NBC Universal to Remain on YouTube TV
- Oliver Michael
- 13 Oct 2021
YouTube TV subscribers can relax now. After two turbulent weeks, the world’s streaming service #1 says it’s not going to break the deal with NBC. All its channels available now with a YouTube TV subscription will remain – at least, for an indefinite while.
It’s now becoming a more common thing to subscribe to one streaming service to get access to another, be it Internet streaming or cable. Convenient as it is, it can lead to unpleasant surprises when providers can’t continue the agreement that has attracted you once. That’s what nearly happened to YouTube TV and NBC which threatened to withdraw its content from YouTube TV.
If this happened, all the 14 NBC Universal channels would have disappeared from YouTube TV, including the main NBC channel, Golf, Bravo, Telemundo, SYFY, Peacock, CNBC, and MSNBC. Of course, each side of the conflict has issued their own statements where they put the blame on the other. NBCU, for example, claimed that Google did not want to provide access to NBC networks for justified prices, inflating them instead. Google, in return, reassured the subscribers that if the deal was broken, the subscription price would drop from $64.99 to $54.99.
This didn’t happen to YouTube TV, though. NBC Universal channels are still available there, and the price remains the same. The results are not final yet, alas; the companies agreed to support the status quo until they work out a better solution. When they do reach a stable agreement, they will probably issue a shared statement.
Though this particular issue seems settled, YouTube TV is not as safe as it looks. Other content providers can use the same threats to reach better agreements, and if this doesn’t work as expected, their channels may be simply removed from the pack. So enjoy your picture, stay tuned, and watch the news. Let us know if it’s important for you to have NBC on YouTube TV in the comments below - it’s interesting how much people pay for YouTube TV to watch NBC.