If you recently cut the cord and ditched cable for a streaming service that you can watch on your TV or home theater projector, chances are you’re saving quite a bit of cash. However, the price you’re paying for your streaming services now isn’t going to last forever, so odds are you’ll be paying a bit more soon.
And, sorry to tell you, but if you have YouTube TV, a price increase is happening right now.
On April 10, Google announced that the cost of YouTube TV will increase from $40 a month to $49.99. If you have Apple TV and pay through iTunes, you’ll have to pay a bit more, $54.99 per month. The price increase does come with a whole slew of new channels, however, so that $10 extra will be getting you more entertainment.
You’ll now find 70 channels on YouTube TV, including new additions Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Travel Channel and MotorTrend. Oprah Winfrey’s Network, OWN, will also be added later this year.
There’s no tiered pricing for customers who would rather keep their old rate and their old channel options. The price hike is effective immediately for new subscribers, but existing subscribers won’t see the new rate on their bill until May 13.
Streaming services are getting competitive — especially with Disney’s announcement this week that they’ll finally launch their own streaming service, called Disney Plus, in November. The new service will cost $6.99 per month.
If you haven’t quite taken the plunge of getting rid of satellite or cable, it would be a good idea to compare not only prices from the different streaming options but also the channels available on each.
You will also want to make sure you have the necessary accessories before canceling your other services. You will need a streaming device or a SmartTV, if it includes the apps you need for the service you choose.
Have you thought about switching to streaming services to watch your favorite shows?