When you’re a subscriber to Google’s YouTube TV service your channel choices are about to get rather a lot lighter. The rationale? A carriage dispute between NBCUniversal (NBCU) on YouTube over the value NBCU says its content material is price.
If NBCU and YouTube can’t comply with new phrases, YouTube TV subscribers will lose entry to over a dozen NBCU channels obtainable on the service inside days. These channels embrace NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, Golf Channel, MSNBC, Oxygen, SYFY, Telemundo, the Olympic Channel, Common Youngsters, Universo, and USA Community. Moreover, YouTube TV subscribers with entry to regional NBCU sports activities channels may lose entry to the following: NBC Sports activities Bay Space, NBC Sports activities Boston, NBC Sports activities California, NBC Sports activities Chicago, NBC Sports activities Philadelphia, SNY, and NBC Sports activities Washington.
It’s unknown how a lot NBCU thinks its carriage rights are price on YouTube TV, however the firm launched a press release (via Deadline) that exhibits it’s keen to play hardball if it doesn’t get what it thinks is a good deal: “NBCUniversal is searching for honest charges from Google for YouTube TV’s continued carriage of the solely portfolio providing leisure, Hispanic, information, and sports activities networks. Sadly, Google is refusing to make a deal at these honest charges and is keen to withhold leisure, information and sports activities programming from their paying prospects. NBCUniversal feels a accountability to tell our followers that they’re in danger of losing their favourite exhibits if Google continues with their calls for.”
NBCU has even launched a website urging YouTube TV prospects to contact YouTube TV instantly about the difficulty, whereas additionally suggesting options to Google’s service. However Google seems to be keen to play hardball, too. In a YouTube blog post, the firm says that if it can’t attain an “equitable settlement” with NBCU, it would drop NBCU’s channels and compensate subscribers by decreasing YouTube TV’s month-to-month worth from $64.99 to $54.99.
“Whereas we might love each member to proceed to stick with our service, we perceive that you could be nonetheless select to pause or cancel your membership,” the YouTube weblog publish learn. “We wish to make YouTube TV versatile, so members can pause or cancel anytime. We provides you with updates as negotiations proceed.”
YouTube TV’s and NBCU’s present contract expires in simply days—on Thursday, September 30.