After a public standoff earlier this week, which noticed NBCUniversal placing adverts on TV, in addition to on Twitter about YouTube TV dropping its channels, the 2 have come collectively for a short extension. It’s not a full deal, or a contract renewal, simply an extension. It’s unclear nevertheless, how lengthy this extension would possibly final.
That is nice information for people who watch NBCUniversal networks, as they had been set to depart YouTube TV at midnight Jap final night time.
If this extension had not been reached, YouTube TV would have misplaced roughly 15 channels: NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, Golf Channel, MSNBC, Oxygen, Syfy, Telemundo, The Olympic Channel, Common Youngsters, Universo, and the USA Community. There are additionally a gaggle of regional sports activities networks that may have left as effectively.
Why is that this taking place?
Apparently, NBCUniversal is making an attempt to strong-arm YouTube TV into including Peacock into its bundle. This doesn’t make loads of sense for patrons, because the majority of Peacock content material is already on YouTube TV. And including Peacock to its bundle would elevate costs even additional for YouTube TV, which has already nearly doubled in worth previously few years.
YouTube TV isn’t simply standing up for its prospects, but in addition for the trade. If YouTube TV allowed NBCUniversal to drive them to bundle Peacock with its channels, it might occur with different corporations too, particularly smaller ones. Like Sling TV, FuboTV, AT&T DIRECTV Stream and others, as soon as their carriage contracts expire.
Although this might have been the newest blow to YouTube TV. After shedding regional sports activities networks due to Sinclair not desirous to renew its contract with YouTube TV and different providers. It additionally misplaced its app on the Roku platform, resulting from Roku wanting “unfair necessities”, in keeping with YouTube TV. If it does lose these NBCUniversal channels, we might see YouTube TV shedding tens of millions of consumers. As that may be roughly a fifth of its channels disappearing.