NFL Network, “Sports Plus” add-on coming to YouTube TV

YouTube TV raised the ire of subscribers not long ago when they increased their monthly price from $49.99 a month to $64.99 a month, and while they did offer some more channels around that same time, it seemed like a sharp increase for a lot of people.

That increase will get a little easier to swallow this week as a long-awaited channel is slated to hit the service just in time for kickoff – NFL Network. Along with live games, the network will air classic games, daily talk shows, documentaries, highlight shows and more.

And on top of the new football-focused addition, there’s apparently more in store for fans, as a “Sports Plus” premier tier is on the way too. This add-on, expected to have a price tag of $10 to $15 a month, will bring a stable of sports networks to the service, including Fox College Sports, Fox Soccer Plus, MAVTV, Stadium, GOLTV and TVG – plus more in the future.

Live sports is one of the biggest reasons people cling to traditional cable, so if streaming services can start to edge in on that territory, it could be the tipping point for a lot of cable customers.

If you’re not familiar with YouTube TV, it’s a cable-like service that offers live channels, but for a lower cost than traditional cable.

Artie Beaty