Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

YouTube Adds More Basketball to Live TV Service

YouTube Adds More Basketball to Live TV Service

YouTube TV also includes access to YouTube Red Originals - premium ad-free content made by YouTube stars - a service that is usually offered through a separate subscription.

The Alphabet Inc. -owned video company will raise the price of YouTube TV by $5 to account for the addition of the new channels, which include TNT, TBS and CNN. It enables you to record live TV and never run out of storage space, plus record shows simultaneously, without using precious data or space on your phone. A YouTube TV membership is only $35 a month (if you sign up before March 13) and there are no commitments - you can cancel anytime.

YouTube TV's latest update also brings it to 18 new markets: Lexington, Dayton, Honolulu, El Paso, Burlington, Plattsburgh, Richmond, Petersburg, Mobile, Syracuse, Champaign, Springfield, Columbia, Charleston, Harlingen, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton.

While YouTube TV is a new and relatively small service, the additional offerings make it more competitive against rival services like Dish's Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, AT&T's DirecTV Now, and Hulu's Live TV. Google will also be increasing the subscription price from $35 to $40/month starting March 13. Ninety-six percent of YouTube TV's ads on television so far this year have appeared during sports programming, including the Super Bowl, according to iSpot.tv, which tracks TV ads. The full list if all 100+ markets can be found here. Additionally, NBA TV and MLB Network are still coming "soon", but will be a part of the base package once they are added. The service initially launched in only five markets but expanded quickly with Google adding additional networks and features since its debut.

"For sports lovers in particular, we've got you covered, " YouTube said in a blog post.

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