YouTube TV offers a variety of add-ons and ways to upgrade the base package with additional content and features. So many, in fact, that going all in on YouTube TV would now cost you as much as $450.49 each month.
YouTube TV only just recently added two new add-ons, Hi-YAH! And Qello Concerts, so this is probably the first time that the total maximum cost of YouTube TV has hit the $450 marker.
In reality, no home needs access to every upgrade that YouTube TV offers so the maximum that a specific household would pay would depend on what they don’t want more so than what they do want.
Even for those that do want everything YouTube TV has to offer, there are some duplicates that need to be factored out of the equation to avoid paying double for the same upgrade.
For example, and to get to the $450.49 monthly cost, we had to add 50 different add-ons to the base plan. Basically, every add-on that YouTube TV currently offers. This not only included the standalone HBO Max, Showtime and Starz add-ons, but also YouTube TV’s Entertainment Plus add-on. An upgrade which bundles the same three subscriptions together at a slightly cheaper price.
For the sake of this experiment, the separate standalone subscriptions were removed as they were the most expensive way to subscribe to these three premium networks. For the same reason, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder, and Sundance Now were removed as they are all also available through the cheaper AMC Plus add-on.
In addition, the ‘Stars + MGM Plus’ bundle was removed in favor of the standalone MGM Plus add-on. Even though the bundle is cheaper, Starz is already included with the Entertainment add-on.
There were some other removals as well. For example, Poker Go, Outside Features, and VSiN. Variations of these are also available through Sports Plus, a sports-focused add-on which brings together multiple sports channels, networks, and content at a cheaper overall cost.
In total, 10 add-ons were removed taking the number down from 50 to 40. This also resulted in the overall cost being reduced from $450.49 to $362.59 per month (includes the $72.99 price of the base plan).
Below is a list of what we ended up with, excluding the base plan.
|Hallmark Movies Now||$5.99|
|Law & Crime||$1.99|
|NBA League Pass||$14.99|
|The Great Courses||$7.99|
|UP Faith & Family||$5.99|
After adding the cost of the base package, it would seem that $362.59 would be the realistic maximum that someone would expect to pay each month, if they decided to bundle every add-on to their live TV plan without duplicates.
Technically, the price in the second year would be $367.59 per month, $5 higher than it is in the first year. The reason for this is that YouTube TV currently offers a $5 discount on the cost of its 4K Plus add-on. This discount is only available to new subscribers and for the first year, with the cost then rising to the usual $9.99 per month price in the second year.
Obviously, you aren’t now about to suddenly add every add-on to your base package. However, if you were considering adding them all, the good news is that YouTube TV offers a free trial on almost every one of its add-ons. After factoring in the free trials and pro-rated amounts for each add-on, this means the cost is reduced down to just $102.98 for the first month.
That $103 is the overall total, including the cost of the base plan, and excluding any base plan free trial that’s currently being offered to new customers.
While $103 actually sounds like a pretty good deal for all of the content that you’d have access to for one month, I’d hate to forget to cancel before the start of the second month.