It’s by no means an excellent factor when a streaming service loses a channel. However this one isn’t all that shocking, because it was beforehand introduced. YouTube TV — the biggest livestreaming service within the U.S. with greater than 5 million subscribers — on September 29 despatched an e-mail to prospects letting them know that the Olympic Channel was no extra.
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The e-mail truly made it sound as if YouTube TV was caught unexpectedly. Right here’s what it despatched out:
“We’ve been knowledgeable that the Olympic Channel is ceasing operations for all distributors. Beginning September 30, 2022, the Olympic Channel will not be obtainable on YouTube TV. Additionally, you will lose entry to any earlier Library recordings from this channel.”
That is true. The Olympic Channel isn’t any extra. Nevertheless it’s not a shock. As famous by the Sports activities Enterprise Journal in July, operators had been instructed for a while that the Olympic Channel was going to close down on September 30. And it’s additionally not shocking provided that NBCUniversal, which owned the Olympic Channel, has been consolidating its sports activities distribution previously couple of years. Additionally on the chopping block was the NBCSports channel, with content material shifting to USA on the linear facet, or Peacock within the streaming realm.
As the e-mail from YouTube TV notes, it’s now as if the channel by no means existed. Something you may need recorded on it previously is now gone. And that’s nearly actually true for the opposite streaming companies that carried the Olympic Channel, which included Sling TV and FuboTV.
The Olympics themselves, nevertheless, dwell on. Paris is slated to host the Summer season Video games in 2024, adopted by Miland-Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy two years later for the Winter Video games. Los Angeles follows for the 2028 Summer season video games.