YouTube’s streaming TV service is getting a bunch of new channels—and a higher price.
On March 13, the price of YouTube TV is going up from $35 to $40 a month for new members. On a positive note, though, the price hike won’t affect current members or those who sign up before March 13.
That price hike includes new content: YouTube TV subscribers can now watch TNT, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies, YouTube announced.
“That’s great news for everyone, from Anderson Cooper addicts to Rick and Morty binge-watchers,” YouTube TV Director of Content Partnerships Heather Moosnick wrote in a blog post.
Meanwhile, sports fans will be able to watch March Madness, nationally televised NBA games, NBA All-Star weekend, NBA Playoff games, MLB Postseason games, the PGA Championship, and UEFA Champions League soccer matches, Moosnick wrote. If that’s not enough sports, MLB Network will “soon” be available to all YouTube TV subscribers. And for an extra fee, subscribers can get NBA League Pass or MLB.TV.
Plus, “in the coming weeks,” YouTube TV is launching in even more areas, including Lexington, Dayton, Honolulu, Richmond, Mobile, and Syracuse, Moosnick wrote. Following the expansion, it will be available in the top 100 US markets, covering more than 85 percent of US households. To check if YouTube TV is available in your city, head here.
YouTube TV earned a “good” rating in PCMag’s review last year. “It’s functional and features cloud DVR features for recording your favorite shows, but major gaps in device, geographic, and programming coverage means it can’t quite keep up with services like Sling TV or DirecTV Now,” we wrote. The updates announced today should help fill some of those gaps.