The Disney YouTube TV shutdown lasted less than two days. Disney announced on Sunday afternoon that after a brief interruption, they are delighted to report that they have secured a new distribution deal with Google’s YouTube TV for continuous carriage of their portfolio of networks. They also appreciate Google’s cooperation in reaching market-based conditions. And are excited that their full array of live sports and news, as well as kids, family, and general entertainment programs, is being returned to YouTube TV customers across the country.
YouTube said that they have reached an agreement with Disney to bring its channels back to Youtube TV. They are keeping their members’ monthly fee $64.99. YouTube also said that they have already started restoring access to Disney networks like ESPN and FX, including their live and on-demand programs, as well as any recordings they have in their Library. Over the course of the day, YouTube will also switch on local ABC stations. Users will still get a $15 credit from YouTube, according to the company.
The original happening:
Because the businesses were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract before the last one ended yesterday night. YouTube TV users have lost access to all Disney-owned networks, including ESPN and ABC. Customers who subscribe to YouTube TV will receive a $15 monthly discount as long as the Disney channels are unavailable. So they will reduce the base plan price from $65 to $50.
YouTube mentioned that they tried their hardest to avoid this. But they were unable to negotiate a reasonable agreement with Disney. YouTube also said that they regret to inform that all Disney-owned channels are no longer available on Youtube TV as of December 17. They will lower the price by $15 per month as long as Disney material isn’t available on their platform. YouTube said that they understand how inconvenient it is to lose networks like ESPN and local ABC stations. And they will continue to work with Disney to get their content back to the audiences.
All local ABC stations, ABC News Live, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network, and ACC Network are among the channels no longer available on YouTube TV. On this website, YouTube TV has detailed information about how credits will be distributed.
YouTube said that If the audiences want to keep watching Disney material, they should try signing up for their own subscription. The Disney Bundle, which costs $13.99 per month and has its own conditions and limits.
YouTube TV requested a price guarantee:
Google-owned YouTube TV was requesting a most-favored-nation (MFN) provision from Disney. YouTube TV stated at the time that their request to Disney, like with all of their partners, is that they be treated like any other TV provider—by providing them the same pricing other services of a similar scale pay, across Disney’s channels for as long as they carry them.
In another recent argument, YouTube was on the verge of losing NBC Universal channels. In that situation, though, YouTube and NBC agreed to a brief extension to prevent a blackout when the old contract ended. Then signed a new multi-year agreement.
There was no extension to avert a blackout. Although both companies claimed they still want to negotiate a new arrangement in the current YouTube TV/Disney disagreement.
Disney said in a statement sent to news outlets, “We’ve been in ongoing negotiations with Google’s YouTube TV and unfortunately, they have declined to reach a fair deal with us based on market terms and conditions”. In a statement provided to news outlets, Disney stated, “As a result, their subscribers have lost access to our unrivaled portfolio of networks including live sports and news plus kids, family and general entertainment programming from ABC, the ESPN networks, the Disney channels, Freeform, the FX Networks, and the National Geographic channels. 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.”
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