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YouTube TV brings in Turner’s networks, price hike on the way

by Justin Herrick | February 14, 2018February 14, 2018 8:00 am PST

The first major expansion for Google’s live TV streaming service just became official. YouTube TV is adding a bunch of new channels while also expanding to more markets throughout the United States.

With its subscriber base starting to grow at a better pace, Google is trying to increase YouTube TV’s value through additional channels and add-ons. And its latest expansion is pretty impressive.

Joining the mix in 2018 is the entire Turner family of networks. Now you can live-stream channels like CNN, TNT, TBS, TruTV, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, and more on any device. Those networks are available to YouTube TV subscribers starting today. It’s perfect timing considering there’s a lot going in the news, and March Madness is about to consume an entire month in a few weeks.

Later on, MLB Network and NBA TV will be included at no extra cost. YouTube TV also plans on offering MLB.TV and NBA League Pass, which allow you to stream out-of-market games for a small fee.

YouTube TV’s footprint also grew to hit all of the nation’s top one hundred markets, allowing over 85 percent of U.S. households to access the live TV streaming service. Among the new markets are Syracuse, Richmond, and Honolulu. Google will, of course, continue expanding YouTube TV into more markets in the year ahead.

Hidden within the exciting announcements, however, is a change in price. Since launching in 2017, YouTube has always been $35 per month. That will go up to $40 on March 13 for new subscribers. If you’re an existing subscriber, nothing changes and you can even sign up now to lock it in.

Once the new pricing takes effect, YouTube TV will cost the same as PlayStation Vue’s base package and Hulu with Live TV.

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Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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