Amazon and NBCUniversal have struck a deal to bring NBC and Telemundo local news channels for free to the Fire TV News app. A total of fiften local channels in popular cities, eleven from NBC News and four from Telemundo, can now be selected and streamed in the built-in News app on Fire TV devices. NBC news streams from the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, South Florida, and Washington, D.C., as well as Telemundo channels for California, Florida, Texas, and Noreste (the northeast) are included. When Amazon first brought local news to the Fire TV’s News app in 2021, ABC and CBS channels were onboard, with FOX channels being added about a year later. The addition of NBC channels now rounds out the app with all four major US broadcast networks.
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.
YouTube TV may lose over a dozen NBCUniversal owned channels at the end of the month due to a contract dispute between NBCUniversal and Google, according to a website NBCU put up and a blog post from Google. The existing deal between the two companies is set to expire Thursday, Sept. 30 and if a new agreement is not reached by then, Google will be forced to drop NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, Golf Channel, MSNBC, Oxygen, Syfy, Telemundo, the Olympic Channel, Universal Kids, Universo, USA Network, and regional NBC Sports networks. Read more ›
NBCUniversal has rounded out their recent network app releases with the arrival of an E! Now app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Much like their other apps, you’re going to need a cable subscription to really watch any content within this new E! Now app. Other NBCUniversal networks that have not had their apps ported to the Fire TV yet are Sprout, Oxygen, and Telemundo, so we may see those arrive in the future.
NBCUniversal has released the full versions of their Syfy and Bravo apps for the Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick. A month ago, preview versions of each app were released with access to various clips from each network, but now these complete versions give access to full episodes. Just as with other NBCUniversal apps, like the USA Now app, you need to activate these apps with a cable provider in order to view any of their content.
In addition to the standard Bravo app, a new Bravo Watch & Shop app has also been released. This app lets you watch a limited assortment of Bravo content and it lets you purchase products directly from the app that appear in the Bravo shows.
USA Network teased the impending arrival of their app a few weeks ago, and now the full version of USA Now has arrived on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Seeing how the network is owned by NBCUniversal, it’s no surprise the USA Now app is very similar to the NBC app already available on the Fire TV devices. USA Now unfortunately requires customers to activate the app with a cable provider before being allowed to watch any content. Even after activating the app, you’re still going to be watching pre-roll and mid-roll ads before/during every TV show episode or movie. Read more ›