If YouTube TV is your preferred way to watch your favorite content, you might have to do without some channels. The streaming platform could not sign a deal to retain more than a dozen channels belonging to Disney.
The networks you will miss include popular ones like ESPN and ABC.
A plus is YouTube TV subscription will now cost $50 per month, a decrease of $15. This reduction is directly related to the lost channels.
Disney stated that the deal fell apart because YouTube “declined to reach a fair deal with us based on market terms and conditions.”
The company, however, left the door open for more negotiation. “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.”
On its own part, YouTube TV said that they negotiated fairly and in good faith in a blog post. “We’ve held good faith negotiations with Disney for several months. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we’ve been unable to reach an equitable agreement before our existing one expired, and their channels are no longer available on YouTube TV. We will be decreasing our monthly price by $15, from $64.99 to $49.99 while this content remains off of our platform.”
The Google-owned service is also interested in more negotiation. “We know this is frustrating news for our customers, and not what we wanted. We will continue conversations with Disney to advocate on your behalf in hopes of restoring their content on YouTube TV. In the meantime, we’ll update this website soon with the latest updates, including channels impacted, alternative ways to continue enjoying some of Disney’s content on The Disney Bundle, information about our price decrease, plus any other questions you may have about this situation.”
YouTube TV had earlier said Disney channels would be removed if the two companies could not reach a deal by Friday. It said it asked Disney 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.”
The two companies seemed to be close to a new deal this week. It informed subscribers in an email that it recognized Disney’s importance as a partner and hoped for a solution to the stalemate.
YouTube TV will now become less attractive than its competitors like Hulu with Live TV. It will lose more than twelve channels operated by Disney and all Disney properties on other channels like FX, ESPN, and National Geographic.
Contract disputes are not new nor rare in the streaming industry, as subscribers can often follow the resolution or lack of it. When the differences are not resolved, subscribers will need to look for a service that meets their needs.
The complete list of Disney channels going off YouTube is presented below:
- Your local ABC channel
- ABC News Live
- Disney Channel
- Disney Junior
- Disney XD
- National Geographic
- National Geographic Wild
- ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app)
- SEC Network
- ACC Network