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Why I Cancelled YouTube TV

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I made an article a week or so ago in defense of YouTube TV’s price increase, a stance I still stand by. Many users online are understandably upset about the new price, and that’s reasonable. Some articles are taking the discussion a bit further by suggesting that the price increase betrays the initial goal of YouTube TV and cord-cutting as a whole by offering content at remarkably low prices, which I disagree with. YouTube TV’s goal was to make live TV better, and they succeeded. The service is generally regarded as the best online live TV service because it has the local channels, the guide is customizable, the DVR is at least as good as a traditional DVR in functionality (something no other online live TV service can say) and gives you unlimited storage with individual recordings lasting for 9 months, and the experience is at least as good as your cable service and probably even better. I call that a success. The problem comes with the channel lineup. The service initially cost $35

Pluto TV Adds More ViacomCBS Content, and My Thoughts on CBS All Access’s Future

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Back in January 2019, it was announced that ViacomCBS acquired Pluto TV. At the time, it was a move that surprised me, but made sense as I thought about it. This was prior to Viacom’s merger with CBS Corporation, and they were looking for a way to get into streaming without angering the cable companies, all while bolstering their linear channels. Plus, it’s free, so that’s a good way to gain some traction. The only other conglomerate in the industry offering a free streaming service at the time was Sony’s Crackle, which streamed content from Sony’s library including at the time Seinfeld, and had found limited success with originals like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and Joe Dirt 2, which brought in over 2 million views in the span of 2 and a half weeks; not bad for a service that hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire. A month or so after the acquisition, Pluto TV unveiled multiple Pluto TV versions of Viacom channels, which air content older than a year, like Comedy Central, Nickelo

A Sort-Of Defense of YouTube TV’s Price Increase

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I like having cable TV. More than that, I like having good cable TV. Where I live, Spectrum is the only traditional cable TV offered, and much like other traditional cable companies, they can get pricey after the promotional period ends. That is something I don’t want to deal with, even if the Spectrum cable experience, either through their set-top boxes or through a Roku, is pretty good. If only traditional cable companies could be transparent. Because I have no interest in dealing with a satellite dish, my next option is an online solution. There’s a few big ones: Sling, AT&T TV Now, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and Philo. There are a few others beyond that, but these are the major ones. When these services first started, they were attractive because many of them were priced around $40 a month. Over time, the prices have increased higher and higher, reaching the $65 price YouTube TV is at now, up from the $50 I subscribed at a few months ago. Considering this, and because I’ve use