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NBCU warns YouTube TV viewers they could lose channel in Carriage Fight

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Another car battle has erupted in the public eye: NBC Universal said on Sunday that it was informing subscribers via YouTube TV that more than 14 of its networks, including the local NBC channel, could be blacked out in streaming service in a few days.

NBCU’s contract with YouTube TV is set to expire soon, and Google is unwilling to give the media association the high rate it wants in renewal talks, NBCU said. A NBCU representative declined to say when the current YouTube TV distribution deal will end.

“NBC Universal is seeking a fair price from Google for continuing to carry the portfolio of YouTube TV’s only entertainment, Hispanic, news and sports network provider,” the media company said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Google is refusing to make a deal at this fair rate and is willing to stop entertaining, news and sports programming from their paying customers. There are.

Google representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

NBCU is directing visitors to youneedchannels.com, a newly launched website that states that if companies fail to reach an agreement, they can go to NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E! Olympic Channel, Universal Kids, Universo and USA Network.

In addition, YouTube TV may exclude NBC Sports regional networks, including NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia, SNY and NBC Sports Washington.

In announcing the campaign, NBCU claimed that it “has a perfect record of completing carriage deals without a network drop.” The agency also noted that September “marks the beginning of a new primetime broadcasting season and the beginning of the NFL football season.”

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