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 and on Friday, the deadline passed, causing all of Disney’s channels to go dark on YouTube.

But today, YouTube has announced that Disney’s channels will be returning from today since they’ve been able to come to an agreement.

In a statement, YouTube TV stated:

We’re happy to share that we’ve reached an agreement with Disney to return their content to YouTube TV while preserving a $64.99/mo. price for our members. We have already started to restore access to Disney networks like ESPN and FX, including their live and on-demand content, as well as any recordings that were previously in your Library. We will also be turning on the local ABC stations over the course of the day.

As we promised a $15 discount while the Disney content remained off platform, we will still honor a one-time credit for all impacted members. For active members who have not yet received that $15 discount on their monthly bill, you will automatically receive a one-time credit on your next bill with no action needed. For members who were impacted and have initiated the cancellation process, we would love to welcome you back. Visit tv.youtube.com/membership and click ‘Add’ to return the Base Plan to your membership. If you resume your membership before you lose access, we will still honor the one-time $15 credit on your bill.

We apologize for the disruption and appreciate your patience as we continued to negotiate on your behalf. We also value Disney’s partnership and willingness to work towards an agreement.

Disney also issued a statement to Variety stating:

“We are pleased to announce that after a brief disruption, we have reached a new distribution agreement with Google’s YouTube TV for continued carriage of our portfolio of networks. We appreciate Google’s collaboration to reach fair terms that are consistent with the market, and we’re thrilled that our robust lineup of live sports and news plus kids, family and general entertainment programming is in the process of being restored to YouTube TV subscribers across the country.”

No financial details of this deal have been announced, but this will be good news for many YouTube TV subscribers who wanted to watch channels like ESPN.  Though with channels going dark, it’ll be interesting to see how many people shifted over to Hulu + Live TV instead, which also includes access to Disney+ and ESPN+.

What do you think of the Disney channels returning to YouTube TV?


Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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  1. Elaine December 19, 2021

    At least it was resolved quickly. My guess, Disney didn't want to deal with a lot of angry customers.

  2. Peter December 19, 2021

    Make an artical saying that Disney bought rights to seasons 6 and 7 and Miraculous!

    1. Snorebutt December 20, 2021

      I'd rather see an article on where Miraculous is on Disney Plus, and which countries have Miraculous on streaming media, but it isn't Disney Plus. Fun fact, in Australia, the series is currently still on Netflix, but the movies are heading to Disney Plus. I'm guessing Netflix isn't willing to give Insect Lady and Furry Boy over to Disney.

  3. john December 20, 2021