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YouTube TV adds Weather Channel, other Byron Allen networks

Pay television service YouTube TV added the Weather Channel and several other networks on Wednesday.

The Google-owned streaming service said the Weather Channel, Justice Central, Comedy.TV and Recipe.TV are immediately available to customers who pay $65 a month for the company’s base package of service.

Those channels were added after YouTube TV reached a deal with Allen Media Group to distribute the networks. The company is owned and operated by comedian and media mogul Byron Allen, who has sued other pay television platforms in the past who have refused to carry his networks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, nor was it clear if adding the channels would result in a price increase for subscribers.

The Weather Channel has been one of the most-requested networks from YouTube TV’s subscribers, according to a person familiar with the company’s strategy. Before Wednesday, streaming households had few choices to get the channel, with Frndly TV and Fubo TV among the few streaming services to carry it.

In addition to the Allen Media Group channels, YouTube TV said it would immediately start carrying G4 TV, a technology and videogame-centric network revived by Comcast last year.

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