Thanks to an extensive multi-year distribution agreement between Google and ViacomCBS, YouTube TV will add another 14 channels. BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land, and VH1 will be on YouTube TV this summer. BET Her, MTV2, Nick Jr., NickToons, TeenNick and MTV Classic will join the platform in the future, but partners have not announced when.
YouTube TV will continue to host CBS channels, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel, and The CW, and it will still distribute ViacomCBS’ premium subscription services, such as SHOWTIME.
“We are excited to launch ViacomCBS’ portfolio on YouTube TV this summer,” said Lori Conkling, Global Head of Partnerships at YouTube TV. “Our extensive partnership delivers on our promise to offer a premium portfolio of content to our YouTube TV subscribers, as well as to the YouTube platforms.
Launched in 2017, YouTube TV already has more than two million subscribers, making it, as TechCrunch points out, one of the fastest-growing options for pay-TV over the Internet. While the price has risen from $35 a month to $50 a month, YouTube TV has reached an agreement with WarnerMedia to bring HBO, Cinemax, and HBO Max to the platform, secure the content of PBS and PBS Kids and secure most of Sinclair’s Fox regional sports channels. It is also available on more devices, including Amazon Fire TV sets and PS4.