YouTube TV Adds Turner Channels, Raises Price to $40/Month
YouTube announced several improvements to its YouTube TV skinny bundle, the biggest being the addition of Turner channels. If consumers hurry, they can get the service for the original $35 monthly price.
YouTube TV now includes several Turner channels, including CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, TNT, and TBS. In a blog post, YouTube TV director of content partnerships Heather Moosnick pointed out that this brings Anderson Cooper and Rick and Morty to the service.
With the YouTube TV base package now offering over 50 channels, the company has decided to raise the price. People who sign up before March 13 will be grandfathered in to the original $35 per month price, but after that it's climbing to $40 per month.
The service is accessible on more devices, as YouTube recently created Roku and Apple TV apps for it. This is in addition to existing apps for Xbox One, recent Samsung and LG connected TVs, and Chromecast devices. YouTube TV offers a cloud DVR with no storage limit, although recordings delete after nine months.
For sports fans, the YouTube TV base package will soon gain NBA TV and MLB Network, and it will begin offering NBA League Pass and MLB.TV for an extra charge.
YouTube TV is currently available in over 80 U.S. marketers, but it will expand to the top 100 U.S. markets in the coming weeks. According the blog post, some of the new markets include Lexington, Dayton, Richmond, Honolulu, Mobile, and Syracuse.
Earlier this week, YouTube announced that YouTube Red will expand to up to 100 countries, although it isn't saying exactly when. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki broke the news at the Recode Code Media conference. YouTube Red is a $10 per month service that offers ad-free YouTube viewing and access to YouTube originals.
Just in time for the Super Bowl, YouTube TV is now available to nearly all households in the United States.
Addressing lingering brand safety concerns, CEO Wojcicki spelled out how the company is hiring 10,000 employs to look for content violations.
After working together in 2017, MLB and YouTube TV decide they can help themselves by helping each other. Also, MLB signs a streaming exclusive with Facebook for 25 games.
Live video gets a little more inclusive, as YouTube brings automatic English captioning to live streams. Also, location tags let viewers search by geography.
The skinny bundle streaming service has been on a roll with new market announcements. Many smaller metro areas now have access.
With an additional 14 metropolitan areas, half the homes in the United States can now subscribe to YouTube TV. 17 more markets will soon follow.
Now in the skinny bundle business, YouTube offers an unlimited cloud DVR and access to YouTube Red originals. It's still a work in progress, though.