YouTube TV loses access to ESPN, ABC and other Disney channels


Google has failed to strike a deal that would allow it to continue to offer YouTube TV subscribers access to Disney’s channels. The tech giant warned customers a few days ago that Disney channels, including ABC, ESPN and FX, could disappear before midnight of December 17 if they can’t afford the transportation costs. At the time, it was optimistic that it could get the desired outcome. But now Google has told customers the companies were unable to reach an agreement before their existing one expired, despite negotiations that had been underway for several months.

The company said the negotiations failed despite its best efforts, but it will “continue discussions with Disney to advocate for”. [viewers’] However, Disney told The Streamable in a statement that YouTube TV has “refused to make a fair deal with” [the company] based on market conditions.”

The company added: “As a result, their subscribers have lost access to our unparalleled 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 come to an equitable agreement with Google as soon as possible to minimize the inconvenience to YouTube TV viewers by restoring our networks. We hope that Google will help us do that.”

Here’s the list of Disney channels that are no longer available on YouTube TV:

Google has cut the price of YouTube TV by $15 per month (from $65 to $50 for Basic), while Disney channels are not available on the platform. For now, it advises viewers to sign up for The Disney Bundle for $14 per month if they want to continue accessing the channels that have been removed from YouTube TV.

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