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YouTube TV reaches deal with Disney to restore channels including ABC, ESPN

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YouTube TV prospects will regain entry to Disney’s suite of networks that went darkish Friday on the streaming service after after the businesses introduced Sunday they’d reached a brand new carriage settlement.

The new deal, introduced by YouTube TV on Twitter, means its prospects will once more have entry to programming from ESPN, native ABC channels, Freeform, FX networks, National Geographic and different Disney properties.

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“We’re joyful to announce that we have reached a deal with Disney and have already began to restore entry to channels like ESPN and FX, and Disney recordings that had been beforehand in your Library,” the Google-owned service said, including that native ABC TV stations will start turning again on all through the day.

“We respect Google’s collaboration to attain truthful phrases which are constant with the market, and we’re thrilled that our strong lineup of reside sports activities and information plus children, household and common leisure programming is within the means of being restored to YouTube TV subscribers throughout the nation,” Disney stated in an announcement.

YouTube had stated stated it will drop the month-to-month worth of its TV-streaming service by $15 — making it $50 a month — whereas programming was unavailable.

The Disney-owned channels went darkish on the streaming service Friday evening after YouTube stated In a blog post it had “been unable to attain an equitable settlement” with Disney earlier than the prevailing contract expired. Both firms issued statements Saturday that they had been nonetheless working to negotiate a decision to the outage.

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

CNET’s David Katzmaier notes, although, that whereas comparatively transient, the two-day blackout was an inconvenience to YouTube TV prospects who needed 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 options for bummed-out Disney and sports activities followers.

CNET’s Steven Musil contributed to this report.

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