The ups and downs of being a YouTube TV subscriber

Being a YouTube TV subscriber continues to be full of ups and downs.

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YouTube TV has been well established as the overall best way to stream live TV without traditional cable, and it’s a reputation that’s been earned. The service is reasonably price while offering a good selection of channels, but it continues to experience its ups and downs. For all that is good, there seems to be something lost.

For example, let’s just look at the last few weeks. YouTube TV subscribers have been confirmed to get a discount on NFL Sunday Ticket when it debuts later this year, and the platform has apparently started offering better picture quality to subscribers in an unexpected move. , but absolutely welcome.

But, on the other hand, YouTube TV also lost MLB Network a few weeks before opening day. And as that date draws closer, there are no clear signs of his return, despite some glimmers of hope. For MLB fans, this is truly a devastating loss, as YouTube TV also lost the Fox Regional Sports networks prior to this, meaning the only options left for MLB games and content are through ESPN, TBS and Fox. .

Sports fans see the most volatility when it comes to YouTube TV, but it’s not like these random deletions don’t affect others as well. YouTube TV had a major dispute with NBC Universal that nearly pulled major channels from the service, and YouTube TV was also at the center of a heated battle between Roku and Google in 2021.

And now, to top it off, the price of YouTube TV is going up. Starting in April, the cost of YouTube TV will drop to $72.99 per month, down from $64.99. Google cites rising content costs as the reason for the increased costs, but when the networks are so volatile – or just gone – it’s certainly a tough pill to swallow.

Sometimes it feels like being a YouTube TV subscriber is like riding a wild roller coaster, and you never really know what’s next. Is it YouTube’s fault? Surely not, but in the end it’s a hassle for subscribers.

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