess the added Turner channels gets them ready for March Madness.

    • Good points. Philo, at $16/mo, may be a good YTTV companion for those needing Scripps networks (once Philo gets broader device support).

      • NCAviator

        Yes, Philo is a very good companion. Very few duplicate channels. If they had Hallmark, would be great.

      • RBear💩🌳🌲🌳🌲

        any future YTTV channels to possibly be a la carte? say it ain’t so… bouncing from one APP (Philo) to another (YTTV) to fill out the full compliment of desired stations would be cumbersome and not ideal- hopefully YTTV re-thinks this and just adds them later this year as previously mentioned.

        • We will have to wait and see. The next major block of channels that everyone is eyeing for this service is the Scripps channels, which include HGTV, DIY, Food Network, etc… Adding these channels for everyone would most certainly necessitate a price increase beyond the current sweet spot of $35-40.

          In that case, the best move for YTTV is to offer that block of channels as an add-on, similar to the way Sling TV packages their “theme based” offerings. This would allow YTTV to keep their base package competitive while allowing those customers who can afford the extra channel blocks the option to purchase them, without raising prices on the entire subscriber base.

          • RBear💩🌳🌲🌳🌲

            This trend, if realized, looks to me to be a move towards the models (cable and satellite) they’retrying To differentiate themselves from. Different tiers for different prices. < shrug >

  • MaraW

    Out of all the streaming services I have tried, YoutubeTV had been excellentfor me. It never buffers, has most of my local channels, and an unlimited DVR has been great. I supplement it with $16 Philo for HGTV. If they add that later, I won’t need anything else.

    • Lots of people share your thoughts on that. Hgtv is a must have. Cross section appeal to both male and female. Large demographic.