YouTube TV now 85% more expensive since launch

In September of 2008 I cut the cord and jumped onto the YouTube TV bandwagon at a price of $39.99 per month (I missed out on the $35 tier as it wasn’t available at that point in my region.) Overall I liked it, but several shows were not available (the only one I can remember is one of the daytime shows refused streaming) and it was kind of pricey because most of what I was watching was available over the air.

In April of 2019 they decided they were going to throw a bunch of channels I cared not a whit for onto the package and pass the $10 cost on to me, at which point I cancelled service as it was more expensive than a cable+internet package with a year contract at that point.

A year and a month or two later, they’re going from about $50 to $64.99 as they add BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land, VH1, and eventually it will be getting BET Her, MTV2, Nick Jr., NickToons, TeenNick, and MTV Classic.

For those channels you’ll get to pay 64% more (or 85% if you were one of the lucky ones that could get the $35 rate.)

The great part about streaming services over cable/satellite were you were able to pick and choose what you want. YouTube TV seems to have forgotten this and is entering into contracts that allow the old cable packages to be foisted off on their subscribers.

If I remember correctly, YouTube TV is now more expensive than an out of contract cable TV package offering the same options, and unless they fixed the DVR option to allow skipping commercials on things aired and now on whatever the channel’s streaming platform is (eg: CBS All Access,) less useful.

YouTube TV became what they destroyed.

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