YouTube TV lost ESPN, ABC and Disney channels. Hulu Live is the best alternative

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If you are a YouTube TV subscriber who pays $65 monthly to stream reside TV channels, you is likely to be in for disappointment subsequent time you verify your program information. That’s as a result of 18 channels, together with fashionable favorites like ESPN, ABC and The Disney Channel, are not out there to stream reside on the service.

The channels disappeared from YouTube TV late Friday night time, which additionally minimize off entry to any DVR recordings from these channels, in line with YouTube TV’s blog post. The blackout occurred as a result of the contract between YouTube TV (owned by Google) and Disney (which owns all of the affected channels) expired. 

Subscribers to YouTube TV will get a $15 low cost on their subsequent invoice, and in line with the weblog submit the firms are nonetheless in negotiations. The channels may return at any time as quickly as the firms strike a deal. That’s small consolation, nonetheless, if you wish to watch school soccer (bowl season begins this weekend), the NFL or the NBA on ESPN or ABC, or a Christmas particular on the Disney Channel.


The best YouTube TV competitor with Disney is Hulu Live

As a cord-cutter, nonetheless, you have got alternate options since you’re not locked right into a contract and can immediately subscribe to a different reside TV streaming service. At CNET we have reviewed all of them. We like YouTube TV higher than any competing service in its worth vary, however if you’d like these channels, the best alternative is Hulu with Live TV. 

Hulu’s reside TV service at present prices $65 monthly however will go as much as $70 on Tuesday, Dec 21. It contains all 18 channels that YouTube TV dropped, together with ESPN and your native ABC station.

Just want ESPN? Sling TV Orange is the least expensive choice

Another glorious alternative is Sling TV’s Orange plan. It lacks a lot of the Disney channels in its base $35 tier, and does not carry ABC, however that worth does get you the large Kahuna: ESPN. That means you’ll be able to watch all these reside video games, together with school soccer bowl video games and NFL Monday Night Football, reside, identical to on YouTube TV. 

Important observe: If you go the Sling TV route for ESPN, make sure to choose the Orange bundle. The different $35 bundle, referred to as Blue, doesn’t have ESPN, however it does have quite a lot of different channels Disney lost, together with FX and National Geographic.


Other alternate options that stream some or all of the channels YouTube TV lost embrace FuBo TV and DirecTV Stream, however the two above are our present favorites.

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