YouTube TV loses Disney channels together with ABC, ESPN as contract expires

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YouTube TV prospects misplaced entry to Disney’s suite of networks late Friday as a carriage settlement lapsed and YouTube and Disney failed to achieve a brand new deal. YouTube mentioned it might 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 weblog submit Friday night time, Google-owned YouTube mentioned it had “been unable to achieve an equitable settlement” with Disney earlier than the prevailing contract expired. “We know that is irritating information for our prospects, and never what we wished,” YouTube mentioned in its submit. “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 achieve an equitable settlement with Google as shortly as doable with a view to decrease the inconvenience to YouTube TV viewers by restoring our networks,” it mentioned in a press release despatched to media retailers. “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 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 maintain channels akin to NBC, Bravo, SyFy, E!, Oxygen, USA, Telemundo and CNBC on YouTube TV.¬†In its Friday night time weblog submit, YouTube offered a hyperlink to a webpage the place YouTube TV prospects can get the most recent updates on the Disney scenario, together with data on affected channels, the value drop, and other ways to take a look at a few of Disney’s content material.The Disney properties might 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 prospects 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.