YouTube TV’s Twitter account announced the service had reached a new deal with Disney to bring back its channels to the platform. This move includes all channels removed from its slate yesterday will regain access to that content starting today. Despite this carriage dispute’s minimal impact on subscribers, YouTube TV is honoring its price reduction promise. Although the $65 per month price has been restored for new members, current users will see their next month of service drop to just $50 — just as the company pledged yesterday. This deal also includes anyone who ended their subscription yesterday to sign up for a competitor. So long as you reactivate your account before your membership ends, you’ll be given a $15 discount on your next bill. Just keep in mind this price is only good for one monthly cycle.
That $15 price drop will be extended to current customers starting next month. Yesterday, YouTube TV users learned that discussions between Google and Disney had broken down. As a result, Disney-owned networks such as ESPN and FX, as well as local ABC affiliates, were no longer available on the platform. Though Google had foreshadowed this news for several weeks, it didn’t make the loss any less painful. If you were thinking about switching to Hulu’s live television options, you might want to reconsider because the two firms have already reached an agreement.
This dispute isn’t the first time YouTube TV has been in danger of losing channels. Comcast nearly pulled its NBCUniversal content from the platform earlier this fall, just as the NFL season was getting into full swing. Fortunately, a short-term contract extension gave the two companies enough time to work out a deal, preventing viewers from losing out on any of their favorite channels. While these negotiations between Disney and Google went a little farther, it’s good to see regular programming already back on schedule.