The price of live TV streaming is on the rise. YouTube TV announced today that they will be raising their rates from $50 a month to $64.99 per month, making it even more expensive than AT&T TV Now. The price hike will affect new customers today and go into effect on July 30th for existing customers.
Adding New Channels
The reason for YouTube TV’s price hike is the addition of some ViacomCBS owned networks are being added to their lineup. Today, the following channels will now be a part of the YouTubeTV Channel Line-up: BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount, TV Land, and VH1.
Considering YouTube TV announced that they would be adding 14 channels in total as part of the CBSViacom deal, we can expect to see BET Her, MTV2, Nick Jr., NickToons, TeenNick, and MTV Classic added to the YouTube TV lineup sometime this summer.
YouTube TV Alternatives
When YouTube TV launched in February of 2017, the live TV streaming service cost subscribers only $35 per month. So in a little over three years, the price of YouTube TV has increased by 86%. I’ve already heard complaints from cord-cutters on the price hike, so here are some viable options.
Hulu+Live TV: While the Channel Line-up of YouTube TV is a bit better than Hulu Live TV, Hulu gives you a way to watch local network channels in most parts of the country. Furthermore, Hulu live TV includes the Hulu on-demand streaming library, which makes it a better value than YouTube TV, even at its old price-tag. Considering live local TV is the biggest draw for YouTube TV, Hulu+Live TV seems to be the best service for those looking for other options. Hulu + Live TV starts at $54.99 per month. You can learn more in our guide to Hulu+Live TV.
AT&T TV Now: AT&T TV Now also does a decent job of providing local TV starting at $55 per month. My only hesitation is that speculation has been rampant on how long AT&T TV Now will be around. The company has already closed AT&T Watch TV to new subscribers, and the company has seemed to stop advertising it’s AT&T TV Now Service. For these reasons, I’d look more to Hulu for a replacement for YouTube TV.
Put Together your Own Solution: My best advice would be to move toward watching local channels with a TV Antenna or using the free local networks streaming service Locast. With free local channels, you can use a more affordable streaming service like Philo, Sling TV, or Vidgo to fill the gaps.
If you want to shop around for other live TV streaming services, I’ve linked the channel lineups of alternative services below:
- Hulu Live Channel List
- Philo TV Channel List
- fuboTV Channel List
- Vidgo Channel List
- Sling TV Channels
- AT&T TV Now Channel list
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