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YouTube TV loses Disney channels including ABC, ESPN as contract expires

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YouTube TV clients misplaced entry to Disney’s suite of networks late Friday as a carriage settlement lapsed and YouTube and Disney failed to succeed in a brand new deal. YouTube mentioned it could drop the month-to-month value of its TV-streaming service by $15 — making it $50 a month — whereas programming from ESPN, native ABC channels, Freeform, FX networks, National Geographic and different Disney properties is unavailable.

In a blog post Friday evening, Google-owned YouTube mentioned it had “been unable to succeed in an equitable settlement” with Disney earlier than the prevailing contract expired. “We know that is irritating information for our clients, and never what we needed,” YouTube mentioned in its put up. “We will proceed conversations with Disney to advocate in your behalf in hopes of restoring their content material on YouTube TV.”

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In its personal remark, Disney additionally talked about viewers. “We stand prepared to succeed in an equitable settlement with Google as shortly as doable in an effort to reduce the inconvenience to YouTube TV viewers by restoring our networks,” it mentioned in a press release despatched to media shops. “We hope Google will be a part of us in that effort.”

This newest bargaining session follows a extremely publicized carriage dispute between Google and Roku, which led to Roku dropping the YouTube TV app from its gadgets for brand spanking new clients. The intense battle started in April and was settled Dec. 8, in the future earlier than the deadline. In October, YouTube and NBCUniversal prolonged a contract to maintain channels such as NBC, Bravo, SyFy, E!, Oxygen, USA, Telemundo and CNBC on YouTube TV. 

In its Friday evening weblog put up, YouTube offered a hyperlink to a webpage where YouTube TV customers can get the latest updates on the Disney scenario, including data on affected channels, the value drop, and alternative routes to take a look at a few of Disney’s content material.

The Disney properties may return to YouTube TV at any time, as quickly as the businesses hammer out an settlement. CNET’s David Katzmaier notes, although, that that is chilly consolation to YouTube TV clients who wish to watch faculty soccer (bowl season begins this weekend), the NFL or the NBA on ESPN or ABC, or a Christmas particular on the Disney Channel. Katzmaier has his personal tackle YouTube TV alternate options for bummed-out Disney and sports activities followers.

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