The value of the 4K Plus add-on for YouTube TV all the time has been a bit bizarre. Technically the add-on has been $20 a month since its launch in mid-2021, however subscribers have all the time gotten the primary 12 months of service for half that. And that may 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 12 months of service at $5 a month.
That’s a way more palatable worth for an add-on that’s completely an extravagance.
It’s a must to consider the 4K Plus add-on in a pair methods. First is that it will get you some dwell video within the larger decision. That’s virtually solely meant sports activities — huge occasions just like the Tremendous Bowl and the FIFA World Cup, but in addition extra common occasions just like the English Premier League and NFL video games on Fox. Not each dwell recreation is accessible in 4K decision, as some broadcasters ( 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 dwell in 4K on YouTube TV.
However the easy reality is that after you watch a recreation of any sort 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 Cross on Apple TV, which has principally been glorious 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 out there 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’ve got the 4K Plus add-on, you even have the power to observe concurrently on as many gadgets as you need at dwelling. With out it, you’re restricted to a few gadgets directly (I’ve solely run into that limitation a couple of times). You’re additionally capable of obtain some content material regionally to your system for offline viewing.
YouTube TV additionally isn’t the one 4K recreation on the town — FuboTV principally has the identical dwell choices for 4K as YouTube TV, and it doesn’t cost you something further. And with the latest worth enhance for YouTube TV’s base plan, there’s now solely a $3-a-month distinction between it and FuboTV’s least expensive choice. That’s going to make Fubo much more interesting as a YouTube TV different.
The query all the time has been whether or not 4K Plus was “value it,” and $20 a month has all the time been a reasonably large capsule to swallow. By comparability, HBO Max is $16 a month (and in addition has some motion pictures in 4K). These are apples and oranges as compared, to make sure. It’s simply that 4K Plus on YouTube TV gained’t depart as bitter a style in your mouth each month anymore.