Charter Spectrum and NBCUniversal's lover's spat over how much money is divvied up to each megacorp for broadcasting NBCUniversal's cable television network to Charter Spectrum's customers has been temporarily extended, according to a report from Deadline. The extension is a relief for fans of WWE wrestling with Charter, Bright House, or Time Warner cable service, who would have had to do without the organization's flagship Monday Night Raw and Smackdown! Live programs without NBCUniveral's USA Netork. Though the sides have not yet reached a deal, the NBC channels will not be blacked out on Spectrum's network, at least for now, as they try to figure something out.
While the stay of execution gives wrestling fans some breathing room, now would still be a great time to explore cord-cutting alternative options so that they can survive in a proverbial bunker of over-the-top streaming services in the event of a proverbial nuclear meltdown of wrestling blackouts on cable TV. Viable alternatives to cable include Playstation Vue, Direct TV Now, and Slingbox. Additionally, for fans who can do without watching Raw and Smackdown live (how do you live with yourselves?!), both shows can be viewed the next day on Hulu.