Google-owned YouTube TV and Disney are disagreeing about money, and YouTube TV subscribers could end up losing many channels, including ESPN, ABC, and others, on December 17, 2021.
YouTube TV posted on its blog and sent an email to subscribers breaking down the situation. YouTube TV explained what’s happening:
We are now in negotiations with Disney to continue distributing their content on YouTube TV. Our deal will expire on Friday, December 17, 2021. We have not yet been able to reach an equitable agreement, so we want to give you a heads-up so that you can understand your choices.
As a result of this negotiation, YouTube TV subscribers could lose all of Disney’s channels. To compensate, Google will drop the price of YouTube TV by $15 per month, which will provide subscribers with enough savings to sign up for Disney+.
Here are the channels YouTube TV could lose (along with local ABC channels):
- ABC News Live
- Disney Channel
- Disney Junior
- Disney XD
- National Geographic
- National Geographic Wild
- ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app)
- SEC Network
- ACC Network
As far as the sticking points, it comes down to money. Google doesn’t want to pay too much for Disney’s channels, and Disney wants more money. Here’s what YouTube TV said to subscribers:
Our ask of Disney, as with all of our partners, is to treat YouTube TV like any other TV provider — by offering us the same rates that services of a similar size pay, across Disney’s channels for as long as we carry them.
If the compies can’t reach an agreement by December 17, 2021, YouTube TV’s price will drop, and the channels will go missing from the lineup for as long as it takes to reach a new deal (assuming the two films can agree at some point).
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