YouTube TV customers could soon lose a Syracuse TV channel and others due to a dispute with NBCUniversal.
Variety reports that NBCU informed YouTube TV customers on Sunday that 14 of its networks, including NBC 3 of Syracuse (WSTM-TV) and other local NBC channels, could disappear if the two companies fail to reach a deal before the expiration of their contract on Thursday, September 9. 30. This means that more than 3 million subscribers could lose access to NFL games and popular TV shows like “The Voice”, “Law & Order” and “The Tonight Show”.
NBCU said Google, the parent company of YouTube TV, was refusing to pay higher rates in its renewal talks.
Google, meanwhile, accused NBCU of trying to bundle its streaming service, Peacock, forcing customers to potentially pay twice for the same content and use the Peacock app separately from YouTube TV. Google has also said it will reduce YouTube TV’s monthly subscription fee by $ 10 if NBC is abandoned through a blackout.
“NBCUniversal is seeking fair rates from Google for streaming YouTube TV of the only portfolio offering entertainment, Hispanic, news and sports networks,” NBCUniversal said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Google refuses to strike a deal at these fair rates and is prepared to deny entertainment, news and sports programs to its paying customers. NBCUniversal feels responsible for letting our fans know that they are at risk of losing their favorite shows if Google continues to respond to their requests.
Google responded, “NBCU treats YouTube TV like any other TV provider. In other words, for the duration of our agreement, YouTube TV charges the same rates that similarly sized services get from NBCU so that we can continue to offer YouTube TV to members at a competitive and fair price.
“If NBCU offers us a level playing field, we will renew our agreement with them. However, if we fail to strike a deal by Thursday, the NBCU range of channels will no longer be available on YouTube TV and we will decrease our monthly price by $ 10, from $ 64.99 to $ 54.99 (so long. that this content remains off our platform), ”the Internet company said.
According to Variety, the disagreement affects local NBC affiliates as well as Bravo, CNBC, E !, Golf Channel, MSNBC, Oxygen, Syfy, Telemundo, Olympic Channel, Universal Kids, Universo and USA Network, as well as regional sports networks like NBC. Sports. Bay Area, NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia, SNY and NBC Sports Washington.