Earlier this week it was revealed that Disney and YouTube were in final negotiations to keep Disney’s programming (ABC, FX, Freeform, Disney Channel, National Geographic and ESPN) available on YouTube TV.
With the deadline of Friday 17th December at 11:59 p.m. ET passing, all of the channels have now gone dark on YouTube TV.
It does means now that YouTube TV will be reduce its monthly price by $15 — from $64.99 to $49.99.
YouTube has released a statement on the situation:
We’ve held good faith negotiations with Disney for several months. 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. We will be decreasing our monthly price by $15, from $64.99 to $49.99 while this content remains off of our platform.
We know this is frustrating news for our customers, and not what we wanted. We will continue conversations with Disney to advocate on your behalf in hopes of restoring their content on YouTube TV. In the meantime, we’ll update this website soon with the latest updates, including channels impacted, alternative ways to continue enjoying some of Disney’s content on The Disney Bundle, information about our price decrease, plus any other questions you may have about this situation.
Disney issued a statement to Variety about the situation:
“We’ve been in ongoing negotiations with Google’s YouTube TV and unfortunately, 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. 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.”
With ESPN going dark during the football season, this situation will no doubt cause YouTube TV to lose a huge number of subscribers, which it currently has 4 million.
If you are a YouTube TV subscriber and want to watch Disney’s suite of live channels, which include ESPN, you can do so through Hulu+Live TV, which also includes access to Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney+.
What do you think of this carriage dispute?