When Google launched YouTube TV a few years ago, the service delivered live TV streams from 50 networks for $35 per month, plus features including a cloud DVR and support for up to 9 user accounts. It seemed like a pretty good alternative to cable.

Then the company hiked the price to $49 last year. And now Google has announced that the price of a YouTube TV subscription is climbing to $65.

The good news is that you get more channels for that price — Google has signed a deal with ViacomCBS to bring BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land, and VH1 into the fold.

The bad news is that there’s currently no way to opt out of those channels if you don’t want them. And that means paying for YouTube TV on top of your internet service plan… is probably going to cost you as much as, if not more than, just paying your service provider for cable.

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There are still some cheaper alternatives though. Sling TV still offers plans starting at $30 though, while Hulu TV‘s live programming plan runs $55 per month.

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9 replies on “Lilbits 6-30-2020: With YouTube TV priced at $65, is cord-cutting worth it anymore?”

  1. Cutting the cord is definitely still worth it. You just modify your behavior to watch less tv and do other things like physical activity or hobbies or interacting with people. That’s the bonus from the cord cutting, not just replacing it with more but different television.

  2. Streaming services have hit the point of diminishing returns. The prices keep going up, services are getting more fragmented (since seemingly every single tv channel feels they should have one) and internet data caps aren’t going anywhere. There was a dip in piracy after streaming became popular with the masses. I think you are going to see some trends to the contrary soon enough.

  3. Cancelled it yesterday and signed up for Philo. Also pulled out the HDHomerun and got it running again. The Roku apP for HDHR is nice.

  4. That’s the Indiegogo InDemand price, not the retail price. But it’s still good to know you don’t have to pay that much more if you missed the original crowdfunding. Thanks for the update (and headline correction)!

  5. GPD ended up only bumping the price of the Win Max by $20 to $800 (USD).

    Also the title for that bullet point says “ends tonight ends tonight”

  6. I haven’t been all that enthused with any of the new channels on YouTube TV. I was thrilled when they added BBC America, but nothing since then has interested me in the slightest. I really wish they would have broken up their service into tiers so that I wasn’t paying for channels that I’ll never use.

  7. Wow. Apple’s ARM SoCs are pretty powerful. If only other ARM vendors could keep up so that Windows on ARM would be more compelling. They can’t even keep up with Apple’s older SoC.

    Too bad I’m not in the market for Apple PCs and I doubt Linux distros would run well/at all on them.

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