Following a public standoff earlier this week, YouTube TV and NBCUniversal have agreed to a “brief” extension over the streaming service carrying a number of of the broadcaster’s channels. That implies 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. However it 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 brief extension whereas events proceed talks,” an NBCUniversal spokesperson tells Protocol and Vulture. “NBCUniversal is not going to go darkish on YouTube TV at midnight japanese tonight.”
YouTube mentioned in a weblog submit earlier this week that ought to the businesses fail to achieve an settlement about carriage, it could slash its month-to-month subscription price from $65 per thirty days to $55 per thirty days — undercutting comparatively priced reside TV streaming companies like Hulu with Reside 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 Children
- 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 line with NBCUniversal, the standoff over carriage — which has change into all too widespread within the streaming wars, significantly relating 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, mentioned that the corporate was negotiating for phrases that it sees as truthful primarily based on business requirements and the dimensions of its service. The spokesperson additionally mentioned 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 mentioned earlier this week that customers on the lookout for NBCUniversal-owned programming may head to NBCUniversal’s personal flagship streaming service Peacock to entry their NBC programming. Peacock’s Premium tier prices $5 per thirty days, that 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 reside TV service.