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


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YouTube TV customers have lost access to all Disney-owned channels, including ESPN and ABC, as the companies failed to agree on a new contract before the old one expired last night. YouTube TV customers will automatically get a $ 15 discount per month as long as Disney channels remain off, reducing the cost of the base plan from $ 65 to $ 50.

“Members, we worked hard to prevent this, but we could not reach a fair agreement with Disney,” YouTube TV saying. “We are sorry to share that as of December 17, all Disney-owned channels are not available on YouTube TV. As long as Disney content remains off our platform, we will lower our price by $ 15 a month. We know how frustrating it is to lose. channels such as ESPN and your local ABC station, and will continue discussions with Disney in hopes of restoring their content to you. “

The list of channels that are no longer on YouTube TV includes all local ABC channels, ABC News Live, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, Red SEC and Red ACC. YouTube TV posted details on how the credits will be broadcast on this web page.

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

YouTube TV Price Wanted Guarantee

As we reported a few days ago, Google-owned YouTube TV was looking for a Most Favored Nation (MFN) clause from Disney. “Our request to Disney, as to all our partners, is to treat YouTube TV like any other television provider, offering us the same rates that pay for services of a similar size, on all Disney channels as long as we have them” , YouTube TV said at the time.

YouTube TV nearly lost NBCUniversal channels in another recent dispute. But in that case, YouTube and NBC agreed to a brief extension to avoid a blackout when the original contract expired, and then reached a new multi-year agreement.

There was no extension to avoid a blackout in the ongoing YouTube TV / Disney dispute, but both companies said they are still waiting to reach a new deal.

“We have been in ongoing negotiations with Google’s YouTube TV and, unfortunately, they have refused to reach a fair agreement with us based on market terms and conditions,” Disney said in a statement sent to the media. “As a result, your subscribers have lost access to our unmatched portfolio of networks, which includes live sports and news, as well as entertainment programming for kids, families and more generally from ABC, ESPN networks, Disney channels, Freeform. , FX networks and National Geographic channels. We are ready to reach an equitable agreement with Google as quickly as possible to minimize inconvenience for YouTube TV viewers by restoring our networks. We look forward to Google joining us in that effort. “




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