The value of the 4K Plus add-on for YouTube TV at all times has been a bit bizarre. Technically the add-on has been $20 a month since its launch in mid-2021, however subscribers have at all times gotten the primary yr of service for half that. And that can stay true come April 2023, when the YouTube TV base plan goes as much as $73 a month and the add-on modifications worth to $10 a month, with the primary yr of service at $5 a month.
That’s a way more palatable worth for an add-on that’s completely an extravagance.
You need to consider the 4K Plus add-on in a pair methods. First is that it will get you some stay video within the greater decision. That’s virtually solely meant sports activities — huge occasions just like the Tremendous Bowl and the FIFA World Cup, but additionally extra common occasions just like the English Premier League and NFL video games on Fox. Not each stay sport is out there in 4K decision, as some broadcasters (taking a look at you, CBS) don’t but do something in 4K. Proper now, solely ESPN, Fox Sports activities, NBC Sports activities, and MLB Community are listed as serving up something stay in 4K on YouTube TV.
However the easy reality is that after you watch a sport of any variety in 4K — be it soccer or soccer or baseball — you’ll need all of it in 4K, even when it’s compressed. (An exception to that has been MLS Season Move on Apple TV, which has principally been wonderful in 1080p.)
Then there’s the on-demand content material. Once more, the choices are fairly slim. However Discovery, FX, Nat Geo, and Tastemade all have on-demand content material obtainable in 4K on YouTube TV. That’s not what spurred me to splurge on 4K Plus within the first place, nevertheless it’s there if I would like it.
There are a pair extra sweeteners, too. When you have the 4K Plus add-on, you even have the flexibility to observe concurrently on as many gadgets as you need at residence. With out it, you’re restricted to a few gadgets without delay (I’ve solely run into that limitation a couple of times). You’re additionally capable of obtain some content material regionally to your machine for offline viewing.
YouTube TV additionally isn’t the one 4K sport on the town — FuboTV mainly has the identical stay choices for 4K as YouTube TV, and it doesn’t cost you something further. And with the latest worth improve for YouTube TV’s base plan, there’s now solely a $3-a-month distinction between it and FuboTV’s least expensive possibility. That’s going to make Fubo much more interesting as a YouTube TV various.
The query at all times has been whether or not 4K Plus was “value it,” and $20 a month has at all times been a fairly large capsule to swallow. By comparability, HBO Max is $16 a month (and likewise has some films in 4K). These are apples and oranges as compared, to make certain. It’s simply that 4K Plus on YouTube TV gained’t go away as bitter a style in your mouth each month anymore.