How much money would you be willing to throw at YouTube? See, most people I know will instantly respond with, “None. It’s all free and there’s ads and stuff. Why would I pay them money?” Which is a fair enough point, right? Yet for some folks, the appeal of YouTube TV justifies the price. A replacement for services like DStv with all the premium channel content pulled directly from the United States without being mangled by Multichoice? Sure, I can see how that might draw in some customers. Yet that’s only if they’re willing to fork over what is, frankly, a ludicrous amount of money per month to subscribe to the service.
YouTube TV announced that the price for the service has gone up from $50 to $65 per month, so roughly translated to South African terms, that’s approximately R1,120 per month at the time of writing. Which is, I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you this, a stupid amount of cash. Hell, for anyone that wants to make the comparison, DStv Premium is R820 per month. YouTube has stated that this tremendous hike in price is due to several factors including the “rising cost of content” while also reflecting “the complete value of YouTube TV, from our breadth of content to the features that are changing how we watch live TV,” said Christian Oestlien, vice president of product management for YouTube TV.
If you’re somehow willing to pay that much money to really stick it too DStv, you’ll be provided with channels such as Nickelodeon, Paramount TV, Comedy Central and MTV, among others, all available through YouTube. Convenient, I guess. More channels are being added to the service in the near future, namely MTV Classic MTV 2, NickToons, Nick Jr, TeenNick and BET Her.
While a tiered subscription model will reportedly soon be put in place, it’s not exactly the most accessible of price points. Paying over a grand every month to get normal TV channels played through YouTube? Yeah, we’re good, thanks.