Including more network and add-on options
YouTube TV is expanding its live TV channels to include more Spanish-language content and add-on options.
The company announced that starting today, three new Spanish-language networks — Univision, Unimas and Galavision — will join the YouTube TV experience at no additional cost to customers. Notably, the new network will include coverage of two events that are just around the corner: the 22nd Annual Latin Grammy Awards premiering on November 18 and the Campeones Cup airing on September 29. This week’s announcement coincides with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Local programming from Univision and UniMás will also be available to customers in select markets, including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York, among other cities. Meanwhile, joining Univision’s platform will give YouTube TV users access to the company’s on-demand content as well as the ability to access their YouTube TV information in the Univision app.
Univision networks aren’t widely available on streaming TV services—they’re missing from Hulu and Sling, for example—which could give YouTube an edge when it comes to picking up new subscribers. (Univision has its own streaming goals: It plans to launch a new streaming service with ad-supported and paid plans next year.)
For viewers looking to unlock more Spanish-language programming beyond the new network, YouTube will also introduce a new add-on option that includes networks such as Sony Cine, CNN Espaol, Discovery en Espaol, Estrella TV, Cinelatino and Fox Deportes. . . YouTube said this add-on will be made available “in the coming months,” and the cost of the package and the full slate of networks involved will be announced a little closer to its launch date.
Lastly, the company will soon introduce a separate add-on for Pentaya, an on-demand streaming service for Spanish-language movies, for $6 a month. That add-on will become available to YouTube TV users in the coming weeks. YouTube TV, which offers over 85 channels, currently costs $65 per month.