YouTube TV Could Lose ESPN, ABC, Other Disney-Owned Channels

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YouTube TV and Roku may need simply wrapped up a brand new carriage deal, however a brand new storm is brewing for Google’s reside TV streaming service. YouTube TV immediately despatched an e mail to prospects warning that its deal for the Disney suite of channels expires on December 17, 2021, and “we now have not but been in a position to attain an equitable settlement.”

If no deal is reached, prospects stand to lose some 18 channels — together with their native ABC associates and ESPN, as well as different channels below the Disney umbrella.

Ought to the Disney-owned channels disappear, YouTube TV — which had greater than three million subscribers eventually depend in October 2020 — will lower its month-to-month value by $15, bringing the worth right down to $50 earlier than taxes.

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Right here’s the total listing of channels that could possibly be affected:

  • ABC Information Stay
  • ACC Community
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app)
  • ESPNEWS
  • ESPNU
  • FX
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • Freeform
  • Nationwide Geographic
  • Nationwide Geographic Wild
  • SEC Community
  • Your native ABC channel

The tone of the e-mail from YouTube is much less acrimonious than what we skilled within the Roku flap, which very a lot performed out in public over the course of 2021.

“Disney is a vital associate for us,” the retail reads. “We’re in lively conversations with them and are working laborious to maintain their content material on YouTube TV. Our ask of Disney, as with all of our companions, is to deal with YouTube TV like another TV supplier — by providing us the identical charges that companies of an identical dimension pay, throughout Disney’s channels for so long as we stock them.”

“We welcome a renewed settlement offered we are able to attain equitable phrases with Disney. Nonetheless, if we’re unable to achieve a deal by Friday, the Disney-owned channels will not be obtainable on YouTube TV beginning December 17, and we are going to lower our month-to-month worth by $15, from $64.99 to $49.99 (whereas Disney content material stays off of our platform).”

The e-mail from YouTube TV goes on to counsel that prospects might subscribe to the Disney Bundle to regain some Disney content material ought to no deal be reached. That bundle contains Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $14 a month and is being pushed closely by Disney as a substitute of particular person subscriptions.

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