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Published on February 14th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson

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UPDATE: YouTube TV “surprise”? 8 new channels; higher prices

The live streaming service YouTube TV is reportedly adding eight networks from Turner Broadcasting to its lineup, but raising its prices $5 a month.

The website BuzzFeed first reported on Tuesday that YouTube TV will be adding TNT, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies to its channel lineup. They will also be adding sports networks like NBA TV, MLB Network, and the seasonal sports subscription service NBA League Pass.

For days YouTube TV has been promoting a “Valentine’s Day surprise” coming February 14th. It now appears that surprise is more than just the addition of the Turner networks, but a jump in subscription rates for the service beginning the middle of March.

As a result of the additional channels, the service will increase it’s pricing to $40 a month on March 13 for new members. Current customers and new members or sign up before March 13th will be retained at the previous $35 a month.

Turner Broadcasting seven-channel lineup by logosThe addition of eight Turner Broadcasting networks comes as YouTube TV raises its monthly rate to $40 a month beginning March 13th.

YouTube TV is a live streaming TV service that launched in April of 2017 and is currently available in 84 U.S. cities (for a full list of cities, click here). According to a recent report by CNBC, the service has “just over” 300,000 subscribers.

The service offers Fox News, MSNBC, ESPN, Bravo, National Geographic, FX, and USA to name a few with no contract. Its main features include a cloud-based DVR with no storage limits for up to nine months at no additional charge. Customers are allowed six accounts per household.

The service also broadcasts 314 local NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox network affiliates in various U.S. markets, according to Streambuzz.net and its local affiliate chart. That makes YouTube TV the second largest live streaming service of local affiliates behind Hulu with Live TV which has 520.

Earlier this month, YouTube TV launched its app on Apple TV.

UPDATE: YouTube TV has now confirmed the additions of new channels, a $5-a-month price increase, and the addition of 15 markets in a blog post Wednesday morning.

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About the Author

Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



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