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YouTube TV will temporarily keep NBCUniversal channels as talks continue

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Update, October 1 (2:20 a.m. ET): YouTube TV will temporarily continue to carry NBCUniversal channels amid ongoing negotiations

What you need to know

  • YouTube TV subscribers may lose access to several NBCUniversal channels if both companies fail to make a new deal.
  • Some 14 channels will go dark if Google and NBCUniversal's carriage agreement isn't renewed by Thursday.
  • When NBCUniversal's channel lineup becomes unavailable, YouTube TV will reduce its monthly price by $10.

YouTube TV subscribers may soon lose access to several NBC-owned channels. Google's streaming TV service has announced that NBCUniversal's lineup of channels will go offline after September 30 unless an "equitable" agreement is reached.

Google said in a blog post that it has been trying to renew its deal with NBCU. The existing agreement between the entertainment company and YouTube TV is set to expire on Thursday, but both companies are still locked in a carriage dispute, with no new agreement in sight.

In a statement, NBCU accuses Google of refusing to reach a deal to continue carrying its portfolio of "entertainment, Hispanic, news and sports networks" at fair rates. Instead, the search giant is willing to cut off customers' access to "entertainment, news and sports programming," the entertainment conglomerate said in a statement (via Deadline).

Google said it is willing to renew the deal if NBCU offers "equitable terms." The Mountain View-based company added:

Our ask is that NBCU treats YouTube TV like any other TV provider. In other words, for the duration of our agreement, YouTube TV seeks the same rates that services of a similar size get from NBCU so we can continue offering YouTube TV to members at a competitive and fair price.

The pricing row could result in YouTube TV subscribers losing access to their favorite channels on many connected TVs, including the best Android TVs. These include NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, Golf Channel, MSNBC, Oxygen, SYFY, Telemundo, The Olympic Channel, Universal Kids, Universo, USA Network, and several NBC Sports regional networks.

When these channels go dark, Google plans to drop YouTube TV's monthly price by $10, from $64.99 to $54.99. Alternatively, the company is encouraging users to switch to NBC's Peacock streaming service to continue watching their favorite content for $4.99 per month if the pricing dispute is not resolved.

Update, October 1 (2:20 a.m. ET) ― Google and NBCUniversal continue their negotiation on YouTube TV carriage

NBCUniversal channels will remain available to YouTube TV subscribers temporarily as negotiations on carriage continue.

Some 14 NBC-owned channels were initially expected to go dark on the streaming platform on Thursday midnight eastern time over carriage dispute.

In a statement to Protocol, an NBCUniversal representative said both companies "have agreed to a short extension while parties continue talks."

Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He is a tech journalist based in the Philippines who has been writing about consumer tech for the past six years and has been using various Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. When he's not writing, he likes to spend time outside, stealing scenes with his phone camera.

9 Comments
  • Reduced only $10.00, should be reduced 25.00 ... Still overpriced
  • Hope they don't resolve the dispute. Don't watch any of the 12 but do spend over $10 month for other things like food, gas, etc.. But seriously, customers are probably better off when these disputes happen. Dish played hardball more than Direct and that's a main reason, their service was cheaper. Better to do without during the fight than caving and having the price hike demanded by Universal (this time) added to the bill sooner than later.
  • People are paying for Universal/NBC channels?! Why? For what?
  • Well there goes the rest of the NASCAR season for me.
  • YouTube TV is just a cable provider. No different anymore. The greatest snow job ever on people. I got in @ 35 and it had all I needed. They added crap channels and inflated the cost. I would have happily stayed with what I had for 35. When it went to 65 I immediately dumped the service as it was back right at my cable bill cost when internet was included. Cord cutting was a clever term to get people less for now more.
  • I heard one of the sticking points is NBC wants to force Peacock to be part of the package deal upon users possibly driving up the cost to us. It def. seems to like a powerplay move by NBC to get Peacock going.
  • Why couldn't they drop TLC and most Discovery channels instead? What, you mean content like 'Pimple Popper' doesn't give creators leverage to raise prices to the providers and to us?
  • First, YouTube TV relieves me of my local FoxSports channels (for me, YES in NY and Sun when I’m in Florida—thus no Yankee or Rays coverage because of local blackout rules); now I’m being relieved of NBCU channels—looks like I need to find another provider… That’s too bad considering that YouTube TV otherwise meets my family’s needs—at a fair price—wherever I happen to be traveling.
  • I just got an email confirming YoutubeTV and NBCUniversal had reached a deal. No price change. (for now).