Excellent news, YouTube TV subscribers: Sunday Night time Soccer isn’t going anyplace. After a contentious public face-off over a contract dispute, YouTube TV and NBCUniversal have lastly labored out a deal that may maintain NBCU’s programming on the platform.
“We’re thrilled to share that we’ve reached a deal to proceed carrying the total NBCUniversal portfolio of channels,” the Google-owned streaming service announced Saturday. “Which means you gained’t lose entry to any of their channels, and YouTube TV will proceed to supply 85+ networks for $64.99. We admire NBCUniversal’s willingness to work towards an settlement, and we additionally admire your endurance as we negotiated with them in your behalf.”
The destiny of NBCU’s 14 channels on YouTube TV, which embody NBC, Bravo, E!, and a number of other regional sports activities networks, remained unsure as the 2 firms clashed over carriage phrases within the days main as much as Sept. 30, when their present contract was set to run out. The 2 agreed to a “brief extension” of the contract in a midnight-hour association on Thursday, however whether or not that short-term repair would finish in a last deal or NBCU’s channels going darkish on the platform was anybody’s guess.
Like YouTube, NBCU additionally had good issues to say about these drawn-out negotiations lastly coming to an finish.
“We’re thrilled to have reached a take care of YouTube TV and might proceed to supply our full community portfolio, with out interruption,” an organization spokesperson stated in a press release to PFT, an affiliate of NBC Sports activities. “YouTube is a valued accomplice and we by no means wish to contain our followers in a dispute, however we felt obligated to allow them to know what was at stake. We thank our viewers for his or her loyalty and promise to proceed bringing them the networks and packages they love.”
Neither firm went into additional element concerning the phrases of the settlement. We’ve reached out to each YouTube and NBCU to be taught extra and can replace this weblog once we hear again.
Reportedly hamstringing negotiations was NBCU’s request for YouTube TV to bundle its streaming service, Peacock, as a situation for its choices to stay on the platform. YouTube TV pushed again towards these phrases, arguing that NBCU ought to deal with it “like another TV supplier” and that it “seeks the identical charges that providers of an identical dimension get” from the media big.
If the 2 firms had failed to achieve an settlement, YouTube TV initially provided to decrease the service’s month-to-month value by $10, from $64.99 to $54.99, to appease prospects inconvenienced by dropping entry to these 14 channels. However with a brand new deal hammered out, that value will keep the identical.