Despite multiple obstacles, YouTube TV has become America’s largest live streaming service, thanks to its versatile package offerings. The Google-owned company has also set out to make its live TV streaming platform more capable for more users with the recent inclusion of 5.1 audio support on Apple TV and Fire TV. Well, YouTube TV is getting another big update this week, as the service now allows users to subscribe to individual channels and services, without having to tune in to the entire channel package.
In some settings, customers would typically need to spend $65 per month on the basic YouTube TV package. This package includes more than 85 channels. But with this new individual channel option, they won’t need to spend more than $60 a month for an over-the-top service cluster.
Channels available include HBO Max, NBA League Pass, MLB.TV, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Hallmark Movies Now, Cinemax, EPIX, Pantaya, FOX Nation, ScreenPix, Curiosity Stream, Shudder, Sundance Now, Acorn TV, IFC Films Unlimited, ALLBLK , Docurama, CONtv, Dove, Law & Crime, UP Faith & Family, Fandor, Screambox, Comedy Dynamics, Outside TV Features, VSiN, MyOutdoorTV, MovieSphere, The Great Courses, ATRESplayer, Tastemade+, ViX+, Magnolia Selects and Topic. Most, if not all, of these channels were available as add-ons to the base plan.
Customers will pay the rates charged by their original distributors: HBO Max typically costs $15 per month, while MLB.TV is priced at $30. Channels like Law & Crime and Outside TV Features are the cheapest of the lot at just $1.99 per month. New users are also eligible for a 7-day free trial of each channel.
It’s worth noting that individual channel subscribers will continue to get unlimited DVR, along with the ability to have up to three simultaneous streams and up to six user profiles.
YouTube TV users will have the ability to remove a channel/network from their account at any time by going to settings. To make sure you’re only paying for the new add-on channels and not the basic package, go to Settings > Membership > Manage and cancel the basic plan. You can then add the individual channels you want by clicking Update Subscriptions on the page.
TechCrunch notes from previous reports that YouTube TV has long intended to emulate platforms such as Roku, Amazon Prime, Apple TV and others by allowing users to pay for individual channels. This plan therefore seems to have taken a long time to develop. .
It’s still a bit of a shame that the channel deals on the base packages of all of these services haven’t been broken down, though. Cable cutting may not have been all it was made out to be after all.
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