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.