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YouTube TV and NBCUniversal strike deal to keep channels

YouTube TV and NBCUniversal reached a new distribution deal and blocked the removal of 13 channels from what would be the second-largest live streaming TV service in the United States. The resolution was announced just over a day after a short-term extension was granted.

NBCUniversal said in an emailed statement:

We are delighted to have entered into an agreement with YouTube TV and can continue to offer our entire network portfolio, without interruption. YouTube is a valued partner and we never want to involve our fans in any litigation, but we felt obligated to let them know what was at stake. We thank our viewers for their loyalty and promise to continue to bring them the networks and programs they like.

YouTube TV, for its part, also said it was “delighted” in its email to subscribers.

We are delighted to share that we have entered into an agreement with NBCUniversal to continue to broadcast the full portfolio of NBCUniversal channels, including their regional sports networks and your local NBC station. This means you won’t lose access to any of their channels, and YouTube TV will continue to offer over 85 networks for $ 64.99 * per month.

We appreciate NBCUniversal’s willingness to work towards a deal, and we also appreciate your patience as we negotiated with them on your behalf. Thanks again for being a YouTube TV member.

YouTube TV on an iPhone.
Phil Nickinson / TechToSee

The two companies were quick to inform customers that the distribution agreement, which gives YouTube TV the right to broadcast NBCUniversal channels, was due to expire on September 30. YouTube TV did so with a fairly balanced blog post, while NBCUniversal ran the screen in all caps and launched a website begging YouTube TV customers to flood customer service with demands that lawsuits. find a way to strike a deal and not lose strings. YouTube TV has made it clear that if no deal is made and the channels are removed, the price of its service would be reduced from $ 10 per month to $ 55 until the channels return.

The stakes were NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E !, Golf Channel, MSNBC, Oxygen, SYFY, Telemundo, The Olympic Channel, Universal Kids, Universo and USA Network.

YouTube TV’s parent company Google reported in October 2020 that the service has more than 3 million customers. He has not updated those figures since then, nor has he specified the number of subscribers. Hulu With Live TV, which reports new subscriber numbers as part of the quarterly profits of parent company Disney, recently announced some 3.7 million paid subscribers as of July 3, 2021. Sling TV reported 2.44 million subscribers as of June 30, 2021.

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