It’s barely been live for a month, but YouTube TV is already increasing their channel lineup.
The streaming television service announced this week that they were adding a number of new networks, including BBC America, AMC, IFC, Sundance TV, Telemundo, and We TV. That brings their total channel lineup to more than 40 networks, for a price tag of less than $40 a month.
YouTube TV‘s lineup now has virtually every major cable network, with premium add-ons like Showtime and Fox Soccer still available too for a small additional fee.
By all accounts, YouTube’s entry into the streaming television market has been a success so far. Many cord cutters ditched cable for the service, and that’s with it only being available in a small number of cities.
Of course, if there’s one complaint so far, that’s it. Right now, YouTube TV is only available in five cities: New York, LA, Chicago, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area.
It’s clear what the benefit of YouTube TV is for the customer: cheap live television networks. But what’s the benefit for YouTube? It’s simply a way for Google to have an even larger presence in our homes (not that it needs any more exposure, of course). Their streaming television offering is actually among the most competitively priced in a market that’s suddenly very crowded.
Newcomer Hulu, along with “veterans” DIRECTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue all have price points that are right at, or right above YouTube’s price. YouTube doesn’t have a super cheap $20 bundle like Sling TV, but it does have a plan that’s cheaper than or the same price as all the others.
And features like Google Play Music or an ad free version of YouTube are expected to be added in the coming months, meaning there’s only more to love about this service.