Earlier this week, NBCUniversal and Google revealed that over a dozen NBCUniversal-owned channels would be disappearing from YouTube TV if an agreement between the two companies was not reached by the end of September. The two companies have now said that they are temporarily extending their existing agreement in order to keep the channels available for the time being. This means that YouTube TV will not be getting $10 cheaper, as Google said it would if the channels were dropped. So, for a “short” time at least, YouTube TV subscribers will continue to have access to NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, Golf Channel, MSNBC, Oxygen, Syfy, Telemundo, the Olympic Channel, Universal Kids, Universo, USA Network, and regional NBC Sports networks. However, they may disappear any day if talks between the two companies go south. UPDATE: Google and NBCUniversal have reached a long-term agreement that will keep all NBCUniversal-owned channels available on YouTube TV, according to Deadline.
I know that virtual MVPDs are not very profitable, but I’m surprised that Amazon hasn’t figured out a way to create its own version of something like YouTube TV and somehow integrate it into the Prime experience.
I’ve been told that Amazon was actually working on an MVPD-like service at one point but they dropped it because they didn’t want to just follow the same mass bundling racket that cable companies and all the current MVPDs are forced to use. Amazon wanted to make an a-la-carte service from the start, so when networks refused, they pivoted their plan and created Prime Video Channels instead.
YouTube TV and NBC have reached a permanent agreement. I got the email today
We’re thrilled to share that we’ve reached a deal with NBCUniversal to continue carrying the full NBCUniversal portfolio of channels, including their Regional Sports Networks and your local NBC station. That means you won’t lose access to any of their channels, and YouTube TV will continue to offer 85+ networks for $64.99* per month.
We appreciate NBCUniversal’s willingness to work toward an agreement, and we also appreciate your patience while we negotiated with them on your behalf. Thanks again for being a YouTube TV member.
The YouTube TV team
I finally just had a enough with YouTube TV and switched to Directv Stream. A few more bucks but you get sports and can have on 20 tvs in network. I liked the interface of Youtube TV but the no sports thing got old for what you are paying.