YouTube TV and NBCUniversal Make a Deal

For those of you that use YouTube TV, you were probably informed of the potential NBCUniversal blackout. Last week, YouTube informed their user base, me included, that they could lose access to all NBCUniversal channels. The blackout was supposed to happen last Thursday, but a ‘short’ extension was granted. However, it looks like that was resolved over the weekend.

“We’re thrilled to share that we’ve reached a deal to continue carrying the full NBCUniversal portfolio of channels,” according to a Saturday update to YouTube’s blog. “That means you won’t lose access to any of their channels, and YouTube TV will continue to offer 85+ networks for $64.99. We appreciate NBCUniversal’s willingness to work toward an agreement, and we also appreciate your patience as we negotiated with them on your behalf.”

Unlike cable companies, YouTube wasn’t going to take the issue lying down. The company sent an email indicating that subscribers would receive a $10 discount on the service if NBCUniversal went dark. An attempt to keep subscribers and prevent a mass exodus.

On a personal level, I wasn’t all that concerned. Only viewing football and occasionally MSNBC, I never really watched their channels. Don’t get me started on how much I don’t use the Peacock app. Obviously, that is only me.

Here are the channels users would’ve lost:

  • NBC
  • Bravo
  • CNBC
  • E!
  • Golf Channel
  • Oxygen
  • SYFY
  • Telemundo
  • The Olympic Channel
  • Universal Kids
  • Universo
  • USA Network

Plus, regional sports networks:

  • NBC Sports Bay Area
  • NBC Sports Boston
  • NBC Sports California
  • NBC Sports Chicago
  • NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • NBC Sports Washington
  • SNY

Many people cut the cord to prevent themselves from being subjected to these disputes. Unfortunately, with services like YouTube TV gaining traction, content providers need to recover revenue lost from cable companies. With the end of the year coming up, we will see this occur more. Geez, I can’t wait.

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