Disney is currently in final negotiations with YouTube TV to keep Disney’s television channels including ESPN, ABC, FX and the Disney Channel on the Live TV package.

The contract is due to expire on Friday, December 17th, at 11:59 p.m. ET, which means the channels could be removed from YouTube if the two companies can’t reach an agreement.  This follows a similar last-minute deal recently announced by Comcast and YouTube.

YouTube released a statement regarding the contract dispute:

To our YouTube TV members:

In order to make 85+ channels available to you on YouTube TV, we partner with content owners, and from time to time, these deals need to be renewed to ensure we’re continuing to offer a strong lineup, at a competitive and fair price.

We’re now in negotiations with Disney to continue distributing their content on YouTube TV so you can continue watching everything from your favorite teams on ESPN to The Bachelor to Good Morning America. Our deal expires on Friday, December 17, and we haven’t been able to reach an equitable agreement yet, so we wanted to give you an early heads up so that you can understand your choices.

Disney is an important partner for us and we’re in active conversations with them and working hard to keep their content on YouTube TV.

Disney is an important partner for us and we’re in active conversations with them and working hard to keep their content on YouTube TV. Our ask to Disney, as with all our partners, is to treat YouTube TV like any other TV provider – by offering us the same rates that services of a similar size pay, across Disney’s channels for as long as we carry them.

If Disney offers us equitable terms, we’ll renew our agreement with them. However, if we are unable to reach a deal by Friday, the Disney-owned channels will no longer be available on YouTube TV and we will decrease our monthly price by $15, from $64.99 to $49.99 (while this content remains off our platform).

We would love every member to stay with our service, but we give you the flexibility to pause or cancel your membership anytime. If you want to continue watching some of Disney’s content, you can consider signing up for their own service, The Disney Bundle, which they offer for $13.99/month.

We appreciate Disney’s partnership and will share any further updates as we have them.

The Walt Disney Company issued a statement regarding the situation:

“Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution has a highly successful track record of negotiating such agreements with providers of all types and sizes across the country and is committed to working with Google to reach a fair, market-based agreement. We are optimistic that we can reach a deal and continue to provide their YouTube TV customers with our live sporting events and news coverage plus kids, family and general entertainment programming.”


Do you think Disney and YouTube will make a last-minute deal?

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. Sam December 14, 2021

    We don't have YouTube TV here in Australia, so it doesn't affect me too much. I really hope we get it sometime soon and that the Disney Channels stay there, I haven't seen them before!

  2. Dan December 15, 2021

    At least Google are willing to reduce the price of YouTube TV if certain channels leave the service. If you're offering a reduced service then it's only fair you offer customers a reduced price.