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YouTube TV adds Adult Swim, TNT, TBS; raises subscription prices

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Feb 14, 2018

Offering subscription-based TV streaming since 2016, YouTube TV is now expanding its offered networks to include Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, and more -- with a price hike to match.

Thanks to a new deal with Turner, YouTube TV is adding the company’s eight networks—TNT, TBS, CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, and HLN—to its basic, or “skinny,” package starting Wednesday.

This brings the service’s offering over the 50-network mark, which includes local ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC networks plus cable channels like AMC and FX. However, HBO and all the channels that fall under the corporate ownership of Viacom, Discovery, and Scripps Networks Interactive (Comedy Central and the Food Network, to name a few) are missing—even if the service seems to be adding sports and other programming as quickly as it can.

However, that extensive offering comes at a price. On March 13, the monthly fee for new members will be hiked to $40 per month from the original price of $35 per month, though any who are locked in before the deadline will pay the earlier price.

As more and more cable cutters look for alternatives, YouTube TV’s device-friendly service (now on Rokus, Apple TVs, Xbox Ones, Android TVs, Chromecasts, and more) could be an answer, though its current popularity is under wraps.

As YouTube TV gets closer and closer to replicating the TV experience users are familiar with—by adding all the channels they remember having before jumping ship to a Netflix-only existence—it could become a more prominent replacement for an outdated TV model. Of course, at that point users might be paying a cable-level price, too.