Are you using iTunes to pay for YouTube TV? You might want to think twice about that. Apple is looking to up the bill for the service from the regular price of $49.99 to $54.99. While it may have been convenient to sign up for YouTube TV through Apple iTunes, is this service really worth the $5 extra? Let’s take a look at the price increase and how to get around paying $5 extra for YouTube TV.
Why is Apple Increasing YouTube TV Prices?
Why is the ever-rich Apple tacking on another five bucks to already pricy package? Maybe it’s to cover their lawyers in the monopoly case going on with the Supreme Court? Whatever the case may be, the reality is that it’s Google who is increasing their price, not Apple.
The reason Google upped the amount they are charging Apple to carry its service in their app store is that Apple takes a cut of Google’s profits. Whether you are musician, television series, movie franchise, video game, or streaming service, Apple skims off the top of each item that is purchased in their store.
An official statement about the $5 iTunes price hike was released on Google’s website. The media giant wrote,
“As of May 13, 2019, YouTube TV members will be charged $54.99/month for a base membership going forward. You will be asked to accept the new price in iTunes to keep your membership active. Check out the YouTube blog for more information on this change. ”– Google
Google seems to be getting frustrated with Apple. They’re not alone in feeling this way.
The cut Apple takes is so steep that some services are slowly removing their footprint from the iTunes catalog. Most notably, Netflix no longer accepts iTunes as a form of payment on their website. Maybe YouTube TV will follow suit in the near future?
How to Get Around the $5 YouTube TV Increase on Apple iTunes?
Quite simply, there is no way to get around this $5 increase on YouTube TV if you pay through iTunes. Be like Netflix. Cut ties with Apple.
The best option to get around the $5 price hike is to cancel your YouTube TV subscription through iTunes. Then go to YouTube TV directly. Heck, sign up with the same method of payment you use with your iTunes account. You were going to charge that card $49.99 anyway!
How to Watch YouTube TV
There are many ways to watch YouTube TV. Download the app via the following Smart TVs:
- Android TV
You can also opt to watch YouTube TV through a streaming device. To get the service, be sure that one of your devices is:
- Apple TV (Beware of the $5 Price Hike if This is Your Method)
Lastly, YouTube TV’s 70 plus channels and limitless cloud DVR are available for X Box One gaming consoles, Android smartphones, and tablets. You can also watch YouTube TV on iOS systems. However, this is an Apple entity. So, beware of your payment methods and any changes in terms and conditions before using the YouTube TV app.