YouTube TV now lets subscribers buy add-ons without subscribing to its Base plan. With this new à la carte option, members can add Showtime, HBO Max, NBA League Pass, MLB.TV, and Starz.
This validates claims that the corporation planned to introduce a YouTube channel store. Sling TV, Roku, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV are standalone.
Instead of paying $64.99 a month for the YouTube TV Base Plan with more than 85 channels, consumers may now choose a more flexible plan that lets them mix and match entertainment networks, live sports, and more within one app.
YouTube TV Base Plan costs $65 per month. It has 85 channels. With this new alternative, they won’t need to pay more than $60 per month on OTT services.
HBO Max, NBA League Pass, MLB.TV, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Hallmark Movies Now, Cinemax, EPIX, Pantaya, FOX Nation, ScreenPix, Curiosity Stream, Shudder, Sundance Now, IFC Films Unlimited, Acorn TV, IFC Films Unlimited, ALLBLK, Docurama, CONtv, Dove, Law & Crime, UP Faith & Family, Fandor, Screambox, Comedy Dynamics Most of these channels were Base Plan add-ons.
Customers pay distributor-billed rates. MLB.TV costs $30 per month versus $15 for HBO Max. Law & Crime and Outside TV Features are $1.99/month. New users can try each channel for 7 days.
Individual channel subscribers still get unlimited DVR, three simultaneous streams, and six user profiles.
YouTube TV subscribers can cancel a channel/network by going to settings. Cancel the Base Plan under Settings > Membership > Manage to only pay for add-on channels. Click Update memberships to add channels.
TechCrunch reports that YouTube TV has long planned to allow customers to pay for particular channels, so this concept has been in the works for a while.
It’s a shame that channel offerings on all these services’ base bundles aren’t split out. Cable cutting wasn’t so great after all.