Update #2: This story was based on a story published by BuzzFeed. Within the last hour, BuzzFeed pulled their story saying “This post was updated to remove embargoed information.” It sounds like the information below is accurate but went live early.
For some time now YouTube TV has been promoting a big surprise coming on February 14th. Now according to BuzzFeed the surprise will be new channels, new markets, but also a higher price.
Starting tomorrow YouTube TV will be adding TNT, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. 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.
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 downside is that starting March 14th 2018 new subscribers will pay $40 a month. From the best, we can tell current subscribers will continue to pay $35 a month yet that has not been confirmed.
YouTube TV recently hit 300,000 live TV subscribers but that still lags behind services like Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, and Hulu’s live TV service. Google seems to be hoping that more channels will help boost subscription numbers to their live TV streaming service.
Here is a quick look at YouTube TV’s new Roku Channel.
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