YouTube TV Ups Subscription Price 25%

YouTube TV has raised its monthly subscription price 25% to $49.99 from $39.99. Subscribers billed through Apple Pay will see their plan increase to $54.99.

The Google-owned online TV service made the announcement April 10, which coincided with a content distribution agreement with Discovery. Subs now have access to eight new channels, including Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend.

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The additions bring to 70 channels available on YouTube TV, including local ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliate coverage in 90% of the markets the online TV service is available.

“We’ll also be adding OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network later this year,” Christian Oestlien, VP of product management, YouTube TV, wrote in a blog post announcing the changes.“In addition, Epix is now available for an additional charge.”

The price hike, which represents a 43% increase for initial (2017) YouTube TV subs paying $34.99 monthly, comes as over-the-top video services such as Netflix, DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV and Fubo TV initiated price hikes.


Fandango, Apple Pay Offer $5 Movie Ticket Discount Through Oscar Weekend

Online ticket service Fandango and Apple have partnered for a special 91st Academy Awards promotion offering users $5 discount for online purchase of two theatrical tickets paid for using the Apple Pay app.

The promotion runs through Feb. 24 – day of The Oscars telecast on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.


Apple Begins Contactless College Student ID Program

Apple Oct. 2 officially started its student identification app within the Apple Wallet platform for the iPhone and Apple Watch.

First announced six months ago, students at Duke University and the University of Alabama and University of Oklahoma can now add their college ID card to Apple Wallet and use it to pay for laundry, coffee or lunch, and get into their dorms, the gym or the school library.

With access to the dorm, dining hall, gym, library and campus events using only their iPhone or Apple Watch, college students can now leave their physical wallets behind. The app can be used to paying for supplies at the bookstore, for laundry or off campus purchases.

The contactless payment market is projected to top $48 billion in transactions in 2018 – up 30% from 2017, according to industry estimates.

“[The] iPhone and Apple Watch have brought us into a new era of mobility, helping to transform everyday experiences,” Jennifer Bailey, VP of Internet services, said in a statement.

Bailey said the launch of Apple Pay was done to replace the physical wallet. By adding transit, loyalty cards and contactless ticketing she said Apple has expanded the capabilities of Wallet beyond payments, and we’re now thrilled to contactless student ID cards.

Johns Hopkins University, University of Santa Clara and Temple University plan to employ Apple’s contactless technology by the end of the school year.