Opinion: Will YouTube TV see a price increase this year?

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Appleosophy | Opinion: Will YouTube TV see a price increase this year?
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During the last couple of years, YouTube TV has added more and more channels, which has created more value for the live TV streaming service. However, with the recent announcement of the streaming service getting Viacom channels, it may mean that customers may see a price increase soon.

For those who do not know, Viacom channels are channels such as Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, CMT, TV Land, BET and Paramount Network, just to name a few.

The reason there could be a price increase on YouTube TV is that we saw something similar happen last year where right after fuboTV announced it was getting Viacom channels, about a month later, it was announced the service would see a significant increase in price.

In fact, fuboTV even made a statement that mentioned that because of the recent channel additions, including the Viacom channels, the price of its service would go up.

“With the addition of popular channels over the past year, including AMC, Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, TNT and, soon to come, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Network, TV Land, VH1 and more, plus dozens of other national and regional channels, fuboTV is re-pricing its base subscription package, fubo, to $54.99. Starting March 28, new customers who sign-up for fubo at this price will receive a $10 discount on the first month. We are committed to continuing to deliver the best of live TV to our customers, as well as an exceptional user experience with 4K streams and premium features.”

YouTube TV currently costs $49.99 a month and it is a price that I could see go up just within the next couple of months. I predict that the service will see an increase of an additional $5-10 a month, making the final price between $55-$60 a month.

The only live TV streaming service that has Viacom channels and is relatively cheap is Philo, which costs $20 a month. It is that price because the service does not have sports channels like ESPN, FS1 or NFL Network.

YouTube TV has also added more local affiliates of The CW and Court TV too, which is another reason the service could be

Once the Viacom channels launch, be on the lookout for a price increase for the streaming service shortly thereafter. It’s going to be inevitable at this point.

Would you stay a YouTube TV subscriber with the price increase? Are you going to subscribe when it gets the Viacom channels? Let us know on our Twitter at @appleosophy.

David Becker
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