YouTube TV 4K Plus costs $19.99 per month in addition to the regular subscription price, although subscribers can save on the monthly price for the first year. In addition, YouTube TV has many add-ons that either boost the number of channels or add additional features. The YouTube TV 4K Plus add-on adds features, but it may only be worth it for some existing subscribers.
In June 2021, YouTube TV introduced the new 4K Plus add-on. The major goal of the 4K Plus add-on, as the name implies, is to provide access to 4K content. However, the add-on includes additional support features, such as streaming on several devices simultaneously and watching recordings offline. The additional streams and offline DVR access have certain limitations that may limit their utility in some homes.
The YouTube TV add-on is available for $19.99 a month. When this is added to the price of the standard subscription, the minimum monthly cost is $84.99. On the other hand, those who are new to the add-on have the option of signing up and paying an additional $9.99 each month for the first 12 months. After the first twelve months, the 4K Plus add-on will be charged at the higher $19.99 per month cost unless it is removed from the subscriber’s package.
The $9.99 is a promotional price, meaning it might expire at any time or be replaced with another offer or promotion. To sign up for 4K Plus, visit the YouTube TV website, sign in, and click on the profile photo, assuming you already have a base subscription. Click Settings, then Membership. The subscriber will then see their existing package and can add the 4K Plus add-on by clicking on the box next to 4K Plus and confirming the modifications. Before selecting and installing 4K Plus, the subscriber can also confirm the current price of the add-on.
Is It Worth Upgrading To YouTube TV 4K Plus?
There are reasons to upgrade to 4K plus, but the add-on may only be suited for some homes. Even for those who perceive value in the additional features, it may be different from what they anticipate or require. For example, while 4K Plus unlocks 4K content, not all the content accessible on YouTube TV will be in 4K. To see which networks are available in 4K, return to the YouTube TV website’s Membership section and click 4K this time. To find accessible shows, subscribers may search for “4K” or check for the 4K indicator next to a channel in the Live tab.
It’s also worth noting that watching YouTube TV in 4K isn’t accessible on all compatible devices. In other words, even after signing up and paying for the add-on, some subscribers may need access to 4K content.
Other advantages of the 4K Plus add-on are limited similarly. For example, while the add-on grants ‘unlimited streams,’ this only applies while watching YouTube TV at home. Users will not have access to an infinite number of identical streams if they leave their home location. Similarly, while the 4K Plus add-on enables the option to save DVR recordings, this is primarily intended for watching when not connected to the internet and only applies to mobile devices. Furthermore, devices on which recordings are saved must ‘check in’ with YouTube TV at least once every 30 days to keep access to the recordings. All recordings are also destroyed automatically nine months after they are made.
It is debatable if upgrading to 4K Plus is worthwhile. Of course, if you don’t need 4K, additional streams, or offline recordings, there’s little use in paying for the upgrade. Furthermore, while the add-on improves the YouTube TV experience, it has limitations. For example, watching YouTube TV in two houses is unlikely to alleviate any issues. In truth, the only way to know if it’s worth the additional monthly price is to test out the add-on and confirm that the constraints are relatively moderate in their usefulness.
Fortunately, YouTube TV offers a 30-day free trial for 4K Plus, allowing existing subscribers to offer the add-on before making the initial purchase. This should give them enough time to consider if the 4K Plus add-on for YouTube TV is worth the extra cost or whether it’s preferable to continue with the original plan and save money.
YouTube TV 4K Plus Conclusion:
4K Plus costs $19.99 per month, but YouTube TV now allows new subscribers to sign up and pay only $9.99 per month for the first 12 months. The add-on also includes a 30-day free trial to test the features. Unfortunately, automatic billing is in effect, so whether a subscriber is still taking advantage of the free trial or the discounted $9.99 monthly fee, they will be charged the higher amount after the promotional period expires. The only method to avoid this automatic charging is to uninstall the add-on before the end of the free trial or the final discounted month.
The 4K Plus add-on improves some parts of the YouTube TV experience but only improves some of the issues existing subscribers may have with the service. The add-on can be a helpful upgrade for individuals who need to watch 4K, add additional simultaneous streams, or watch recordings without an internet connection. However, each of these upgraded features has its limits and restrictions.