NBC has told distributors and some sports leagues that it plans to shut down its NBCSN sports channel by the end of the year.
NBC has told distributors and some sports leagues that it plans to shut down its NBCSN sports channel by the end of the year. NBC’s most recent affiliate deals with Charter and Dish Network do not include carriage for NBCSN beyond this year, sources said. Plus, sports leagues that have deals with NBC were being told of the changes this week.
The move is in line with the current media trend of consolidating cable channels. For NBC, it also is part of a bigger strategy to grow its Peacock streaming service, while, at the same time, bolstering the programming schedule for other NBC channels like USA Network. Bigger properties, like the NHL, NASCAR and EPL, will move to USA Network while keeping some windows on the broadcast channel. Smaller properties, like car shows, dog shows and some motorsports, will have to find new linear TV outlets.
Will be interesting what happens with figure skating. I figure most of what is shown on tv currently will find a new home on a cable channel and not just a streaming option like Peacock. Most likely the Olympic channel but perhaps the USA Network. The rights deal with NBC expires at the end of the 2025-6 season.