Discovery Inc. announced a new multiyear distribution agreement with YouTube that will add its live channels and on-demand content to YouTube TV beginning today.
Channels joining YouTube TV include Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will launch by the end of 2019.
Today YouTube TV also announced that it has added access to premium channel Epix, which will be available as a $6/month add-on. YouTube TV subscribers who add Epix will get four live TV channels (Epix, Epix 2, Epix Hits and Epix Drive-In) and on demand access to the network’s content lineup.
The announcement comes shortly after Epix launched on the Roku Channel and launched its own direct-to-consumer streaming service Epix Now. Epix Now is priced at $5.99 per month and offers consumers access to Epix original series including “Pennyworth” and “Godfather of Harlem” as well as an on-demand library of films including 4K Ultra HD content.
YouTube TV competitor Sling TV today added two new channels: Hallmark Movies Now (priced at $6 per month) and The Country Network (priced at $3 per month). These channels are available to Sling Orange and Sling Blue customers, in addition to returning customers and select new customers on Roku devices.
Sling TV also said Starz (priced at $9 per month) and Cinemoi (priced at $3 per month) are now available à la carte to all returning and select new customers on Roku. Starz was previously only available for purchase to either Sling Orange and Sling Blue subscribers, and Cinemoi was only available as part of Sling TV’s Hollywood Extra add-on service.
Sling TV also announced that its service is now supported by Microsoft Edge so Windows 10 users can watch Sling TV on their Edge browser.
Rounding out today’s streaming TV service announcements, Philo revealed that it will be the first virtual MVPD to launch Cleo TV.