Following a public standoff earlier this week, YouTube TV and NBCUniversal have agreed to a “short” extension over the streaming service carrying a number of of the broadcaster’s channels. That signifies that at the least for now, YouTube TV will proceed to hold greater than a dozen main NBCUniversal-owned channels, together with NBC regional sports activities networks. But it surely additionally means YouTube TV’s month-to-month subscription price gained’t be getting $10 cheaper.
Had talks damaged down, NBCUniversal programming would have been faraway from YouTube TV at midnight ET. “NBCUniversal and YouTube TV have agreed to a short extension while parties continue talks,” an NBCUniversal spokesperson tells Protocol and Vulture. “NBCUniversal will not go dark on YouTube TV at midnight eastern tonight.”
YouTube stated in a blog post earlier this week that ought to the businesses fail to succeed in an settlement about carriage, it could slash its month-to-month subscription price from $65 monthly to $55 monthly — undercutting comparatively priced dwell TV streaming providers like Hulu with Dwell TV and FuboTV. However that may imply that YouTube TV customers would lose a dozen-plus NBC channels, together with:
- Golf Channel
- The Olympic Channel
- Common Youngsters
- USA Community
In addition to regional sports activities networks that embody:
- NBC Sports activities Bay Space
- NBC Sports activities Boston
- NBC Sports activities California
- NBC Sports activities Chicago
- NBC Sports activities Philadelphia
- NBC Sports activities Washington
In response to NBCUniversal, the standoff over carriage — which has turn out to be all too frequent within the streaming wars, significantly in relation to regional sports activities programming — concerned a requirement for what an NBCUniversal supply near the matter described as a good price referring to market phrases. A spokesperson for YouTube, in the meantime, stated that the corporate was negotiating for phrases that it sees as honest primarily based on trade requirements and the dimensions of its service. The spokesperson additionally stated that NBCUniversal requested YouTube TV to bundle Peacock, which the spokesperson claimed would end in customers paying twice for a similar content material.
YouTube preemptively stated earlier this week that customers in search of NBCUniversal-owned programming may head to NBCUniversal’s personal flagship streaming service Peacock to entry their NBC programming. Peacock’s Premium tier prices $5 monthly, which means that YouTube TV customers could be saving a couple of bucks. However they must use two totally different apps to stream content material that’s accessible in a single, devoted dwell TV service.