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YouTube TV is no longer able to access TV channels

YouTube TV subscribers won’t be able to access Disney’s channels via Google’s YouTube TV app as it failed to strike a deal with Disney. Customers were warned by tech giants a few days ago that Disney channels, including ABC, ESPN, and FX, may disappear before December 17th if carriage fees are not agreeable.

The company was optimistic then that it would succeed. Google now says the two companies were unable to reach an agreement before their existing one expired even after several months of negotiations.

The company said it would “continue to advocate on behalf of viewers ‘interests” despite its best efforts. Disney, however, told The Streamable that YouTube TV has “resisted reaching an agreement based on market terms and conditions.” 

Due to the discontinuation, their subscribers will not be able to watch TV shows from ABC, ESPN, Disney, Freeform, FX, National Geographic and the Disney Channels, in addition to live news and sports programming.

We stand ready to reach an equitable agreement with Google as quickly as possible in order to minimize the inconvenience to YouTube TV viewers by restoring our networks. We hope Google will join us in that effort.”

The following Disney-owned channels are no longer available on YouTube TV:

  • Your local ABC channel
  • ABC News Live
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • Freeform
  • FX
  • FXX
  • FXM
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Wild
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3 (by authentication to the ESPN app)
  • ESPNU
  • ESPNEWS
  • SEC Network
  • ACC Network

YouTube TV’s price is being lowered from $65 to $50 for the Basic tier after Google dropped the price by $15. Disney channels aren’t available on YouTube TV. The company is advising viewers to sign up for The Disney Bundle at $14 a month if they would like continued access to YouTube TV’s remove channels. 

At the End

YouTube TV subscribers won’t be able to access Disney’s channels via Google’s YouTube TV app as it failed to strike a deal with Disney. Customers were warned by tech giants that Disney channels, including ABC, ESPN, and FX, may disappear before December 17th if carriage fees are not agreeable.

Google now says the two companies were unable to reach an agreement before their existing one expired even after several months of negotiations. Disney said it would “continue to advocate on behalf of viewers ‘interests” despite its best efforts.

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