Following a public standoff earlier this week, YouTube TV and NBCUniversal have consented to a “short” extension over the streaming service carrying a few of the telecaster’s channels. That implies that basically for the present, YouTube TV will keep on conveying in excess of a dozen significant NBCUniversal-owned channels, including NBC regional sports networks. Yet, it likewise implies YouTube TV’s monthly subscription cost will not be getting $10 less expensive.
Had talks separated, NBCUniversal programming would have been eliminated 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 said in a blog post recently that should the organizations fail to agree about carriage, it would cut its monthly subscription cost from $65 each month to $55 per month — undermining nearly priced live TV streaming services like Hulu with Live TV and FuboTV. In any case, that would imply that YouTube TV clients would lose a dozen-plus NBC channels, including:
The Olympic Channel
As well as regional sports networks that include:
NBC Sports Bay Area
NBC Sports Boston
NBC Sports California
NBC Sports Chicago
NBC Sports Philadelphia
NBC Sports Washington
As indicated by NBCUniversal, the standoff over carriage — which has become all too common in the streaming wars, especially with regards to regional sports programming — involved a demand for what an NBCUniversal source near the matter portrayed as a fair rate identifying with marketplace terms. A representative for YouTube, in the mean time, said that the organization was negotiating for terms that it sees as fair dependent on industry standards and the size of its service. The representative additionally said that NBCUniversal requested that YouTube TV to bundle Peacock, which the representative guaranteed would bring about clients paying twice for a similar content.
YouTube preemptively said recently that clients searching for NBCUniversal-owned programming could head to NBCUniversal’s own flagship streaming service Peacock to get to their NBC programming. Peacock’s Premium level costs $5 per month, implying that YouTube TV clients would be saving a few bucks. Yet, they would need to use two different applications to stream content that is accessible in a single, dedicated live TV service.