YouTube TV gets ‘short extension’ to stave off disappearing NBC channels


Google’s YouTube TV is a live-channel streaming service. 

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YouTube TV, Google‘s well-liked live-channel streaming service, was set to lose entry to all channels from Comcast’s NBCUniversal late Thursday, however the two have reportedly reached a brief deal instead of a brand new carriage settlement to switch the one which expired at 9 p.m. PT/midnight ET Friday. Meaning NBCU‘s channels — which embody a clutch of cable networks and its huge broadcast community, house to NFL Sunday Night Football — will not instantly go darkish on YouTube TV.

“NBCUniversal and YouTube TV have agreed to a brief extension whereas events proceed talks,” an NBCUniversal spokesperson tells Protocol. “NBCUniversal won’t go darkish on YouTube TV at midnight japanese tonight.”

Google and NBCUniversal did not instantly reply to requests for remark.

Thursday evening’s non permanent settlement implies that YouTube TV will not instantly low cost its clients’ payments by $10 a month whereas the networks went lacking. YouTube TV often prices $65 a month, however the firm stated in a blog post that it will low cost subscribers’ charges to $55 if NBC’s channels go darkish for the length they continue to be unavailable.

Each corporations famous to their clients that the channels’ programming can also be obtainable to stream on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service. A lot of Peacock is free to look at with promoting, and higher-interest programming like reside NFL video games can be found with both a $5- or $10-a-month paid subscription. 

Carriage disputes between programmers and distributors are nothing new. For years, they have been a routine annoyance for purchasers of conventional cable and satellite tv for pc TV. However up till about 2020, these sorts of service “blackouts” had been one of many methods streaming set itself other than the aggravations of tv’s previous. 

Within the final yr and a half, nonetheless, these battles have cropped up within the streaming realm too. The rollouts of new streaming services HBO Max and Peacock had been marred by failure to launch on both Roku or Amazon Fire TV in 2020. Extra not too long ago, YouTube TV has been in a unbroken standoff with Roku. Since their their deal led to April, YouTube TV has remained obtainable to stream on Roku, however Roku eliminated the YouTube TV app from its channel retailer — that means solely preexisting subscribers who downloaded it earlier than their faceoff can nonetheless stream YouTube TV in its devoted app. New clients should watch it inside the principle YouTube app on Roku as a substitute.  

Curiously, the newest standoff with NBCUniversal places YouTube TV within the place of the hunkered-down distributor; in its face-off with Roku, YouTube TV is the programmer planting its toes towards distributor Roku. No matter which aspect of the dynamic these streaming companies and units exist on, these fights underscore how corporations are agitating to get the higher hand as the way forward for TV evolves quickly towards streaming. 

NBCUniversal’s channels embody its NBC broadcast community, USA, Telemundo, Universo, Bravo, E!, SyFy, Oxygen, CNBC and MSNBC. 


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