YouTube TV and NBC avoid blackout for now but are still at odds in negotiations

NBC's peacock-shaped logo on the NBC Tower in Chicago.

Enlarge / NBC’s logo on the NBC Tower in Chicago on March 25, 2011. (credit: Getty Images | Raymond Boyd )

YouTube TV and NBCUniversal are still at odds in negotiations over a new contract that would allow NBC channels to remain on the Google-owned streaming service. The existing contract was set to expire at 12 am ET today, but the companies agreed to a short extension that prevents a blackout for now.

“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,” NBC said in a statement provided to Ars last night.

NBC declined to say how long the extension is, and YouTube TV owner Google did not comment. About 15 NBC-owned channels and eight regional NBC Sports networks could still go dark on YouTube TV if the companies don’t agree on terms before the extension expires.

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