The cord cutting TV dream had another nightmare price hike

CNET | 4/12/2019 | David Katzmaier
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It was too good to be true, and we all knew it.

YouTube TV, previously CNET's favorite live TV streaming service, just announced its latest price hike, and it's a doozy. It went from $40 to $50, a whopping 25 percent jump.

Value - Channels - Money - Price - YouTube

I say "previously" because "favorite" is based primarily on value -- namely, channels for the money. In boosting its price YouTube TV added a handful of channels it had lacked before, including Discovery, HGTV, Food Network and Animal Planet. But it's also a bigger bundle, precisely the kind of thing most cable TV cord cutters are trying to avoid.

The main reason to cut the cable TV cord is to save money, but at $50 per month for TV service, that's a tall order. You'll still need broadband internet, likely provided by a cable company. Changing your cable plan to "just internet" -- dropping the cable company's TV service -- allows you to add a streaming TV service such as YouTube TV. But if "just internet" costs $50 per month, for example, adding another $50 for TV brings your bill to $100, a level that many cable providers bundle with their own TV service. There goes your savings.

Broadband - + - TV - Bundle - Broadband

If a broadband + TV bundle costs the same as a broadband + cord cutter TV service, what's the point?

Et tu, DirecTV Now and Hulu?

Services - Rights - Channels - ESPN - Fox

All of these services have to pay for the rights to carry channels like ESPN and Fox News, and those programming costs are always going up. And yes, that's also true of CBS, the owner of CNET -- and CBS Sports, Smithsonian and Pop, too. YouTube TV isn't the only such service to increase pricing, and it won't be the last.

Pretty much the exact same thing happened last month to DirecTV Now, one of YouTube TV's many competitors. It also...
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