YouTube TV Adds Turner Channels, Raises Price


With the latest expansion, Google is bringing the service to over 85% of United States households.

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.

The big announcement today touched on a couple of the components of YouTube TV. YouTube seems to believe that the unique perks of its service - a cloud DVR with no storage limits and six individual users per account - are enough to compensate for the increased price. Current customers and new members or sign up before March 13th will be retained at the previous $35 a month.

With the latest Turner additions, YouTube TV now offers more than 50 networks including local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC stations, plus cable networks like ESPN, AMC and FX, and local sports from NBC Sports, Fox Sports and NESN in select markets.

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And the service will soon be available in over 100 markets, a huge increase over past year. Starting March 13th, YouTube TV's monthly subscription cost will rise from $35 to $40.

YouTube TV will also be rolling out in new markets including Lexington, Dayton, Honolulu, El Paso, Burlington, Plattsburgh, Richmond, Petersburg, Mobile, Syracuse, Champaign, Springfield, Columbia, Charleston, Harlingen, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton. The skinny bundle will add channels owned by Turner as well as sports-specific hubs like NBA TV and MLB Network. The ability to subscribe to NBA League Pass, for watching out of market live games, and MLB.TV will also be available in the coming months for an extra fee.

"For sports lovers in particular, we've got you covered, " YouTube said in a blog post.

YouTube TV is expanding its programming, and will be available in more cities with a higher price. But the deal show Google is continuing to invest in the product.