With Buccaneers-Patriots looming, NBC, YouTube TV are on a collision course

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On Sunday night, the Buccaneers face the Patriots in what has become one of the most-anticipated regular-season games in years. Cord-cutters who rely on YouTube TV may not be able to see it.

The current deal between NBC and YouTube TV expires on September 30. Absent a new agreement, NBC-owned networks will disappear from the platform.

Here’s where I point out that our written content is exclusively licensed to NBC, and that our morning show, PFT Live, is televised by NBCSN, which is one of the NBC networks on YouTube TV.

I’m also a YouTube TV customer (at least for now). On Tuesday, the service sent an email explaining that, if the NBC networks exit YouTube TV, the monthly price will drop from $64.99 to $54.99. The email also points out that users can then subscribe to the Peacock Premium service at $4.99 per month.

Usually, these issues arise with cable or satellite providers. As more consumers adopt streaming services, it becomes easier for them to pull the plug on one and adopt another. While some may regard YouTube TV’s willingness to slash its price by $10 per month as impressive, it’s more about self-preservation. It will be very easy for those of us who (like I did) inevitably migrated from DirecTV to YouTube TV to abruptly ditch YouTube TV for something else, and to continue to enjoy NBC content on Peacock.

17 responses to “With Buccaneers-Patriots looming, NBC, YouTube TV are on a collision course

  1. That’s the beauty of these month to month services….consumer power. Services have to be accountable now and not play hardball, lest everyone just jump ship, unlike the days of past with cable and satellite where we had to suck it up for 6 months or a year +

  2. It’s crazy how high the streaming prices have gotten. A few years ago when PS Vue was still around I think I was only paying $35 per month

  3. Hmmmmm…..that must have been one of the 200+ emails I got on Tuesday that I didn’t bother to read.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  4. So youtubeTV costs as much as my standard cable package. I thought cutting the cord was supposed to be a big savings…

  5. fringetastic says:
    September 28, 2021 at 6:39 pm
    So youtubeTV costs as much as my standard cable package. I thought cutting the cord was supposed to be a big savings…

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    It really depends on what you get and how many HD Tv’s you want service to. I’m paying roughly $115 less per month today for comcast internet, YoutubeTV, and Ooma phone service than I was paying for cable TV, internet and phone service as a package 4 years ago. I

  6. YouTube TV costs about $30 a month or more than cable where I live, and I wonder where my other comment went, poof, gone.

  7. Makes no sense. Just put up the rabbit ears and watch it on broadcast TV. Am I missing something?

  8. Really cute that you think we would pay for this in 2021. There’s a million pirate streams on the high seas of the Internet.

  9. My basic cable bill was for over $100 a month. The channel I can not mention cost $69.99 a month with unlimited built in DVR recording. Now $59.99 a month.

  10. Unless you live out in the middle of nowhere, there is no point paying for nbc. Just grab an antenna, the quality is better, it’s free, and works great.

  11. naturallawandselfownership says:
    September 28, 2021 at 7:27 pm
    Makes no sense. Just put up the rabbit ears and watch it on broadcast TV. Am I missing something?

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    If that works for you, then you certainly are not missing the broadcast signals. I’d need to have a monstrous antenna on my roof to get signals due to distance and terrain obstacles. And still that has its own set of problems and maintenance issues.

    But I’m curious, are you actually using rabbit ears, or some other more modern antenna?

  12. as much as it would suck to not have the option to record Sunday night Football, which I do so I can wait an hour and skip commercials, so I can get my moneys worth, I’m fine with NBC going away from youTube TV if it saves $10 a month. I joined youTube TV from day one esentially, and payed $35 per month, till the networks raised rates. Something’s gotta give on both sides. Whether that’s having A La cart options for people to pay per channel, or just lower rates in general, that’s what needs to happen.

  13. Has anyone tried FuboTV? It is supposed to have CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC for all the major networks sports coverage, including several other sports channels. And here in Anew England, it is supposed to have NESN (which YouTube dropped about a year ago), which has Red Sox and Bruins games. Base package is same price as YouTube.

  14. I haven’t tried FuboTV yet but something tells me I will after this weekend.

    I totally agree with another commenter and Mike Florio, I was Comcast, ditched for DirecTV which was good for about 3 years then ditched for PSVue which IMO was fantastic but then had to switch to YTTV.

    I’m also in New England and for those saying it’s the same cost as a basic cable package, it’s NOT!! I just checked, with internet (Which I have to have) the cheapest package I could get that had 20hours cloud DVR thru comcast was $141 month…that was only for the basic package with like 20 channels including locals. To actually have “cable” tv, 120 channels or whatever was $157.99 per month. Compare that to my Comcast/YTTV 49.99 + 64.99 month with unlimited DVR and it’s still cheaper.

    Why can’t we finally just get to an a la carte system!!! If it costs more per channel for what I want it’ll still be cheaper than all this bundled crap I don’t want.

    So I guess it’s FuboTVs free trial and/or HDTV OTA antenna and NO RECORDING and watching later, ughh!!

  15. 345snarkavenue says:
    September 28, 2021 at 8:33 pm
    Has anyone tried FuboTV? It is supposed to have CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC for all the major networks sports coverage, including several other sports channels. And here in Anew England, it is supposed to have NESN (which YouTube dropped about a year ago), which has Red Sox and Bruins games. Base package is same price as YouTube.

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    Have had FuboTV for about 3 months now. Has been great. All the local cable channels and lots of space for recording and can watch anything on phone, tablet, etc. About $65/month and you can add extra packages if you want. With $50/month internet I’ve probably been saving around $70 a month from prior cable package.

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