Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Thought you were getting a price break with an over-the-top TV package? Maybe think again.
YouTube TV is the latest OTT television service to hike its fees, which is going up to $50 per month for all customers — a 25% to 43% increase, depending a customer's existing subscription package.
The new pricing kicks in after YouTube signed a multiyear carriage deal with Discovery for YouTube TV, covering linear programming and access to nearly 50,000 on-demand titles. On April 10, YouTube TV will launch eight networks: Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend. OWN will launch on YouTube TV by year end.
Under 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, and up from $40 monthly for subs 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.)
In announcing the price increase, YouTube noted that YouTube TV now includes more than 70 … — Todd Spangler/@Variety