Comcast-owned NBCUniversal threatens to pull 46 TV channels from Roku already this weekend, according to a report from Amount. The broadcaster is trying to force Roku to add Peacock to its platform, but Roku says the distribution terms are not fair or just.
Peacock is NBC̵7;s new streaming service – the only premium streaming service with an ad-supported free level. But NBCU does not want to share any Peacock advertising revenue with Roku, which is why the companies are fighting.
Roko’s standard distribution terms require apps to make up 30% of advertising revenue – even if the company offers to take a small cut from Peacock. In a statement with Amount, an NBCU representative comments that “Roko’s unreasonable demands ultimately harm both their customers and their customer equipment partners.”
Once again, NBCU is threatening to remove 46 TV Everywhere channels from Roku. It includes 11 network apps, 12 NBC station apps and 23 Telemundo station apps. Of course, you can still access any NBCU channel via your cable or Internet live TV provider’s Roku app. Now maybe it’s time to get acquainted with Comcast Xfinity, AT&T TV, Charter, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Fubo TV or the Sling TV app.
Peacock is not available on Roku or Amazon streaming devices, but you can download it now on Android TV, Apple TV and most smart TVs. You can also watch Peacock via Chromecast and most game consoles.
Source: Roku and NBCU via Variety