When we reviewed YouTube TV a little over a month ago, we feltÂ its design and ease-of-use helped it stand apart from the competition. However, much like any other live TV service, Google will live and die not just by the number of eyeballs that gravitate toward it, but also the available channels available once those eyeballs are there. That is why we are glad to report thatÂ YouTube TV nowÂ includes seven more cable networksÂ in the base plan.
The biggest additions to YouTube TVâ€™s basic $35 package include AMC and BBC America, so folks can now watch The Walking Dead and Orphan Black while commuting. Other additions include Sundance TV, We TV, and IFC, the latter of which is owned by AMC. Spanish-speakers are not left in the dust – NBC Universal increased its offerings on YouTube TV by adding Telemundo and Universo.
The newest additions push the number of available channels for YouTube TVâ€™s basic package to 46, though Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus continue to be $11 and $15 add-ons, respectively. The basic package also includes YouTube Red Originals.
The added channels should only bolster YouTube TVâ€™s chances in the market, but could tempt more folks into forking theÂ $35 a month for Googleâ€™s live TV service. YouTube TV has plenty going for it, such as its simplicity, no content limit on what you record, and the ability to â€œpauseâ€� live TV. However, its limited availability, 720p as the maximum resolution, and the inclusion of ads do hurt the service a bit.
YouTube TV users should start seeing the new channels relatively soon.