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Temporary Extension: NBCU Channels Stay on YouTube TV For Now

Ben Bowman

YouTube TV subscribers get to keep their NBCU channels for now. NBCUniversal has agreed to a “short extension” while the talks continue.

In a statement to The Streamable, a NBC spokesperson said: “NBCUniversal and YouTube TV have agreed to a short extension while parties continue talks. NBCUniversal will not go dark on YouTube TV at midnight eastern tonight.”

This means that users will still be able to watch more than 14 NBC-owned networks, including all local NBC affiliates and NBC Sports RSNs.

Had the deal fallen apart tonight, YouTube TV offered to drop the price of its service to $54.99 a month.

What Channels Were Threatened?

The channels tangled in the conflict included 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 were local NBC Sports RSNs — including NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia und NBC Sports Washington.

Alternatives to YouTube TV

The threat of lost channels may have pushed some YouTube TV subscribers to consider other services. If this applies to you, we can walk you through the closest alternatives. Each has its pros and cons. We’ll provide a quick overview of each.

Closest YouTube TV Alternatives

The Push for Peacock

Some analysts believe that NBCUniversal picked this fight in order to get YouTube TV to add Peacock as part of a YouTube TV bundle. It’s understandable the company wants more subscribers to its streaming platform, but you cannot watch your local NBC affiliate or live channels like MSNBC or CNBC on Peacock. If you do try the service, you will get access to WWE events and some excellent movies and exclusive original series.

AT&T TV Cashback

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $75 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for AT&T TV.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.

Sling TV Cashback

Let us know your e-mail address to send your $10 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for Sling TV.

You will receive it ~2 weeks after you complete your first month of service.