Google’s streaming TV service, YouTube TV, announced today that it’s adding more Spanish-language networks to its basic subscription package and is preparing to launch an add-on package that includes even more Spanish-language content. Will be Starting today, all customers will have access to three new TV networks at no additional cost: Univision, Unimass and Galavision. These will join YouTube TV’s existing lineup of over 85 live TV channels, which today includes top networks such as Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and others, in addition to entertainment networks such as Discovery and ViacomCBS.
Additionally YouTube will be bringing a range of new Spanish-language content to TV members, including primetime series such as “La Desalmada” and “Vensor El Pasado”, coming this fall, the reality competition series “Nuestra Belleza”. Latina” on 26 September, as well as the annual Latin Grammy Awards on 22 November 18. Additionally, 29 September also brings sports programming such as the Campeones Cup and ongoing match-ups from Liga MX, UEFA Champions League, MLS and the Mexican National Team, the company says.
Univision also noted that customers in top Hispanic markets, including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Chicago and others, will be able to access local news, weather and other programming from Univision and Unimas. Plus, YouTube TV will carry Univision’s video-on-demand content library at launch, and customers will be able to use their YouTube TV credentials to authenticate with the company’s “TV Everywhere”-powered Univision app.
The companies did not disclose the financial terms of their new agreement, but the deal did not come with a price hike. However, YouTube TV has been steadily increasing the prices since its launch. For example, it raised the price of the service last summer to $64.99, following 14 new additions to the ViacomCBS network. But last month, YouTube’s chief product officer Neil Mohan says There will be no fresh price hike in the near term.
While the new channels will reach all subscribers, YouTube TV also announced plans to introduce a new add-on package that will be available at an additional monthly cost. This will include other Spanish-language networks such as Sony Cine, CNN Espaol, Discovery en Espaol, Estrella TV, Cinelatino, Fox Deportes, and others. YouTube TV isn’t sharing the full lineup nor the price of the add-on just yet, but said it will provide more details in the “coming months.”
Spanish-language network Pantaya will also be offered in the coming weeks for an additional $5.99 per month, providing access to Spanish-language movies and exclusive original series, all of which are on-demand.
“We are delighted to partner with YouTube TV to expand Univision’s strong portfolio of networks and stations to include YouTube TV,” Hameed Nasseri, Univision’s vice president, content distribution, said in a statement. “Amidst the popularity of streaming services, as well as the growing influence of our Hispanic community, this is an important step in ensuring that our viewers have access to our leading Spanish-language news, sports and entertainment, wherever they are. They consume content. We are excited for today’s launch and recognize YouTube TV’s continued commitment to serving our growing and influential Hispanic audience.”
YouTube TV isn’t the first streamer to cater to an audience looking for Spanish-language content. In 2018, Hulu added his The Spanish-language bundle is calledespanoli,’ which now gives customers live programming from networks including ESPN Deportes, NBC Universo, CNN En Espaol, History Channel En Espaol, Discovery en Espaol, and Discovery Familia. Although Hulu does not have Univision, Telemundo does offer. Fubo TV, meanwhile, offers Univision and Telemundo and offers an Espanol plan with dozens of Spanish-language channels.
In any case, YouTube TV had lag behind So far in terms of catering to Spanish speakers, and this offering will make it more competitive with rival services.