YouTube TV now supports 4K streaming, but it comes at a cost
YouTube TV has been around for over four years, but it lacks one key feature: the ability to stream in 4K. YouTube pledged to address this issue in a blog post earlier this year, and now the company is keeping its promise. Starting today, YouTube TV will offer a new add-on called “4K Plus”. As the name suggests, it will enable 4K streaming, assuming you have a compatible TV and streaming device. The 4K Plus add-on also includes the ability to download recordings from your DVR to a phone or tablet, a feature that should come in handy for people who are starting to travel more this summer.
4K Plus also lets you stream YouTube TV from “unlimited” devices when you’re at home. The basic YouTube TV package can stream to three different devices simultaneously, but if you have a large household that depends exclusively on the service, this should ensure that no one gets blocked.
Unfortunately, all of this comes at a fairly high cost. The 4K Plus add-on costs $ 19.99 per month, on top of the costs of your existing YouTube TV plan. (Right now, the basic YouTube TV plan starts at $ 64.99 per month.) The price of YouTube TV has increased dramatically over the past few years, and now if you want 4K, you’re easily in the same area. as a full cable TV. package. YouTube TV may have its own advantages over traditional cable, but pricing is unfortunately not one of them.
That said, if you act fast, you can get a price quote on 4K Plus – YouTube is offering a one-month free trial for new users, after which you can sign up for $ 9.99 per month, a bargain per month. compared to the standard price. .
The good news is that anyone who uses YouTube TV also gets an upgrade in the audio department, as the service will soon support Dolby 5.1 audio regardless of your plan. However, there aren’t many details on how it will work – YouTube says it will “start rolling out to some devices in the next few weeks,” but we’re not sure which devices they’re talking about.