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YouTube TV and NBCU Temporary Extension Only Lasts Until Tonight (October 1st)

Jason Gurwin

While there was some good news for YouTube TV subscribers last night, it may be short-lived. While NBCU-owned channels were expected to be dropped last night at midnight, YouTube TV and NBCU were able to reach a short-term extension. However, The Streamable has learned from a source close to the negotiations that it only lasts until tonight, October 1st.

While the two sides could come to terms before then, or reach a further extension, it is just as possible that the channels could go dark on YouTube TV tonight.

Last night, YouTube TV said in a statement: “We don’t have an update on the negotiations with NBC, but as of now there is no change to your available networks.”

The channels involved in the conflict include all NBC local affiliates, as well as Bravo, CNBC, E!, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, Oxygen, Syfy, Telemundo, Universal Kids, Universo und USA Network.

Also at issue are local NBC Sports RSNs — including NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia und NBC Sports Washington.

Prior to losing Fox Sports RSNs (now Bally Sports), YouTube TV reached a temporary extension, and then reached a six-month agreement that kept some local RSNs on through MLB season, while dropping YES Network and Fox Sports West. All Fox Sports RSNs were dropped following the end of the baseball season in October 2020.

This situation is a bit different. While it is possible that they could reach a deal without NBC Sports RSNs, similar to Sling, any new deal would likely be a long-term agreement.

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