YouTube TV loses ESPN, other Disney networks after failing to reach new deal

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YouTube TV has failed to reach an eleventh-hour deal with Disney to hold greater than a dozen Disney-owned channels on the stay TV streaming service. As of December 18th, in style networks together with ESPN and ABC have been faraway from the service. As promised, YouTube TV has dropped its subscription to $50 per thirty days as a direct results of the misplaced programming.

Disney mentioned in a press release late Friday that after ongoing negotiations with YouTube TV, “they have declined to reach a fair deal with us based on market terms and conditions.”

“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,” the corporate added. “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.”

In a blog post, YouTube TV mentioned it might “continue conversations with Disney to advocate on your behalf in hopes of restoring their content on YouTube TV.”

“We’ve held good faith negotiations with Disney for several months,” YouTube TV mentioned. “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.”

The announcement follows a discover shared with subscribers earlier this week that the channels may vanish from YouTube TV on Friday, December seventeenth if a deal was not reached between the 2 corporations. Should negotiations have failed, YouTube TV mentioned it might decrease its value by $15 a month from its regular value of $65 per thirty days to compensate for the change.

Earlier this week, a constructive decision to the service loss appeared probably. For one, the service advised subscribers in an e mail on Monday that the House of Mouse “is an important partner for us,” including that it hoped to negotiate a deal with Disney “provided we can reach equitable terms.” But the businesses failed to reach a deal as their present settlement lapsed after December seventeenth.

The lack of over a dozen channels doesn’t precisely assist YouTube TV stay aggressive in opposition to other web cable providers like Hulu with Live TV or Fubo TV. Not solely are a dozen-plus channels getting wiped from service, however the record of Disney-owned properties that might be axed is in depth, together with not solely Disney channels however FX, ESPN, and National Geographic channels as properly.

The full record of channels that left as a result of a deal was not reached embrace the next:

  • Your native ABC channel
  • ABC News Live
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • Freeform
  • FX
  • FXX
  • FXM
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Wild
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app)
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNEWS
  • SEC Network
  • ACC Network

Carriage disputes are frustratingly frequent in our new streaming panorama, they usually typically play out publicly earlier than a decision is reached — as was the case lately with YouTube TV and NBCUniversal-owned channels. Less often, two events fail to reach a deal, and it’s the patron who winds up paying the worth by having to store round for a new supplier if they need assist for his or her favourite programming.

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