YouTube TV is adding more channels to its $35 service for those who don’t want to deal with cable TV. The new channels include AMC, Telemundo and BBC America, 9to5Google reported.
The cord-cutting plan, which launched last month in select U.S. cities, will also include NBC Universo, SundanceTV, We TV and IFC. The most recent additions offer a total of 46 channels and YouTube Red Originals for YouTube TV’s basic package.
Channels Available in YouTube TV Plan
Other YouTube TV channels included in the service are Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS, FXX, ESPN, SEC Network and the Big Ten Network, among others. HBO and Starz are not included, but Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus are available as add-ons for a monthly charge of $11 and $15, respectively.
The YouTube TV service allows for six accounts, with each profile getting its own recommendations and cloud DVR with unlimited storage. The plan allows for three streams simultaneously under one subscription.
Hulu Live Streaming Plan Vs. YouTube TV
YouTube’s TV plan competes with the recently released Hulu live TV streaming service. Hulu made deals with 21st Century Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, Turner Networks, A+E Networks and Scripps Networks for its $39.99 plan.
Channels included in the package are: CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, TNT, other regional sports networks, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, Bravo, E!, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, A&E, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Disney Channel, Freeform, FX, HISTORY, Lifetime, National Geographic, TBS, USA Network and Viceland, among others. The plan also includes Hulu’s premium streaming service, original series and films.
YouTube TV also is going head-to-head with other streaming plans, including Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Video and skinny bundles, such as Sling TV and DirecTV Now.
Other companies, including Apple and Twitter, are also exploring live TV streaming. Apple is reportedly looking to sell a premium TV plan that would include Showtime, HBO and Starz. Meanwhile, Twitter recently teamed up with Bloomberg TV for original news content exclusively for the social media platform. Twitter also announced partnerships with BuzzFeed, Live Nation, the WNBA and others for live streaming.
Comcast is expected to release its streaming service Xfinity Instant TV later this year, offering $15 to $40 per month plans.
The wave of cable alternatives comes as a MoffettNathanson analyst said recently the pay-TV industry had its worst first quarter ever, losing 762,000 customers in the first three months of 2017. Meanwhile, a recent study said among young adults, 71 percent of their entertainment consumption is via streaming. The report also found 61 percent of teens would rather watch 10 hours of YouTube videos than 10 hours of regular TV, suggesting an even greater shift from cable TV among younger audiences.