YouTube TV subscribers will continue to receive NBC Universal’s cable channels and local NBC stations while Media Conglomerate and Google have reached a tentative agreement.
According to a source familiar with the talks, Google and NBCU are finalizing their deal and NBCU-owned networks will not be dark on YouTube TV. Their previous contract was due to expire at midnight Sept Sept0, but the parties reached a short-term deadline as they continued to work on a long-term deal.
It is not clear whether NBCU’s new deal for YouTube TV will bundle Peacock Premium as part of the Internet-TV service, as NBCU was asking.
The fight for the contract escalated earlier this week, after NBCU warned YouTube TV subscribers on Sunday that they could lose networks like NBC, USA Network and CNBC in stalled talks.
Google claims that NBCU is demanding higher prices than YouTube TV’s pay-TV competitors. In addition, internet giant NBCU said Peacock bundles Premium with YouTube, which will effectively charge customers twice as much for the same content (when they need to log in to the Peacock app separately).
NBCU said it was “seeking a fair price from Google for providing the only portfolio of YouTube TV entertainment, Hispanic, news and sports networks.”
The NBCU channels that were in danger of losing YouTube TV subscribers are NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E! Regional networks including NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia, SNY and NBC Sports Washington.
YouTube TV, available only in the US, offers 5-plus channels, including local channels from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, at a cost of … dollars per month. The service last increased its rates in June 2020.