YouTube TV loses ESPN, ABC, and all other Disney-owned channels

YouTube TV loses ESPN, ABC, and all other Disney-owned channels

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YouTube TV prospects have misplaced entry to all Disney-owned channels together with ESPN and ABC, as the businesses didn’t agree on a brand new contract earlier than the earlier one expired final evening. YouTube TV prospects will routinely get a $15-per-month low cost for so long as the Disney channels stay blacked out, decreasing the bottom plan price from $65 to $50.

“Members, we worked hard to avoid this but were unable to reach a fair deal with Disney,” YouTube TV said. “We regret to share that as of December 17, all Disney-owned channels are unavailable on YouTube TV. While Disney content remains off our platform, we’ll decrease our price by $15/month. We know how frustrating it is to lose channels like ESPN and your local ABC station, and will continue conversations with Disney in hopes of restoring their content for you.”

The record of channels now not on YouTube TV contains all native ABC channels, ABC News Live, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network, and ACC Network. YouTube TV posted particulars on how credit will likely be issued on this webpage.

“If you want to continue watching some of Disney’s content, consider signing up for their own service, The Disney Bundle, which they offer for $13.99/month and which is subject to its own terms and restrictions,” YouTube TV stated.

YouTube TV sought value assure

As we reported a number of days in the past, the Google-owned YouTube TV was searching for a most-favored-nation (MFN) clause from Disney. “Our ask to Disney, as with all our partners, is to treat YouTube TV like any other TV provider—by offering us the same rates that services of a similar size pay, across Disney’s channels for as long as we carry them,” YouTube TV stated on the time.

YouTube TV practically misplaced NBCUniversal channels in one other current dispute. But in that case, YouTube and NBC agreed to a brief extension to keep away from a blackout when the unique contract expired, and then struck a brand new multiyear deal.

There was no extension to stop a blackout within the ongoing YouTube TV/Disney dispute, however each firms stated they nonetheless hope to achieve a brand new settlement.

“We’ve been in ongoing negotiations with Google’s YouTube TV and unfortunately, they have declined to reach a fair deal with us based on market terms and conditions,” Disney stated in an announcement despatched to information shops. “As a result, their subscribers have lost access to our unrivaled portfolio of networks including live sports and news plus kids, family and general entertainment programming from ABC, the ESPN networks, the Disney channels, Freeform, the FX networks and the National Geographic channels. We stand ready to reach an equitable agreement with Google as quickly as possible in order to minimize the inconvenience to YouTube TV viewers by restoring our networks. We hope Google will join us in that effort.”

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