In an announcement today, YouTube TV stated that it is adding discovery channels to its platform. However, these popular channels will come at a higher cost. As per the sources, YouTube TV will now cost $50 per month (or $55 if you’re subscribing directly through an Apple device). The new channels that YouTube TV has introduced on its platform includes the Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend. Existing customers will start paying the new price as of May 13th.
YouTube TV is neither introducing a separate channel plan nor offering something beyond the main options. So, no matter you love watching Discovery or not, you’ve still got to pay the new, higher monthly rate. As per the claims made by the company, “These networks have been a frequent request from customers, so the payoff of adding Discovery will outweigh any lost subscribers who bail over the latest price hike.”
The main reason behind why YouTube TV didn’t had these channels until today is that unlike traditional cable providers, the channel owners want internet TV service providers must pay up to carry their live programming, which companies think is not worth it.
This price hike may have an impact on YouTube TV users, but still it is a favorite streaming TV service of many because of its simple interface, reliability, unlimited DVR, and ability to fast forward through commercials on those DVR recordings, which most of its competitors lag in.