YouTube TV to Lose NBC Channels Due to Contract Dispute
Channels that may be dropped by NBC
One of the biggest streaming services on the US market, YouTube TV, is about to lose its NBC channels due to a contract dispute. According to an official blog post, NBC Universal has started a marketing campaign to let YouTube TV subscribers know that as a result of the contract dispute, 14 of the network’s channels may be dropped. If this happens, YouTube will lower its monthly cost by $10 to compensate subscribers.
In the meantime, several NBCUniversal channels have prominent banner ads on YouTube TV streams, warning customers that they will lose access to their streaming services if the carriage dispute with Google is not resolved by Wednesday. The banners direct viewers to an NBCU-owned website, where customers can pressure Google to end the dispute. The page also includes links to contact Google customer support, and a tool that allows viewers to find other streaming providers that still offer the shows they want.
Peacock is a streaming service offered by NBCUniversal, which has struggled to attract many paying subscribers. NBCUniversal is demanding that YouTube pay for Peacock to ensure YouTube TV keeps providing its subscribers with access to the NBC channels after the contract expires. The dispute has yet to be resolved, but Google is still trying to negotiate.