October 7, 2022

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YouTube TV And NBCUniversal Reach Carriage Agreement, Ending Threat Of Blackout

Football fans rejoice — YouTube TV reached an agreement that will keep “Sunday Night Football” and other NBCUniversal content on the air.

In an update published to their blog on Saturday, YouTube TV said it reached an agreement with NBCUniversal to continue carrying NBC and its full suite of cable networks, including Bravo, E! and USA Network, among others.

In a blog post published earlier this week, YouTube TV said it had yet to renew a deal with NBCUniversal to carry their networks on their platform. If the agreement was not renewed by Thursday, Sept. 30, YouTube TV said it would need to drop these channels from their lineup. In exchange, YouTube TV users would have seen their subscription plan reduce by $10, until they regained NBCUniversal content.

“We are thrilled to have reached a deal with YouTube TV and can continue to offer our full network portfolio, without interruption,” an NBCU spokesperson told Deadline. “YouTube is a valued partner and we never want to involve our fans in a dispute, but we felt obligated to let them know what was at stake.”

However, it never happened. On Thursday, the two companies said they had reached a short extension, which allowed YouTube TV to continue carrying the channels. By Saturday, YouTube TV indicated it reached a more permanent arrangement with NBCUniversal, but it did not indicate how long the deal with NBCUniversal was signed for. YouTube TV said subscribers will not see an increase on their bill. It is also unclear if NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock will be bundled into YouTube TV subscriptions.