YouTube and Disney Fight Jeopardizes More Than a Dozen Channels

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YouTube TV hardly knew peace after squaring away its variations with Roku earlier than it was launched into a recent carriage dispute, this time with Disney. In a Dec. 13 blog post, Google-owned YouTube TV warned customers that stalled negotiations with the Mouse House have now threatened the partnership, jeopardizing the presence of roughly a dozen Disney-owned channels on YouTube TV starting on Dec. 17.

“Disney is an important partner for us. We are in active conversations with them and are working hard to keep their content on YouTube TV,” YouTube wrote within the weblog publish. “Our ask of Disney, as with all of 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.”


The record of channels that stand to be impacted by a failure to achieve a deal by Dec. 17 is lengthy, even with out counting not less than eight ABC native stations that additionally stand to be affected by the stalemate:

  • ABC News Live
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • Freeform
  • FX
  • FXX
  • FXM
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Wild
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app)
  • SEC Network
  • ACC Network

Although it’s typical of streamers to alert their prospects of the potential for disruption when it appears to be like like a deal is not going to or can’t be reached in time, Disney signaled in a assertion to Variety that it was hopeful that the 2 firms would be capable 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,” Disney stated.

But, after all, there’s at all times the possibility that issues gained’t be so rosy as soon as each events meet on the negotiating desk, which is why YouTube TV additionally introduced a contingency plan the place it should decrease costs to $15 monthly if and when Disney’s channels are quickly yanked from the platform. In the weblog publish, the platform additionally notes that impacted customers who need extra of Disney’s content material may at all times head over to that service’s personal bundle, which it affords for $14/month and is topic to its personal phrases and restrictions.


The dustup with Disney is simply the end result of a messy yr of stalled negotiations between YouTube TV and the content material suppliers that energy its service. On Dec. 9—only one week earlier than the tussle with Disney was introduced—Roku and Google introduced that they’d made good following a months-long feud that had threatened to see YouTube completely faraway from Roku’s app retailer. Although carriage disputes between streamers and content material suppliers are more and more frequent, that one was singularly ugly: Roku had accused Google of creating anti-competitive calls for throughout negotiations—like asking Roku to prioritize its properties in search outcomes—and the combat ultimately attracted the eye of members of Congress desperate to bust up Big Tech.

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