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 until the previous one expired last night. YouTube TV customers will automatically receive a discount of $ 1[ads1]5 per month as long as the Disney channels remain blacked out, reducing the base plan cost from $ 65 to $ 50.
“Members, we worked hard to avoid this, but were unable to reach a fair deal with Disney,” YouTube TV so. “We are sorry to share that as of December 17, all Disney-owned channels will be unavailable on YouTube TV. While Disney content remains off our platform, we will reduce the price by $ 15 / month. We know how frustrating it is to lose channels as ESPN and your local ABC station, and will continue the talks with Disney in the hope 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, SEC Network and ACC Network. YouTube TV posted details about how credits will be issued on this website.
“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 their own terms and conditions,” said YouTube TV.
YouTube TV applied for a price guarantee
As we reported a few days ago, the Google-owned YouTube TV applied for a Most Favored Nations (MFN) clause from Disney. “Our appeal to Disney, as with all our partners, is to treat YouTube TV like any other TV provider – by offering us the same prices that similar-sized services pay, across Disney channels as long as we have them,” YouTube TV said that time.
YouTube TV almost lost NBCUniversal channels in another recent dispute. But in that case, YouTube and NBC agreed on a short extension to avoid a blackout when the original contract expired, and then entered into a new multi-year agreement.
There was no extension to prevent a blackout in the ongoing YouTube TV / Disney dispute, but both companies said they still hope 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,” Disney said in a statement sent to news channels. As a result, their subscribers have lost access to our unrivaled portfolio of networks, including live sports and news plus programs for children, family and general entertainment from ABC, ESPN networks, Disney channels, Freeform, the FX networks and National Geographic. “We are ready to reach a fair agreement with Google as soon as possible to minimize the inconvenience to YouTube TV viewers by restoring our networks. We hope Google will join us in this endeavor.”