As Disney speeches fail, YouTube TV loses ESPN and others

As Disney speeches fail, YouTube TV loses ESPN and others

On the bright side, as a result, YouTube TV’s subscription cost has fallen. The base plan, formerly $65 per month, now costs $15 less at $50. Subscribers who were charged in December before this change will get a bill credit for $15 in January. YouTube has a history of dicey negotiations. Earlier this month, the company resolved a petty, monthslong feud with Roku to bring both YouTube and YouTube TV back to that company’s devices. YouTube intends to “continue conversations with Disney” in hopes of coming to a new agreement in the future.

Disney-owned channels are no longer available on YouTube TV. Disney’s previous content distribution agreement with YouTube TV expired yesterday night, and the two have been unable to reach a new agreement, which comes as no surprise. With Disney’s departure, many users will lose access to not only Disney material, but also networks like FX, National Geographic, and, most importantly, all ESPN channels. According to YouTube TV, the firm “had good faith conversations with Disney for several months,” but the two were “unable to strike an equitable deal,” as the company explains in a blog post. Disney’s exit, as one of the world’s major media companies, is a significant blow to YouTube TV’s content offers. Subscribers have lost access to 18 channels, including five ESPN networks, ABC News programming, and more, as of today.

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