YouTube TV may lose 14 NBCUniversal channels at the end of the month

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.

The dispute between the two companies seems to be over Peacock TV, NBCUniversal’s stand-alone streaming service. Google says that NBCU wants to bundle Peacock TV into YouTube TV subscriptions. This bundling would increase how much Google is paying for NBCU channels and Google doesn’t want to pay more, according to Variety.

Google says that if it is forced to drop NBCU channels, it will lower the monthly cost of YouTube TV by $10, from $64.99 to $54.99. The reduced cost will last as long as NBCU channels remain off the service. Considering Peacock TV costs $4.99 per month, many customers might be better off taking the $10 savings and just using half of it to subscribe to Peacock TV for the programming they’ve lost.

7 comments
  1. TechyChris says:

    I have the “Full Version” of Peacock (Peacock Plus or whatever they call it) which means I have access to everything Peacock offers. It is a GREAT streaming service BUT I’m not sure I would call it a “direct” replacement for the live streaming television networks listed above. There are some “traditional” live channels but most fall into the same type of 24/7 category as Pluto type channels.For example, one particular genre, like Comedy Movies, show them all day then rinse and repeat. Again a great Streaming service, I like it, Alot, but before plunking down your cash investigate if it’s meets your needs first.

  2. Frank says:

    I don’t blame Google for not agreeing to include Peacock because it isn’t any good. If you have YouTube tv you don’t need Peacock.

  3. JFC says:

    I have a current YTTV subscription, one feature of which I really use and enjoy is access to the regional NBC Sports channels for my home market. AFAIK, none of the various versions/tiers of the Peacock service include those live channels or content.

  4. Russ says:

    Looks like I only watch CNBC and Golf channel out of all those.

  5. Dave M says:

    I went through this a year ago when YTTV dropped my regional Fox Sports channels. I permanently lost access to Major League baseball. I don’t care anymore. I have a $35 GE attic antenna which pulls in NBC just fine. The cost savings will exactly cover my Amazon Prime subscription.

    • TechyChris says:

      Same here. I went with GE Attic Antennas. Had a little extra time last year (thanks Covid Shut down!) so I ran Coax through my walls up to my attic and hooked up 3 separate GE Antennas all in a row. Wasn’t sure how well they would work through the roof shingles and 35 mile distance to my local transmitter tower cluster but I’m getting 54 HD channels here in the North East. I also wired my whole house for ethernet at the same time and picked up a new router which resolved all connectivity problems with my streaming devices. Couldn’t be happier!

  6. Dave M says:

    Yep. If things get any worse with YTTV, I’ll be using my attic antenna for local channels and I’ll be taking a second look at Sling and Philo. The whole point of streaming live TV was being cheaper than cable and Dish, and not having a 2 year contract.

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