Subscribers tapping clever hack amid price hike
After YouTube TV announced on Tuesday that it would be raising its rates to $65 per month, a little-known discount began making the rounds online.
“If you plan ahead, you won’t be paying $64.99 a month for YouTube TV,” one crafty subscriber on Reddit explained.
YouTube TV’s new monthly rate that goes into effect July 30 marks a $15 increase from the $50 per month subscription.
“We don’t take these decisions lightly, and realize how hard this is for our members,” Christian Oestlien, YouTube TV’s vice president of product management, said in a blog post.
The Google-owned TV service just added 8 new channels to its lineup, including Comedy Central, MTV and Paramount Network. That brings YouTube TV’s base plan to 85+ channels.
YouTube TV is owned by Google. The search engine giant also operates the Google Play platform and sells gift cards that can be used to buy apps, movies, music and subscriptions.
DIY discount for YouTube TV
Google Play gift cards have given some YouTube TV subscribers a route to getting a little-known discount.
“Here’s how to do it,” Redditor pantheman75 explained in a post. “Each holiday season there are typically HUGE sales on Google Play gift cards. I save up some cash each year in anticipation of those sales in order to buy enough Google Play credit to cover my purchases / subscriptions for the following year.”
He said he would be paying about $47 per month after YouTube TV implements the price increase.
Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart have sold discounted Google Play cards around the holiday season over the last couple of years. People have been using this method since YouTube TV launched in 2017, when the service was $35 per month.
Subscribers using the gift card method cautioned against online offers for discounted Google Play cards that sound too good to be true. The safest way to buy a discounted Google Play card is to wait for holiday sales offered through well-known retailers.
Paying for YouTube TV with Google Play
Using a Google Play gift card for YouTube TV is pretty straightforward and only requires a few steps.
- Go to the Google Play web page
- Sign in under the Google account used for YouTube TV
- Click Redeem from the menu & enter the gift card code
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