In the bad news department, the price of the service is going up, from $35 to $40 per month starting March 13.
Google is betting that its strong sports offering will help win over more subscribers, said Heather Moosnick, director of content partnerships, 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. They will also be adding sports networks like NBA TV, MLB Network, and you will be able to subscribe to add-on services like NBA League Pass.
Unlike those competitors, however, YouTube TV is still not available nationwide. It's now available in the top 100 USA markets, with YouTube TV expanding to more than a dozen additional markets. And in the coming months, you'll also be able to watch NBA League Pass, the league's premium out-of-market live game service, or MLB.TV, the longest running sports streaming service in the US, for an extra fee. However, those of you who have already signed-up with YouTube TV will continue to pay the original sum.
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And the service will soon be available in over 100 markets, a huge increase over previous year.
YouTube TV is also launching in 18 new markets over the coming weeks: Lexington, Dayton, Honolulu, El Paso, Burlington, Plattsburgh, Richmond, Petersburg, Mobile, Syracuse, Champaign, Springfield, Columbia, Charleston, Harlingen, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton. And if you've been waiting for YouTube to add Viacom channels, that still hasn't happened yet.
Good news and bad news, cord-cutters: YouTube TV is filling in several of the most noticeable gaps in its channel lineup, but such a shift will also come with a significant price hike. But the deal show Google is continuing to invest in the product.