Following a public stalemate earlier this week, YouTube TV and NBCUniversal have agreed to a “brief” extension of the streaming service, which broadcasts several of the broadcaster’s channels. That means YouTube TV will continue to broadcast more than a dozen major NBCUniversal-owned channels, including the regional NBC sports networks, for the time being. But it also means that YouTube TV won’t get $ 10 off the monthly subscription cost.
Had the talks broken off, NBCUniversal programming would have been removed from YouTube TV at midnight ET. “NBCUniversal and YouTube TV have agreed to a short extension while the parties continue talks,” said an NBCUniversal spokesman protocol and vulture. “NBCUniversal won’t go dark tonight at midnight east on YouTube TV.”
YouTube said in a blog post earlier this week that if the companies fail to reach an agreement on the promotion, the monthly subscription cost would be reduced from $ 65 per month to $ 55 per month – making Live comparatively cheap – TV streaming services like Hulu with live TV undercut FuboTV. But that would mean YouTube TV users would lose more than a dozen NBC channels, including:
- Golf channel
- The Olympic Canal
- Universal children
- USA network
As well as regional sports networks, including:
- NBC Sports Bay Area
- NBC Sports Boston
- NBC Sports California
- NBC Sports Chicago
- NBC Sports Philadelphia
- NBC Sports Washington
According to NBCUniversal, the promotion stalemate – which has become all too common in the streaming wars, especially when it comes to regional sports programming – included a demand for one, like an NBCUniversal source to be close to the matter as a fair price on the matter Denoted market conditions. A spokesman for YouTube, meanwhile, said the company is negotiating terms it deems fair based on industry standards and the size of its service. The spokesman also said NBCUniversal asked YouTube TV to bundle Peacock, which the spokesman said would result in users paying twice for the same content.
YouTube preemptively said earlier this week that users looking for NBCUniversal-owned programming could head over to NBCUniversal’s own flagship streaming service, Peacock, to access their NBC programming. Peacock’s premium tier costs $ 5 per month, which means YouTube TV users would save a few dollars. However, you would have to use two different apps to stream content that can be accessed on a single, dedicated live TV service.