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YouTube TV Price Hike

Email from YouTube TV detailing $14.99/month price increase

Yet another YouTube TV price hike.

I’ve been using YouTube TV since (nearly) its inception, back in September 2017. It cost $35/month and included the core features it includes today: cloud DVR with no storage limits, apps for a variety of platforms, and all the channels I watch.

Back in April 2019, I received an email similar to the one from earlier today. It let me know they were adding more channels to their offering—Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend—and I’d now be billed $49.99 per month.

Shortly after that price increase, I canceled YouTube TV and tried out Spectrum TV Choice. They let you select the ten channels you’d like to watch. The theory is that you’re only paying for the channels you watch. Although the advertised price was $25/month, Spectrum’s various fees pushed it closer to $40. Although the video quality and channel offering were reasonably good, their app’s UI was too aggravating to deal with – it wasn’t worth it for me.

After running out of things to watch on YouTube earlier this year while quarantined, I signed back up for YouTube TV. (Turns out I’m consistently bad at quitting things.) At $49.99 per month it was the most I was comfortable paying for the small number of channels I watch. At $64.99, canceling was a no-brainer.