As contract negotiations continue, the blackout was halted today "with a short extension." The current contract was supposed to expire at 12 noon today, but the companies agreed to a short extension, which currently prevents the closure.
NBC declined to comment on the extension, and YouTube owner Google TV did not comment. About 15 NBC-owned channels and eight regional NBC Sports networks may go dark on YouTube if the companies do not agree before the extension expires.
Unusual request from NBC Peacock
Channel closures and controversial long-term deals have been part of the TV industry, albeit now competing with some online streaming services like YouTube TV vs Kabul and satellite Things have changed. Comcast's NBCUniversal came up with an unusual tactic during this round of talks, asking YouTube TV to use Peacock, NBC's special broadcaster. NBC has been trying to persuade subscribers to buy the first row of peacocks for $5 or $10, and as investor research firm LightShed Partners writes, the company is lagging its "old business model of bulk aggregation to stop distribution."
Peacock is unlikely to be in the final deal between NBC and YouTube TV, as we reported on Tuesday. A NBC source familiar with the talks told Ars at the time that NBC's request for Peacock had been withdrawn from the talks - but the source certainly didn't say that NBC would not attempt to bring Peacock back to the table. Google argued that the software bundle would force subscribers to pay twice as much for the same programming because Peacock has the same content as the NBC channels. Advertising
Even if the peacock is out of the mix, the parties still have to agree on a generic price and other considerations. YouTube TV is looking for the most popular band and says it's backed by a contract to ensure YouTube TV doesn't pay more for NBC channels than TV providers of the same size. Google said it would cut the monthly price for YouTube TV from $65 to $55 if NBC channels turned black, noting that customers can subscribe to Peacock individually. NBC claimed it was “only looking for a fair price from Google” and tried to pressure the company by launching a “You Need Channels” website warning users “YouTube TV may drop your favorite channels.” NBC’s website is asking users to file a complaint about YouTube TV and communicate with other TV service providers. p>
NBC can still be removed from YouTube TV because the parties only agree on a short extension
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