After years of price increases, a YouTube TV subscription costs more than a basic cable plan. It’s hard to justify spending $65 a month on the service. But now, YouTube TV offers individual channels on demand, without the need for a YouTube TV Base Plan.
This is what we’ve always wanted from YouTube TV. As reported by TechCrunch, subscribers can get off the $65/month base plan and choose from over 20 additional YouTube TV channels. And if you decide to go a la carte, you can still use YouTube TV Unlimited DVR and stream the service on three devices simultaneously.
Admittedly, the selection of additional YouTube TV channels is a bit limited. You can’t choose from the base plan’s 85 channels, and instead you’re relegated to a few premium services, like Showtime, Starz, HBO Max, MLB.TV, and NBA League Pass.
Most of these channels are available for individual purchase on Amazon and other services. But for those who prefer YouTube’s TV interface, unlimited DVR, and simultaneous streaming on multiple devices, there’s a clear benefit to choosing Google.
Our hope is that YouTube TV expands its selection a la carte. Ideally, most of the content that requires a basic YouTube TV plan will eventually become an optional “add-on.”
New YouTube TV subscribers can set up their service a la carte (no Base Plan) when joining the service. Existing subscribers can remove their base plan and select individual channels from their account settings. (Note that you can only set this up on a computer or Android device.)
Source: Google via TechCrunch