YouTube TV adds CNN, TNT and more, raises price to $40

From CNET: YouTube TV, one of numerous new services that deliver a bunch of live TV channels over the Internet, will cost $40 monthly if you sign up on March 13 or later. That's a $5 hike compared to the current price of $35.

The good news is that today YouTube TV is adding a nice chunk of networks it didn't offer before, namely Turner channels including CNN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and more. The 24/7 sports networks NBA TV and MLB Network will soon be included in the base price as well.

It will also expand availability to 16 new markets, including El Paso; Lexington, Kentucky; Dayton and Honolulu. After its expansion YouTube TV will be available in 100 of the top markets in the US covering 85 percent of the population.

Not to be confused with the free version of YouTube, home to myriad music videos, how-tos and rising millennial star talent, YouTube TV is a pay service that offers live TV channels as an alternative to traditional cable TV. With the addition of Turner it now includes more than 50 channels total, including local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC networks in most markets it serves.

Its competitors, including Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, all carry Turner networks as well, and range in price from $20 to $40. Each is also available nationwide, unlike YouTube TV, but some don't offer all (or, in Sling TV's case, any) of the four local networks many regions. YouTube TV also has an unlimited cloud DVR, and recently added big-screen apps for Roku and Apple TV. The only major streaming platform YouTube TV doesn't support is Amazon Fire TV.

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