YouTube TV pulls Disney-owned channels

“We can Google (Google) Collaborating on fair and market-compatible terms, we are pleased that our robust portfolio of live sports and news as well as children’s and family entertainment and general entertainment is in the process of restoring to YouTube TV subscribers across the country,” Disney said in a statement Sunday.
After failing to reach an agreement with Disney (dis) On Friday, YouTube TV dropped Disney-owned channels such as ESPN and ABC on its platform. It also slashed the monthly subscription price for its platform by $15.
YouTube TV said in an online post that it has begun restoring access to channels, including FX, National Geographic and Freeform, as well as Disney recordings previously in the library. ABC’s local stations will also run throughout the day.

YouTube said monthly subscription prices will return to the original $64.99, but customers who miss out on Disney stations will get a one-time discount of $15.

Negotiations between the two companies have been going on for months. The deal expired on Friday, the first day of the college football season. Several subscribers and followers of ESPN have complained on social media. Sports fans also lost access to the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.

Google said last week that Disney “refused to do business with us based on market terms and conditions.” More than a dozen Disney-owned channels disappeared from YouTube TV this weekend.

YouTube said it had asked Disney to treat it “like any other TV provider,” as the company wrote in an online post on its website, “by offering the same rates as services of similar size, across Disney Channels for as long as we carry them.”


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