YouTube TV has failed to reach an 11-hour deal with Disney to keep more than a dozen Disney channels on its live TV streaming service. As of December 18, popular networks, including ESPN and ABC, have been removed from the service. As promised, YouTube TV has reduced its subscription to $50 per month as a direct result of the lost programming.
Disney said in a statement late Friday that after ongoing negotiations with YouTube TV, “they have refused to make a fair deal with us based on market conditions.”
“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. the company added. “We stand ready to come to an equitable agreement with Google as soon as possible to minimize inconvenience to YouTube TV viewers by restoring our networks. We hope Google joins us in that.”
In a blog post, YouTube TV said it would “continue discussions with Disney to advocate on your behalf in hopes of reinstating their content on YouTube TV.”
“We’ve been negotiating with Disney in good faith for several months,” YouTube TV said. “Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were 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 message shared with subscribers earlier this week that the channels could disappear from YouTube TV on Friday, December 17, if a deal is not reached between the two companies. Should the negotiations fail, YouTube TV said it would cut the price by $15 per month from its normal price of $65 per month to compensate for the change.
Earlier this week, a positive solution to the loss of service seemed likely. First, the service told subscribers in an email Monday that House of Mouse is “an important partner for us”, adding that it hoped to close a deal with Disney “provided we can reach equitable terms”. But the companies failed to come to a deal because their current agreement expired after December 17.
The loss of more than a dozen channels doesn’t exactly help YouTube TV stay competitive with other internet cable services like Hulu with Live TV or Fubo TV. Not only are more than a dozen channels being removed from the service, but the list of Disney properties that would be shut down has expanded, including not only Disney channels, but also FX, ESPN and National Geographic channels.
The full list of channels that left because no deal was reached includes the following:
- Your local ABC channel
- ABC News Live
- Disney channel
- Disney Junior
- disney xD
- free form
- National Geographic
- National Geographic Wild
- ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app)
- ESP NEWS
- SEC network
- ACC network
Transport disputes are frustratingly common in our new streaming landscape, and they often play out in public before a resolution is reached — as was the case recently with YouTube TV and NBCUniversal-owned channels. Less often, two parties fail to reach a deal, and it’s the consumer who ends up paying the price by looking for a new provider if they want support for their favorite shows.